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A thistle cut in June is far too soon but one cut in July will surely die

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A thistle cut in June is far too soon but one cut in July will surely die

Post  plantoid on 7/2/2012, 6:17 pm

Well for the Uk we have just had the wettest June on record ...that is the wettest June for 101 years

I don't have exact figure for rain fall this year in South Wales but understand that we have had over seven months worth in just over the last four months . Ave rain fal, is normally 42 inches per year ..we are well past that figure.

What can we plant or sow in the sfg's ?

Well almost everything that you could do in early May is my suggestion and start tinking about doing the odd overwintering brassica every ten days ..if the wet weather holds we should have some real good cabbages 7 caulies.

I've not had any cabbage white of caterpilliar damage in the gardens yet ..in fact I've only seen two of the butterflys this year and that was way back in early April.

My garlic has gone crazy look inthe big stuff gallery and see my four foot two inch tall garlics .

I'm about to start my second batch of animal dung based composted manures in my " Daleks " but this time I'm only going to be using four of them as the other three will be used to store the newly finsihed compost that I fully got going in February .

I've decided to do cut and come again on my cabbages taking just a leaf here and there off plants tha thave six inch long leaves. This seems to be working well for the replacment new leaves are so juicy and tender . There is no throwing half of a cabbage into the compost heap after you prepare it for cooking. This cut and come again also helps reduce any pest on the cabbage leafves , for the eggs are removed with these outer leaves on a regular basis .

The peas are going like hero's , I've never had so many peas from just twelve sown peas .

I'm still sowing successional sowing of peas and runner beans if they fail to preform i'll be putting the greenery in the compst bin.

I've also done several squares of carrots and hope to do more this week if it stops raining long enough .

Celery stumps that got the cut end re shaved of have all taken quite well and we are now eating cut and come again off the first stump planted . This was started off inside and planted out at about 10 day growth , the other two were directly planted into well soaked beds and " puddled " in .

These last two seem to have got going stronger and better than the indoors started one despite them being 10 and 20 days behing the first one.

We welcome several new SFG'ers not only in the UK but also in mainland Europe Everyone seems to be settling in slowly but surely and using the site to help them sort out any dificulties they may have wrt ANSFG .



That's all from me for a very wet starting July .. I'm off to get my fins and snorkle tube on to go and see if the veg in the beds need life boats or any bouyancy aids .
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Post  Triciasgarden on 7/3/2012, 12:33 am

Wow Plantoid, everything sounds amazing! I was thinking of doing the celery thing today. That is such a great idea of removing one leaf of cabbage at a time, what a great idea! I had never heard of that but it sure make such sense as cabbages can become so huge! Have fun swimming!
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Post  Goosegirl on 7/3/2012, 5:07 am

plantoid wrote:That's all from me for a very wet starting July .. I'm off to get my fins and snorkle tube on to go and see if the veg in the beds need life boats or any bouyancy aids .

Hydroponic SFG's? Wish we could trade up for a bit. You need the heat and sunshine and we need the rain.

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Post  plantoid on 7/3/2012, 6:18 am

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plantoid wrote:That's all from me for a very wet starting July .. I'm off to get my fins and snorkle tube on to go and see if the veg in the beds need life boats or any bouyancy aids .

Hydroponic SFG's? Wish we could trade up for a bit. You need the heat and sunshine and we need the rain.

GG



It's not so much as wanting heat for 60oF to 70 oF is good for growing shed loads of crops and with a glasshouse the warmer crops can easily be grown . It's real honest to goodness sunshine we need without the rain just so we can get the rays on our skin.

If it warms a tad and stays humid for long there will be massive blight problems for many a gardener and farmer not to mention the dreaded slugs that are already starting to breed like crazy.

Which reminds me .... I have to buy some " NEMASYS Nematode slug control " before the suppliers run short when everyone wakes up to the slug explosion & wants to buy it .
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Post  GWN on 7/3/2012, 10:33 am

ry stumps that got the cut end re shaved of have all taken quite well and we are now eating cut and come again off the first stump planted

I am on my third try at celery stumps, I got the leaves coming up and suddenly they all just died??
Hope that the third one will work

We are having record rains here too, I brought many of my plants back into the greenhouse, not wishing to loose it all.
So I am growing ALL of my basil in the greenhouse (except for a few plants) and they are thriving the outside ones are dying.
TOmatoes, I have 11 that I still had ind 5 gallon buckets and I just hauled them all back into the greenhouse and have set up the strings for them to just climb there.
I have moved 3 pepper plants into greenhouse as well.
Today is SUPPOSED to be the last day of rain for awhile... we will see.
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