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Offline Weebleman

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So how's your crop been this year
« on: August 30, 2014, 05:58:09 PM »
I retired in March, spent three and a half weeks reorganising the garden then got fed up and went back to work again :)

However part of the changes I made was to convert the top plot to raised beds and filled them with barely decomposed compost from my old compost heap, which is now the site for my new greenhouse, together with the rough old soil from various parts of the garden.
One night I was watching Gardeners' World and the guy on there was planting his spuds in a raised bed, very close together with no rounding-up so I thought I'd give it a try. Much like planting spuds in a barrel I suppose. Anyway, in the past my main crop has been disposed to getting wormy if left in the ground too long so I thought I'd dig the lot up today and to my surprise it was the best crop ever with several individual spuds topping 1.5 pounds (Marfona variety). So I think next year I'll follow the same plan.
Also had a bumper crop of Onions this year. Well pleased

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Re: So how's your crop been this year
« Reply #1 on: August 30, 2014, 06:04:51 PM »
I had to replant my carrots and runner beans 4 times due to failure, but the end results have been very good, have plenty of onions now also spring onions, if anyone wants some sing out....(bunch of fowers also)..

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Re: So how's your crop been this year
« Reply #2 on: August 30, 2014, 06:29:48 PM »
I haven't planted anything in the garden, but had a nice surprise last week when Mr. Muggins went down to cut back the overgrowth from 6 month of almost total neglect and found that the old blackberry we thought we had got rid of years ago, had burst forth again and he picked enough to add to the Orchard windfalls to make two good sized crumbles.

No pears on that blessed pear tree though, despite it blooming well for the first time in 25 years - there is something wrong with that tree. ??? I have my doubts it was ever a proper pear tree, some sort of 'sport, I reckon.

Good crop down the Orchard though.  Someone went past today carry a ladder and a bucket - and there ain't no windows to clean in seven Fields - if you know what I mean! :knuppel2:.  We have a large Oullin's Gage tree not far inside the gates and that had a good crop one week and completely gone the next, from top to bottom.   
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Re: So how's your crop been this year
« Reply #3 on: August 30, 2014, 08:32:59 PM »
The only thing we have in our garden that's edible is blackberries but we've picked over 4 pounds so far and probably at least double that amount more to come.

I'm researching recipes for blackberry porter...

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Re: So how's your crop been this year
« Reply #4 on: August 30, 2014, 09:29:35 PM »
I had to replant my carrots and runner beans 4 times due to failure, but the end results have been very good, have plenty of onions now also spring onions, if anyone wants some sing out....(bunch of fowers also)..
Odd that you should say that Terry. My first two attempts at carrots were also both failures. They germinated OK and grew to about half inch then totally disappeared over the course of a couple days. They were well covered with micro-mesh and no sign of slugs/snails so it's a mystery as to what got 'em. Any ideas?

Moley: I agree about the abundance of all sorts of berries this year, a cousin of mine produces a very nice Blackberry Vodka ready for Christmas, in much the same method as the more traditional Sloe Gin.

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Re: So how's your crop been this year
« Reply #5 on: August 30, 2014, 10:14:03 PM »
Carrots didn't work at all, cucumbers were rubbish and something ate the gooseberry bush, but courgettes, blueberries,  tomatoes and green beans are all cropping in abundance! Very chuffed.

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Re: So how's your crop been this year
« Reply #6 on: August 31, 2014, 01:49:48 PM »
many of the plot holders up here also feared badly with the carrots and things like parsnip, beetroot etc we put it down the wet weather and slugs..

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Re: So how's your crop been this year
« Reply #7 on: October 23, 2014, 08:00:24 AM »
Well you know what they say about this community.