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Hollow courgettes

Posted: 16/08/2016 at 15:00

I know the feeling ... the soil's very free-draining here and although I've been working at incorporating lots of organic matter since we came here, I've had to use the sprinkler and the seep hose on the veg patch and the Shady Bank (herbaceous border) quite a few times just lately.  We've not had any rain to speak of for over a month ... but other people spend money on all sorts of other things  like hobbies and luxuries... I spend some of mine on the garden 

Hollow courgettes

Posted: 16/08/2016 at 14:12

My feeling is that it could be erratic watering or two much fertiliser or a combination of the two.

I've just had a google and this suggests similar causes, along with inadequate pollination 

Planting my honeysuckle

Posted: 16/08/2016 at 14:06

Hopefully you have a trellis or wires for it to climb up.

I would plant your honeysuckle (at least 12" - 18" from the base of the wall or fence) then carefully remove the plant from the canes and place the canes (fanned out a bit) at an angle from the rootball to the trellis  and then gently tie the honeysuckle stems to the canes to encourage them towards the trellis.

Aha!  I've found this, which explains it a bit better 

Hope that helps  

Lichen and moss growing on soil

Posted: 16/08/2016 at 13:57

I would use a Dutch Hoe regularly (even weekly) to cultivate the top couple of inches of the soil - not so deep that you damage the shrubs' roots, but enough to aerate the soil and break up any compaction.  I'd also mulch well with good home-made compost to get a good population of earthworms working in the soil.  Aeration will help the soil to dry out.  

Honeysuckle mildew problem

Posted: 16/08/2016 at 08:40

Hello Margaret

Can you tell us more about the sites where your honeysuckles are planted - sunlight/shade , depth of soil, type of support etc. and the differences between the two.

Some photos would help too. 

Help please.....

Posted: 16/08/2016 at 08:33

You can't just build a bed over that - you have a drainage problem which needs sorting out otherwise you're just storing up problems for the future.  


Posted: 16/08/2016 at 08:22

Absolutely agree Fairy - that's the great thing about dressage - some people think it looks unnatural, but a horse cannot perform the movements correctly unless he is fit and supple and in good condition.  Valegro's extended trot brings tears to my eyes - it's sooooooooooooo beautiful 

hornbeam hedge questions

Posted: 16/08/2016 at 08:04

Some people are having difficulties posting photos as there's a glitch on the site which is being looked at.

I'll alert the GW web team to your problem. 


Posted: 16/08/2016 at 08:02

Morning all 

Yesterday I noticed the hedgerows had that slightly honeyed golden tinge that signals autumn's on it's way.    At last my tomatoes are reddening, we're deluged with cucumbers and pattypan squash and the autumn raspberry canes are weighed down with fruit 

It's nice to have friends to visit, but it's nice to have the house to ourselves again and things back to normal.  Except it's not quite normal as OH is off work until Friday because he's covering a colleague's Sunday shift - so at the moment it feels as if we're on our holibobs ... and the weather is lovely ... might plan another expedition some time this week ....

Weed/plant/seedling identities

Posted: 15/08/2016 at 22:54

Snap again Nut 

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