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Hot thread

Posted: 02/09/2014 at 19:33

This thread didn't have one until Philippa replied and if you look at the ID thread nut replied to this evening but which was originally posted at about 12.45, it doesn't have a chili.

Pretty sure it's as simple as that.

Hot thread

Posted: 02/09/2014 at 19:09

We've never really figured it out but one which gets at least one reply within a few minutes seems to trigger the red chili icon.

How Tall are your Brussels Sprout

Posted: 02/09/2014 at 19:07

Excellent plants, donutsmrs and good news that Brussels are already forming!

A friend of mine grew some which reached well over 8 feet tall from plants he bought at car boot stall but they produced no crop.  I think he was actually sold 'walking stick cabbage' (giant Jersey kale)!

Misshapen tomatoes

Posted: 02/09/2014 at 18:55

This is a rather naughty looking Costoluto Genovese picked today.


Would probably go well with the "Willy Chilis" in one of the the chili threads! 

Football season - 2014

Posted: 31/08/2014 at 18:59

Got a point off of Arsenal and it was well deserved, so I think the Foxes will survive this tricky first season back in the EPL.   Our fixture list looked like a baptism of fire for the first few games!  Stoke away next week then ManU at home, which is now looking a lot less worrying than it was!

Gooseberry Bushes

Posted: 31/08/2014 at 14:35

Hi Pam,  Gooseberries are a hungry plant and fare much better in the ground.  If grown in a pot, make sure it's a large one and use John Innes No 3 compost with well rotted farmyard manure mixed in rather than a multi-purpose compost which will run out of food in 6 weeks or so.  If gooseberries are starved of nutrients the first thing they will do is drop flowers/immature fruit, so lack of food would be my best guess.

New allotment OMG...

Posted: 30/08/2014 at 12:30

Anyone watch GW last night?  What a fantastic guy 'Caral' was and what a beautiful allotment he kept!  If TV showed more happy gardeners like him and less lemon-faced politicians and so-called 'celebrities' it would be worth watching for more than 30 minutes a week.

dahlias dahling

Posted: 30/08/2014 at 12:08

All of these are large plants with saucer-sized blooms and were grown from seed sown earlier this year:

The one above from behind - I actually prefer it from this angle:

My favourite this year:

This is my second favourite:



Will it survive?

Posted: 30/08/2014 at 10:55

It's a tender perennial so certainly possible.  Give it a try and keep an eye on it for any pests you bring in on it such as greenfly.  Reduce watering to the minimum needed to keep it alive (that's good advice for overwintering any tender plant.)

Tomato Blight

Posted: 29/08/2014 at 23:23

GH toms are certainly not immune from blight but it is less likely.  Good ventilation is a must though as there are other fungal diseases (such as the various leaf spots) which are rarely seen outside but love the hot humid conditions which can occur.  Since fitting home-made solar-powered fans to my GH I have had no trouble with diseases and I reckon a louvre at one end, and 2 roof vents is ideal, as well as leaving the door open for the whole of the summer to ensure a good airflow through the plants.

When I first got a greenhouse I installed a misting system and closed the door and vents every night only to end up with my plants getting every disease I have ever heard of (plus a few more!)  I honestly thought at the time I was providing perfect growing conditions;  I was, but perfect only for diseases and pests, not tomato plants!  Tomatoes do not like humid conditions, rather the opposite in fact.

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