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Shan



Joined: 13 Jan 2009
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Location: South Wales
PostPosted: Tue Mar 01, 16 8:46 am    Post subject: Reply with quote
    

There be monsters in the greenhouse!

NorthernMonkeyGirl



Joined: 10 Apr 2011
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Location: Peeping over your shoulder
PostPosted: Tue Mar 01, 16 2:11 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote
    

Sweet peas are finally showing, and dahlias, but everything else is still sulking

otatop



Joined: 01 Jun 2005
Posts: 1425
Location: North London
PostPosted: Fri Mar 11, 16 3:06 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote
    

Shan wrote:
The worst plant I have ever had was Fat Baby Acocha. It took over the entire greenhouse and took about 5 hours to eventually extricate the damn thing.


Same here. You have to pick the things when they're small - and they were so prolific and fast growing that by the time I'd got to the end of the vine the ones at the beginning had grown into monsters. It was like trying to paint the Forth Bridge twice a day. They weren't particularly tasty either.

quixoticgeek



Joined: 23 Dec 2008
Posts: 296
Location: Canterbury
PostPosted: Tue Mar 15, 16 12:02 am    Post subject: Reply with quote
    

I like to start my tomatoes and Peppers quite early. Living in Kent the warm climate means that I can generally get them out quite early, not to mention the benefits of a good ole Urban Heat island...

Every year I try to plan around the 26th of January. This year I started them on the 29th. It's now the 15th of march and my tomatoes are nearly 10" tall... They are growing faster than usual. The chillis are doing much the same rate as usual.

Am going to pot them onto larger pots in the coming days.

The big problem I'm going to hit soon is running out of space on the window sills... I want to start off a couple of trays of beetroot and brassicas in the next week too... If I can't start to get thing outside by April, I'm going to not have enough space for the pumpkins and beans...

On the plus side, the lettuce I started at the same time is ready for harvest, yay for cut and come again.

J

dpack



Joined: 02 Jul 2005
Posts: 38203
Location: yes
PostPosted: Tue Mar 15, 16 12:23 am    Post subject: Reply with quote
    

last year the things that did best went in rather late but i do have a problem with a north west aspect and building shade that means the few sunny spots are only sunny from late may til late sept.
i will work with that and hold off on plants or seeds for a while.

unless i build a platform in a sunny place ,a very tempting idea but a bit off the wall ,literally.

jema
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Joined: 28 Oct 2004
Posts: 26942
Location: escaped from Swindon
PostPosted: Tue Mar 22, 16 6:39 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote
    

We have kicked into gear in the last week, loads of seeds planted and raised beds weeded.
Trying a new thing this year and using collapsible plastic crates that allow drainage, are a nice depth and have handles.
We also have another greenhouse on order
This is the third year we have been here now, and I'm determined this year we will be a lot more successful.

AnnaD



Joined: 12 Jun 2007
Posts: 2777
Location: Edinburgh
PostPosted: Wed Mar 23, 16 10:00 am    Post subject: Reply with quote
    

I planted chilli and tomato seeds last week (a bit later than planned!), and I already have a shoot. I think I'll wait until April to plant most of the other veg since I live in Scotland.

Shan



Joined: 13 Jan 2009
Posts: 8646
Location: South Wales
PostPosted: Wed Mar 23, 16 4:41 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote
    

jema wrote:
We have kicked into gear in the last week, loads of seeds planted and raised beds weeded.
Trying a new thing this year and using collapsible plastic crates that allow drainage, are a nice depth and have handles.
We also have another greenhouse on order
This is the third year we have been here now, and I'm determined this year we will be a lot more successful.


I think half the battle is finding the seeds that work for the conditions you have. I found Real Seed Co. to be quite useful for this & there are some varieties that do much better for me than others.

gz



Joined: 23 Jan 2009
Posts: 6965
Location: Ayrshire, Scotland
PostPosted: Wed Mar 23, 16 6:18 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote
    

Neighbour over the road gave us two dozen peas that he'd soaked ready...I think it is a sort of hint!!
Just sown them now, and it is raining

Shan



Joined: 13 Jan 2009
Posts: 8646
Location: South Wales
PostPosted: Wed Mar 23, 16 8:58 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote
    

Well done!

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