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sheilawickens
Posted 10/6/2010 23:59 (#173)
Subject: Grow North Experiments


Part of the Grow North project will also involve participants carrying out growing experiments, and sharing findings with the group - whether this be as photographs, or regular updates, or even final results comparing yield from different methods used. Here are some of the initial suggestions. There will be more details to follow on the different experiments, but it would be great to hear from participants if there are particular experiments that you would like to carry out at home.

Grow North Experiments


Spacing of plants
Try out different spacings to investigate the different results in yield. Crop: Beetroot, carrot, onion

Watering – life cycle
Being aware of timing of watering required during a plants life cycle can make a difference to the amount of watering you need to do. Crop: Potatoes

Watering – time of day of watering
Using a soil moisture probe, investigate the difference in soil moisture from watering in the morning, mid day and evening. Crop: cucumber, tomato

Watering – application
Experiment with different ways of providing your crop with water, comparing spraying / misting with regular application of water to the roots. Crop: Runner beans (could be suitable for pot growing)

Mulching
Investigate different mulch materials, and no mulch. Crop: onions, courgette, cabbage.

Pinching out
You are advised to pinch out side shoots in cordon tomatoes. In this experiment you can see for yourself the difference that this can make to your yield. Crop: tomato

Propagation
Find out the difference that rooting hormone can make in taking soft wood cuttings. Crop: sage, lavender, rosemary, tomatoes

Composts
Try out different growing mediums for your seeds, compare seed sowing compost, multi purpose compost, peat free organic compost, vegetable growing compost, and of course home-made compost. Crop: squash, basil, runner beans

Manure
Try growing in your soil as it is, and soil with manure added, and compare the difference in the health of your plant and the yield. Crop: courgettes

Grow North Experiments


Spacing of plants
Try out different spacings to investigate the different results in yield. Crop: Beetroot, carrot, onion

Watering – life cycle
Being aware of timing of watering required during a plants life cycle can make a difference to the amount of watering you need to do. Crop: Potatoes

Watering – time of day of watering
Using a soil moisture probe, investigate the difference in soil moisture from watering in the morning, mid day and evening. Crop: cucumber, tomato

Watering – application
Experiment with different ways of providing your crop with water, comparing spraying / misting with regular application of water to the roots. Crop: Runner beans (could be suitable for pot growing)

Mulching
Investigate different mulch materials, and no mulch. Crop: onions, courgette, cabbage.

Pinching out
You are advised to pinch out side shoots in cordon tomatoes. In this experiment you can see for yourself the difference that this can make to your yield. Crop: tomato

Propagation
Find out the difference that rooting hormone can make in taking soft wood cuttings. Crop: sage, lavender, rosemary, tomatoes

Composts
Try out different growing mediums for your seeds, compare seed sowing compost, multi purpose compost, peat free organic compost, vegetable growing compost, and of course home-made compost. Crop: squash, basil, runner beans

Manure
Try growing in your soil as it is, and soil with manure added, and compare the difference in the health of your plant and the yield. Crop: courgettes
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Martin
Posted 11/6/2010 11:21 (#174 - in reply to #173)
Subject: Re: Grow North Experiments


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Lots of interesting things here - but we only have very limited ability to take part this year. One other thing I'd be interested in is the impact of different harvesting strategies for "cut-and-come-again" salad crops - I'm never sure how much greenery it's best to leave on the plant. Also, for herbs, whether it's best to take leaves from the tips or the base of the plant.
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nutrientz
Posted 28/6/2010 20:05 (#194 - in reply to #173)
Subject: Re: Grow North Experiments


Anyone tried growing with the Moon cycles. There is a good e-mail weekly on what is suitable each week and what isnt. I'm trying this- only planting or sowing as advised and it does seem to make a difference-very good establishemnt partic with brassicas. I'm not sure how you prevent the mice from eating my peas- so have gappy rows just as usual. I seem to have deleted the e-mails but should get a new one next week and will post details.
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Martin
Posted 28/6/2010 22:24 (#195 - in reply to #194)
Subject: Re: Grow North Experiments


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We tried one year, and had very good results, but somehow we've never got our act together again since. It sounds a bit bonkers, but I suspect there's something in it, it would be very interesting to do some kind of experiment.
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