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Today at 18:30:00 by CotswoldLass | Views: 14 | Comments: 0
Well I should be renamed Wiltshire Lass as that's where we are now but having been in Hampshire for a good few years and not changed I guess can stay the same.
For the first time in years have time to spend in the garden and am loving it. Hubby's retired (I haven't) but the new place garden has been a joy to work on.
Needless to say having to battle Ground Elder and Bindweed (again) but the hey ho what's new.
Look forward to catching up and feeling like a gardener again.
All best to all,
Today at 17:03:22 by tim
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Today at 12:59:14 by Peanuts
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As with most years, some things do well, and some things do badly, never the same, thankfully. I'm wondering how everyone has found this year so far? Here in SW France it has been a hotter and drier summer. In UK quite a bit of rain, cold and wind I think.
Bad things for me, in no particular order:
shallots - tiny
parsnips - never really got them germinated (unusual for me) so gave up
mid/late potatoes - shooting in the ground, and eaten by mole crickets
Chard - half went to seed in the heat
Sweetcorn, only managed to get half germinated, didn't water them enough, and now they are ripening and being eaten (by mice?)
Broccoli, kale, sprouts - planted out too small, sowed again, replanted and now struggling with flea beetle. not sure they will survive
Peppers - plants not much bigger than when I planted them out early June
Runner beans - didn't set in the hot weather, now producing but much shorter pods than usual
Trébons onions (local variety summer large onion) - fantastic crop, will keep us going for several months
early potatoes - best for a long time
beetroot - good size
lettuce - best ever, and managing to have a succession of beautiful hearted Batavia all summer
Beans, French and climbing various - all growing well, so a success, but not producing so much as not been watered enough
Courgettes - loving the hot weather, three plants now enormous, have more than 10 growing points, so very difficult to make sure I pick them all
raspberries and blackberries - best crops for years
apples - really heavy crop, but not big, even having thinned them out.
Today at 11:47:14 by Peanuts
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Chatting to a farmer in the village this morning, I was warned - his main and mid-crop potatoes are shooting in the ground, even though the tops have dies down. I hadn't thought of looking at those yet, as we are working through what has been a really good crop of early ones - Belle de Fontenay.
We've now lifted all the mid-seasoned-skinned crop and yes, at least a third of really good-sized potatoes are shooting, green healthy, annoying shoots!
Should I break them off do you think, and store them as usual, keeping a regular eye on them? i'm hoping they will keep reasonably. We'll just have to eat more potatoes quickly!
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