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Hello Forkers - March Thread

Posted: 12/03/2017 at 20:44

Bum slide was almost the best bit....  

although the cherry pie and custard isn't too bad either....

It's a grand wee hill, and I intended revisiting it on a good day to go right along the ridge and down the end. Will still do that some time. No sign of the merlins unfortunately, and no red squirrels - although it's red squirrel country. Plenty of fat pheasants in the glen, and some buzzards keening overhead, but no chance of seeing them. 

Summit view could have been better 

Hello Forkers - March Thread

Posted: 12/03/2017 at 20:09

Evening all. Glad you had a good day GWRS - albeit not the result you hoped for. 

Everyone seems to have been busy. That's a lot of grass T'bird  

I caught another prog last night that you might like, so I'll give you the details later.

I did find a hill - not unshrouded, and one I did last summer -  but not too bad considering the weather! A bit damp on the early on, but cleared a little.Summit was fairly clag free, until ten minutes away when the wind and sleet came in. As is often the way, it cleared after I got back down to the landrover track. I also had a bum slide down one of the snow fields, after following someone else's tracks. They'd done it first, so it would have been rude not to.....Happy days! 

Gorgeous big moon on the way home, and the small people had got a Chinese, so I've had a bit of that. Older small person brought home a cherry pie too - it's pie week apparently, so that's me sorted after I have a shower  

I also 'aquired' some frog spawn from one of the burns alongside the path. Lots of frogs about too. I always worry when they spawn in the puddles on tracks, but they rarely dry out before the tads have become froglets. Daft things.

Shower time and then a catch up here. 

Conditions for Camiliers

Posted: 12/03/2017 at 09:16

I think I've become more accepting of conditions as I get older and slightly wiser 

There are things I'd like to grow, but my climate doesn't suit. It's simply a question of finding an alternative. Pittosporums spring to mind. I can't alter the temperatures unfortunately 

The raised beds I made are useful in that respect. I could grow plants that need sharp drainage next to bog lovers. It's the best solution for growing things when you have the 'wrong' soil too, which is appropriate for this thread  

Conditions for Camiliers

Posted: 12/03/2017 at 08:34

It's funny Verd - I could easily grow those hydrangeas, but I loathe the colour of them! The pink ones too - sickly, sugary colour 

I only like them when they turn in autumn. If I had a garden with them already in it, I'd either have to remove them, or grow something in front of them in summer to hide the flowers!

Hello Forkers - March Thread

Posted: 12/03/2017 at 08:23

Good work LP. Nice when you can do something like that 

Garden Gallery 2017

Posted: 12/03/2017 at 08:21

That's a lovely little 'vignette' GD. Gorgeous toadstools. The new ones is weathering in nicely  

Everyone's hellebores are looking really good. Nice pix VS. The rosy/plummy hellebore is really pretty. Are those some of Pat's Aussie daffs? 

I don't really have early daffs- lots of crocus and primulas, and now a few more snowdrops, so I look forward to the narcissus coming as a separate entity, along with tulips in pots. That's when it feels more like spring here  

Hello Forkers - March Thread

Posted: 12/03/2017 at 08:15

It's a bit of a 'scunner' Dove 

Clearer here than yesterday though, LP and the birds are singing well  - so it's all good really 

Robin and nuthatches are out scoffing away. Greedy g*ts. 

How does that work with the dog? In terms of therapy...

Conditions for Camiliers

Posted: 12/03/2017 at 08:10

Yes Verdun - the moisture we both get is a big factor for those plants. Warmth and long seasons certainly  aren't!  

Again - it's about looking at where a plant originates, and it's conditions there. The closer you are to replicating that, the better a plant will grow. Simples 

We can often grow plants in slightly different conditions without any real problems, but they may not grow as successfully as they would in their own 'backyard'. 

Should I be worried?

Posted: 12/03/2017 at 07:57

Lettuce prefer cooler conditions on the whole. I'd sow more, and not cosset them so much, but you might get something from those. You could use them as a cut and come again crop for a while.

Just get them somewhere in better light, and don't let them get so warm. That's the reason for them being leggy, as nut has said. Is there a reason why you don't have the little growhouse outside? The lettuce would be better out in that when you sow them again. They're not as good as  proper greenhouses, for lots of reasons, but they keep the worst of the weather off when plants are small. That's all lettuce usually needs.  

I don't grow aubergine, so don't know if they need more warmth. They certainly need better light though. Always a little tricky at this time of year to get the balance right 

Tomato seeds and seedlings

Posted: 12/03/2017 at 07:48

I use MPC, and pots. Pot on as they grow, and bury them well each time (up to the first set of leaves) to encourage rooting higher up. Contrary to popular belief, they don't need a lot of feeding. Only feed when the first truss sets, and they only need a couple of feeds after that. 

Good ventialtion if they're undercover to prevent pests and diseases. You can remove quite a bit of foliage later to help prevent mildew etc. Consistent watering is also important. They don't need to be kept moist, you can let them dry out quite a bit in between waterings, but stick to whatever regime you started out with.

It's when you create soft, sappy growth that you're more likely to get issues. I grow mine much harder now, after listening to Italophile's advice on here in the past. 

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