Winning and Losing in the Garden

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Winning and Losing in the Garden
« on: June 21, 2020, 17:20 »
Winning on some things, losing on others. It was ever thus for the gardener. Nice cabbages!

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Re: Winning and Losing in the Garden
« Reply #1 on: June 21, 2020, 19:14 »
Lovely hispi - did you start them off in modules, and how far apart are they planted?

I lost 3 or 4 consecutive plantings (not even sowings) of beans in my front garden.  I reckon the slugs hid under the lavender bushes around the garden, and snuck out to feast on the beans at night  :mad:
I try to take one day at a time, but sometimes several days all attack me at once...

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Re: Winning and Losing in the Garden
« Reply #2 on: June 21, 2020, 19:16 »
Very nice cabbages, mine a weeks behind yours :(
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Re: Winning and Losing in the Garden
« Reply #3 on: June 21, 2020, 20:43 »
I've a lot of old Hispi seeds so I started them by scattering some packets onto the compost in a seed tray, pressing them down a bit and covering with a little vermiculite. They were then pricked out into small modules and finally planted out in the raised bed about 10" apart each way.

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Re: Winning and Losing in the Garden
« Reply #4 on: June 21, 2020, 21:21 »
If you do get sick of fresh cabbage, I can recommend sauerkraut with lemon juice.  The long life bottled stuff is fine and you need a couple of tablespoons per jar.  I made lemon and pepper flavour a couple of years ago as an experiment and rarely make any other kind now.  It is a complete game changer :)

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Re: Winning and Losing in the Garden
« Reply #5 on: June 22, 2020, 00:08 »
I forgot to mention that I'd got a thick layer of part-rotted sheep shed manure on the raised bed and planted through that :) Noticed this has broken down more under the cabbages than in the other half of the bed too, which is nice :) :)

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Re: Winning and Losing in the Garden
« Reply #6 on: June 24, 2020, 13:58 »
Lovely stuff! I cannot grow cabbages at this time of year it is just too hot... tried and failed :( but those would be right up my street! I will grow mine over the winter and into early spring when it is much cooler.
Another failure today was a whole bed of dwarf beans. I have thought for a while they were carrying something and a bit of investigation reviled what I think is mosaic virus... pulled the lot up :(  They were grown from saved seeds. I don't know if it was the seed or they have been infected by insect vectors but hence forth no saved beans seed for me :lol:  I never thought that seeds carried viruses but I have done a bit of research and it would appear that this particular virus is carried by the seeds on occasion .


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