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Posted: 21/08/2013 at 06:36

The usual red/pink flowering currant, (ribes sanguinem) does have blue-black glaucus fruit if the birds leave them alone so it may well be that.

Whatever it is it's a ribes so I'd take out a third of the oldest looking stems right down to the base, clear the ground around it a bit and mulch.  In the early spring I'd give it some Fish, Blood and Bone meal or even some rose fertiliser and see what happens.  

Then after it's flowered next year I'd take out another third of the stems and mulch etc, and repeat the third year.  By then you'll have a totally rejuvenated shrub 

No fruit showing on Butternut Squash in polytunnel

Posted: 21/08/2013 at 06:16
ladybutternut wrote (see)

Dovefromabove, that is so encouraging to know you got a crop even during a bad season, I had read as much but you do wonder...


Italophile, thank you for that information about the comfrey fertiliser.  It is going to be too late for me to make for this year but I shall research the leaf for next, definitely. I was up at 6.30 am doing my compost fertiliser as I knew I hadn't got time to get to the garden centre for a look around.  The butternuts are probably doing well but their growth is nothing as quick as a month ago.  I'm hoping pruning some of the excess growth will help.  

Not a huge crop, if I remember correctly it was about 3 or 4 largeish squashes from two plants - but it was a crop - but the weather had been so awful people were telling me to pull them up as I had no chance of getting anything last year.

 I also took off and cooked the smaller ones once the weather turned and there was no hope of them ripening - I cut them into quarters lengthwise and sort of braised them with courgettes and onions in olive oil, then wilted some ruby chard into the resulting concoction , added lots of black pepper and parmesan and served with spaghetti - it was fabulous 


Posted: 21/08/2013 at 06:10

Good morning all 

Sprinkler's on the herb bed - I wouldn't usually water them but the grapevine's at the back of the bed and it was only planted last year - I think it's roots are getting down a bit by now but it's ages and ages since we had anything other than a light shower (this is the dryest part of the UK you know ) .  The rhubarb's there too and it's looking a bit limp and floppy  - I'll give it 15 minutes each end and then move the sprinkler to the runner beans and raspberries.


Posted: 20/08/2013 at 21:43

Mine are on the turn - weather's warming up again so they shouldn't take long 

Good Evening FORKERS

Posted: 20/08/2013 at 21:35

Toad in the Hole and Swiss Chard for supper - real comfort food 

Sprinkler's been on the Shady Bank all evening, moving it along every 20 mins or so.  I'll put it on the veg and herbs in the morning before work.  This free-draining loam was great last year - this year ...................................................


Posted: 20/08/2013 at 08:01

Got one of those FG - he's my OH   

No fruit showing on Butternut Squash in polytunnel

Posted: 20/08/2013 at 07:52

Soldacki are turning red Italophile   and the others are looking promising.... Anna Russian are trying to join the runner beans up the wigwam - but the biggest trusses are on the Pink  Gaetano 

Apologies for talking tomato on the squash thread 


Posted: 20/08/2013 at 07:41

Planning on getting the builder's lad to dig the pond - too many tree roots for me to tackle 


Posted: 20/08/2013 at 06:54

Garden centres often have hedgehog food along with the wild bird food.  

Magpies come after the food we put out so we put it underneath shallow-ish wooden boxes with one end cut out (the sort of boxes you can get from the greengrocer).


Posted: 20/08/2013 at 06:41

Hi Gid Joiner

There've been a few technical issues with the forum, which are getting sorted but these things take time .... we are all being patient   I find the 'My Posts' under my username and log-in a useful way to check on any replies 

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