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Johnplotman's Journal

Johnplotman's Journal

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This week in the vegetable garden.

16 March 2010 09:32:30
Hopefully in full demand this summer.

Hopefully in full demand this summer.

Today is starting off cool at just above +3 deg,but hopefully will brighten into a nicer day.This week in the veg garden i intended to continue with outdoor sowings of a number of hardy veg,like broad beans,parsnips,summer spinach,and are best sown as soon as possible.Shallots can still be planted too.If you want to get a good start with radishes,lettuces,or early cabbages,sow them now,but will need to provide protection with either cold frames,or cloches for a few weeks just yet.Continue to make sowings of early,second early,or main crop varieties of peas.Plant earlie potatoes.A slow process but along with a little help hopefully the jobs will be done over the next few days.Time for some garden reading.


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unagrant unagrant 16 March 2010 11:35:27

John it's great to get your info keeps us all up todate on what to be doing.  John I have planted Broad beans indoors at the moment and thay have come on brilliant,  there in good size pots.  Should I leave them idoors or put them in the cold frame?


Johnplotman Johnplotman 16 March 2010 12:12:03

The Broad Beans Una are fit for the coldframe.This is the month for maincrop plantings outdoors and will be done until about the end of May.One little thing to remember is to do the planting in successiolal cropping [little and often during that time so you wont have a crop all at the one time.How you know if they are ready to pick,just check the scar on each bean.If it is still white or green fine,but if black then over grown and get tough.


Cloncaw Cloncaw 16 March 2010 12:36:59

Bit wild and windy here today but should really get my act together and get wrapped up and do some planting in the kitchen garden now it has warmed up.


Pat Pat 16 March 2010 14:04:49

Thats great information John. I am hoping to plant the early potatoes on Thurs. taking a day or two off work. Barbara wants to plant Broad beans, will they grow in Bags/growbags as I don' have space in the ground as my garden is shrubs and flowers.


Hoeys Hoeys 16 March 2010 14:27:51

thanks John, just in time with your advice. got my plot done today so will be sowing alot tomorrow and thursday, weather permiting.

 


sparrow sparrow 16 March 2010 14:29:19

Glad your able to do a little bit of gardening and glad your back. Hope your not overdoing it.


unagrant unagrant 16 March 2010 16:44:10

John thanks very much for that information John


fran m fran m 16 March 2010 19:31:40

Thanks John, hope all going well with you.


Johnplotman Johnplotman 17 March 2010 08:35:16

Thank everyone.

Pat,when growing them in Bags/Growbags and space is tight then dont over do size.To save a lot of trouble with high canes,supports,balance etc,if you like you could try a dwarf varietie.Some like The Sutton type despite been a little late down should do the job,as you still have until app the end of May for getting them started.Grow to about 45cm in height.You would be able to fit them around your garden where ever suits once they have sun. 


Lìga Lìga 17 March 2010 09:21:36

We planted last week-brasikas,peas,spinach,early potatoes.Hope they will grow.


Johnplotman Johnplotman 18 March 2010 08:35:16

Good luck with all the vegetable work Liga.All will grow well.


Pat Pat 18 March 2010 13:59:11

Thanks John, thats good.


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