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Posted: 22/08/2013 at 19:53

I feel sorry for anyone who started gardening in the last year or two - the plants don't know if they're coming or going with the weather there's been! As Verd and wb say - a good soaking is probably the best bet to start with and see what happens after that. Depends on the soil and aspect  that you have as well as the type of plants, so if you can give us a bit more info - pix if you can  - it'll help a lot. We all had to learn when we started out Helen, so don't worry - there's  plenty of very helpful and knowledgeable people here who will give you advice 

Good Evening FORKERS

Posted: 22/08/2013 at 19:42

Gilly- as if that was my intention....dear dear...never crossed my mind for a moment....

I think that's what tea drinker needs to plant!

It'll stop Mr Nosy Parker along the road from leaning over it to ask me who took the (dead) tree down.....

Felt like telling him where to go but I is a ladeee



Posted: 22/08/2013 at 19:16

It's bolting lewis. The hot dry weather has made it difficult this year for lots of veg- i had the same issue with spinach and some of my lettuce. . Some varieties were better than others. Unfortunately once they form flowers it tends to make the lettuce bitter and unpalatable Gave up with the spinach altogether but sowed more lettuce which was fine as the weather became more normal. 


Posted: 22/08/2013 at 19:08

Was at the nursery today and it was just teeming with butterflies and bees. Really lovely. Mainly torties and peacocks here but used to always get red admirals and painted ladies so I'm hoping they're still to come. the buddleia's covered in bees - various types - great to see so many. 

They do a lot of damage don't they Netherfield? I think fine netting's about the only deterrent that seems to work. 

Good Evening FORKERS

Posted: 22/08/2013 at 18:39

Maybe it needs a holiday away from all that sun Verdi.....

Went to nursery and bought a few plants for keeping out the plebs...I mean little darlings 

Some more Ivies for outside of high bit of fence at back, some Pyracanthas for just inside and against the fence so that they'll grow above it and poke their eyes out - err.. I mean create an evergreen screen and provide food for bees and birds, a Mahonia ( Winter Sun) to sit right in the middle of those (just inside fence) which will have Dad's pot or something in front of it, and two Oak Leaf Hydrangeas for the borders which will be either side of the Mahonia/pot just to get them started. They were rather expensive so they'll be coming with me when I go! Have lots of other bits and pieces for nearer the front and will get a few more things as I go along. Some lovely Heucheras Verd, but I resited the temptation. I'm getting quite good at that now 


Posted: 22/08/2013 at 14:14

Know what you mean Italo. If I have any that are a bit watery looking- usualy the bigger ones-  I take the seeds out before cooking them or just leave them for eating raw. Some of the  toms I've grown this year have been a bit inconsistent in size.


Posted: 22/08/2013 at 14:00

Sorry just saw this Sk. No - no compost , just some bulbs which I'm not ready to get just now. Think my local one has more 'interior' stuff really. 


Posted: 22/08/2013 at 13:49

Sue - keep up love! Sounds lovely Italo. I've got quite a nice amount of toms all about to ripen at once so it'll be pasta sauce of some description I reckon, if daughter doesn't want to make bruschetta for me!  


Posted: 22/08/2013 at 13:45

Heat is the key for ripening so if you can keep them cosy they should be ok! I've removed some flowers and any small fruits now from mine as they won't make it and it's a bit pointless keeping them on the plants. Even in the last few days a  lot of green fruits have turned and most of them are orange going on red. Mine are all under cover anyway as it's just not warm enough up here through the night now and it's quite Autumnal during the day - often only  15/16 degrees. 


Posted: 22/08/2013 at 13:41

fidget  True though!

Guinea pig poo is supposed to be the best but if you have friends or neighbours who have rabbits or small (vegetarian) pets you could ask for the 'manure' as it's a good  addition. Shavings are the usual bedding material for them and that helps the process along too. 

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