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Pak Choi has bolted :(

Posted: 10/06/2013 at 09:07

I always use seed in plant cells, 2 seeds to each cell. Grow them on into seedlings, then plant out, usually the weaker of the two grows on as well if I have space. I sow a tray about every 3 weeks, never had a problem with bolting, but then my raised beds do seem to be very good at hanging on to moisture. (Prob the clay soil it's mixed with.) If yours have bolted you can basically eat the plant still, just might be a little tougher. If you aren't happy with this, just sow some more, they don't take long to grow from seed anyways.

Dahlias..an unintended trial

Posted: 06/06/2013 at 09:39

Main problems with dahlias would be, allowed to get to cold, allowed to be too damp, allowed to be too dry. If you lift them and put them in a frost free dark place typically in a tray of dry compost, they may well get too dry. You should once a month try to remember to check and if the soil is getting too dry give them a misting with a hand sprayer on the surface of the compost. All mine came back this year amazingly (probably a fluke!) at my first time. This  year I'm going to try putting them in old tights or onion sacks, hanging them up, and just give them a mist now and again and see how that works out.

Side note, it is important to check them reasonably frequently, if one starts to rot, it can spread quickly.

weedkiller in peat-free compost??

Posted: 05/06/2013 at 10:10

lol, thanks for this thread, you really brightened my mood!

The Dreaded Red Spider Mite

Posted: 05/06/2013 at 09:42

I shall now type something that just goes to show, you may stop lots of stuff with great ventilation, but dryness encourages OTHER beasties. I planted a peach to train as a fan on my southern end of the GH last year. Good old thompson & morgan firstly sent me one with very few laterals on the bottom 2 foot of the plant, after I moaned, they refunded me, but I still planted and am attempting to slowly bend the branches down.

Now last year, I grew loads of toms, took a while to ripen but the GH was packed. The peach developed quite a nasty outbreak of red spider, no other plants affected thankfully. This leads me to believe T&M provided me a plant already infested, as if it had come through the ventilation it would have been hitting toms first. I kept spraying the peach with misted water several times a day, then used some form of bug killer after the toms had finished, I then used a pest candle end of the year, then after cleaning the gh this year used another candle. This morning I found webbing on the growing tips, it's back. Just ordered Phytosieulus persimilis, and a follow up for 2 weeks later, hoping this will clear it up.

I ordered from ladybirdplantcare. Quite reasonable for 2 seperate deliveries 2 weeks apart, £23.90. I shall post updates on here if I remember. I really want rid of RSM, makes me paranoid about everything in my greenhouse at the minute. I've cleared all leaves dropped, and all my other plants are up the other end, misting a few times a day with a hand sprayer til my phytos arrive. Anyone think of anything else I can do to slow them down or help contain the outbreak?

Thanks in advance

Tomatoes

Posted: 05/06/2013 at 09:35

I shall now type something that just goes to show, you may stop lots of stuff with great ventilation, but dryness encourages OTHER beasties. I planted a peach to train as a fan on my southern end of the GH last year. Good old thompson & morgan firstly sent me one with very few laterals on the bottom 2 foot of the plant, after I moaned, they refunded me, but I still planted and am attempting to slowly bend the branches down.

Now last year, I grew loads of toms, took a while to ripen but the GH was packed. The peach developed quite a nasty outbreak of red spider, no other plants affected thankfully. This leads me to believe T&M provided me a plant already infested, as if it had come through the ventilation it would have been hitting toms first. I kept spraying the peach with misted water several times a day, then used some form of bug killer after the toms had finished, I then used a pest candle end of the year, then after cleaning the gh this year used another candle. This morning I found webbing on the growing tips, it's back. Just ordered Phytosieulus persimilis, and a follow up for 2 weeks later, hoping this will clear it up.

So just to let all those gardeners out there thinking I'm getting it easy, I'm not!!! RSM is a REAL pain to get rid of, but I shall perservere. I shall put a thread on the problems forum, and TRY to keep it updated with my findings.

Tomatoes

Posted: 05/06/2013 at 00:42
Italophile wrote (see)

BB, not in the slightest. It was a fair point. Not everyone grows in an ideal world. I'm lucky that I've been able to for a long time, first in Oz, now in Italy. The drawback in Sydney was the stinking humidity, fungal heaven; here in Italy it's the uninterrupted fortnights of 40C+. It can fry the flowers on the plants. But I count my tomato blessings.

Spacing is only one of the anti-fungal measures, that's all. Part of the package.

Scrubbing out is always a good idea for a lot of reasons. I think it's your ventilation, though, and the breeze in particular, that helps you. But be vigilant, ever vigilant. As I'm sure you are.

I'm always in the GH pottering, mind with the weather this last few days, it's nearly at the point where you can pass out!! I know what you mean about fortnights of 40, my parents live on Malta, so we get that and usually a breeze. It's hell on the leaves, even with heavy duty shading we finally admitted defeat, we grow to crop now from march - june, and then sep-late october (wind is usually up though). We grow outside, my folks rent a small plot on a field close by, we also grow lettuce and cherry toms on the roof of the apartment block. It's odd getting your head around essentially having 2 growing seasons, and adjusting sowing etc accordingly.

Goji berry

Posted: 05/06/2013 at 00:28

I was bought a goji by my mum last year. Dutifully I potted it on, then pruned it into a semi-bush like shape. Currently sitting in a 14" pot and buds swelling so leaves imminent. From what I remember of the research I did when I first was given it, they taste horrible, they are supposed to be a 'super' food, full of anti oxidants etc. I believe you add them in your cooking rather than eat by themselves. The major thing I found was the only people getting a crop outside were those in the south, so that led me to believe they need probably a good southfacing sun drenched (all day) sheltered position. I can't say much else after the washout that was last summer, aside from I didn't even wrap it in fleece through the winter and snow, and it's still doing fine now. I may shove it in a corner somewhere and wait and see, Guess I'm lucky because during summer, 90% of the garden sees the sun for at least 10+ hrs a day. Hell to grow shade loving stuff though!!

Fruit and veg for the greenhouse

Posted: 03/06/2013 at 15:37

I'd just grow the toms in there the rest outside. It all really depends on the weather. Last year I was glad I brought two courgettes into big pots to grow in the greenhouse, the ones outside didn't produce much because the rain kept destroying the flowers before the fruit set, but inside gh, no problems! I have a peach trained as a fan inside mine, I also clear all the staging out once my germination stage is near enough finished, I leave the propagation table for cuttings and successive sowings of lettuce pak choi etc. I find it so much easier to start things like cabbage lettuce inside greenhouse, then transplant out when a decent size.

Nightmare - keeping a greenhouse base level!

Posted: 03/06/2013 at 12:18

garjobo, you still having grief? With regard to the spikes, don't worry about if they stick or not, if you are rawl plugging and screwing down base every 8 inches or so they will be providing the strength. How much is the level out, if you are talking a few mill then it won't make much of a difference. I take it the base is one of those alu box type? They are bendy as hell, and do bear in mind that once you add the weight of the greenhouse and glass, the frame will find it's own level. Provided you aren't massively out with the levels, the glass will fit np. Take a look at the way the glass fits to the window vent. When you add the window pane rubbers/sponge which grip the glass and channel water away from inside, you will see the tolerance of how much leaway either side the pane you have to play with. I'm quite lucky as mine is like maybe 10mm either side, so even though I was a little bit out, there was enough tolerance in the design that I could get away with it.

I know you've had a nightmare on this but relax, be methodical. It isn't worth having a huge stress over. If the level is only a small amount out, construct the greenhouse, you'll soon discover if the glass fits. Good luck my friend, we're all rooting for you.

chillie pepper seeds

Posted: 03/06/2013 at 12:05

Sow them now, just be sure to bring the plant into a conservatory / heated greenhouse before first frosts. Unlike tomatoes, chillis get better with age. It's only after the 4th season should they be discarded. The most productive bushes are 2nd and third year plants. Loads of advice on the net about it. Good luck.

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