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« on: January 31, 2010, 05:58:10 pm »

After a great success last year I planted pumpkins to train across the front yard again.

They are still the same size as when I planted them. Huh

I planted them where I grew the potatoes last year in fresh compost.




It seems that pumpkins and potatoes are bad companions.
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« Reply #1 on: February 01, 2010, 10:09:03 am »

Are they bad companions SP?  Cos yer doing them one after the other.

There is a lot of talk around about failing crops this year - not just what people have bought as seedlings or seeds, fruit trees too  Undecided

We grow a german pumpkim for the seeds - we make salad oil from the seeds, you cant eat the flesh. Tasteless, fodder for cows.  They are in the same place this year - not doing too badly.
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« Reply #2 on: February 10, 2010, 11:07:00 am »

To the flop list I will add Wando Peas.

The peas on the 3 plants that I grew were really sweet and tasty but I must have sown 20 seeds 4 times to get that many plants Angry


Tomatoes are looking to be added as well.

I have a dozen plants and should be inundated with tomatoes even thought I planted them a month later than usual due to the cold spring.

There are tomatoes but they haven't ripened yet and there is not much more than a double hand full.

Mum is having the same problem with hers.
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« Reply #3 on: February 10, 2010, 08:23:06 pm »

You got plenty of bees and bugs to move things around .. have you noticed bees around?
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« Reply #4 on: February 10, 2010, 08:43:29 pm »

You got plenty of bees and bugs to move things around .. have you noticed bees around?

Bugger all in the way of bees. Bumble Bees aren't around much and I have seen one honey bee in my garden in the last month. That is not unusual since verroa.

I did have a wasp nest near the vege patch and there are plenty of other bugs around.

I have had to use digital control on caterpillars on the tomatoes. The green vegetable bugs and passionvine hoppers are sticking to the peas and beans so far.
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« Reply #5 on: February 11, 2010, 09:55:32 am »

Honest SP .. do yourself a favour and have a listen to the gardenning show on saturday morns, Radio live.

A lot of the stuff is general knowledge stuff - they have been trying to get to the bottom of why this is happening.
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« Reply #6 on: June 30, 2010, 01:01:42 pm »

Another flop crop - Cauliflower var Cheddar.

This is an orange cauliflower and this is my second attempt.

Last year I got no heads at all, possibly planted too late or in too shady a spot.

This year I planted them in late Feb with broccoli and broccoflower.

The heads on all three are smaller than usual but the broccoflower was edible and I am still picking broccoli shoots. This Cauliflower did form tiny heads this year but they were so bad they weren't worth picking.
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