Latest posts by bigolob

Keeping Cosmos Flowering for Wedding

Posted: 29/09/2013 at 13:14

I am amazed that your Cosmos are only just coming into flower. Mine sown in early March have been in flower since early June and are still full of blossom. I presume they were sown or bought much later.

Where did it go to?

Posted: 29/09/2013 at 13:07

Boater and Verdun where do you live? Here in Cheshire the temperature throughout July and August was around 86 degrees F. - not had that for years and I must admit that after 4-5 weeks of it, most of us had had enough!

My collection of Penstemon  have and still are fantastic, I have roses in flower which I have never before seen in late September - mind you the idiots who forcast the new religion of `global warming` some years ago so that we could all be taxed for something nobody else had thought of at the time also forcast that we would be growing Cacti in the UK. Latest forcast is that it is NOT going to get warmer, it going to get COLDER!! So much for Experts.

Tomato varieties

Posted: 27/09/2013 at 15:27

Italophile, sorry to be ignorant but what is a PM?

Tomato varieties

Posted: 26/09/2013 at 19:10

I am still looking for the "perfect Tomato flavour". On previous threads I have said that I am looking for medium sized fruit with good flavour. I have received advice that medium fruit are relatively tastless (I agree) but Cherry Toms are too small for anything other than a salad - try making a sandwich out of them!!

So however, has anyone come across a "Cherry" type Tom" somewhere in size between Gardener`s Delight and a mid size Tom????

Where did it go to?

Posted: 24/09/2013 at 18:37

Can somebody tell me what happened this year? March and April up here in Cheshire were very cold due to constant Easterly winds. Little if anything grew in the garden and if it did it was so slow to develop leaves and  flower buds on all herbacious plants from Penstemun, Phlox, Hostas to roses and other shrubs, were 3-4 weeks behind the usual. We then had in July and August temperatures similar to those we see in the West Indes in winter 88-90 degrees - for those who do not understand 28-30C!

Then all of a sudden it is September 24th and it has all gone. The temperature today was an exceptional 70 degrees but yesterday (Monday) was thick cloud and a chilly East air stream. The Met Office (in their wisdom got both yesterday and today completely wrong) although nothing unusual in that. The 2 months of summer we had, seemed to pass so quickly it is as though we missed it.

How has you summer been?

Greenhouse gas for heating

Posted: 24/09/2013 at 18:08

Don`t waste your time with gas heaters. Buy an electric GH thermostatically  controlled heater which will not cause condensation or any other problems. Depending on what you are growing in late autumn/winter/early spring, keep the thermometer to about 45 degrees which will keep the cost down. I use my heater from mid March to mid May for my tomatoes, rooted cuttings of Pelargoniums, Penstemun and seedlings of Cosmos, etc. with the temperature around 55 degrees.

I find the extra electricity increases the monthly cost of about £10 per month - not too bad. Gas, like Paraffin, requires the dirty job of cleaning the wick or changing the gas canister often at inconvenient times.

Greenhouse gas for heating

Posted: 23/09/2013 at 11:10

Forget gas for GH heating. Buy a GH Electric fan heater wihich will be thermostatically controlled to whatever setting you put it on. There will not be any condensation or the need to change gas bottles.

Any form of heating in late autumn/winter 0r early spring will be expensive. I use a fan heater from March to May for my Tomatoes, seedling and rooted cuttings plants and find my electric bill to be about £10 extra per month. You can of course reduce some of the cost by insulating the GH but as my GH is only 6 x 6 foot, I do not bother.

green tomatoes

Posted: 18/09/2013 at 18:25

Italophile, thanks for the reply. I too on a few occasions in the past used the Banana skin trick as they are supposed to give off Ethylene gas but to no advance in ripening whatsoever.

green tomatoes

Posted: 17/09/2013 at 17:41

Didn`t know Toms have a bottom!! The old fashion way of ripening them this time of the year was to place them in individual paper bags and place in a dark warm cupboard. They ripen very well.

What happens in central Italy Italophile, do you have the same problems? Surely the longer warm season allows ripening for much longer into the autumn. The temperature here in Cheshire is 50 degrees and constant rain - lovely if you are a masochist!

How do I take cuttings off my busy lizzie.

Posted: 17/09/2013 at 17:28

Frances, just enjoy the plant and its flowers for as long as they live and next year, buy another!

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