Tuesday, March 13, 2018

Adding more information. Gardening forums.

I have decided that my blog is getting too boring so I am going to be writing about more issues and giving more information each post. A couple of people have mentioned to me that they read my blog to get info on when to plant certain vegetables in this area so I will be adding that down the bottom of each post.
I will start off as usual with some pics of what is happening on the farm and adding more to my posts below that. I hope you enjoy it.

 My Arracacha has been enjoying the milder weather lately and have put on a lot of growth.
I really hope someone with a small commercial market garden takes this plant up as part of their mix in the future as the tuberous roots are delicious.

We will be getting two hot days later this coming week but I think the plants are large enough now not to need the shadecloth pulled back over them now.
 My few little cotton plants have fat bolls on them now. They have had a hard time of it and the plants are small but they have been flowering well and I will get some seed for next year.

I am going to grow a couple more colours of cotton next year - green and brown. Should be interesting.

The 'Round of Hungary' are bearing like crazy. This is an amazingly productive variety. The fruits are also tender and juicy, one of my favourites.

10 great vegetable and gardening forums, in no particular order of preference.

  1. Homegrown Goodness: http://alanbishop.proboards.com/  A great forum especially for those interested in amateur vegetable breeding
  2. My Folia: https://myfolia.com/  An all purpose forum, come garden organiser, come gardener social media website. Use the site to plan and keep track of your garden plantings, and chat with other gardeners in your country or around the world in various groups.
  3. Tomatoville: http://tomatoville.com/ for tomato growing enthusiasts
  4. Daves Garden forums: https://davesgarden.com/community/forums/  heaps of forums for every gardening interest
  5. The helpful gardener forums: https://www.helpfulgardener.com/forum/  great for beginners. It is a pity that this forum is not more popular.
  6. Garden Web: http://www.gardenweb.com/  very popular forums but cumbersome to use.
  7. Facebook: www.facebook.com   You can find many niche and local gardening groups on FB, including many popular permaculture groups.
  8. Permies.com: https://permies.com/forums  a very popular site for permaculturalists.
  9. Ozgrow: http://www.ozgrow.com/  a gardening forum for Australians
  10. All things plants: https://garden.org/forums/  I haven't used it but it seems active. 

Of course, there are other forums and it is worth searching around for others that cater to a particular interest but the above list is a good start.

What to grow and do this month in this area:

  • This is the last month to get your root crops, and brassicas in (both seed or seedlings) before it gets too cold for them to mature over the winter.
  • Garlic can also be planted now or April. I like to get mine in early.
  • As you pull out your summer vegetables place straw or other mulch on any empty beds that you will not be using over the winter and let the rain rot it down ready for spring. Don't put straw over the beds that you will be planting any winter green manure crops in as pest insects and snails will build up in it and eat your emerging seedlings.

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