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June...that means warm, doesn't it? Um...doesn't it?

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Post  LaFee on 6/2/2010, 10:05 am

Many of us posted on Mirjam's "Plantlife is officially late" thread this week...

But what about the rest of you? Happily, this month we've added quite a few new members from Europe -- the UK, Ireland, Iceland, added to our existing members in France, Belgium, and the Netherlands, as well as one lucky fellow who gardens in Sweden in the summer and Spain in the winter!

I've already replanted radishes, as the first harvest was outstanding, and my lettuce is refilling as fast as I can make salads. My green beans and corn just came up yesterday, and my peas finally got the clue and are quickly making their way up the supports. My tomatoes are looking strong and healthy...now I'm waiting for the world's slowest carrots to get bigger (I'm hoping for a Christmas harvest at this point)...and anxiously awaiting the appearance of cucumbers, canteloup, and watermelon. I think it's just been too cold for the last three of late. This last chilly spell has driven me crazy.

But the biggest success has to be my potatoes...I planted Charlottes in contractor bags, and I can't keep the bags filled with new layers of soil fast enough to keep up. If the tubers are growing as fast as the plants above ground, I'll have enough taters to last me half the winter! (Oh, I'd be over the moon)

I also finally got my traditional flower bed dug and enriched and planted...and it looks like someone lives here and cares about how the flowers look! (yay me!) Petunias, fuschias, and three colors of nicotiana are showing well against the enormous poppies and peonies that I inherited here. It needs to mature and fill in, but it's looking good...and the nasturtiums are finally sprouting, so they'll fill in even more. That, along with boxes of geraniums in every window, and a few pots to brighten a few corners...I think I'm nearly set for the summer.


How does YOUR Europe garden grow?

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Re: June...that means warm, doesn't it? Um...doesn't it?

Post  Mirjam on 6/2/2010, 11:47 am

my peas and sugarsnaps are also doing great in the mels' mix; peas are supposed to grow to a meter, sugarsnaps 80 cm.... both are now about 1.60 m, and still growing strong...

Isn't it fun when the garden is coming together? I replanted my front yard two years ago (after emptying it almost completely), and now finally it's starting to look like a garden instead of "a few plants in an otherwise empty space" Smile

It was my birthday last weekend, and ofcourse I got some plants for presents, but I could hardly find a place to squeeze them in!
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Post  jtwenting on 6/4/2010, 2:03 am

Things are growing nicely, but the first bits of lettuce I harvested (thinning out the bed, too many seedlings were coming up) tasted very bitter compared to the same lettuce I'd sown last autumn and harvested at a similar age.

Not sure why, maybe the weird weather has caused some change in the chemical composition of the plants?

Things are really exploding into life now, where last week a lot of plants seemed to barely hang on for life, a few mild and moist days followed by the first summer sun has made a big difference.

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Post  Mirjam on 6/4/2010, 2:51 am

My lettuce is more bitter than it was earlier in the season too...I guess it's the warm weather that causes the taste difference.
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Post  plb on 6/4/2010, 9:55 am

Lettuce turns bitter when it's bolting, i.e. when it's starting to go to seed (which happens when the weather gets hot). It can be sometimes delayed by providing the lettuce with lots of water and some shade.

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Post  jtwenting on 6/5/2010, 7:07 am

ah, but it's not flowering...
Maybe the weather changes are causing it to go into bolting mode before flowerstalks develop?

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Post  Icemaiden on 6/5/2010, 3:14 pm

It has been unusually warm here so I am a happy bunny all told.
I grew some "stem" broccoli from seed and that is doing very well - I decided to stake each plant today because they seemed a bit top-heavy in the light mix. Is that normal?

The spinach is doing very well too and there are lots of leaves ready for picking. I have 4 squares of potatoes and two are earthed to the top of the box but the other two squares are a bit slower and so not earthed up.

The carrots and parsnips are all up and on their way. And the oinions from sets are looking great. I'm trying bush runner beans and they look rather sad, a flower or two but the leaves are clearly not happy, guess it just isn't warm enough for them.

I still have garden fleece over everything except the potatoes. I was thinking of taking it off but yesterday was really strange - looked like a thick mist but not cold or wet. It was volcanic ash It is a bit ashy today but not so bad. Anyhow, I decided that my little plants did not need a coating of dust so I left the fleece over. The rhubarb certainly doesn't like it and I had to rinse it off today. In fact everything outside is covered by a fine film and it is horrible. If the summer is like this I will go nuts!

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