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Click on a thumbnail picture below to see the full size version. 48 Entries.
Sunday, January 5 View Page
Happy New Year everyone. Removed the cover off my netted tunnel today, been too wet until now to do anything on the front garden. Have to remove it each year in case we have a heavy snowfall (no snow last year)
 
Thursday, January 9 View Page
Been filling my new greenhouse beds, this one with John Inness no2 the adjacent one with Canna Bio Terra, soil cable under on top of the pea gravel base. Finished depth will be around 12 - 14 inches. Now have rainfall figures for 2019 - 36 inches, almost 50% above long term average for my garden, still wet now!
 
Sunday, January 12 View Page
Large Onions potted on into 9 inch deep, some in Bio Terra (they seem the strongest now) Coir and JIno2 all the best still in greenhouse cabinet under T5 lighting now on 10.25 daytime hours.
 
Tuesday, January 14 View Page
Have a late Onion sowing underway, potted best on into 4 inch in Lev. M2
 
Tuesday, January 14 View Page
Winter Carrot grow now potted on, some leaf burn under 24hr T5 lights when two almost dried out.
 
Monday, January 27 View Page
Kondor seed potatoes arrived, these are in very short supply. Only five and have to share them with friend Joe.
 
Monday, January 27 View Page
Sown Leek seeds for a facebook group competition, very slow from seed but will soon want pricking out.
 
Monday, January 27 View Page
Started with insect predators against thrip, had to buy more than needed right now so doubled up on some Onion plants.
 
Saturday, February 1 View Page
Mild weather so taking a chance with planting out my large Onions, this one in Coir from a 9 inch deep pot, good root system just right for moving on. Photo taken in LOT2 I know we still have winter weather to face but at least they will be established, of course they have some heat and light anyway.
 
Saturday, February 1 View Page
Winter Carrot comp. now has 2 months to run, my best are looking good and think they will reach a fair circ. by then, just concerned about them splitting.
 
Wednesday, February 5 View Page
Planted first Onions into LOT2 with heat and lights. These are in 65litre Airpots, 6 filled with Coir, 2 with Terra and 2 with John Inness compost.
 
Wednesday, February 5 View Page
Onions in raised bed are settling in, half in Terra and rest in Clover John Inness compost.
 
Friday, February 21 View Page
Recently planted Onions growing in Coir seem to be going backwards with yellow leaf tipping and pale colour, increased feed to EC 1.5 ph 5.8 and watered to run through.
 
Friday, February 21 View Page
Adjacent onion growing in Terra, no tipping good colour and growth noticeable.
 
Sunday, March 1 View Page
Beetroot moved out of propagator under onion supplementary lights, winter competition carrots making more foliage now but happy with the roots.
 
Sunday, March 1 View Page
Kohl Rabi growing faster now and one or two potted into 5 inch pots. These are in with my later exh. Onions in their old greenhouse cabinet.
 
Monday, March 2 View Page
Swede seedlings moved from propagator and stood with onions under supplementary lights. Long Leeks from seed also in this area are being to form wider leaves and will soon need collaring to increase length.
 
Monday, March 2 View Page
Kohl Rabi now being potted on into 5 inch, they are in OG cabinet with exhibition Onions, all these now in 7 inch pots M3/JI2 and supported by canes and clips.
 
Monday, March 2 View Page
All giant Onions planted out now but the last ones in Coir have not established well so far, some leaf tipping and very pale foliage. Have increased EC of feed to 1.5 and given them a foliage spray.
 
Monday, March 2 View Page
Direct sown Parsnips and Carrots have not made strong growth so far, light levels have been poor in Feb.
 
Sunday, March 15 View Page
Having more problems with Onions growing in Coir, found two with young leaves trapped in neck, removed one but trying to save this one by cutting open the neck to release growth. Looks a mess now but should grow out.
 
Sunday, March 15 View Page
The Onion I lifted was growing in a 60 litre air pot and pleased to find that roots had already reached right to the bottom.
 
Sunday, March 15 View Page
Replaced with a later sown Onion (mid Dec.) far smaller but this time air pot filled with Terra so hope for better results and will see if it continues to grow on later into the summer than the early ones.
 
Sunday, March 15 View Page
Made small sowing of Red Cabbage even though never showed one last year - hope the grow them larger this season.
 
Sunday, March 15 View Page
Facebook Longest Leek competition plants given 6 to 9 inch collars now, mainly to support them upright but will also help to draw them up.
 
Thursday, April 2 View Page
Won the facebook competition for the largest circ. Carrot at the end of March (by far the largest)
 
Thursday, April 2 View Page
These are my best Onions growing in Canna Terra, look really strong in the necks.
 
Thursday, April 2 View Page
Onions growing in Coir not so good, low leaf count and short in the necks. Given them a higher 1.5 EC feed + 0.2 nitrogen.
 
Thursday, April 2 View Page
Yorkshire giant Pot Leek moved into 23 litre container filled with Terra, should be ok in this until end of the month when most frosts have gone.
 
Thursday, April 2 View Page
My facebook comp. for the longest Leek is going well so far - 10 inches to the button and now in a 7 inch pot.
 
Saturday, April 11 View Page
Best Coir Onion - would have liked it larger at this time
 
Saturday, April 11 View Page
Worst Coir Onion - short with stunted leaves
 
Saturday, April 11 View Page
Planted out 4 Kohl Rabi into netted tunnel, far to hot today for them inside 24c. It will come cold again so have to be prepared to cover at night.
 
Saturday, April 11 View Page
Also planted first Parsnips in the netted tunnel.
 
Tuesday, April 21 View Page
Best Onion so far - growing in 60 litre air pot filled with Canna Terra. Very strong neck looks like it could produce a heavyweight if I can keep it healthy.
 
Tuesday, April 21 View Page
All the heavy Carrots planted now, surrounded with protective barrel as very strong cold drying NE wind.
 
Tuesday, April 21 View Page
Giant Swede planted ,again with protection. These are inside my netted tunnel.
 
Tuesday, April 21 View Page
Giant Beetroot also out, this is in trench frame.
 
Tuesday, April 21 View Page
Planted out 'Yorkshire Giant' Pot Leeks and later Onions into my top frame, these are in 90 & 50 litre pots - some filled with Coir others Terra.
 
Tuesday, April 21 View Page
Planted a large Kohl Rabi out of a 23 litre pot into half barrel set on rich ground with barrel filled with Terra.
 
Thursday, May 28 View Page
Giant Beetroot has grown in the last month or so. Weather has been extreme - two -3c air frosts, three days of gales, now weeks of 25c + sunny days.
 
Thursday, May 28 View Page
Planted out giant Potatoes into my front frame but just with the roof on, tied up halums to timber rail to keep foliage upright.
 
Thursday, May 28 View Page
Exhibition Onions well established now and likeing the hot weather in this open frame bed.
 
Thursday, May 28 View Page
Aubergines planted into my large greenhouse, good weather for them
 
Thursday, May 28 View Page
Peppers also.
 
Thursday, May 28 View Page
Best Onion growing in Coir filled air pot, 20+ inches circ. x 14 high.
 
Thursday, May 28 View Page
Largest Onion growing in Terra filled air pot, 23 inches circ x 15 high with very strong neck, 20 green leaves.
 
Thursday, May 28 View Page
Heavy Yorkshire Giant Leek is the best I have grown at this time of year, do not think weeks of current high temps/dry air will suit them.
 

 

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