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'hungry gap' tips and queries


'hungry gap' tips and queries

Share sowing dates and info across the UK (and the World?) for harvesting in difficult times of the year.

Location: North Norfolk
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Latest Activity: Mar 2, 2014

Drying beans are one of the easiest and most rewarding crop to grow and keep till the 'hungry gap' to use in salads, stews etc. I plant mine at the beginning of May under cover in pots or root trainers and plant out towards the end of May. We seldom get a frost here this late - if anything the spring is getting warmer earlier (in general) though this year it was late.

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Winter salads and leaves

Started by Emma Drew. Last reply by Trish le Gal Sep 6, 2010. 1 Reply

Any tips for 'hungry gap' salads that can be grown in pots? I've got a balcony in London - the least useful place to grow salad, but at least it's sheltered, we don't get frosts and altho I'd far…Continue

When do you plant your drying beans?

Started by Trish le Gal Aug 19, 2010. 0 Replies

I'm trying to get some idea of how long people have to wait to put their beans out from Scotland to Cornwall.... add yours.Continue

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Comment by VP on September 1, 2010 at 10:14
I don't know if you've spotted my general Discussion on growing Perennial Broccoli, but my research shows it's also a useful 'Hungry Gap' crop. Has anyone in this Group tried it? There's 3 of us over at my discussion keen to find out more about it and to have a go!
Comment by Trish le Gal on September 1, 2010 at 15:48
Nope. Don't know anything about perenial broccoli - it's a gap in my universe. I do know that I was a bit late one year putting some purple sprouting in and it cropped a year after I anticipated it might, if you see what I mean... I've been too worried about clubroot to leave brassicas in the soil for too long. Saying that, my seakale is in a permanent bed....
Comment by VP on September 1, 2010 at 17:40
Luckily I have a limey soil so don't have to worry about clubroot that much. I'm going to give this one a go next year
Comment by Trish le Gal on September 2, 2010 at 16:52
When will you set the seed?
Comment by Jan Willetts on October 19, 2010 at 0:28
I love the beans in the picture but don't recognise them. they look like the ying-yang symbols-what are they?
Comment by Trish le Gal on October 19, 2010 at 13:27
Thanks Jan - they are (surprisingly?) known as Yin Yang beans - dwarf in habit and mostly grown for drying. Sometimes thay are known as Orca - I got them originally from the HSL (Heriatge Seed Library) but I notice they are making their way back into the seed catalogues. We love the tomatillo recipe too and plan to have some tonight as it happens with Mexican refried beans and all the trimmings. Can't wait. Thanks for your gift!
Comment by Jan Willetts on October 19, 2010 at 15:21
Will keep an eye open for these! Will be trying borlotti beans for the first time next year, plan to sow them in pots in the greenhouse with a view to planting out in May. Some beans like lots of enriched soil , but some don't-any tips?
Comment by Trish le Gal on October 19, 2010 at 16:53
I find most beans like a substantial soil and plant after potatoes that have been mucked fairly heavily - but I garden on soil that drifts back to sand at the drop of a trowel... I tried borlotti beans 3 or 4 years back and was disappointed with the yield (my allotment neighbour does them and gets a good crop!), so now I plant Bosnian climbing french bean which yields, for me, quite heavily. They look and taste like a borlotti so I've carried on with those while continuing to experiment.
Comment by Debi Williamson on January 28, 2011 at 19:50
I'm trying the borlotti beans this year, which Im looking forward to trying, the idea of being to dry beans to keep us going over winter has always interested me, though not sure if I could actually grow enough!  We also trying some yin yang beans too we got them from Marshalls.  I putting in new raised beds so hopefully they will take well fingers crossed!
Comment by Blicky on January 28, 2011 at 19:51

VP commented on club root

If you do have a problem with club root you can either, plant your Brassica's on Dolomite or garden lime, or the best thing and highly recommended and will cure your club root problem for sure is Purkla, put some of that in the bottom of the whole and not only will you not have a club root problem but a quality brassica

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