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tomatoes on the vine

Posted: 14/07/2015 at 08:17

Tomatoes should pollinate themselves - try giving each plant a little shake every time you go into the greenhouse.


Posted: 14/07/2015 at 08:14

Morning Panda ((hugs))


Posted: 14/07/2015 at 08:13

Cheers Bushman

 It's ok, no sign of blight on my toms - I'm just being careful.  We had some blight on a couple of plants two summers ago, and by dint of moving the plants apart and inspecting them at least twice a day, picking off infected leaflets, we still harvested a reasonable crop.   This garden is at the bottom of a shallow valley (Norfolk doesn't have many deep ones) and we have high boundaries, so at this time of year if the air is still I'm aware of the need to encourage what airflow I can.

Hosta   some of our blackbirds will perch on the fat blocks in those wire cages and eat from them - think they're slow learners but they're getting the hang of it now.  They also come to the table on the terrace and take mealworms that we put out for the robins.

Who's poo? (Hedgehog?)

Posted: 14/07/2015 at 08:06

Last year the first hedgehog of the evening would appear about an hour after sunset.  This year they're a bit later and at the moment they huff and puff and push their dish around noisily on the terrace after we've gone to bed.  OH is a light sleeper and hears them most nights.

Fairy Ring

Posted: 14/07/2015 at 08:02

We had two in this garden when we moved here three years ago - intensive spiking  and watering of the affected areas has repaired them. We also treated the grass with seaweed tonic. The rings grew bigger in diameter but less 'intense' with the spiking and watering. 

One of them expanded so much that it reached the area where I was creating a bed for herbs and a grapevine, and when I removed the turf and turned the soil there was a lot of white mycelium and a strong smell of mushrooms.  However it disappeared and hasn't returned.  

No fairy rings have appeared this year, the lawn is fine and you can't see where they were. 



Posted: 14/07/2015 at 07:43

Yes please Bushman

Honeysuckle buds dry + brown

Posted: 14/07/2015 at 06:31

Honeysuckle (like clematis) are plants which, in their native state, grow in damp woodlands - they like their roots in the cool damp shade and their faces in the sunshine. 

So often we grow honeysuckle against a fence or a wall and it's roots are in a dry 'rainshadow' created by the wall/fence and they really suffer from drought. It makes them susceptible to powdery mildew as well.

This year we've had a really dry spring and early summer - I've bought a soaker hoze and have put it along the base of the north-facing fence which has a lot of climbers on it, and in the dry weather I'm using it for a couple of hours every other day.  Our honeysuckles are flowering better than ever, and the perfume in the garden in the evenings is wonderful

Quick Growing Hedge/Conifers?

Posted: 14/07/2015 at 06:25

Pyracantha will stop them coming over after their footballs. 

Making own softsoap

Posted: 14/07/2015 at 06:14

Fantastic - the soft soap treatment would have killed the ladybird larvae too.

Now you're getting a real balance in the garden


Posted: 14/07/2015 at 06:12

Good morning all

Glad you're still enjoying Suffolk BL - Lavenham is very attractive - I spent the night after my wedding at Lavenham Swan many many moons ago.  Lovely area especially in early summer.

Grey and dampish here this morning, but the sun keeps making an attempt to appear - it's warming up too, 18C and the forecast says it's going to be muggy - Verdun's right, perfect blight weather - I shall try to move my toms in pots further apart, get some air circulating if at all possible

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