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Successes and Failures With Second-Cropping

Saturday, November 5, 2016 5:27
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Earlier this year I used the big plastic containers in which my potatoes had been grown to try to get a second crop from them. As each one became free (I harvested the potatoes as and when required), I sowed something different in each pot. Some of them have done OK, others not – hence the title of this post.

In two of the containers I sowed Dwarf French Beans. One had “Berggoud” (yellow), and one had “Processor” (green). They were sown on August 3rd.
 

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These were the most successful part of the experiment, delivering a modest but quick-maturing crop. The last beans were picked about a week ago.

 

 

 

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I would definitely recommend beans like this as a second crop, mainly because of the short time they require to go from sowing to maturity. Having said that, this year September and October were very mild and in a cooler year the beans might not do so well – and they are definitely not frost-hardy.

Another pot has Leeks in it. Admittedly they were not grown in it from seed. They had been started off in a small pot prior to planting in the big container when it became free. Nonetheless they seem to be doing OK.

 

 

 

 

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They are not huge, are they? Still, they are better than the ones I have in the raised beds, which (having been totally shaded by bigger plants) are pathetically small. Given another couple of months, I think they will be all right.

This is not too bad either:

 

 

 

 

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It’s an “Endeavour” Brokali plant, sown on 22nd June. It looks a bit ratty at present, though strong enough. It will probably come to maturity early in the New Year. I’m not sure it is good use of space though – one single plant is never going to give me much of a crop!

Less good are these – Beetroot “Cylindra”, sown on July 20th.

 

 

 

 

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They have never really got going at all, and I don’t think they will ever produce any edible roots. The best I can hope for is some little leaves to use in salads. I think they were just sown too late. Not recommended as a late crop.

These are carrots – “Chantenay”, sown on 7th July.

 

 

 

 

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If I had not been idle, these might have been OK, but I’m afraid I never got round to thinning them. As it stands, they are far too crowded, and will almost certainly not produce any roots. Are carrot tops any good as a salad ingredient???

So, some successes, but some failures too. Just one other thing to point out: growing things in containers does at least give you the opportunity to move them around. My four remaining black plastic tubs are now in the place where until just a few days ago the chillis used to live.

 

 

 

 

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In this location they will get the greatest amount of light possible (not much at present!). I think that in their original positions they just didn’t get enough direct sunshine.

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