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Pepino Melon help

Posted: 06/09/2012 at 15:30

I'm growing 3 pepino melon plants in the greenhouse. They are doing well and I have quite a few fruit now ranging from very small to the biggest which is around a large cooking apple size. One problem is that I didn't have them tied up as the stems were upright - until the fruit has now got a lot heavier. They are starting to take up a lot of space as the stems are now arching down to the floor. I have read somewhere that they should be taken indoors in order for the fruit to ripen, so I can't tie them up to the greenhouse structure. Any suggestions how to do this successfully ?? Each plant has 6-8 stems all coming from the bottom - so a bit like an upside down umbrella Should I just put lots of canes all around the pot ?? It's no good just putting one or two canes as the plant becomes top heavy. Thanks for any help and tips with these plants

Hedge Ideas

Posted: 28/08/2012 at 13:18

Thank you all for your replies ! Some very interesting ideas there. We already have a 200 ft mixed hedge that we put in two years ago and a 100 ft copper beech hedge. Having experience of a very long holly/hawthorn hedge at a previous house, we have had enough of prickly cuttings to dispose of I'll try to make a list of all your suggestions and then sit down with OH and make a decision. We're waiting for our man with the JCB to come to take the old hedge out plus a few tree stumps so will have to make a decision fairly soon. We just want somethng low maintenance as we have a lot of hedge to look after Thank you again !

Hedge Ideas

Posted: 23/08/2012 at 13:43

Ideas please ! We have an old cherry (we think) hedge running across the front garden, behind the grass verge. We live in a rural location on a VERY quiet lane (grass running up the middle). We want to take out this hedge and replace it with something else. The new hedge needs to be about 4/5 feet high and just over 100 feet long, non prickly, easy to maintain and, hopefully, have some attractive foliage etc and look 'right' in it's location. Any suggestions please. We are having the old hedge removed sometime in the next few weeks and so hope to get bare root plants in the late autumn. Thank you

Chillies problem

Posted: 10/07/2012 at 19:15
pamajo wrote (see)

 Weather or compost?????

Don't think mine is compost as all my other plants have used the same compost Haven't had any problem with pests, that I'm aware of, either

Chillies problem

Posted: 10/07/2012 at 17:27

I have three chilli plants in my greenhouse together with peppers and other plants which are all doing well. The upper leaves of the chillies are curling and some dropping off. They have flowers but some don't look too good. I've grown chillies indoors before but this is the first time n the greenhouse. Any ideas why the leaves are curling ?? They haven't been allowed to dry out, but equally I've been trying not to overwater - difficult at the moment as one moment it's hot in there and the next it's cooling down. Tomatoes, cucumbers, etc all doing fine.

Courgette Help

Posted: 10/07/2012 at 17:23

I've two courgette plants in pots in the greenhouse (unheated). I must have had around 16 courgettes off each plant so far and they are still producing more flowers. I water them every day and feed once a week. I am so pleased that the other three plants died that I put outside months


Posted: 30/06/2012 at 17:14

Thank you - all planted !!


Posted: 30/06/2012 at 13:10

Any tips please as I haven't grown leeks before. I bought 20 leeks plants on the market this morning - on a whim I have an empty space in a raised bed where my dwarf beans didn't grow/got eaten (again !). How far apart do I plant them etc ?? The bed already has well-rotted horse manure in it.


Shrub suggestions

Posted: 21/06/2012 at 19:30

Bit of a disappointment Garden centre recommended by neighbours, but the stock of shrubs was abysmal and they all needed a good water Had driven 30 miles to get there Went back to our small, local garden centre for lunch and managed to see a Photinia. Definitely consdering this together with a Rhododenron Luteum and a Viburnum Opulus Roseum (which we had here but lost during building work).

Does anyone know the best time of year to plant these ???


Shrub suggestions

Posted: 20/06/2012 at 09:04

Thank you for that suggestion ! We are going to a large garden centre this morning to have a look at some shrubs so I will make sure we look at this Photinia !!

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