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Butternut squash out of control?

Posted: 13/07/2017 at 17:27


Many many thanks. I'll move it outside this weekend.  Not sure where, but I'll find somewhere.  The garden is small, which is why the green house is small.

Butternut squash out of control?

Posted: 13/07/2017 at 16:05

Hi Pete8

Re your point on feeding which I had written before rainwater, I do feed them.  Have used tomatorite and vitax. Anything else I can do?

Butternut squash out of control?

Posted: 13/07/2017 at 09:57

I don't have the ground space to grow the squash so am trying in a large pot on a shelf in my small green house (4'3" x 4'x3"). Due to the size I've been reducing the number of squash would be happy with two in total as I'm the only one who eats it in our house.  It's a Hawk F1.  so far they have produced 5  which grow to about an1" then go brown/black at the bottom .  I feed it weekly, water with rainwater.  Any ideas how I can get them past the 1" growth.  I should add that I've taken out the middle shelf of the bench so it's sprawling along netting and anywhere else it can go.  Top shelf I'm trying melon!

If you see a slug or snail

Posted: 01/05/2016 at 14:07

I was surprised to read recently (and I'm trying to find the publication) that there is an EEC directive that it is illegal to put salt on slugs.

Fleece or Bubbloewrap

Posted: 18/01/2016 at 19:55

Thank you for the replies.  My glass green house is 4' x 4' and is at the bottom of my small north facing garden (the width of a terraced house) with one side snuck up to a fence -  my handle is ever-hopeful!.  I did bubble wrap it initially until I read in Dec issue a response from Ann Swithinbank which raised the issue of condensation also how important light is so I took it down.  I am an absolute novice with a greenhouse. 

Fleece or Bubbloewrap

Posted: 18/01/2016 at 15:23

I have been incredibly lucky to purchase from a reputable garden centre in their sale an orange and lemon tree, both bearing fruit and very healthy.  I still can't believe the price I paid. the challenge is now to keep them going.   I've read on the RHs and other web sites what their needs are, can cope with 4degrees fpr a bit, need good light etc.  I don't have a conservatory so have put them in my small glass green house on a table to get the light.  My plan is to cover them each night but can't decide which is better fleece or bubble wrap.  Does anyone have any ideas.  Bubble wrap I have, fleece I can't find so will have to get some.

Many thanks.

Hydrangea petiolaris

Posted: 26/10/2015 at 10:03

I have a hydrangea petiolaris which has been in a pot for about 6 years on a north facing wall.  From the main thick 'stem' there are 4 branches which have grown to about 8 feet and are peeling beautifully.  There are flowers but obviously not as many as if it was buried in the ground. Although regularly fed I want to change the soil in the pot and will need to prune the branches in order to move it - unless I smash the pot, which is a bit drastic.   I've read of the problems this will cause the plant but wonder if anyone has taken drastic measures with this plant in a pot and what was the result.

Any advice would be appreciated.  Thank you.

Strawberry plants

Posted: 10/10/2015 at 20:56

Thank you to all who responded.  The other strawberries are Honeoye, as soon as I saw the name from Ceres I remembered.  I'll cut the flowers off as suggested above.

Strawberry plants

Posted: 08/10/2015 at 19:45

My strawberry plants are in pots and a trough standing on bricks in a tier - 3 tier deep.  I only have small garden so they are clustered together under an open metal arch.  This afternoon I was separating the runners from where I had planted them into pots and was shocked to find flowers and 3 very small strawberries growing.  Is anyone else finding strawberries on 9 October?  The strain is Cambridge and one other but can't remember the name.  I have a live in frog amongst them which has stopped me from any other work.  I think I'll cover the whole block  with bubble wrap to see what happens.

Too late to grow anything in veg patch?

Posted: 13/09/2015 at 19:42

Advice please.  I have a 1 metre veg plot and a very large tub.  For the last three years I have grown broad beans in the veg plot and through the winter, cabbage. In the big tub has been runner beans (poor growth this year - used white lady).  I believe I can't grow the same veg now in both beds, so what I can grow?  I realise that I could replace all the soil but can't afford that.  Any suggestions would be welcome.  My husband likes broad beans so I'm going to start them off this winter in my new glass greenhouse and will plant them in flower borders next year.

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