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Little Gem lettuce

What to plant beside little gem lettuce in containers Star, Dublin, Co Dublin Posted: 24/05/2011


Quick developers, such as radish, rocket and salad onions, would be suitable, or you could try stump-rooted carrots, or even a few French beans, depending on the space available.


planting mixed vegetables

are there any vegetable combinations that should not be planted near or beside each other? i was going to plant say a head of cabbage at the end of each drill of potatoes to maximise the space i have, rather than a patch of cabbage heads. my space is limited so i am looking at what combinations i could do. Tones692, , Co Limerick Posted: 07/09/2010


Vegetables need tobe given adequate space to grow, pretty much their full-grown width or a bit less. Given less space, they tend to stay smaller.

Any piece of ground planted with a kind of vegetables gives the same weight of crop in bigger or smaller if numbers are greater.

There is nothing to be gained by mixing the vegetables. Intercropping is possible, removing a row of radish, say, before carrots in adjoining rows need the space. Or lettuce between onions, but even this can affect cropping.

If space is limited, grow fewer bulky crops such as potatoes and brassicas.


Sprouting Broccoli

I sowed Sprouting Broccoli(Early Purple) indoors earlier in the year and put the seedlings out in the ground in a seedbed.They are now getting seriously big and will very soon be too big to transplant. The seed packet was talking about July or August for permanent positions.I don't think I can wait very much longer.Can I move them to permanent positions now? JaySea, Kilkenny, Co Kilkenny Posted: 04/06/2010


The seeds of sprouting broccoli are usually sown outdoors in May or June and transplanted in July.

Yes transplant them now.


first time vegetable growing, order of planting

I want to plant cabbage, broccoli, cauliflower, carrots, turnip, onions, mangetout and lettuce in the one raised bed, in what order should i plant them, eg cabbage at back.Your advice would be appreciated. tootney, , Co Clare Posted: 05/04/2009


You can plant the taller, bigger things together, or the families together.

Taller, bigger kinds are broccoli, cabbage, cauliflower, turnip... all cabbage family.

Carrots, onions and lettuce are each different families. They are smaller and mangetout is the tallest, and can be up to 1.5m, not really suitable for a raised bed, which is best for smaller kinds ... salads especially.

Put your mangetout at one end and the other larger kinds at the other end.


Splitting artichokes

I have a well-established artichoke (globe) bed which I am in the process of tidying up. They need splitting and thinning which I have never done before. Is it OK to spilt them at this time of year and what is the best and easiest way to do this? Sharp spade or something more subtle? Suzie, Glengarriff, Co Cork Posted: 21/08/2008

Globe artichoke makes a big broad clump of leaves. The easiest way to split them is to dig out a chunk on one side  and then cut slices of the round, as you would cut a cake. Use a spade and do it in autumn.


raised vegetable beds

Is there a recommended size for raised beds in a vegetable area. The area available is 17ft wide x 54ft long. Neutral soil. I would like to set potatoes (any suggestions?), cabbage, carrots, turnips, parsnips, lettuce, chives, spring onions, herbs etc. ntowngreenfingers, Cork, Co Cork Posted: 23/07/2008

 Raised vegetables beds are usually 100 to 120 cm wide and as long as you like. Any wider makes weeding and sowing more difficult.

Mark out the dimension on the ground and see what you can comfortably reach.

Potatoes, cabbage and other vegetables that make big plants do not need to be grown in raised beds and are best cultivated in rows on flat ground.

 The smaller vegetables do well in raised beds, but make sure to incorporate plenty of organic material to help to hold moisture as raised beds tend to dry out more easily, but then they can be sown into earlier in spring because they do drain. 



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