Latest posts by Bf206

Lemon tree

Posted: 07/06/2015 at 15:56
I got a lemon tree as a present a few years ago. So I don't know what variety it is but you can see it's been grafted. I've had some lemons off it and they were fine - normal, not Meyer ones. It's always looked pretty unhealthy, though. I've probably neglected it at times, have never been sure how to prune it and can never decide whether it should live inside or outside. I have got back into the habit of using winter/summer fertiliser weekly though. Obviously I keep it inside during winter but now the weather's nicer, should I take the plunge and leave it out? When I did that last summer, I shed lots of leaves and fruit so I brought it back in. From what I've read, though, some shedding is natural so maybe this time I need to do that and just hold my nerve if leaves and fruit start dropping? Also, I can't find any definitive advice on pruning. It's got two main stems / branches which both have fruit and flowers on. The top of one in particularly is pretty straggly so i wonder whether to lop it off to encourage some bushing out? At the moment, it's a pretty odd looking thing...

bean seed germinating

Posted: 07/06/2015 at 15:47
Think I may now have a lot of beans... The ones I planted directly into the soil are starting to come through as well suddenly. One month after sowing which is really odd.

Strange as it's a raised bed and I live in central London so can't think it was that the soil was too cool.

The ones outside don't look great though. Pretty straggly and struggling to shed the seed cap. I might I guess replace them from the ones I have in pots inside.

bean seed germinating

Posted: 06/06/2015 at 10:46
Hi Reg. So thank you, I did the kitchen paper towel thing on Thursday and most of the bean seeds have sprouted already! Do I let them know grow more now or should I quickly get them into pots / modules? Best to do that before getting them in the ground or could they go straight in?

bean seed germinating

Posted: 02/06/2015 at 12:13

Ok, I'll definitely try this later... What do you think the timeframe for germination to harvest is likely to be?

bean seed germinating

Posted: 01/06/2015 at 23:18
Cobra French Beans from T&M. Might just try the kitchen paper thing as have plenty left. Probably moving house in two months' time though so had wanted a harvest before then!! Probably too late now?

bean seed germinating

Posted: 01/06/2015 at 21:12
Well, a month on from being planted in the soil, a handful of beans appear to have germinated. They all look pretty unhealthy. The seeds haven't detached from a few and where they have they look very straggly. I've got plenty of seed beans to start again with (probably using methods suggested here) but do these 'symptoms' suggest a duff batch I wonder?

bean seed germinating

Posted: 27/05/2015 at 20:40
Hmm I shall give this method a go with my second batch then! We move house in a few months' time so I'd like a beans harvest before we go!!

bean seed germinating

Posted: 26/05/2015 at 13:46

I've had a problem with some 'Cobra' french beans I bought. Most of what I buy I start in modules to give them a head start before the slugs get at them but I thought I'd give them a go straight in the ground given that it's been a warm May and I'd bought some nematodes and already watered them in.

So far - three weeks on - I haven't had a single bean germinate, probably having planted 30-odd! There's been plenty of sun, it's a raised bed so I think the soil must be warm enough, watering but not overwatering in between rain (hasn't been much of that). All my peas, tomatoes etc are growing v well.

Maybe the beans are only a day or two away from sprouting but this seems like an awfully long time for germination?

Either way, I guess I've still got time given it's not quite June yet to plant them in modules in the coldframe to give them a headstart but I'm just a bit surprised it's taken so long.

Realistically, should I assume the seeds have rotted or or will patience prevail? The alternative is that the squirrel family nearby have paid a visit... I've seen them scrabbling around in that bed a bit but it seems unlikely that they'd have so efficiently removed every single seed?

The Tomatoes have arrived!!

Posted: 05/05/2015 at 17:19

I think more is better - if you've the room! I definitely wouldn't say the same about, say, courgettes, where I think one plant is more than enough...

I've found in recent years it's nice to diversify with a range of tomato varities. If you do end up with loads, making pasta sauce or soup uses lots of them very quickly too.

The Tomatoes have arrived!!

Posted: 05/05/2015 at 15:06

Looks very green and healthy...

Thanks for the further tips. I think I've got the plants pretty well spread. The pots they're in are big. I haven't tied them in yet but the canes are in situ ready.

Forecast on the whole doesn't look terrible, after last night's heavy rain. mid to high teens by day but mild nights too as quite a lot of cloud around. Only a few showers which is no bad thing.

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