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Unread 19-04-2022, 07:12 PM
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This the book?

Digging for Victory: Wartime Gardening with Mr Middleton

https://www.amazon.co.uk/Digging-Vic.../dp/1845133714
No, this one

https://dig-for-victory.org.uk/month...rowing-guides/

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I seem to remember Broad Beans are an early crop that enriches the soil. Can make a nice pesto

https://www.bbcgoodfood.com/recipes/...oad-bean-pesto
They fix nitrogen from the air into nodules in their roots, all legumes do this and it does enrich the soil. In a rotation you grow spuds there the next year which like nitrogen rich soil. You can grow them early but I find its too wet to do that up here and they rot, I grow them as a summer crop.
 
Unread 19-04-2022, 07:45 PM
Fat Al
 
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No, this one

https://dig-for-victory.org.uk/month...rowing-guides/



They fix nitrogen from the air into nodules in their roots, all legumes do this and it does enrich the soil. In a rotation you grow spuds there the next year which like nitrogen rich soil. You can grow them early but I find its too wet to do that up here and they rot, I grow them as a summer crop.


Nice one.

This is a hardback version of the one you linked, but apparently with some extra bits in.
 
Unread 20-04-2022, 06:15 PM
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If you grow Brassicas, top tip is to get a few Nasturtium plants. The cabbage white butterflies/caterpillars will preferentially go for them and leave your veg alone.

Any peas, beetroot, salad, chillies, tomatoes, pumpkins, squashes, potatoes, onions, garlic dead easy to grow. Brussel sprouts had mixed success.

Sweetcorn is easy but you have to manually fertilise them by shaking or brushing. Corn p*rn my missus calls it. They need tonnes of sun.

We've successfully grown melons and grapes in the greenhouse last 2 years.

Asparagus is latest one but need patience, you can't pick them for 3 years but amazing and once they start popping up you get loads of them.

Other than the gym and mountaineering, it's the most relaxing thing ever growing own stuff
 
Unread 20-04-2022, 06:24 PM
jem
 
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Even the look of them makes me ill.

So far have planted potatoes, carrots, parsnips, peppers, chillis, courgettes, aubergines, cucumber, onions, beetroot, lettuce, basil, coriander and tomatoes. And peas.
we have a few of these. chilis the most rewarding and consistent quality (ie: maximum reward for minimum effort). some would say a fruit, though.
 
Unread 20-04-2022, 06:26 PM
Fat Al
 
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we have a few of these. chilis the most rewarding and consistent quality (ie: maximum reward for minimum effort). some would say a fruit, though.
Doesn't count if it's your gardener who's growing them.
 
Unread 20-04-2022, 06:27 PM
jem
 
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Doesn't count if it's your gardener who's growing them.
harsh. the gardener only destroys stuff.
 
Unread 20-04-2022, 07:02 PM
redhegemony
 
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If you grow Brassicas, top tip is to get a few Nasturtium plants. The cabbage white butterflies/caterpillars will preferentially go for them and leave your veg alone.

Any peas, beetroot, salad, chillies, tomatoes, pumpkins, squashes, potatoes, onions, garlic dead easy to grow. Brussel sprouts had mixed success.

Sweetcorn is easy but you have to manually fertilise them by shaking or brushing. Corn p*rn my missus calls it. They need tonnes of sun.

We've successfully grown melons and grapes in the greenhouse last 2 years.

Asparagus is latest one but need patience, you can't pick them for 3 years but amazing and once they start popping up you get loads of them.

Other than the gym and mountaineering, it's the most relaxing thing ever growing own stuff

Nigel Slater has logged on....
 
Unread 27-06-2022, 05:15 PM
Finport Red
 
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Howís things coming along for the growers?

Been harvesting strawberries for the last 3 weeks or so, first courgettes last week and had a salad using homegrown romaine and rocket at lunch today.

First peas donít look far away and the potatoes are flowering, despite the seasons here deciding to not bother moving forward to summer.

Some of the onions bolted, and not sure the peppers or aubergines will produce anything of note.
 
Unread 27-06-2022, 06:40 PM
Surfers do Charlie
 
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Howís things coming along for the growers?

Been harvesting strawberries for the last 3 weeks or so, first courgettes last week and had a salad using homegrown romaine and rocket at lunch today.

First peas donít look far away and the potatoes are flowering, despite the seasons here deciding to not bother moving forward to summer.

Some of the onions bolted, and not sure the peppers or aubergines will produce anything of note.
I'm not doing much this year, but the salad stuff is doing well and the runner beans are cropping already.

Bit disappointed with the green beans - they went all yellow when I planted them out and they're only just picking up now.
 
Unread 27-06-2022, 07:25 PM
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Iíve got some peas, spring onions and carrots growing.

The carrots look a bit odd tbh.
 
Unread 27-06-2022, 07:58 PM
Finport Red
 
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I'm not doing much this year, but the salad stuff is doing well and the runner beans are cropping already.

Bit disappointed with the green beans - they went all yellow when I planted them out and they're only just picking up now.
Havenít done any beans. Not a big fan of them. Might try next year.

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Iíve got some peas, spring onions and carrots growing.

The carrots look a bit odd tbh.
In what way? Mine are just a bit slow in growing. Same with the onions I grew from seed. Theyíre not big at all. The ones I grew from west have bolted, but the shallots look magnificent.
 
Unread 27-06-2022, 08:06 PM
Fat Al
 
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My grandson decided that I didn't need to grow carrots this year.
 
Unread 27-06-2022, 10:33 PM
TravellingRed
 
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Havenít done any beans. Not a big fan of them. Might try next year.



In what way? Mine are just a bit slow in growing. Same with the onions I grew from seed. Theyíre not big at all. The ones I grew from west have bolted, but the shallots look magnificent.
Onions are always slow to grow from seed, they'll swell really quickly once they start though, they'll not be ready till end August or early September. Plus ones from seed are less likely to bolt.
 
Unread 27-06-2022, 11:53 PM
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Respect to the growers. Is it possible to never buy onions or potatoes again? Or is it just a week of jollies once a year where you pretend to be sustainable?
 
Unread 28-06-2022, 07:52 AM
Finport Red
 
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Respect to the growers. Is it possible to never buy onions or potatoes again? Or is it just a week of jollies once a year where you pretend to be sustainable?
Depends how much space youíve got. I think Iíll have enough potatoes to see me through most of the winter, maybe to spring.

Not sure how my onions will go. Bit you can do all year round on those too, if you have the space and especially if you have a greenhouse or polytunnel.

Root veg keep longer, so best to have a good harvest of them coming through in the autumn.

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Onions are always slow to grow from seed, they'll swell really quickly once they start though, they'll not be ready till end August or early September. Plus ones from seed are less likely to bolt.
Cheers. I read that, but only once theyíd bolted. The red sets seem to be more prone to it.
 
Unread 28-06-2022, 09:25 PM
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Respect to the growers. Is it possible to never buy onions or potatoes again? Or is it just a week of jollies once a year where you pretend to be sustainable?
I usually grow enough spuds to last till about mid march any longer and they start sprouting really and going soft. First crop of new spuds last week so between March and June I don't have home grown. Onions I have pretty much year round as o have winter onions from about mid May and the main crop up till then.

Cabbages can be grown fresh year round. Beans, sprouts, corn and broccoli I freeze, tomatoes I freeze as well but they're only good for sauce as they don't defrost well.
 
Unread 30-06-2022, 08:49 PM
Sharders
 
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Got melons on the go this year. They've gone from flowers to now small fruits over last 3 months. Grown from seed from b and q, 20% success rate. Wife has already got the tights in place to hold them (growing them vertically inside the greenhouse). Wife hates me even more when I say tights and melon talk is arousing.
 
Unread 15-10-2022, 12:55 PM
Finport Red
 
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Right, summer is over the harvest is past, so how did we all get on?

For me, big successes -

Potatoes - I think I have enough to see us through to January or February.
Courgettes - plenty of these from June to last week
Cucumbers - again loads, end of July until now
Cherry tomatoes - loads
Beetroot - plenty of them, nice roasted
Rocket/romaine - both great early on but bolted when we got that one week of nice weather in July.


Failures

Onions - ok but not very big. Again, some bolted when the weather turned Tomatoes - disappointing, really late In ripening, think they got the blight.
Peas/mangetout - very nice but took up too much room for all we got back. Wonít do again
Peppers - got one decent size green pepper and a few small ones
Chilli peppers - waste of time, probably started them too late.
Aubergines - nice flowers, but thatís all.
Carrots - tasted nice but there werenít an awful lot of them and they werenít very big. Didnít even get an amusing one I could send to Esther Rantzen

All in all, a good first year. I know the things Iíll redo next year and those I wonít bother with, and also what Iíll do in their place.

Still waiting on the parsnips. They get sweeter if you let the frost get at them before lifting.

How did people who live in areas where the sun didnít wait until mid august to appear get on?
 
Unread 15-10-2022, 01:37 PM
Spock
 
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Right, summer is over the harvest is past, so how did we all get on?

For me, big successes -

Potatoes - I think I have enough to see us through to January or February.
Courgettes - plenty of these from June to last week
Cucumbers - again loads, end of July until now
Cherry tomatoes - loads
Beetroot - plenty of them, nice roasted
Rocket/romaine - both great early on but bolted when we got that one week of nice weather in July.


Failures

Onions - ok but not very big. Again, some bolted when the weather turned Tomatoes - disappointing, really late In ripening, think they got the blight.
Peas/mangetout - very nice but took up too much room for all we got back. Wonít do again
Peppers - got one decent size green pepper and a few small ones
Chilli peppers - waste of time, probably started them too late.
Aubergines - nice flowers, but thatís all.
Carrots - tasted nice but there werenít an awful lot of them and they werenít very big. Didnít even get an amusing one I could send to Esther Rantzen

All in all, a good first year. I know the things Iíll redo next year and those I wonít bother with, and also what Iíll do in their place.

Still waiting on the parsnips. They get sweeter if you let the frost get at them before lifting.

How did people who live in areas where the sun didnít wait until mid august to appear get on?
all peppers are green until they ripen tbh... anyone noticed you cant buy a bloody green pepper in the shops anymore unless its in a pack of three with a red and yellow etc
 
Unread 15-10-2022, 01:43 PM
Finport Red
 
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all peppers are green until they ripen tbh... anyone noticed you cant buy a bloody green pepper in the shops anymore unless its in a pack of three with a red and yellow etc
Yeah, knew that. But given how late in the year it is, I couldnít see it ripening this side of Christmas, so off it came.
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