Latest posts by Bob177

Help - Aubergines & Peppers

Posted: 29/06/2012 at 13:27

I sowed some Aubergines & Peppers (early long purple 2 & sweet colour rainbow mixed), at the end of March, indoors. They have been in the greenhouse in troughs for some time now, but the 2 pepper plants are only between 5 & 6 inches in height ( to highest leaf), while the 2 Aubergine plants are 6" & 12". The plants look healthy enough, except for the lack of height. They are watered about every other day, and are protected from the full sun- when we get it, that is, with shading. My Tomatoes were sown at the same time & some Squash plants a month later, both are doing far better. Any thoughts anyone?

Red Onions - Buds Forming

Posted: 29/06/2012 at 10:22

Hi Angie, So far I have removed a single bud from 11 plants. I hope that that will be it, but with the current weather, I fear the rest are at risk.

small bugs on my lettuce and brassicas!

Posted: 21/06/2012 at 08:16

I have 4 raised beds, and I have covered them all in a very fine netting called 'Enviromesh'. It comes in a variety of widths, so you can decide what width is best.   You then order what length you require, by the metre. It still allows the light & rain to get through. They claim it keeps the vast majority of aphids out. I installed mine as soon as the seeds were sown, and although I have had to 'go in' many times since, to thin out, etc, the only inhabitants I have seen inside, are the occasional spider, and a ladybird. It is not cheap, and I guess the more you 'open it up', the greater chance you have of something flying in behind your back. But overall, I have no regrets in installing it. I got mine on the internet from Gardening Good luck. 

Red Onions - Buds Forming

Posted: 20/06/2012 at 08:12

Thanks for your advice. I will remove the buds, but leave the rest in place.

Red Onions - Buds Forming

Posted: 19/06/2012 at 18:06

Thanks for all your help everyone, sounds like I'm not on my own. I will remove all the onions that have started to bud - there are only about 6 at the moment.

Red Onions - Buds Forming

Posted: 19/06/2012 at 13:07

Hello Everyone, I planted Red Onions from Sets at the end of March. Although they are well established, I have noticed a bud forming at the end of some stems. I am not sure if they are ready for pulling, as I have not gone below the soil to see how big they are. I planted Yellow Onions & Shallots at the same time, but there has been nothing forming on them so far. Is there anyone who can give some advice?  Thanks

We've found the nest thief

Posted: 03/05/2012 at 08:58

I too take umbrage with the local cats, inc 2 next door, we have hedges down both sides, that are about 7 foot high, with a garage cum shed at the end - so we are reasonably protected. I spent all day yesterday, making it more difficult for them to enter our garden at the two weak points that we have. I fitted some Ironwork type shelf brackets, with washing line threaded thu. The 'hope' is that they will be unable to get a clear run from the top of the one fence panel that is not covered by hedge, and will go elsewhere. I have witnessed cats jump from ground level, to the top of a 6 foot panel, and have also seen them trying to climb up thru the inside of the hedge, to get to the Blackbirds nest that appears every spring. I have plastic fence spikes, but have refrained from fitting them, due to possible legal raimifications, especially as the owner next door, is a copper. I have tried menacing black cat scarers, which appeared to work well, for a few months, until they got used to them, and now ignore. Sonic detectors? - you would probably need several, and it would cost a fortune in batteries.


Posted: 03/05/2012 at 08:23

I too have raised beds, filled with organic top soil, I planted some Autumn King at the end of March, when we had that fabulous weather. My Beetroot surfaced within 10 days , others like carrot, spring onion, parsnips, peas & beans, took longer. All are now blossoming - keep the faith.

Brussels Sprout- How high do they grow?

Posted: 03/05/2012 at 08:14

Thanks to Ady & Welshonion, I will trim if they get too high. They are Johnsons seeds, are there is no growing height listed on the packet.

At wits end with carrots and slugs

Posted: 02/05/2012 at 08:41

After a gap of 30yrs, I have started growing my own veg again - in raised beds, covered with Enviromesh, That I hope will keep out pretty much all predators.

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