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Chrysanthemums

Posted: 20/01/2014 at 18:53

Good luck Marilyn - I'd love to see some photo's if it all works out.

Am I a sillee billee?

Posted: 20/01/2014 at 18:51

I'm one - I ordered a 4m walk-in poly tunnel over the weekend to supplement my 10x6 greenhouse and for growing sweet potatoes in.  Unfortunately I now need to move one of my gooseberry bushes to fit it in!  D'oh!  

Fertilising the Veg Garden

Posted: 20/01/2014 at 18:38

Hi Boingey, I make and use comfrey liquid feed for my tomatoes (in fact for everything which benefits from liquid feeds.)  You do need a bit of room to grow it, but it's easy-peasy.  'Bocking 14' is the one to plant as it won't seed itself everywhere like native comfrey does.  You just fill a bucket with hand crushed comfrey leaves, add water and cover.  After a couple of weeks, remove the rotted leaves and it's ready.  Dilute with water until it looks like weak tea and water away.

Talkback: How to grow autumn-fruiting raspberries

Posted: 20/01/2014 at 18:27

Hi Susan, they should be fine in the ground as vine weevil usually only affects potted plants and are not such a problem for things planted into soil.  I suspect there are natural predators in soil which keep the numbers under control.  It seems to me VWs really like MP compost so I wouldn't use that to mulch the canes after you have planted them.

 

Colder weather is coming!

Posted: 19/01/2014 at 21:22

Made it clickable for you Dave:

http://www.ukweatherforecast.co.uk/

I like the zoom-able rain radar - very useful to see what's on the way!  Being an amateur astronomer as well as gardener I use a lot of weather sites and this looks like a good addition.

New allotment OMG...

Posted: 19/01/2014 at 17:34

Hi Zoomer, how exciting!  I think you're doing the right thing by thinking about it and planning before you start - no point in moving lots of heavy things only to have to move them again later!  Once you have a plan I would tackle each section separately, do that section really well and dig out every bit of root.  That way you will quickly start to see results rather than viewing it as one huge pile of work to do every time you think about it.   Using the stones/rocks to help drainage or as a base for a shed seems sensible to me.  For paths I would suggest laying weed membrane first and then covering with bark or whatever else you decide upon.

Rhubarb

Posted: 19/01/2014 at 17:22

Hi Wayne, it's the mild weather - it will slow down when the expected cold spell comes along.  However, if it has been there for many years it would benefit from being divided and now is a good time to do that.  If you want more plants and/or a better crop, there's advice on dividing and forcing it here:

http://www.bbc.co.uk/gardening/basics/techniques/growfruitandveg_growingrhubarb1.shtml

and here:

https://apps.rhs.org.uk/advicesearch/Profile.aspx?pid=544

You wouldn't want to force a newly planted section but would be OK to force an established clump - it just gives you a slightly earlier crop really.

 

Cost of bird food

Posted: 19/01/2014 at 17:00

Hi Lancashire Lass, It's a bit random whether a thread gets picked-up and depends on how busy the forum is - I'm sure it's nothing to do with you! 

One thing which might help is to remember to press Enter after you paste a link in, otherwise it doesn't work and readers have to copy & paste it from within the message into their browser address bar - something which some members might struggle with.

My feeders haven't been getting much attention from the birds lately (and from before I changed seed so it's not the mix) - I'm not sure whether it's because there is plenty of natural food about, the prolonged wet spell has proved fatal for many birds or I have a sparrow hawk hanging around again!

HELLO FORKERS!

Posted: 19/01/2014 at 14:40

Fidget, there are curfews for that sort of thing - no noisy machinery or other noisy work between 7pm and 7am allowed here.  Times might vary locally so you could check with your local authority. 

Query

Posted: 19/01/2014 at 14:34

In an ideal world you would grow them separately as cucumbers prefer a high humidity and tomatoes prefer low humidity.  The reason for this is that tomatoes are prone to fungal diseases which are promoted by high humidity and can spread rapidly under such conditions, which is why we try and grow them quite dry and not over-water them.  Cucumbers on the other hand are prone to spider-mite which love hot, dry conditions so we try and grow these plants in very humid conditions which spider-mite don't like.

In reality, most of us only have one greenhouse so grow them together and, if unlucky enough to get a disease or pest problem, are unable to control it well to the detriment of one crop or the other.  I much prefer tomatoes to cucumbers so when spider-mite descends on my cuc's, they are sacrificed.  Unfortunately that happened every year for several years so I have stopped growing them for the last 2 years and am hoping that has cleared-up any over-wintering mites (there are no effective sprays, organic or otherwise to fully control a bad infestation.)

It's not until you get a disease/pest problem that you appreciate the facts about their different growing conditions!

 

Discussions started by BobTheGardener

Seed grown Wisteria finally in flower - Hooray!

Planted many years ago 
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Oops!

Polytunnel growing 
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How id your garden looking 
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DIY heated propagator

Making one from scratch 
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Cost of bird food

bulk vs supermarket 
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Wild Garden (Community Channel)

On Freeview/Sky 
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Front garden revamp - before and after photos

Redsigning weedy crazy paving 
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Bilberry

Flowering in September 
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Sparrows!

The sparrows have had a good breeding season 
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why-all-the-hyphens-in-post-titles

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ID trumpet flower

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Bee spotting

Have you seen any bees yet? 
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New deliveries

Tree and shrub planting 
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Flower ID

Pink flowered perennial 
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Oh no, lily beetles are back!

More of warning than a plea for help.. 
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