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Slugs & Snails

Posted: 01/08/2013 at 16:12

Hi Everyone, Thanks for all your comments - it seems we have conflicting views on the benefit of leaving slugs & snails to occupy the compost heap. My actions have been varied in the past (Got rid of some, left others), seems I may have give them the benefit of the doubt, when it comes to this part of my garden. I have to say Waterbutts, your comments do make sense. Thanks again everyone, and yes, the weather is lovely.

Slugs & Snails

Posted: 01/08/2013 at 09:51

Hi Daisy, thanks for the valuable info, and the link page - very interesting - didn't know the blighters could tunnel. Removed a few more from inside the bed yesterday afternoon, I have yet to go out & check today. When my Beetroot crop is harvested, I will dig thoroughly thru the soil, & see if there are any more (while keeping a regular check in the meantime). I will also remove any from my composting bin, that I come across.  Thanks again Daisy.

Slugs & Snails

Posted: 31/07/2013 at 09:34

Two problems: 1st - should I allow slugs & snails to occupy my compost box, and let them do their own thing, like other insects - there are several stuck inside the lid today, & I have always wondered whether they can be a positive advantage to the gardener, in this way.

2nd: Can slugs to a 'Great Escape', by tunnelling their way thru soil? Last week I removed some from inside one of my raised beds, after attacking the leaves on a type of Beetroot I am growing. This is despite me having 'Enviromesh' netting surrounding it, with batons holding it to the sides, with elasticated luggage straps, holding in the corners. So nothing in the way of gaps, I am perplexed as to how they got in.  Thanks everyone.

Cucumber Query

Posted: 31/07/2013 at 08:47

Hi Fidgetbones, sorry for the delay in replying, I will continue to keep an eye on the developement of the buds/flowers that are in clusters, as I cannot tell if there are small blobs, or the start of tiny cucumbers, behind then. I don't think they are ready to open any time soon anyway. I am growing 3 plant's, so I can afford to make the odd mistake. I want to see what growth I get from these clusters first, so I can identify the male from the female, before I start snipping. Thanks 

Cucumber Query

Posted: 29/07/2013 at 08:52

Hi, I am growing Telepathy F1 cucumbers in my greenhouse, & I need advice as to what flowers to remove. They are mostly at an early stage at the moment, and I am having difficulty in establishing which have 'swelling' behind them. There are some that have 'cucumber' shapes behind them. I hope the pictures enclosed will help. Thanks





Tomato Ripening

Posted: 05/09/2012 at 17:07
flowergirl4 wrote (see)

I saw on here(on the How To section ) that it is possible to ripen tomatoes just buy lifting them (the whole plant root and all) and hanging them upside down in a shed.....I will try this as well as the banana thing and see which is best.....

Hello flowergirl4, I have watched the Chris Beardshaw video, and it is well worth considering. I think it is a matter of timing at the moment. Maybe other people have an opinion on the hanging upside down method.

Tomato Ripening

Posted: 05/09/2012 at 17:03
Italophile wrote (see)

To be honest, I'm not convinced of the banana routine. I tried it a few years ago as an experiment. Two toms, same variety, same degree of ripeness. One in a bag with a banana, the other one au naturel. There was little difference in the outcome.

But if the banana were to be tried, it needs to be in the confines of something like a bag with the tomato in order to maximise the effect of any ethlyene gas. Otherwise it just wafts into the atmosphere.

Flowergirl4 has suggested uprooting the whole plant & hanging them upside down, after watching Chris Beardshaw in the 'how to' section of this site. I have watched it, and it would appear to be a well tested route, having been suggested by an expert. I don't think my 4 plants will produce many fruits now that September is here, even though I still have many flowers at or near the tops. If I were to try that method, is it best to do it now, or wait a little longer?

Talkback: How to insulate a greenhouse

Posted: 05/09/2012 at 13:56

My Aluminium Greenhouse is about 7'x 6', & over thirty years old,  last year I got a large roll of bubblewrap from the Amazon marketplace, complete with plastic twist clips. The roll  is suitable in  size to fit each portion (30"), & cover all of it. The only downside for me was that I had to file down the end that slotted into the groove, as it was slightly too deep for it. I agree with obelixx, in that it's the emptying & cleaning that is the real time issue.

Tomato Ripening

Posted: 05/09/2012 at 13:25

I suppose I could go the whole hog and place a peeled back banana at the base of each pot, and see what happens. Also, is it best to use a banana that is still on the green side, as we sometimes get banana's from the supermarket that have yet to ripen. I prefer to eat an orange every day anyway, so technically I wouldn't be depriving myself of much needed fruit. 

MuddyFork wrote (see)

The ripening banana gives of ethylene gas which helps the tomato to ripen so not sure that just the skin would have the same effect


tomato blight in greenhouse

Posted: 05/09/2012 at 12:12

I know this won't be of any help to you Jen, but on last Friday's Gardeners World, even Monty Don had lost most if his Greenhouse crop to blight. It seem's no-one can be spared, even the experts.

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