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1st venture into the wonderful world of Vegetables


 
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dustbrush
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PostPosted: Wed Mar 23, 2011 10:08 pm    Post subject: 1st venture into the wonderful world of Vegetables Reply with quote

Well all seems to be still alive, thank God!!!!
I planted plug plants of purple sprouting brocolli, onions and spring onions into to my raised veg bed. Only seem to have lost 1 onion due to someones bloody cat taking a dump in the bed!!!! Rolling Eyes Everything else seems to have perk up a bit, as when I 1st planted them they all looked a bit limp.

I water them every evening, is this too much????? Embarassed

Also does any one know how long it will take before I could harvest any of the above
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PostPosted: Wed Mar 23, 2011 10:43 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

regards watering; i think it's best to water them in the morning; rather than having them sit damp overnight.
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PostPosted: Wed Mar 23, 2011 10:54 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Thanks, watering in the morning makes sense now Rolling Eyes Still learning
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PostPosted: Thu Mar 24, 2011 12:45 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

watering in the evening also increases slug activity. I have two cats. What I did, was make frames 4' square (the width of my beds) out of scavenged wood and chicken wire. These can then be put on the bed, and shifted around as new sowings are made. By the the time you need to take them off as the plants grow, they are well established enough that the cats don't like digging there anymore. When not needed, they stack neatly in the shed.
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PostPosted: Thu Mar 24, 2011 4:34 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Thats a great idea, tippben, thanks. Will have to get my husband busy lol
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PostPosted: Thu Mar 24, 2011 10:56 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

spring onions should be ready to harvest from mid to late May, ordinary bulb onions will not be ready until August and purple sprouting broccoli is an unknown quantity as it needs to over winter but that may produce very small heads in June, so don't be disappointed.
michael brenock horticultural advisor (retired)
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PostPosted: Fri Mar 25, 2011 7:36 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Thanks for that Michael
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