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Germination of seeds, and the growth rate of plants, depend on temperature. 
Different types of seed will germinate successfully within a range of temperatures, and plants will thrive better in temperatures that suit them.  

Questions

How critical is successful plant growth on temperature?

Do we usually achieve suitable temperatures for successful growth in Halesowen?  

How much does year to year variation of temperature affect success?

What are the crops and varieties which are most likely to succeed here?

Answers

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Growth of plants depends on rainfall, or if that is too little, on the watering can! 
Plants will thrive better in dry or damp conditions, according to their needs at that stage of growth. 

Questions

How critical is successful plant growth on rainfall?

Do we usually achieve suitable rainfall for successful growth in Halesowen?  

How much does year to year variation of rainfall affect success?

What are the crops and varieties which are most likely to succeed here?

Answers

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Germination of seeds, and the growth rate of plants, depend on temperature. 
As roots penetrate the soil, they experience different temperature conditions from those at the surface, and different levels of moisture, too.

Questions

How deep do plant roots penetrate into the soil, for different crops?

How does

How does the temperature change under the surface of the soil affect growing plants?

How does temperature in the soil vary at different depths day by day, month by month and year by year?

How much does variation of temperature within the soil (on all these time scales) affect success?

How critical is successful plant growth on temperature?

What are the crops and varieties which are most likely to succeed here?

Answers

...watch this space!

 


Here is a list of what I have grown over the years - obviously not every variety is grown every year!  The list is mostly fruit and vegetables, although some flowers are grown on the allotment, too, to attract beneficial insects and as cut flowers. Most of these are grown outdoors on an allotment, some indoors in a greenhouse (shown in red).  Soft fruit is shown in blue.

Name

Variety

Angelica

 

Asters

 

Aubergine

Moneymaker

Beetroot

Little Ball

Beetroot

Boltardy

Blackberry  
Blackcurrant  

Broad Bean

Aquadulce

Broad Bean

Dreadnought

Broad Bean

The Sutton

Broad Bean

Optica

Broccoli

Purple

Broccoli

Boltardy

Broccoli

Purple

Brussel Sprout

Peer Gynt

Butternut Squash

 

Cabbage

Langedijker Red Early

Cabbage

Spring

Cabbage

Hispi

Cabbage

Redcap

Cabbage Savoy

Omskirk

Cabbage Winter

January King

Calabrese

Corvet

Calabrese

Experimental

Calabrese

Sakura

Capsicum

Gypsy

Carrot

Autumn King

Carrot

Early Nantes

Carrot

Rocket

Carrot

Autumn King 2

Carrot

Fly Away F1

Carrot

Parano F1

Celeriac

Monarch

Celery

Pink Blush

Chard

Rainbow Lights

Chilli Pepper

Jalapeno

Chinese - stir fry

Various

Chrysanthemum

Pennine

Corn Salad

 

Courgette

Gold Rush

Courgette

Zucchini

Courgette

Defender

Cucumber

Petita

Dahlias

 

Everlasting Flower

Various

Exp Chinese

Various

Florence Fennel

Zefa Fino

Florence Fennel

Perfection

Flowers

Statice

French Bean

Blue Lake

French Bean

Sprite Dwarf

French Bean

dwarf

French Bean

Purple Queen dwarf

French Bean

Experimental 9111

French Bean

Cobra (climbing)

Garlic

Unwins

Gladioli

Various

Gooseberry

Kale Westland

Kohl Rabi

White Vienna

Kohl Rabi

Purple Vienna

Leaf Coriander

Cilantro

Leek

Snowstar

Leek

Autumn Giant 3 -Rami

Leek

Autumn Giant 3 - Albana

Lettuce

Fortune

Lettuce

Granada

Lettuce

Little Gem

Lettuce

Redina

Lettuce

Set

Loganberry  

Mangetout

Oregon Sugar Pod

Mangetout

Sugar Gem

Mangetout

Suga Bon

Onion

Early Kaizuka

Onion

Unwins First Early

Onion

Bedfordshire Champion

Onion

Centurion

Onion

Red Brunswick

Onion

Rijnsburger

Onion

Unwins First Early

Onion

Fen Globe

Onion

Turbo

Onion

Unwins First Early

Onion

Showmaster

Onion

Red Baron

Onion

Senshui

Onion

Electric (winter)

Onion

Senshui (winter)

Parsley

Plain leaved/Curlina

Parsnip

White Gem

Parsnip

Gladiator

Parsnip

Tender and True

Parsnip

Gladiator F1

Parsnip

Countess

Parsnip

Albion F1

Peas

Hurst Green Shaft

Potato

Suttons Foremost

Potato

Sharpes Express

Potato

Rocket

Potato

Aaron Pilot

Potato

Pink Fir Apple

Potato

Red Duke of York

Potato

Charlotte

Potato

Kestrel

Potato

Pink Fir Apple

Pumpkin

Jackpot

Pumpkin

Baby Bear

Radish

Ilka

Raspberry various
Redcurrant  

Rhubarb

various

Rudbeckia

 

Runner Bean

Enorma

Runner Bean

Desiree

Runner Bean

Enorma

SALAD

 

Shallot

Golden Gormet

Shallot

Topper

Shallot

Ambition

Shallot

Pikant

Shallot (overwinter)

Jermor

Spinach

Triton

Spinach

Sigmaleaf

Spinach

Poncho

Spring Cabbage

Pixie

Spring Cabbage

Advantage F1

Spring Onion

Ishikura

Strawberry

Marshmello

Sunflowers

 

Swede

Marian

Sweet Corn

Sundance

Sweet Corn

Extra Tender & Sweet F1

Sweet Pea

?

Sweet William

Various

Tayberry  

Tomato

Alicante

Tomato

Gardeners Delight

Tomato

Incas

Tomato

Sungold

Turkish Rocket

 

Turnip

Golden Ball

Turnip

Purple Top Milan

Turnip

Aramis

Watercress

 

Winter Lettuce

Experimental

Winter Lettuce

Frillice

WINTER SALAD

various

Worcesterberry  

 

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