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sgt.colon



Joined: 27 Jul 2009
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Location: Just south of north.
PostPosted: Sun Dec 13, 20 1:58 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote
    

None of my celeriac have done well. They are all root and leaves. Does anyone now where I might have gone wrong? Thanks.



dpack



Joined: 02 Jul 2005
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PostPosted: Sun Dec 13, 20 3:37 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote
    

celariac is supposed to be roots, ace things

that one is a bit small, richer earth will help, the best i have had were from lincolnshire black soil but the ones from the local gardeners in the market are ok

peel the root, slice it and use in a stew or layered with fish and baked or even boiled with lots of butter

imho from when i have grown them the tops are a bit strong/compost, purchased they arrive topless, ooh err.

Slim



Joined: 05 Mar 2006
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Location: New England (In the US of A)
PostPosted: Sun Dec 13, 20 9:04 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote
    

Did they get a good long growing season with plenty of sunshine water and fertility?
How tightly were they spaced?

Mistress Rose



Joined: 21 Jul 2011
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PostPosted: Mon Dec 14, 20 9:04 am    Post subject: Reply with quote
    

Yes, celeriac are a celery flavoured root, so it is the root that matters.

sgt.colon



Joined: 27 Jul 2009
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PostPosted: Mon Dec 14, 20 9:40 am    Post subject: Reply with quote
    

Sorry, I meant the ball of the root is very small.

I planted them about 12" apart. I'm wondering if it was a watering problem during the very dry spell we had. I'd put chicken pellets in the soil before planting are well.

I'm looking forward to giving the little bits a try.

Thanks all.

Slim



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PostPosted: Mon Dec 14, 20 11:13 am    Post subject: Reply with quote
    

Like celery they want frequent consistent water

dpack



Joined: 02 Jul 2005
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PostPosted: Mon Dec 14, 20 1:26 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote
    

moist is good, iirc they are close to swamp dwellers in the wild versions

very good soil, lots orf rich organic such as mixed farmyard, enough sandy stuff for an open texture and rich in minerals as well

deepish beds, before you refresh them they can do carrots etc and then onions

i recon my theme is stunning nice soil, and plenty of it

sgt.colon



Joined: 27 Jul 2009
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Location: Just south of north.
PostPosted: Wed Feb 17, 21 3:53 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote
    

I planted some chillies just over a week ago and popped them in to the heated propagator. The majority have come through, which is very exciting.

I've planted the following...

Prairie fire, Caroline reaper, chocolate habanero, Centennial and Sugar rush peach.

Going in today are Wautoma cucumbers.

Anybody else started planting any seeds?

tahir



Joined: 28 Oct 2004
Posts: 44791
Location: Essex
PostPosted: Wed Feb 17, 21 4:37 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote
    

Don't have a plot! I used to start my chillies around first week Jan, not too late but especially with the habanero types you need a long season. Good luck.

sgt.colon



Joined: 27 Jul 2009
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Location: Just south of north.
PostPosted: Thu Feb 18, 21 11:24 am    Post subject: Reply with quote
    

Thanks Tahir.

I've been working on my raised beds over winter. I filled them with horse manure in the autumn and then covered them in black bags. Then today I uncovered them, laid some cardboard on top and then covered with top soil.

The bed running up is going to be for salad crops.



The bed running along is for Mrs C to do some cut flowers.




And this bed is going to be my herb bed.



gz



Joined: 23 Jan 2009
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Location: Ayrshire, Scotland
PostPosted: Thu Feb 18, 21 12:27 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote
    

That looks great!

dpack



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PostPosted: Thu Feb 18, 21 2:08 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote
    

nice soil

should be ideal for salads

a neat trick is to raise a few early lettuces from seed indoors, plant them out and get good intel on the level of slimey hoard you are confronted by

another really nice thing is that the slimy hoard do not like wool and/or sheep grease

give them no quarter, raise the raven banner, make toad halls etc etc

if you save it from the slimey hoard the mice and squizzers will be able to plan their pickanicks

Mistress Rose



Joined: 21 Jul 2011
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PostPosted: Thu Feb 18, 21 4:35 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote
    

That looks wonderful Sgt. Colon. As you have nice wide tops to the beds, you could try copper strip as well as the unwashed wool that Dpack suggests. You may need to protect from birds; mesh over metal hoops or a frame to keep it taut is best.

sgt.colon



Joined: 27 Jul 2009
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Location: Just south of north.
PostPosted: Thu Feb 18, 21 5:07 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote
    

Thanks guys.

DPack, how soon in the season can I plant some lettuce?

Also, where do you get sheep wool from or should I buy those pellet things in a bag?

Toad hall is there and I'm hoping I get some tenants.

I need an air rifle for them there squizzers.

MR, I saved a load of electrical wire from a skip last year, so I could strip that and lay it down. I've got some spare wood and netting, so I might build something to fit over the top.

Slim



Joined: 05 Mar 2006
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Location: New England (In the US of A)
PostPosted: Thu Feb 18, 21 5:12 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote
    

If transplanting, you could start lettuce now (making an educated guess on your climate)
Folks around here have lettuce going in unheated greenhouses

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