Growing in 2021

This is the place to discuss not just allotments but all general gardening problems and queries which don't fit into the specific categories below.
(formerly allotments and tips, hints and problems)
User avatar
Odsox
Site Admin
Site Admin
Posts: 5462
Joined: Tue May 27, 2008 2:21 pm
Location: West Cork, Ireland

Growing in 2021

Post: # 294469Post Odsox »

I made a start today with seed chitting. Started off 2 varieties of French beans, one dwarf and one climbing, 2 varieties of tomatoes and a couple of courgettes. All are destined for my heated greenhouse as it was a reasonable success last year, and I still have about a quarter of a tank of left over paraffin.
Sometime next week I will start sowing some lettuce, spring onions and carrots in that greenhouse to take advantage of the heat too.
I'm looking forward to having an almost empty big greenhouse this year, which at the moment just has a 10 foot row of first early potatoes and a small twig of a young grape vine. The potatoes will be finished by the end of April and will then be filled with a variety of different things. Strawberries in the front, tomatoes in the middle and the empty back bed will be filled with sweetcorn and anything else I fancy trying there. That bed is 20' x 4' with a growing height of 10' so almost anything is possible
Tony

Disclaimer: I almost certainly haven't a clue what I'm talking about.

User avatar
Flo
A selfsufficientish Regular
A selfsufficientish Regular
Posts: 2173
Joined: Sun Mar 30, 2008 10:12 am
Location: Northumberland

Re: Growing in 2021

Post: # 294472Post Flo »

I put winter onion sets and garlic sets on the allotment in raised beds under netting in November knowing that I'd be off the road training the repaired knee when they should go in if doing spring ones. That's the extent of growing for now.

User avatar
Green Aura
Site Admin
Site Admin
Posts: 9290
Joined: Thu Feb 07, 2008 8:16 pm
latitude: 58.569279
longitude: -4.762620
Location: North West Highlands

Re: Growing in 2021

Post: # 294475Post Green Aura »

We've not got round to the tomatoes yet. Helping the gal pack and move have taken over for the moment. So next weekend it'll be then.
Maggie

Never doubt that you can change history. You already have. Marge Piercy

Life shrinks or expands in proportion to one's courage. Anais Nin

Cheneybaltz
margo - newbie
margo - newbie
Posts: 2
Joined: Thu Feb 14, 2019 6:46 pm

Re: Growing in 2021

Post: # 294476Post Cheneybaltz »

I am so envious of your heated greenhouse! Would love to see a photo. We are in US, buying land in West Virginia and working to homestead.

User avatar
Odsox
Site Admin
Site Admin
Posts: 5462
Joined: Tue May 27, 2008 2:21 pm
Location: West Cork, Ireland

Re: Growing in 2021

Post: # 294478Post Odsox »

Cheneybaltz wrote:
Sun Jan 03, 2021 3:29 pm
I am so envious of your heated greenhouse! Would love to see a photo.
I took some photos last year, together with the hydroponics system in my bigger greenhouse.
You can see them here viewtopic.php?f=55&t=30047

Look for my posts about half way down the 1st page.
Tony

Disclaimer: I almost certainly haven't a clue what I'm talking about.

User avatar
Odsox
Site Admin
Site Admin
Posts: 5462
Joined: Tue May 27, 2008 2:21 pm
Location: West Cork, Ireland

Re: Growing in 2021

Post: # 294484Post Odsox »

Today I mowed my top lawn. Not the first time I've got the mower out this early as one year I mowed the lawn every month of that year, but a fairly rare occurrence none the less.
That is one of the downsides of living here, the grass doesn't stop growing. Good for the beef farmers but not so good for lazy gardeners.
Weather has been good for the last couple of weeks, unbroken sunshine most days and no rain for at least 3 weeks. It did get a bit chilly last night though with a hard frost (for here) with an overnight low of -0.7c , but even that is welcome as maybe it will reduce the pests.
Tony

Disclaimer: I almost certainly haven't a clue what I'm talking about.

User avatar
Flo
A selfsufficientish Regular
A selfsufficientish Regular
Posts: 2173
Joined: Sun Mar 30, 2008 10:12 am
Location: Northumberland

Re: Growing in 2021

Post: # 294485Post Flo »

Excuse me but it was -7.0 here last night. That's just plain cold and not growing weather.

ina
A selfsufficientish Regular
A selfsufficientish Regular
Posts: 8220
Joined: Sun May 22, 2005 9:16 pm
Location: Kincardineshire, Scotland

Re: Growing in 2021

Post: # 294488Post ina »

No mowing needed here, either! Ice on the road again this morning... Had to chisel a leek out of the ground for my soup.
Ina
I'm a size 10, really; I wear a 20 for comfort. (Gina Yashere)

User avatar
Odsox
Site Admin
Site Admin
Posts: 5462
Joined: Tue May 27, 2008 2:21 pm
Location: West Cork, Ireland

Re: Growing in 2021

Post: # 294491Post Odsox »

Flo wrote:
Sat Jan 09, 2021 4:14 pm
Excuse me but it was -7.0 here last night. That's just plain cold and not growing weather.
Ah, I remember those sorts of temperatures well when I lived in Kent, except in those days it was 19°F
Hope is maybe on the way Flo, overnight we had another hard frost, but then had light rain and a fast increase in temperature. Now it's sunny and a relative balmy 12.8°c
Tony

Disclaimer: I almost certainly haven't a clue what I'm talking about.

ina
A selfsufficientish Regular
A selfsufficientish Regular
Posts: 8220
Joined: Sun May 22, 2005 9:16 pm
Location: Kincardineshire, Scotland

Re: Growing in 2021

Post: # 294492Post ina »

Odsox wrote:
Sun Jan 10, 2021 2:12 pm
Now it's sunny and a relative balmy 12.8°c
12.8??? That's 2 degree more than in my bedroom, where I sit huddled in my duvet... :shock:
Ina
I'm a size 10, really; I wear a 20 for comfort. (Gina Yashere)

User avatar
Weedo
A selfsufficientish Regular
A selfsufficientish Regular
Posts: 597
Joined: Thu Jun 30, 2016 4:47 am
latitude: 35.0886S
longitude: 147.1289E
Location: Collingullie Australia

Re: Growing in 2021

Post: # 294494Post Weedo »

just harvested the garlic, red and white onions - they did really well this year with the mostly mild spring; apart from the leeks which took exception to the early spring 30 C days and bolted but I will save the seed.
Blackberries are fruiting madly, raspberries yet to start; soft greens (except sorrel and rocket)finished and with temps rising to 35-40 C now I won't bother planting more. Toms have also had a great year but we have failed dismally with capsicum and zucchini. First spuds to be dug in a couple of weeks and late crop sown post onions and garlic
Don't let your vision cloud your sight

User avatar
Green Aura
Site Admin
Site Admin
Posts: 9290
Joined: Thu Feb 07, 2008 8:16 pm
latitude: 58.569279
longitude: -4.762620
Location: North West Highlands

Re: Growing in 2021

Post: # 294495Post Green Aura »

I really thought I would have had no problem growing lettuces, last summer. They were in the shade and in the North Scottish Highlands we don't get that much heat! They obviously thought differently as, along with the radishes, which put on very little root, they bolted quite quickly.

However, I discovered why the trend for eating radish seed pods that was about a few years ago was just that, a trend. They're rubbish - completely tasteless and not a very nice texture.
Maggie

Never doubt that you can change history. You already have. Marge Piercy

Life shrinks or expands in proportion to one's courage. Anais Nin

User avatar
Flo
A selfsufficientish Regular
A selfsufficientish Regular
Posts: 2173
Joined: Sun Mar 30, 2008 10:12 am
Location: Northumberland

Re: Growing in 2021

Post: # 294496Post Flo »

Got up to walk round as the knee gets like that in the middle of the knee - well somewhere near dawn or something. Anyway the snow has settled so not gardening weather. But the son-in-law raided the allotment shed yesterday and found a dozen potatoes from last year's crop that will keep for starting off in tubs this year. With being down to one allotment, the hard standing is going to have to be used well. Luckily have managed to find enough really big tubs to use for growing spuds.

User avatar
Green Aura
Site Admin
Site Admin
Posts: 9290
Joined: Thu Feb 07, 2008 8:16 pm
latitude: 58.569279
longitude: -4.762620
Location: North West Highlands

Re: Growing in 2021

Post: # 294497Post Green Aura »

We grew all our spuds in tubs last year - not a mammoth crop but enough for our, limited needs, and some currently chitting for this years crop.

I'm very pleased to announce our first chilli seedling of the season is through, very quick - we only sowed them last Sunday. A Serrano - good all rounder.
Maggie

Never doubt that you can change history. You already have. Marge Piercy

Life shrinks or expands in proportion to one's courage. Anais Nin

ina
A selfsufficientish Regular
A selfsufficientish Regular
Posts: 8220
Joined: Sun May 22, 2005 9:16 pm
Location: Kincardineshire, Scotland

Re: Growing in 2021

Post: # 294498Post ina »

We got 5kg potatoes for free at work... (The institute I work for is quite big in potato breeding - this was Mayan Gold.) And I eat so few, I'm sure they'll last me all year!
Ina
I'm a size 10, really; I wear a 20 for comfort. (Gina Yashere)

Post Reply