Latest posts by Bf206

Premature potato furtling...

Posted: 08/06/2013 at 15:25

Ok, so I know second earlies shouldn't be ready yet, but I've got six patio planters, needed some potatoes for dinner, they've been in for 9/10 weeks and I prefer them small... so I had a furtle in one.

Because I found one or two (Charlottes) of decent size, I was a bit taken in! Basically, the rest weren't too big - and there weren't many at all, but hopefully the rest of the bags given another 2/3 weeks should get there.

Is this a reasonable rate of progress for 2nd earlies do you think? What I've got look nice, but probably not more than 300g...



Planting out sweetcorn

Posted: 05/06/2013 at 08:52

argh. ok, i've lost several plants already - but had noticed the stems were getting snapped. the culprits? squirrels!

i've pegged some fine netting over the remaining plants although i'm a little concerned that the plants are being squashed by it. better than being dug up...

anyone had this problem before??

Moving tomatoes outside

Posted: 05/06/2013 at 08:51

Great, thanks. Yes, I've seen your tips re overwatering before so am always careful!

That's reassuring. I picked one of the less healthy looking plants to show you...

Moving tomatoes outside

Posted: 04/06/2013 at 16:06

So, I put some of my toms out about 5 days ago now. They weren't in the best of shape beforehand - light-starved from being kept inside but at least out of the cold.

Anyway, attached is a progress report of sorts since. The angle isn't all that helpful but what I wanted to show was that the older growth (bigger, lower branches) is generally quite yellowy/green, with 'papery' leaves whereas, touch wood, the newer leaves and branches have got a markedly darker, healthier look about them.

The lowest branches I snipped off, as per italophile's ever-helpful advice beforehand,and I planted them all deeply in these 25 litre containers but I'm now wondering whether, where the plants have got these less healthy looking leaves - you can see holes in them here which I think is just the wind whipping through them as they're so thin - do I simply snip these off as well? Obviously I don't want to cripple the plants by taking too many leaves off at this stage, but are they a help or a hindrance? Thank you!


Planting out sweetcorn

Posted: 03/06/2013 at 12:56

Hopefully that's what it is on most of them. The one it happened to first though just shrivelled from the bottom up. maybe transplant shock I guess and it was just the weakest plant. 

Planting out sweetcorn

Posted: 02/06/2013 at 15:58

hmm, it's generally the bottom most leaves on them which are withering and then just getting sodden from the soil. should I cut those leaves off maybe?

Planting out sweetcorn

Posted: 02/06/2013 at 12:20

I've put my sweetcorn seedlings into a raised bed earlier in the week - they're between about 5 and 8" tall. I thought my timing was pretty good given the decent weather but I'm wondering whether night-time temps are still a bit low? Two of the seedlings look like they've had it, another couple have got yellowing/brown around the edges of some leaves.

Any thoughts? I'm wondering whether I should fleece them at night?

I assume it's the cold anyway. Can't really think what else it could be - doesn't look like slugs have got them, for instance.


Posted: 31/05/2013 at 22:45

Yes linnylou! I think I've had them in planters since mid March but the last few weeks, they've grown tons of leaves and branches and are about 40/50 cm tall - fully earthed up. No flowers yet but hopefully not far off and then I may have a look...

Moving tomatoes outside

Posted: 31/05/2013 at 22:38

I've just put 10 of my plants into their final 25 litre pots - I'll do the other 10 when I've replenished the compost! I've had them in a cold frame for the past week or so, hardening off. I was probably a bit late in doing that as they just weren't getting enough light inside so they're not the healthiest but hopefully I've given them a chance now...


Posted: 29/05/2013 at 09:54

appreciate all the guidance, italophile! 

Last June here was awful for toms (my courgettes loved it tho!) so we deserve a bit of luck...

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