Posts tagged veggie plot

Apple Cucumber

My Apple cucumbers are ready for picking. It’s been fun watching these grow throughout the summer. At one point I didn’t think we were going to get any but what seems like overnight I’ve suddenly have pairs of them dotted around and lurking under the leaves.

Definitely weird yet wonderful!

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Water reserve

We’re back from an amazing week away and despite all this rain these past few months, we managed to avoid pretty much all of it and had a dry week (excluding the jaunt around the lake district fells where the heavens opened).

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Arriving back home I had no idea how things would be like in the greenhouse without being there to water but suffice to say it was quite the surprise to find inside looking like a scene from the Jungle Book…oh wait, it was Bananas not Cucumbers 🙂

Save your empty drinks bottles and plastic milk cartons, fill with water, make one small hole at the base with a pin and site the bottle (or bottles as I have done) on top of the pots and tubs. As the soil dries, the water should be sucked out in a slow drip. That’s the theory anyway and seems to have worked o.k for me this time.

…and if you’ve got room, a child’s paddling pool filled with a few inches of water makes a great reserve for tubs and pots.

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Desperately seeking…sun

May = rain

June = lots of rain

July = lots of rain, a hint of sunshine and a downpour to catch you out.

Pretty much sums up summer here and sadly has effected the veggie plot somewhat.

My French beans are a no show after a brief cold spell followed by all this damp.

My peas are looking a little mournful and only a few flowers dotted here and there so I’m not expecting much there.

Although runner beans are in flower, each plant is only 2/3rds the size that they normally are.

Carrots, beetroot crop are minimal.

So what’s good?

Potatoes. All growing very well and looking healthy in the potato sacks and beds. Even the one taking refuge in the flower beds looks pretty good. Will be digging up for a looksee soon.

Salad leaves aplenty in the greenhouse and am on my third consecutive batch of chard, lettuce, pakchoi, rocket, lambs lettuce, cress, oriental and spicy cut and come mixes. Basil, red Basil and oregano seem to like it in there too.

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We were away for a few days the other week and fearing lack of water in the greenhouse I installed a 4ft child’s paddling pool in there and filled it with a few inches of water for my tubs. I wasn’t too sure what to expect and hoped that the excess water sitting at the bottom for so long wouldn’t rot the roots. When we arrived home and went to check, we were greeted by a wonderful display of tubs chock full of health salad leaves.

Cucumbers are coming along nicely and the first to crop are the mini’s.

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The apple cucumbers are still very small and a couple have aborted, but the overall plant looks healthy and reaching the greenhouse roof.

White cucumbers are aplenty but still got a long way to go.

Tomato plants have flowered but no fruit yet. Unlike previous years, I’m quite proud that they’re coming along quite nicely thanks to mums tips for pot based plants – cut the bottom of a 10″ pot and sit into a grow bag (three pots per grow bag). Water the grow bag rather than from the top of the tub.

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The mini greenhouse is also producing plenty of salad crop two and its been great off setting planting with those in the main greenhouse so as not to cause a glut.

So basically, anything under cover = thumbs up. Maybe I should do away with the veggie beds altogether and site a giant greenhouse instead?

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Veggie plot update 5/5/12

What more Rain? April was wet and May has started to look the same too, including single figure temps and the threat of frost in the morning that is delaying planting out.

I keep checking for signs of life in the mini greenhouse thinking that the cold would probably be too much and so these caught me by surprise!

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Indoors, the seeds sown the other week have all reached the surface and so far so good with what looks to be a good selection of cucumber, tomato, pea and bean plants to choose from. The beans in particular are ready to go out but with the weather the way it is, I might leave I a few more days.

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In the main greenhouse I’ve sown my first batches of rocket, mixed spicy salad leaves, mustard, purple lettuce, chard and cut/come lettuce.

Come on sunshine, I need you now!

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Apple Cucumber

These where given to me as part of a heritage set of seeds by greenfingered sister-in-law. Up until then had never heard of a Apple Cucumber!

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This variety originates from Australian as far back at the 1900 and quite the fashionable item in edwardian times. It’s certainly different!

I’m quite looking forward to seeing what the results looks like and with any luck, we might get to sample one.

Looking at the packet instructions, they’re no different to growing regular Cucumbers and it’s about this time of year that I sow mine so will be adding these too. I’ll be back with progress as they (hopefully) begin to grow.

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Blog links

I’ll be adding a blog roll/link section to my blog very soon and one I’ll be adding is http://www.mytinyplot.co.uk/

Have been an avid reader for sometime now and as a (very) amateur gardener have found plenty of tips and inspiration. Well worth checking out.

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Veggie plot 2011 – and we’re off…again.

Just a couple of pictures of the seeds I’d sown last weekend. One minute there’s nothing and the next they’re roaring on!

Cucumbers

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Runner beans

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