- Utah, USA - raised bed veggie gardener.
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12 Sep 2015 19:07
Pick the tomatoes (leaving a short bit of stem attached), and bring them indoors and put them in a bowl sitting on top a few bananas. The flavor isn't as sweet as sun ripened, but they'll be red and juicy. Bake them whole in your oven, which will really bring out the sugars and increase sweetness.
30 Aug 2015 22:51
This is Finn McCool (Fionn mac Cumhaill), he came to us via an Irish greyhound rescue (that also handles lurches). He helped me garden in England for a few years, and now helps out around our garden here in Utah. He's great at catching mice, and keeps the pigeons away from the greens. He does have a habit of peeing on anything that grows out past the edge of the raised beds unfortunately. But as he's my dog, and I know he's up to date on shots and wormers, I just make sure everything has a really good scrub prior to consumption.
29 Aug 2015 19:53
How large is your garden (how much garden waste will you put in there?)?
Most of my garden waste goes directly onto my garden, or around my berries and rhubar. Grass clippings are used direct as mulch. Fall leaves are mowed up and used to cover the veg garden as most things are finished by then. Same with the windfall apples, etc. Sticks and tree trimming are in a pile for bugs and small animals. The only thing in my compost container is kitchen stuff. I tend to try to cut out the middle man (me) by letting nature do the work where I most want it to be.
29 Aug 2015 19:45
Maybe you have a white currant? Did you taste them?
29 Aug 2015 18:51
I submerge the roots/bark part of the pot in a sink full of tepid water for about 15 minutes every two or three weeks, alow them to drain, then pop them back into their decorative pot on an east windowsil. If you have clear pots, it's easy to check the roots to see if they need watered. The roots will be white and perhaps a little shrunk. There are plenty of images if you do a search. I don't feed mine, but I do repot every year.. so the compost may have something in it. They bloom for months. They will go a long time without water, so err on the side of less rather than more. Blooms will last for months on a happy plant. If you have space, keep them on a tray of stones with standing water where it does not reach the bark/roots.
29 Aug 2015 18:36
As Welshonion said, lack of pollination. Next year, plant them in blocks- not rows (if that's perhaps what you' we done).. That will help. Also, I give my plants a daily shake in the morning if I'm out there, and will even gently pull my hand along the the pollen and touch the silks. This year I've really noticed the difference. I had two types of corn, one that matured several weeks before the other. The first variety I hand pollinated, but was away on a weeks holiday when the second one came ready for pollination.. and even though they were both block planted, there is a huge discrepancy in pollonated kernels. Obviously there are a host of other factors, but I'll just disregard those.
29 Aug 2015 18:26
Will it be shaded during the spring months? Before the willow leaves come out? Is it full shade during the summer? If it's only a few hours around noon, perhaps the shade would be welcome during the hottest part of summer?
24 Jun 2015 20:38
Keep them well watered and feed them once the fruit sets. After you have one or two fruit on a vine, nip off the growth tip so the plant will put energy into those fruit. Water from below (not on the leaves), and keep the soil moist but not waterlogged. Deep daily soakings are best, rather than just a bit of water on the soil surface.
24 Jun 2015 20:29
Just fried/steamed beetroot tops with bacon, onion, and spices for lunch.. And am now boiling the beets for a salad tonight.
23 Jun 2015 19:48
Mix it half and half with new bag compost, add some slow release granular feed or FBM, and use it for growing another type of plant.
23 Jun 2015 19:43
17 Jun 2015 23:44
Are you on an tablet or PC, or your phone?
14 Jun 2015 04:05
"Nightjars are most active at dawn and dusk when they hunt for moths, beetles and crane flies. They demonstrate astonishing aerial agility as they execute rapid twists and turns in pursuit of their prey."
We had them in Surrey.
13 Jun 2015 19:41
I get those under my bird feeder. Millet I think?
13 Jun 2015 17:03
Lupin are easy to grow from seeds. Plant a batch of seeds this year to flower next year, and plant up another batch next year to flower the following year. I think they are bi-annual? Next years batch will self seed, same with the following years batch.. So if they like the conditions of your garden, they'll keep themselves going for ages.
What are your garden conditions? Soil, sun direction, etc? I think foxglove like chalky soil?
12 Jun 2015 18:40
Yellow goats beard?
12 Jun 2015 15:33
Plant them direct in the soil now, you might still have some success.
11 Jun 2015 17:53
What are you mulching with? Bark? What sort of weeds are you dealing with?
Better mulching later than not at all, in my opinion. As others have said, give it a good soak prior to applying the mulch. If you're dealing with small little 'easy' weeds, putting down six or so layers of wet newspaper before applying the mulch will really cut back on the weeding. If you've got bind weed, couch grass, mares tail, etc.. the newspaper (or mulch) won't do much good beyond making them a bit easier to pull out from the loose top layer.
11 Jun 2015 17:43
I find the hay fever cycles in severity too. I had it quite bad during teenage years.. then it seemed to gradually get less each year, until I "grew" out of it.. Fast forward fifteen years and I seem to be "growing" back into it. Three years ago I first noticed a few symptoms, but didn't take anything. Last year I had to take over the counter tables a few times when it was particularly bothersome. Now this year I've already gone through half the packet.
Claritin has 10mg of loratadine, it's over the counter. It works in about 15 minutes for me.
10 Jun 2015 20:22
Depends on what you're using it for. In a veg garden I use a soaker hose as it's easy to move around as your veg pattern changes each year (and easy to loop up for winter storage). A drip line is good for shrubs, trees, and perennial.. things that are in the same location year round. Once you run the drip line, you keep it in place year round. Drip line is great for patio pots too.