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dpack



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Nick



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Shan wrote:
Nick wrote:
sgt.colon wrote:
Looking good Nick. I like how you have roped the dog in to helping as well.

Have you decided what you are going to grow in them?


Well. Beans (runners and French), peas, onions, sweetcorn, red cabbage and rocket were winners last year. I've added in beetroot, leeks and pak choi into the mix so far. Also some spuds for one of the heavier beds, to break it up a bit. And strawberries and cut flowers in one. Baths get used for sweetpeas, successfully. Plus the asparagus bed, and I appear to have bought, on Shan's hearty reccomendation, some Jerusalem Artichokes. They'll go in a bath, too, I suspect. Last time I planted them we got rid of them eventually, by selling the house.

Greenhouse is for tomatoes and chillies. My usual supplier has let me down this year, so I'm having to plant my own.


ETA. Obviously, I’ll be planting far too many courgette plants.

You cheeky arse.


🤷‍♂️?

Nick



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PostPosted: Wed Mar 24, 21 9:11 am    Post subject: Reply with quote
    

sgt.colon wrote:
Nick wrote:
sgt.colon wrote:
Looking good Nick. I like how you have roped the dog in to helping as well.

Have you decided what you are going to grow in them?


ETA. Obviously, I’ll be planting far too many courgette plants.


Sounds like you should have a busy and productive year.

Never tried Jerusalem Artichokes. Are they nice?


Yeah. I like them. Sort of nutty potato. Good roasted or in soup. Dead easy to grow. Impossible to get rid of. Make you fart. That’s about all you need to know.

Shan



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PostPosted: Wed Mar 24, 21 9:23 am    Post subject: Reply with quote
    

May your Asparagus cross breed with your Jerusalem artichoke.....

dpack



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PostPosted: Wed Mar 24, 21 9:48 am    Post subject: Reply with quote
    

ja's are ace if you have sunny space, they are robust

Nick



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PostPosted: Wed Mar 24, 21 1:41 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote
    

dpack wrote:
ja's are ace if you have sunny space, they are robust


Robust. Before and after harvest.

sgt.colon



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PostPosted: Wed Mar 24, 21 6:16 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote
    

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Farting and hard to get rid of


Hmmmmm, you've not really sold them to me.

Nick



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PostPosted: Wed Mar 24, 21 6:18 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote
    

sgt.colon wrote:
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Farting and hard to get rid of


Hmmmmm, you've not really sold them to me.


Sounds like every husband, ever.

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Mistress Rose



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PostPosted: Mon Apr 26, 21 7:31 am    Post subject: Reply with quote
    

Managed to finally get my seed potatoes in. They are in the new raised beds, and it was most noticeable that the bed which had a lot of charcoal in it was far more moist than the other. I also managed to find a bit of room in one of the other beds for the leeks, so they are now in too, but will need watering on a regular basis for a bit.

dpack



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PostPosted: Mon Apr 26, 21 8:49 am    Post subject: Reply with quote
    

back to ja, ace things, tasty and nutritious

pretty as well

the farty bit is no problem if we keep it local and one community after a nice soup or stew base

the farty bit is often overestimated and is far outbid by tasty and very good food.

they are vigorous in a nice spot but eating some can keep that under control

the dpack scales of judgement are very much in their favour

Mistress Rose



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PostPosted: Tue Apr 27, 21 6:27 am    Post subject: Reply with quote
    

Jerusalem artichokes are also nice baked or roasted. I clean them well and leave them in their skins, then the skins can be removed as they are eaten.

Nick



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PostPosted: Tue Apr 27, 21 6:32 am    Post subject: Reply with quote
    

I got my asparagus planted yesterday. This raised bed connects with the earth, the others remain bottomed with weed control fabric. All are now full of a mixture of rotting hay, manure, compost and soil. Peas and onions in, and poking thru. JA planted but container bound. Everything else can wait...

dpack



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PostPosted: Tue Apr 27, 21 8:45 am    Post subject: Reply with quote
    

that seems right, asparagus is a hungry beast if you want a good crop and deep, rich and connected to the earth is ideal.

ja contained is a wise plan, ditto horseradish if you like the stuff

at the mo my black mint has gone free-range for a while so as the centipedes can get the weevils out of the roots

if they manage it will be repotted before it gets invasive

Mistress Rose



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PostPosted: Thu Apr 29, 21 6:44 am    Post subject: Reply with quote
    

Nick, if you can get hold of some charcoal fines, it will keep the moisture and nutrients in the soil longer. I just planted out my seed potatoes in two similar beds and the one with a lot of charcoal in it had far more moisture than the one without.

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