What are you growing right now?

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Re: What are you growing right now?

Post: # 292720Post Odsox
Thu May 09, 2019 9:29 am

We had first cook of peas last Sunday, very nice too, other than that I am a bit short of fresh veg at the moment. Just the remains of spring greens and 9 star perennial.
I do have some courgettes starting to swell, so should be ready sometime next week. I started them off far too early and potted them up in big pots and stuck them in the greenhouse. So far it seems like a good idea that I might do on purpose next year.
Other than that, I planted out my Brussels sprouts and I have 2 lots of climbing French beans in the tunnel, also sweet corn has been planted and quite a few peanut plants.
I have potted up 2 varieties of dwarf French beans ready to be planted, but waiting for overnight temps to go up a bit. It looks like that will happen this coming weekend as the forecast is for minimums of 12 C, rather than the 6's and 7's just lately.
Outdoors the potatoes are doing well, despite the frost of last week, and I have 2 x 20 foot rows of maincrop peas growing away nicely
Plus lots more that I won't bore you with :lol:
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Re: What are you growing right now?

Post: # 292723Post Green Aura
Thu May 09, 2019 10:15 am

We're self-sufficient in lettuce, some started outside in our upside-down crate mini-greenhouse and others in our third hydroponic unit, but that's pretty much it. We've got chillies too, but only a few fresh, mainly the remains of last years crop, dried.
In the same mini-greenhouse are some caulis, in pots, waiting for us to have nice enough weather to step outside, never mind garden!
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Re: What are you growing right now?

Post: # 292734Post Flo
Thu May 09, 2019 4:25 pm

Tomatoes, peppers, aubergines all in greenhouse. Potatoes showing at allotment, signs of summer turnips, beetroot and even parsnip seeds. Some broad beans planted out and some peas too. More peas ready to go in ground. Brassicas pricked out and soon to ready to plant on. Squashes ready to go out into greenhouse to harden off a bit.

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Re: What are you growing right now?

Post: # 292735Post ina
Thu May 09, 2019 5:54 pm

You all seem to be about 3 months ahead of me... Even the plants I've started off in the house aren't going anywhere - it's just too cold! And I've had a definite problem getting courgette to germinate. Not usually diffficult.
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Re: What are you growing right now?

Post: # 292792Post barbarajohnson
Fri Jun 07, 2019 10:45 am

I've got peppers, strawberries, tomatoes and cauliflowers in the garden at the moment. Oh, and onions. I'm a bit dubious about harvesting the onions because a couple of times I've thought they looked ready then I pulled one out and it was tiny! They have such fat stalks but the onions themselves haven't filled out yet, I suppose.

The only thing I've harvested so far this year is mushrooms. I've got them in a little grow box in the house. I like that you can get a few crops, then put the mushroom spawn and soil onto your garden for fertiliser! I thought that sounded quite good (even though I know it isn't the most self sufficient to be buying growing kits :oops: )

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Re: What are you growing right now?

Post: # 292793Post Green Aura
Fri Jun 07, 2019 12:25 pm

I don't see a problem getting kits, especially if you're new to doing something and want to give it a try. My daughter bought me one a few years back - growing coffee on spent coffee grounds. It was good fun. Unfortunately we haven't had as much success without the kit!
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Re: What are you growing right now?

Post: # 292795Post Odsox
Fri Jun 07, 2019 1:55 pm

barbarajohnson wrote:
Fri Jun 07, 2019 10:45 am
I'm a bit dubious about harvesting the onions because a couple of times I've thought they looked ready then I pulled one out and it was tiny!
The easiest way to tell when onions are ready is they fall over, that is the leaves fall over and bends (kinks) just above the bulb. When they do that they are ready to use, but if you want to store them wait until the leaves are dead and the bulbs have ripened.
If you want to hasten the process you can partially pull the bubs up so that the roots break.
barbarajohnson wrote:
Fri Jun 07, 2019 10:45 am
They have such fat stalks
Unfortunately when onions get fat stalks, really fat stalks, it usually means they're getting ready to flower.
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Re: What are you growing right now?

Post: # 292798Post barbarajohnson
Thu Jun 13, 2019 2:39 pm

Green Aura wrote:
Fri Jun 07, 2019 12:25 pm
I don't see a problem getting kits, especially if you're new to doing something and want to give it a try. My daughter bought me one a few years back - growing coffee on spent coffee grounds. It was good fun. Unfortunately we haven't had as much success without the kit!
That does sound fun! :iconbiggrin: Oh no, sorry to hear you're not having success without it!

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Re: What are you growing right now?

Post: # 292799Post barbarajohnson
Thu Jun 13, 2019 2:42 pm

Odsox wrote:
Fri Jun 07, 2019 1:55 pm
The easiest way to tell when onions are ready is they fall over, that is the leaves fall over and bends (kinks) just above the bulb. When they do that they are ready to use, but if you want to store them wait until the leaves are dead and the bulbs have ripened.
If you want to hasten the process you can partially pull the bubs up so that the roots break.
Thank you for all the advice! The leaves are starting to fall over now, so I might have to check on them again soon. It's been very rainy lately so I'm not sure if that will help or hinder them. I also didn't know you had to wait for the leaves to die, so thanks again! :iconbiggrin:

I can't see any sign of them flowering, I think the stalks just looked quite fat in comparison to the size of the onion, but I'll watch out for that.

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Re: What are you growing right now?

Post: # 292800Post barbarajohnson
Thu Jun 13, 2019 2:45 pm

It's my first time growing cauliflowers and they're starting to get big (I bought them as plug plants). I don't have enough room in my planting beds to keep them all spaced out enough, so does anyone know if they would be alright growing in pots? Say, if I put them individually in medium sized pots.
Thanks, looking forward to hearing what you all think!

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Re: What are you growing right now?

Post: # 292803Post Odsox
Thu Jun 13, 2019 4:11 pm

Cauliflowers plants get quite big and would need lots of watering if you put them in pots, although I can't think of any reason why they wouldn't be OK. It used to be said that if a cauliflower plant suffers from lack of water at any time it will not produce any curds, but I think that's an "old wives tale" as mine often flag from under watering and still produce nice heads.
On the other hand if you plant cauliflowers closer than suggested they will still make heads, just smaller ones.
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Re: What are you growing right now?

Post: # 292804Post Odsox
Sun Jun 16, 2019 3:36 pm

barbarajohnson wrote:
Thu Jun 13, 2019 2:42 pm
Thank you for all the advice! The leaves are starting to fall over now
It occurred to me that my notes are a bit ambiguous and maybe confusing.
It might be an advantage to you if I go into a bit more detail.

To start with I have no idea where you are, so I am presuming somewhere in the UK.

There are two seasons for planting/sowing onions, autumn and spring.
Then there are two ways of growing onions, planting sets or sowing seed.
I grow autumn onions to get early ones to replace those left in store which are going soft and shooting like mad. Then the spring sown ones take over and last (hopefully) until about now, when it all starts all over again.

I have just harvested my autumn planted set onions that I planted on 1st of October in my polytunnel.
If your's are autumn set onions grown outdoors then they will be that much later to harvest and autumn sown seed a bit later still.
My spring planted sets are just starting to swell (also in the polytunnel) and will be another 6 weeks or so before they are ready (even though they look like they are falling over), so again if yours are spring sown/planted outdoors you can add a few more weeks to that timing.

In the photo below you can see what I mean by "fat" leaves of the ones that flower. I'm allowing these to flower so that I can harvest the seed to sow next October.
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These are the harvested ones that didn't flower that are drying off in the barn.
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... and these are some of the (mid February) spring planted ones that are yet to fill out.
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Hope that helps.
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Re: What are you growing right now?

Post: # 292831Post LuckyST
Tue Jun 25, 2019 8:05 am

I only have peach trees and cherries growing here

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Re: What are you growing right now?

Post: # 292919Post Thomzo
Mon Aug 12, 2019 5:05 pm

Yippee, it’s rained and suddenly, everything’s started growing again. I’ve got courgettes, beans and onions ready with chick peas, carrots and tomatoes ripening. I’m a bit worried about my squashes, though. They were so held back by the dry weather, that they haven’t even flowered yet.
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