Kitty's Gardenning Adventures

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Well lets hope the frosts are over. Never trust the British weather.
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So I protected them from the frost but nearly lost the beans & courgettes from the heat! They started to wilt badly, despite plenty of watering. I put some shade over them today & they started to perk up. The peas, pumpkins & sweetcorn didnt seem to mind the heat, I shall bear this in mind when I make my planting plan next year.
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I'm on my 3rd courgette sowing now due to extremes of weather conditions - I might get it right soon!
I have beans growing in pots indoors while I prepare the area they're moving to. Had wanted to start hardening them off but today we have 45mph wind and pouring rain, in contrast to the long run of hot weather and scorched earth. We had rain, but combined with the heat it's now very humid with massive weed growth.
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i'm beginning to wish I'd left my beans in the greenhouse for another week. They're being blown off the poles & the bottom leaves are scorched from heat/windburn >shrug<
I'm sure they'll recover once the weather settles but its annoying when they were so healthy looking when they went out there.
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I decided that mine needed hardening off. I put them outside and they got blown all over the place.
That's the trouble with runners. If you plant then indoors they get very long and woofly.
I sowed some in pots, some in their place, only 2 of those have come up, but they look more sturdy.
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I started picking this weekend! Lots of peas, courgettes & mini cucumbers, everything else coming on nicely, except most of the beetroot has been eaten (probably by slugs but I havent seen any). I've grown 6 white flowering runner beans & 6 red flowering ones. Same as last year the red ones are covered in blackfly but the white have none atall, so next year I'll stick to the white ones. The beans look & taste the same.
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Oooh you're early! I'm nowhere near picking!
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Well the results are in! Stuff has or hasnt worked out. In the greenhouse one of the cucumber plants got mildew/disease/blight? )gr: which took the colour from the leaves & worked its way up until I chucked it. The other plant seemed ok but gradually succumbed & now only the top 10" are still dark green & fruiting, the beef tomato next to it was also affected but I took off all the bad leaves & its survived long enough to produce a few toms. I think I didnt have enough air flow in there when this started. Mini sweet peppers & jalapinos doing well in there though . Tomts outdoors doing really well, )c( courgettes producing faster than I can eat, Pumkin plants taking over the world :b( - have 4 pumpkins, I picked one to eat (maybe too early but theyre getting bit big already). Leeks looking good but I have a feeling they'll be all leaf & not much white )sh . Beetroot got eaten or bolted )gr: , Chard dissapeared under the rampent pumkin plants . Peas went over quite fast & second planting didnt really do much. (probably too shaded by pumpkin!) Runner beans started producing loads then the heatwave got to them & lots of beans have "bolted" & gone tough, I did a mass picking & chucking of them in the hope of more flowers after the rains. Sweetcorn looks almost ready to pick, its been a welcome shady spot for the chickens in the heat. >ch<
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It give you a feeling for what it must have been like when if something failed you had to do without. Now it is nice to eat our own but we can enjoy what works, try again next year, growl at the pests and go shopping.
My runner beans are a bit tough, though edible. My grandson picked some to take home yesterday. And I've been eating and freezing for a while.
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Runner beans blew down in the wind storm, I was going to try & fix them but I expect they'll only blow down again tomorrow.
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2 years ago mine blew down. The wigwam had rotted. I draped them over a stepladder and carried on picking. Think it was a bit later in the season though. The winds are early this year as well as the apples.
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