2010 veggies

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Michele

2010 veggies

OH and I are thinking quite seriously about growing some tomatoes and beans (runner and french) for next summer. Can anyone please give us an idea as to when we should be giving some more thought about planting these and getting all the stuff from the garden centre, please. We're not serious gardeners, but if our nextdoor neighbours can do it, then we can. Hope you can help, please. Thanks

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Biggles !

2010 veggies

Hi, for runner beans we dig (re dig) the trench about October and fill with well rotted manure and leave over winter. Around February we re dig and place a fair bit of partially rotted garden/kitchen compost. If you don't have this, torn up strips of newspaper, lots, works very well.

Position your canes at some point before planting out your seedlings. Usually sow the seeds in peatfree or newspaper pots in April or May, and when ready for planting out the whole thing goes in against a cane. No root disturbance and the little roots will work their way through the pots :0)


For the rest it's probably a good idea to prep the veggie plot this autumn and dig in some manure. Over winter you can sort through the seed catalogues and decide what you want to grow. We often buy seedlings from the garden centres rather than grow from seed.

Having said that we have had our first success at growing the Charantais melon from seed and have just eaten our first 2, Gawjussss. Last year the plants frazzled in the sun so this year we underplanted them with the squash. We learn new things all the time.

Enjoy your home grown veggies, nothing finer in my opinion :0)

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Michele

2010 veggies

Many thanks Biggs - what wonderful advice .... will try and remember to let you know how we get on .... Really looking forward to our first crop (well, we'll give it a go anyway!). Chokkie

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Tooodlepips

14 February is traditional for sowing tomato seeds (but don't follow this tradition if you're in the midst of a very cold snap!)

Sow chilli peppers and sweet peppers at the same time.... in a heated propagator for preference but if you don't have one as close to that as poss (yoghurt pots with clingfilm over the top at a push).... keep on sunny windowsill in a warm room. (warm spare bedroom ideal).

Remove clingfilm as soon as green shoots push through the compost - otherwise the'll frazzle.

Pot on into small individual pots after first true leaves appear (hold leaf NOT stem to pot on). Grow on and keep in light place - otherwise they'll become 'leggy' in searching for light.

Plant out when all chance of frost has passed.

Good luck and have fun :-)

 
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