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Old 05-05-2019, 04:16 PM
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Originally Posted by Treppenwitz View Post
Been eating the asparagus out of the beds for a couple of weeks now. Wonderful. The early potatoes and broad/fava beans have just appeared. And I have Tuesday pencilled in for mass planting - courgettes/zucchini, squash, pumpkin, runner beans and peas, all straining to fight their way out of the shed at the moment. Cucumber, aubergine/eggplant, french beans, chickpeas/garbanzo to follow, after which I'll assess if I have space for anything else.

Be very careful planting out tender stuff yet- I can't remember whereabouts you are, but we had bit of ground frost here in Cornwall last night, and we're likely to get more tonight. Some people at my allotment had been optimistic, and there were a lot of dead tomatoes, squash and runner beans there today. Even if the cold doesn't kill them, below about 5C it'll slow growth right down and actually delay the crop.

The peas should be fine, if they're hardened off, but if I were you, I'd hold back on the rest right now. I normally don't put any frost-tender stuff in the ground outside before the last week of May.

I'm being a bit late with everything this year anyway, 'cos of uni deadlines sucking up all my time. I'll be sowing the beans and squashes this week, I think. Or I'll forget and have to buy in plants again. That works too.