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johhnyco15

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Re: taking shape
« Reply #20 on: May 15, 2018, 18:31:59 »
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most things 120 sweetcorn 50 cabbage 16 courgettes  50 sweet peppers 50 chilli 12 cucumbers indoor 10 cucumbers outdoor 40 butternut the list goes on and on

Are you feeding the whole of the 'sunshine coast' ? :glasses9:

Speaking of Sweet corn...I'm having problems this year with my sweetcorn I usually sow around 40 to ensure I get the 25 or so I need. This year I have sown three batches and got about 10 plants, so I have now sown some more....fingers crossed!

As you will know I have given up a plot this year so I am doing a lot of planning, although juggling might be a better term with the number of plants I am growing. I still want to grow the same variety of veg but just a few less of each of  them hence the juggling.

Basically what I am doing is adding a plant extra to each row to compensate for the reduced number I am growing. For example I have always grown 4 brassicas across a bed this year I am trying 5. Similarly things that would be 5 across are now 6 and so on!

It will be interesting to see if it all works out as planned (juggled)

Planted out my Chrysants (48) yesterday morning and 60 Gladioli this morning plus weeded my garlic as you can see in the attached picture.
may i ask what variety of sweetcorn i had a very patchy sowing of lark which i grow early however the incredible were around 98% so have plenty as for garlic i only grow a dozen
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Re: taking shape
« Reply #20 on: May 15, 2018, 18:31:59 »

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Re: taking shape
« Reply #21 on: May 15, 2018, 19:39:15 »
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may i ask what variety of sweetcorn

One was called Amaize the other was my own seeds which oddly enough produced the best results so far.

I have never saved seeds before but as I was clearing up at the end of the season I found a cob that I had missed at harvest time at it had dried rock solid so I scraped the kernels off. The way I looked at it " nothing ventured nothing gained"

Obviously I was not going to depend on my own seed so I bought Amaize when I was placing my seed order for safety's sake!

I now have Swift on the go which I sowed last Saturday so expecting results any day now!

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Re: taking shape
« Reply #22 on: May 15, 2018, 21:28:19 »
I've always followed Janine's advice on sowing sweetcorn, and get pretty much 100% germination since I have, 100% this year with Incredible.
Sow in rootrainers 3 weeks before planning to plant out, 2nd week of May for me.
Just press the seeds into watered rootrainers modules, leave them uncovered and place on heated mat for bottom heat only.
Germination takes two or three days.
Harden off over a week before planting out (mine go into a 8x4 double walled large cloche made from discarded porch materials so have protection against cold winds etc)
That's it!
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Re: taking shape
« Reply #23 on: May 15, 2018, 21:55:46 »
That is more or less what I do Deb apart from using root trainers and like you and Janine's method my method usually works for me as well

To be honest I suspect the seeds,perhaps this packet of Swift will be better.....fingers crossed

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Re: taking shape
« Reply #24 on: May 16, 2018, 07:22:18 »
I agree it sounds like the seeds have let you down this time, annoying when you lose the time! Worth a go with the seeds you found though. One year hardly any of my courgettes germinated, three different varieties.......I mean come on, courgettes!!!!!😏
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Re: taking shape
« Reply #25 on: May 20, 2018, 15:59:15 »
blackberry fantasia in full blossom now but watch out for the thorns
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