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  1. borlotti beans

    by , 06-07-2008 at 02:28 PM
    I'm still quite new to this obsession, growing veg on an allotment, and therefore experimenting. I decided to have a go at borolltie beans. The french beans, Blue Lake are growing well up the canes but the Borlotti beans are needing to be tied in, not what I had expected, is this what you would normally expect to happen? I was going to eat some of the Borlotti beans fresh & dry some to use during winter. Do you have to soak them from dried as with shop bought beans before you can use them? First ...
  2. Veggies with everything

    by , 05-07-2008 at 04:01 PM
    It's been a great week - I've been able to harvest us enough veg for all our meals this week and given away a few bits and bobs, too.

    Cauliflower, potatoes, tomatoes, cucumber, courgettes, cabbage, spring onions, garlic, peas, carrots, lettuce, beetroot.

    The strawberries in pots have finished at last and I can move them out of the way.

    The shallots that I sowed from seed in February are nearly ready to harvest - the skins are beginning to dry a little ...
  3. Wet and warm ! Just how I like it

    by , 28-06-2008 at 09:17 PM
    Well it's been a while so here's what's been happening.
    Bad news first ! Think I may lose my french beans to Sclerotinia - this is doubly annoying as they were beginning to produce beans all over the place. I have also lost several hundred cabbages to the pigeons - that'll teach me to be too fussy about weed control - tried to make the place look pterry but all I did was let the pigeons see them more clearly !!
    Cucumbers are going bananas (if that's possible) The largest of the rows ...
  4. Okay, so it wasn't a corriander shoot....

    by , 28-06-2008 at 03:19 PM
    It looked more like a carrot shoot than anything, but the reason I know is definitely a good thing, since the Coriander shoots came through! They're similar but different, if that makes any sense. The leaves were thicker with reddish veins underneath (and two shoots to a seed – that’s value for money!)

    I was right; my peas are like the Trojan army. Determinedly marching their way towards the sky, especially the pot noodle pea, which has a whole deep pot all to itself. The potted

    Updated 28-06-2008 at 03:21 PM by New_Bud

  5. Still no eggs.

    by , 24-06-2008 at 04:44 PM
    I've thinned out my potatoes, apparently they were too close. (First year at potatoes.) I've put in more rocket, radishes and bordeaux spinache. Lots of weeding, lots of chick weed!

    I've put some toms plants (Tigerella and Olirose) under a mini poli tunnel on veg bed. They've ben on wondowsill with windows a little open for a while. A bit of a tester, not expecting too much. Will need to fix greenhouse roof, have a tidy up and put the rest in there.

    More guineas. Thought ...