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PostPosted: Wed Aug 22, 2018 7:30 pm    Post subject: Stuff doing badly this year Reply with quote

Anyone else find this year poor for peas? I suspect it was too hot. I got one decent harvest from and that was it. Usually I get around 3 weeks of pickings. I watered them an awful lot in advance of and during harvest as it was during the heatwave.

Now that the temps are a bit more normal and there's been a bit more rain, theyve started giving me more peas, a good month after previously stopping.

Beans and beetroots did well
Brassicas were slaughtered, with possible exception of kale nero tuscana
fennel have all bolted
Spuds ok but probably smaller yield
Courgette pretty good

I also have, for the second year running, failed to convince my squash to produce any squashes. Last years offering crawled for a good four foot, plenty of flowers but no squash. This years is a good 6 foot plus, more flowers, but no squash. I wonder is it a lack of nutrients in the soil? Also, the flowers almost look like they've been cut off the stems, the stem is left facing up in the air with a clear break on it, I don't know is this a pest?
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PostPosted: Sat Aug 25, 2018 8:03 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

It must be worse than I thought. You've all died of starvation.
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PostPosted: Sun Aug 26, 2018 8:41 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Not quite. I didn't plant any veg this year so I don't have an opinion unfortunately.
I did grow a few pumpkins last year though and the tendrils grew a good 20'. Have no idea why you are losing your flowers.

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PostPosted: Tue Sep 04, 2018 6:53 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Sometimes the flowers abort especially the female ones it can be caused by overwatering when not enough oxygen gets to the roots, also try hand pollinating them next year. The female ones will be the ones with the swelling behind the flower.
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PostPosted: Wed Sep 05, 2018 9:47 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

My peas were reproducing well untill the weather turned so hot. I got great cucumbers and courgettes and strawberries though. Ive planted winter cabbage, kale and winter lettuce plants
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