Latest posts by artjak

tomato fruit problems

Posted: 16/09/2015 at 17:52

Isabel, have just looked up the symptoms in my 'Veg and Herb Expert' book and can't quite find a description that corresponds with what you describe. The nearest may be Grey Mould, Botrytis. Have you seen anything happening to the stems?

Garden produce recipes

Posted: 16/09/2015 at 17:29

Lily Pilly, Last year a local farmer said 'Help yourself' to Bramleys, so I made Bramley Apple wine. With dessert apples I make apple pie with some cooking apple and a banana or 2 - a bit of spice (cinnamon, cloves etc, whatever you like) and then you don't need to add sugar. The result is divine

Have just made 'Winter fruit salad' - Pears, peeled, cored and roughly cut up and put into acidulated water.(water with juice of 1/2 a lemon)  Large stainless steel pan, big handful of walnuts, dried apricots and 2 bananas, vanilla essence and a slurp of honey, add the pears and some of the water, sieved, and bring to the boil, simmer for 3 or 4 mins. I then pour off the liquid and thicken slightly with corn flour, then pour back onto fruit. Refrigerate and have with Greek yoghurt for breakfast or pudding.

Plant photos from French hols

Posted: 16/09/2015 at 14:35

Yes Nut it is that! Very good for flower arranging, but a bit big for my gardenRunnyB, I didn't notice that the branches were that short, but they must have been strong. The olive grove was very magical with a misty feel to it.

Plant photos from French hols

Posted: 15/09/2015 at 17:28

 One photo I missed; there was a chestnut tree being attacked by a moth (I think) and last year it lost it's leaves completely quite early, so the owners have hung several of these containers around containing a pheromone (?) which will stop the cycle of moths and caterpillers.

What lighting conditions does wild garlic like?

Posted: 15/09/2015 at 17:23

My wild garlic grows in deep shade, through horticultural membrane as I don't want it to spread. Vinca major or minor could work too, either choose blue or white flowers, also Corydalis will grow anywhere shady and has small yellow flowers for many months. There is a blue version but it is not nearly so vigorous. Hostas and Solomon's Seal may do well too. Bergenias may also work.

Plant photos from French hols

Posted: 15/09/2015 at 17:16

A group of us stayed in an ild farm house 50 mins North of Avignon. These are some of the things I saw;

 Pomegranites growing, I had not seen that before.

 Flower I didn't recognise.

 An olive grove next to the house.

We also saw the grapes being mechanically harvested for wine, a very clever machine!

Welcome to the fruit & veg forum

Posted: 03/09/2015 at 19:41

gwrs, I harvested black currents about 6 weeks ago - I'm amazed that yours are still going.In what part of the country are you?

Pathway straight or curved

Posted: 03/09/2015 at 19:23

Sloppy, are you struggling with loading pics? If so, just click on the tree icon above where you type. Until we see the general outlook it is hard to give you any advice.

Welcome to the fruit & veg forum

Posted: 03/09/2015 at 19:19

Potato sacks come in different sizes, I have a whole bunch; my advice is don't be too greedy, give the plants space to grow. With the bigger sacks I will sometimes sow 3 near the base , let those develop then another 2 , then just cosset them all - remember they will need watering!

Talkback: 10 cosmos to grow

Posted: 03/09/2015 at 19:13

i guess you are thinking about next spring, I see you are a retired gardener, so you can get a good variety of colours from Sarah Raven (not cheap) and even some 'white' seeds will turn out pink .  You can get plug plants too, but growing from seed is much cheaper.

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Plant photos from French hols

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Well, I never knew that!

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Gressenhall Farm and Workhouse Apple Day

Info about this 
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Wow, what a sunset!

Nature's generosity 
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Weed Killer and compost bins

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Phlox mould?

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Any wine makers out there?

What have you made this year? 
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Did I review 1500 plants in my sleep?

Why does it say I've reviewed all these plants? 
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Herniaria Glabra

Smooth Rupturewort 
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ngs garden in Peterborough

Unusual Hostas 
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Reduced Shredder from Tesco

Rubbish really 
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