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How I grew over half a tonne of Veg on my allotment in 2013.. (Super-Blog part 2)

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So to continue... Spring Onions... As I said in the part 1 we love our onions.  As well as the normal onions I also have a small bed of multiplying onions - like a spring onion but a bit smaller. I originally planted a few bunches of two or three onions and they soon turned into huge bunches of tall tasty onions which are ideal in stews and soups. They have a totally different taste to normal onions. I dig up a portion of a bunch when required by driving a spade through the bunch and replacing some soil to fill the void!! When the whole bunch has been used I replant a small bunch of 2-5 and in not time they will be ready for eating as well. This way one only needs a square meter or so in the garden for theses.  They over-winter without any problem and jump back into growing mode i

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How I grew over half a tonne of Veg on my allotment in 2013.. (Super-Blog part 1)

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Wow - I was quite astounded when I added the quantities of veg that I grew on my allotment last season.. I grew 588 kg. on 165 sq. mt.   My Harvest 2013 After seeing the price of runner beans in town I decided to do a harvest record just to see how much I have grown and priced at supermarket prices.. Some estimates are on the lower side!! Strawberries 40kg = 88punnet @ £2.50 = £225 Broadbeans 6kg @ £1.80 per kg = £11 Peas 6kg @ £2 = £12 Potatoes 90kg @ £1 = £90 Gemsquash 130 @ 50p = £65 Runner beans 31kg @ 6.67 = £207 Courgettes 20kg @ £1.60 = £32 Squashes loads +/- 12 @ £1 = £12 Hubbard squash 4 large @ £4 = £16 Acorn squash 21 @ £1 + £21 Pumpkin 1 @ 2kg @ £2 = £2 Beetroot +/- 25 kg @ £3.3 = £83 Garlic 80 large bulbs @ 50p = £40 Onions 450 @ 2

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Growing Sweetcorn varieties together – do’s and dont’s

Person Author: Gavin Conway Calender December 6, 2012 Posted Tags: , Comment 1 Comment
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Just a note about growing different types of Sweetcorn together. Firstly you need to plant them in a block if possible few lines wide each way rather than 2 or 3 long lines to aid pollination.. you get better pollination when they are together as the pollen is distributed by wind.. You basically get 3 types of sweetcorn. Hybrid Sweets = abbreviated as su Supersweets = abbreviated as sh2 Sugar Enhanced = abbreviated as se You can't just plant any of them together or you will get mutations of types and really strange cobs.. So basically I have been doing research on it and done the following easy reference - I also now understand it!! Supersweets (sh2) must only be grown on their own or 2 or 3 other sh2 types.. Hybrid Sweets (su) and Sugar Enhanced (se) can be mixed wit

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How to grow sweetcorn from seeds, easy to follow growing tips

Person Author: Lajos Szabo Calender April 26, 2010 Posted Tags: , Comment No Comments
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Sweetcorn is a popular vegetable to grow in every allotment, garden in the UK.  The supersweet and sugar enhanced F1 varieties are the most popular for their really sweet taste and ease of growing them even for a beginner. The cobs are much tastier than the supermarket ones, as the sugar turns to starch rather quickly after picking. Sowing the sweetcorn seeds: The best time is to start sowing the sweetcorn is middle of April.  Sow the sweetcorn seeds inside in small, about 7cm pots or in those larger seed cells 2cm deep, 1 or 2 seeds per pot. Using ordinary compost is fine if you don't have seed sowing one. Sweetcorn seeds ideally need a temperature of 15 Celsius and above to germinate successfully. The seeds can be sown directly outside from middle of May, but be prepared to lo

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