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Veg plants dying

Posted: 10/06/2015 at 18:36

Did you harden them off Lynne?  For things grown in a warm conservatory, it's an absolute must to put them outside every day and bring them in every night for at least 4 or 5 days.  As Forester says, those symptoms are definitely 'cold shock' - it has been getting unseasonably cold at night recently and beans really don't like going much below 10C which causes them to 'check' their growth and a ground frost will usually kill them.

Potatoes that turn to mush when cooked

Posted: 09/06/2015 at 23:56

There are as many answers to this one as there are gardeners!  My own experience is that it's mainly down to variety and also strongly affected by how much rain the crop gets at certain stages of tuber development.  When the time comes, try boiling a few.  If they break-up too easily then you'll just have to boil them in their skins, steam them instead or cook them in some other way.  I find that a crop which does this can be parboiled and then roasted to give superb results. 

Plant/Weed ID

Posted: 09/06/2015 at 23:47

Yes Mike and certainly before the seeds set as, like most geraniums, they produce spring-loaded seed pods so get everywhere!

What Toms and cucs are you growing?

Posted: 09/06/2015 at 23:40

Italophile, I did choose some of the varieties to cover for all weather eventualities (one of the 'joys' of gardening in the UK of course!) with Stupice being one in case Summer didn't turn-up.  They will probably end-up mixed with others and reduced into sauce and then frozen - incredibly useful stuff in the kitchen!   Thanks for the report about Chadwick Cherry - I'm now particularly looking forward to those. 

The 'sun' range are new ones to me too - I've grown Sungold before of course and love them but these are supposed to be from the same 'stable' and I'm hoping they have inherited the 'supersweet' genes.

I grew Purple Ukraine last year and was impressed with it's flavour considering it's obviously a cold season type - was excellent for cooking.


What Toms and cucs are you growing?

Posted: 09/06/2015 at 19:03

Trying a few varieties I haven't grown before (as usual.)  Full list:

  • Sungold
  • Sunpeach
  • Sunlemon
  • Suncherry
  • Sunchocola
  • Country taste
  • Ferline
  • Tommy Toe
  • Purple Ukraine
  • Pink Lady
  • Stupice
  • Marmande
  • Black cherry
  • Coeur de bue
  • Yellow stuffer
  • Chadwick cherry
  • Costoluto fiorentino
  • Galina
  • Tamina

No wonder I don't have any room left!

Chilli Plant Problems!

Posted: 07/06/2015 at 21:34

Lots of folk are now using Neem oil spray, which is a natural oil that can be used as an insecticide.  As it's an edible crop, you need to be careful wabout what you use and would avoid commercial bug sprays.


Frost tonight!!!???

Posted: 07/06/2015 at 21:29

Thanks Dove - possible ground frost here so will fleece the squashes and beans.  It's already feeling a bit nippy!

Animal or pest ravaging my fruit trees?

Posted: 07/06/2015 at 18:53

Could it be cats using them to sharpen their claws?  You could protect them using tree guards which work against cats, rabbits and deer.

By the way, that fluffy white stuff is woolley aphid and can be removed with a stiff brush.

Please help - garden plants dying

Posted: 07/06/2015 at 18:46

Is there any pattern to where these shrubs and trees are dieing?  If it seems to be spreading along a border or radiating out from a point like the dead tree, it could be Honey fungus.  I hope not.


Posted: 07/06/2015 at 18:38

I'd love a steam in the garden FG!

Been thinking of putting a small pond in for years but can't make up my mind which area to 'sacrifice' as I always seem to have about four times as many plants as there is room to plant them!  I don't think I'm unusual in that respect on this forum though!

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