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    Monkey boy. My daughter saves the large square water containers for me.
    I cut the bottom out and use them as a closh.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Sylvan View Post
    ^^ Yes, mine have done that as well. May end up having to give away some plants
    I've already given away my spare tomatoes, cucumbers, melons and aubergines - the spare courgettes and squashes might well follow them.
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    Quote Originally Posted by bramble View Post
    Monkey boy. My daughter saves the large square water containers for me.
    I cut the bottom out and use them as a closh.
    That's a good idea. How do you secure them down?
    We have large round bottles for the water cooler. If I can take a few, they could be useful.

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    (*) story of my life this year. many things I've sown more than required on the assumption that they won't all germinate or grow on so they've defied me by ALL doing so
    This year was my first time growing veg and I planted double with the idea that some would fail to germinate. Celery seemed to struggle (I got only one plant) so I sowed even more (about 12 seeds) in the propagator and they've all now germinated.

    Funnily enough, with padron peppers, I sowed four seeds. All germinated but two turned out to be some sort of weed rather than pepper plants, so that was a saving grace.

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    In the shop you can get loads of the skinny green canes (I think there's 20 in a bag) so I just use 2 in a cross pattern to hold them in place.
    I also use the 1 ltr plastic bottles for smaller plants in the same way.
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    So I spent yesterday transplanting the remaining veg - celery, cauliflower, broccoli (calabrese), and sowed one square of radish and one of lettuce. I had to change the layout around because it's a bit more awkward to get the middle back squares once the frame and netting is in place.

    Somehow, I managed to forget to germinate any courgette so I sowed some seeds and hoped for the best.

    My peas are doing okay. One of the aubergine leaves has been nibbled at in the twelve hours since I removed the plastic cloche. Garden pearl toms are flowering nicely. The moneymaker and gardener's delight toms are still growing in growbags (not in the SFG as originally planned), a few flower buds starting to form.

    Potato leaves are growing rapidly and I've earthed them up twice in two weeks.
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    Mid-year update:

    I need to rethink my layout and choice of veg to grow in SFG.

    1. Radishes - french breakfast - came out small and thin (like a green chilli), small and brown (like a date), or otherwise deformed. The one radish that came out the right size and colour had been nibbled at by something.

    2. Spinach - doing okay

    3. Lettuce - slugfest.

    4. Kale - didn't really grow as overshadowed by broccoli

    5. Calabrese - doing surprisingly well. But taking up more than one square foot each.

    6. Courgette - never got beyond shoot stage. Then again, it was sown directly in the ground.

    7. Celery did well but stayed short at 6" tall.

    8. Calendula - didn't germinate

    9. Onion and garlic - did well albeit small but need to get proper bulbs and sets. The garlic was grown from supermarket bulbs, and the onions were from a mix bundle of sets I was given.

    10. Carrots - didn't germinate

    11. Aubergine - initially grew well to 6" tall but nothing thereafter. Most leaves have been eaten, presumably by slugs.

    12. Mangetout - should have sown directly in the ground. They were fine in the propagator but didn't really use the supports I had set up once transplanted.

    13. Garden pearl - don't want to grow bush toms again - too much spread.

    14. Gardeners delight and moneymaker. Grown in separate pots but they need something more solid than a blowaway. The moneymaker plants had fallen over in the storm we had, so their roots were disrupted.

    15. Padron and jalapeno peppers - not very successful this year compared to last year and I'm not sure why.
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    I've removed the broccoli plants as the second mini-broccoli were largely consumed by slugs. Annoying when I'd bought Nemaslug and had applied it twice now. Hopefully there will be more nutrients for the other veg.

    The lettuce had bolted so I just dug them out.

    Calendula now growing well. I really should have sown these much earlier in the year.

    Cauliflower - there's a small head with a few florets but the leaves have almost been completely destroyed - the main rib and veins are there but the body of the leaves have been eaten. Look like skeleton leaves.

    Aubergine - one plant was decimated by slugs. The other one has now flowered.
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    I need to plan again for this year. I've already sown garlic last month.

    Things I do not wish to grow again this year (I may try next year):
    - radishes, lettuce, spinach, cauliflower

    Things I will grow again this year:
    - calabrese, kale, courgette, carrots, garlic, onion, toms, jalapenos, padrons

    Not sure about:
    - aubergine (a lot of work for not much), celery (small and weedy), mangetout (didn't pick early enough)

    Still thinking of a plan and layout. Any advice would be welcome.

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