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Johnplotman's Journal

Johnplotman's Journal

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The growing season for Brassicas [cabbages etc.]

11 May 2010 09:38:46
Starting to fill the gaps.

Starting to fill the gaps.

With the sun shining and the coolness leaving the air,we hope to be in for a nice day.Both tunnel and greenhouse gave readings earlier on,app +2 and both are a long way below the one we need.[7.5 - 8 deg for growth].All going well,that wont be for to long.I spent  an hour earlier on this morning watering most of the main vegetable beds along with the tunnel and greenhouse.Plans for this evening on return will be to do some more work with the flower bed in the main garden.Going to introduce a mix of flowers,vegetables and herbs.

The growing season with Brassicas [cabb,cauli,radish, etc]

Radish 3.Cabbage 10,Cauli 9-10.Chinese cabb 7.5-8. Kohl rabi 6. 

Leeks 17-20,Onions 12-25,Shallots 12-25,Garlic 12,

All above in weeks.


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LNolan LNolan 11 May 2010 10:44:29

I think this weather is confusing the plants John with it going from mild nights back to the frost. I've got some beetroot and carrots in boxes outside and they're very slow about coming on.


unagrant unagrant 11 May 2010 12:41:14

It's very slow to warm up John,  when I was out for my walk this morning my ears felt like they were been frost bitten.  Thats interesting to read about what temperature things need to grow.


Lìga Lìga 11 May 2010 16:19:26

Here all time cold wind,i'm surprised that anything grow when so cold,day +12,at night +6,,i can't wait summer time,hope then atlast will be warmer.


Pat Pat 11 May 2010 16:41:54

The bed is looking good, John. Summer is a long time coming, its in fits and starts. We had to take in some tender plants as its too cold during the day, never mind night.


Clara Clara 11 May 2010 17:01:25

Yes it gets so cold as soon as 6 in the evening and then early morning so cold also . John you  garden looks great.


Johnplotman Johnplotman 11 May 2010 21:00:44

Strange weather for sure Liam.The carrots[Daucus carota] and the beetroot,[Beta vulgaris]are confused with this type of weather.Flying up in the tunnel,and quite the opposite outside.They will come good in the end.That is if Jack Frost and the gang dont decide to stay.


Johnplotman Johnplotman 11 May 2010 21:05:56

The weather is a shambles at this time of year Una.This morning was like early winter.The temperature readings Una [Thanks] are similar if heat in the tunnel or greenhouse goes above 30 deg.A lot of plants etc,will also stop growing with that strength of heat.


Johnplotman Johnplotman 11 May 2010 21:17:41

The weather is winning again Liga,only the wrong way for the gardeners.It wants to come soon,the good weather.Today was more like autumn weather,with all the flowers from the Prunus trees on the ground.


Johnplotman Johnplotman 11 May 2010 21:26:07

Thanks Pat.Some years back i wheeled a barrowful of potato stalks from the vegetable garden to burn them [Potato blight] with the damp mild weather.Every time it rains during the growing season it brings back memories of then.Having to take plants in during the day,is trouble at its worst.Bad enough,as you mention at night,but having to do so with the plants during the day,is salt on wounds from the weather.


Johnplotman Johnplotman 11 May 2010 21:31:37

Thanks Clara.For the last hour its raining here,and like the middle of winter.


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