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PostPosted: Sun Jul 06, 2014 10:40 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Hey Blowin, I said I would keep you informed about the Thompson & Morgan pea seed germination rate. Glad to report that I am happy, over 95% germination. They are the ones in the right hand drill from the center of the picture to the background. Putting a fence up on them today.


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PostPosted: Sun Jul 13, 2014 5:44 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

If that lot grows to its full potential, you'll have to open a shop. No wonder you don't fancy shelling them all.

Just out of interest, what's your plan with the garden? How many mouths do you have to feed? Acres of spuds is understandable as you can store them quite easily and grow for the whole year. Other crops like curly kale, leeks, parsnips etc can overwinter in the soil until needed.

We've got peas coming out of our ears off my 22ft row so how on earth are you going to cope with that lot?

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PostPosted: Mon Jul 14, 2014 12:36 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Blowin wrote:
If that lot grows to its full potential, you'll have to open a shop. No wonder you don't fancy shelling them all.


A shop indeed, have planted way more than the two of us will manage to eat. Am going to stick a sign out on the road when the 'season of plenty' arrives. I got a pile of those 20kg potato bags and I am thinking of selling a variety of veg for say 20 per bag. For example, 10kg of potatoes, 1 kg of carrots, 1kg of onions, a head of lettuce, 1 cabbage, 2 sweetcorn cobs, a few broccoli heads ahh you get the idea. Need to do some market research first though.

What is sown so far is.....
1650m of 10 potato varieties.
Approx 3000 onions, several varieties including leeks.
Maybe 2000 carrots, 4 varieties.
Several hundred each of swede and turnip.
5 varieties of cabbage.
4 varieties of broccoli.
Kohl robi.
Garlic.
Beetroot.
Sweetcorn, approx. 80.
Cauliflower 100+.
20 brussels sprouts.
24 celery.
Lettuces.
Radish.
Spinach.
90 runner beans.
40 broad beans.
1700+ peas, 7 varieties I think.
Tomatoes.
Peppers.
Parsnips.
Strawberries, 47 plants.

Some late variety veg still to be sown. And some of the above went in late so may not be a success. At this hour I cannot remember the quantities of them all. Storage is indeed something that I will have to look into very soon. Some veg will be given away to family members and to people that have helped me out this year, e.g. the man who gave me farmyard manure, the two lads who helped me sow the potatoes and ploughed/rotavated, the man who gave me the glass from his disused greenhouse for my greenhouse, the man who gave me the spare fascia boards to be transformed into my 'tombstone' plant identification labels. Should get rid of it all somehow.

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PostPosted: Mon Jul 14, 2014 5:00 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Wow! If you treat yourself to an honest debriefing session at the end of the season, I imagine next year could be different?
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PostPosted: Mon Jul 14, 2014 7:42 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

That makes my 5 raised beds seem puny! Well done, it's a real market garden. I wish you well with it.
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PostPosted: Mon Jul 14, 2014 11:26 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Thanks lads. Sometimes I do wonder if it is worth it at all!
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PostPosted: Mon Jul 14, 2014 4:37 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

That's amazing.I have hurst green shaft and I got them for 1.99
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PostPosted: Mon Jul 14, 2014 4:48 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

You got them cheaper than I did then. See page 1 of this thread.
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PostPosted: Mon Jul 14, 2014 5:24 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

tagwex I saw the prices,they're outrageous,before I got seeds,I forget what seeds they were.I bought them for 4 an then I found the same brand and variety for 1.50,I hate the different seed prices,especially the expensive seeds.
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PostPosted: Mon Jul 14, 2014 6:27 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Edlyn12 - Go back through this thread and you'll see there's no need to buy seeds every year if you save the last of each year's crop, dry them out and use them the following year. I know it's four pages long but worth a read.
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PostPosted: Mon Jul 14, 2014 6:44 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Blowin,I would like to save my own seeds,I did last year.
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PostPosted: Mon Jul 14, 2014 7:20 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

I got all my seeds in one of four local garden centres but mostly in the one closest to me, only half a mile away. Even if it is a little more costly I get all the advice I want and he always throws a few freebies my way. The only seed I saved last year (my first year of veg gardening) was potatoes but this year i will be saving peas too. I will also try to save other veg too this year when i find out from the experts here how to do it properly.
I must start shopping in Castlegregory too! Are you sure the quantities are the same though? That could be the difference.

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PostPosted: Tue Jul 15, 2014 12:46 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

[quote="tagwex"][quote="Blowin"]If that lot grows to its full potential, you'll have to open a shop. No wonder you don't fancy shelling them all.[/quote]

A shop indeed, have planted way more than the two of us will manage to eat. Am going to stick a sign out on the road when the 'season of plenty' arrives. I got a pile of those 20kg potato bags and I am thinking of selling a variety of veg for say 20 per bag. For example, 10kg of potatoes, 1 kg of carrots, 1kg of onions, a head of lettuce, 1 cabbage, 2 sweetcorn cobs, a few broccoli heads ahh you get the idea. Need to do some market research first though.

What is sown so far is.....
1650m of 10 potato varieties.
Approx 3000 onions, several varieties including leeks.
Maybe 2000 carrots, 4 varieties.
Several hundred each of swede and turnip.
5 varieties of cabbage.
4 varieties of broccoli.
Kohl robi.
Garlic.
Beetroot.
Sweetcorn, approx. 80.
Cauliflower 100+.
20 brussels sprouts.
24 celery.
Lettuces.
Radish.
Spinach.
90 runner beans.
40 broad beans.
1700+ peas, 7 varieties I think.
Tomatoes.
Peppers.
Parsnips.
Strawberries, 47 plants.

Some late variety veg still to be sown. And some of the above went in late so may not be a success. At this hour I cannot remember the quantities of them all. Storage is indeed something that I will have to look into very soon. Some veg will be given away to family members and to people that have helped me out this year, e.g. the man who gave me farmyard manure, the two lads who helped me sow the potatoes and ploughed/rotavated, the man who gave me the glass from his disused greenhouse for my greenhouse, the man who gave me the spare fascia boards to be transformed into my 'tombstone' plant identification labels. Should get rid of it all somehow.[/quote]

If you wanted, you could do a veg box scheme, where subscribers pick them up from local shops.
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PostPosted: Tue Jul 15, 2014 1:21 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Jaaysus tippben I laughed out loud when I read that. Not laughing at your idea now as it is a good one and I have heard of something similar before. The reason is we live in a small village area with one good size supermarket, a pub, church, National school and community centre and no more. The shop is well run and has just about everyrthing you need in it, I have seen smaller supermarkets in a town. It has a huge catchment area and it is maybe 5 miles minimum to the next shop (which I rarely frequent) in any given direction and is always busy. But the reason I laugh is obviously, you don't know the owner, he sells veg too and to say he wouldn't be keen on competition would be to put it mildly. He has a finger in everything that goes on around here and a lot of say - multi millionaires usually do. I am expecting a retort when I put up my little roadside sign in a few weeks as if I was going to put him out of business! Thinking of seeking out the head woman in the local ICA to start the ball rolling.
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PostPosted: Tue Jul 15, 2014 1:36 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Is there a Country Market near you?
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