Latest posts by Bob177

Strawberry Plants - When Do You Cut Them Back?

Posted: 17/07/2012 at 16:45

Thanks Geoff, will do as you suggest. They are gonna have a haircut.

Strawberry Plants - When Do You Cut Them Back?

Posted: 17/07/2012 at 12:49

Although I have some strawberry plants that are due to crop around September, We have some that we only bought in spring/early summer as plants, and now have clearly finished cropping. Do I need to wait for them to fade before cutting back, or can I do it now. If I need to wait, will they still need to be watered.  Thanks 

Are My Shallots Ready?

Posted: 07/07/2012 at 18:32

I pulled all mine today, not particularly big in size, and rather sodden. I think our wonderful summer has held them back. Don't think it will be too long before my red onions go the same way. 

Some Squash is Turning Soft

Posted: 07/07/2012 at 18:26
lucky3 wrote (see)

I polinate  the plants myself . It is easy , wait until you have a male and female flower (at first you tend to get an abundance of male flowers but dont worry , femals will come) . The females have a lump behind the petals

Take a male flower , peal the petals down and insert it into the female . If you have a number of plants it shouldnt be a problem amongst them there are sure to have quite a selection  to mix and match ! hope this helps.

I have 3 plants, and about 3 flowers have formed into acorn type shape. I currently have 3 in flower, but I am not quite sure where to look, with regards to the lump. There is no sign of any lump on the petal itself, only tentacles. The base of the petals all look the same. I have lost another 2 today, although there still appears to be plenty of buds.

Are My Shallots Ready?

Posted: 06/07/2012 at 07:15

Thanks Joe, I will remove them when the 'deluge' has passed. I will probably hang them up in my garage though, facing the sun, that's when we finally get some. 

Some Squash is Turning Soft

Posted: 05/07/2012 at 15:58

Hello Again everyone,I have many buds & flowers on my Squash plants (in Greenhouse), but  I have had to remove a couple of soft, mouldy  bulbs from my plants, that occurred after the flowers had died off, and the acorn type pod had started to form. I already have at least two that have started to form, and are still firm. Any advice would be most welcome.

PS: Have tried to include pics, but I can't get beyond the 'insert an image or video icon'.

Are My Shallots Ready?

Posted: 05/07/2012 at 15:38

Hi Everyone, The vast majority of the stems on my shallots have turned yellowish, and are dying off. Do they need to be pulled? The clumps do not appear to be huge, but as I have never grown them before, I'm not sure whether to pull them up. I think they have gone as far as they are gonna go.


Posted: 29/06/2012 at 14:52
Tina5 wrote (see)

We have a dreadful ant problem here, the soil is sandy and ants and their nests are just a fact of life. For the most part, we have to ignore them, unless they are invading the roots of something. We have 10 compost bins, and many of those get nests. Again, we leave then be, they swarm eventually, and a side 'benefit' is they do make the compost nice and fine! I do leave the lids off too, sometimes, and let the birds pick them off.

Hello Again Tina,

I have just had check on my 2 composting bins, and as previously stated, the one I am currently filling has no sign of ants, as it is too moist & yukky inside. The other has a thinnish layer of soil/compost, with some damp shredded paper inside, and does not appear to have any ants inside. There are however, other species, going about their business.  My other bin is probably a few weeks away from being full, enabling me to start on the 2nd one proper. One thing I have noticed about the Ants, is that I have 4 raised beds, all covered with Enviromesh fine netting, One has a row of Peas & Broad Beans inside. Whenever I go inside to add further support to the stems, I always disturb ants inside the Beans, never the Peas. The Beans are not swarming with them, neither are they being eaten, but it is annoying.

Help - Aubergines & Peppers

Posted: 29/06/2012 at 14:34
Tina5 wrote (see)

My peppers are a bit stunted this year, I've been thinking it may have been a bit cold for them. They've only just got buds on them, so I've potted them on and given them a good feed, and it'sbeen much warmer here the last few days, so perhaps they'll catch up a bit.

Hi Tina, I did wonder if it was due to the weeks of dismal weather we have had. There are no obvious signs to me, of buds appearing on the tallest Aubergine plant as yet. Lets hope we get a prolonged spell of sunshine.


Posted: 29/06/2012 at 13:50

I too have recently suffered from an ants nest in one of my Dalek composting bins, where I had put some grass divots to compost down. I didn't use powder, but tried to remove as much as possible, and place the divots in compost bags for storage outside the bins. I would be keen to know if sotongeoff thinks I should remove the lid of the bin concerned, to allow the elements to penetrate the contents, thus putting off any ants still inside. I am currently filling  my other Dalek bin for composting. I have not noticed ants in this one, as I guess it is too wet inside. I am not planning to restart using the one that had the ants nest inside, until my other is full. I would also be keen to know if I am likely to have a problem with the the bags I have filled, when the contents have composted sufficiently.

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