Alan McAteer

Forum Replies Created

Viewing 9 posts - 1 through 9 (of 9 total)
  • Author
    Posts
  • in reply to: New Zealand Spinach #31297

    Alan McAteer
    Participant

    Yes, I am. Bit worried about the flavour so I am also sowing. conventional spinach as a backup.
    Will report back in about six weeks and let you know!

    Alan

    in reply to: Transplanting asparagus #30530

    Alan McAteer
    Participant

    I would not try and move the plants as the roots system of your 6-year old plants would be extensive and you would damage them and it could take years for the plants to fully recover. Better to start a new bed with new crowns and harvest what you can from the old bed until the new bed is fully established…this way you will have some continuity of harvest.

    in reply to: Broad beans won’t grow. #23970

    Alan McAteer
    Participant

    Try using a dibber and make a hole 10 cms deeps, drop a seed into the hole and then stamp on it with the heel of your boot. Should grow…I have sown miles of rows of beans using this technique and it has worked every time. Double row with 15cm spacing either way.

    Alan

    in reply to: Safe for Tomatoes in unheated greenhouse? #23964

    Alan McAteer
    Participant

    Do you have a max-min thermometer in your greenhouse? I would suggest you use one as a guide, tomatoes do not like temperatures much below 10 degC in the evening. Also check the soil temperature in your greenhouse beds…ideally this should around 10-12 degC. If you can keep your young plants in good light and warm then I would wait until mid- May before planting out. Some growers I know would not plant out until the first flower truss had appeared…they reckoned that by waiting until the first truss had formed the plant then puts most of it’s energy into fruit production rather than vegetative growth. May I suggest you do a few trials and perhaps plant out some( same variety) plants now, hold some back and plant later and see what happens. I am planting some of my plants in straw bales this year for the first time in the hope that the extra warmth from the straw may help somewhat!

    I,like Charles, have had a good crop in spite of low evening temperatures but if you are only growing a few plants then I would try to maximise your yield by holding on until evening temperatures stabilise. Also don’t forget that light levels are often more important than temperature.

    Alan

    in reply to: charcoal #23178

    Alan McAteer
    Participant

    Charcoal finings are a great slug deterrent and I dress the base of my young cucumber and courgette plants with it.

    Alan

    in reply to: Weeds in asparagus bed #22903

    Alan McAteer
    Participant

    Thank you for that Charles…I will tell my neighbour to do as you said. Heavy mulch until the harvesting season is over and then cardboard and then some more mulch. My asparagus bed is now in it’s seventh year and the spears are just beginning to show.

    Regards

    Alan

    in reply to: Broad Beans #22688

    Alan McAteer
    Participant

    The mulch I applied was well rotted stable manure which had been stacked for some 9 months. So I shall go ahead and sow the beans through it as you suggest. I may also give my garlic ( now sown in beds) a good helping of mulch from the same batch of manure. I had a great crop of garlic last season and have used the larger cloves as my ‘seed’ garlic so looking forward to seeing what next season brings forth.

    Alan

    in reply to: Radicchio #22670

    Alan McAteer
    Participant

    Excellent Charles, I will plant them out and do as you suggested and put in some rocket and mizuna. Preparing an outside bed at the moment for the garlic. I had a great crop last year and have saved the larger cloves for this years planting.

    Alan

    in reply to: Tomato Blight #22604

    Alan McAteer
    Participant

    Have you contacted your local council for permission to erect a greenhouse on your plot? My wife and I had the same problem with growing tomatoes outdoors and so we contacted our local council and they agreed that we could erect a greenhouse so long as it was not permanently fixed ( i.e. no concrete base or foundations) and was not constructed of glass. We bought a lovely 8×6 polycarbonate traditional styled greenhouse for just under £200 and this has been on our plot for 2 seasons now and has given us a great crop of tomatoes and cucumbers.

    Amac

Viewing 9 posts - 1 through 9 (of 9 total)

Forum Info

Registered Users
6,081
Forums
10
Topics
2,939
Replies
10,415
Topic Tags
567