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Posted: 27/07/2013 at 11:17

Morning Tina - I'm joining the late crew today! Hope Family's fine now. You realise Farmerg will need to build a 'man cave' to retreat to  -if he's not got one already!

GG- can you tuck the manure up somewhere in a corner till it rots right down? If you cover it up well it'll be fine and would be ready for laying down on your beds for the winter or for working in to them in spring. Shame not to make good use it. I'm getting some from where I work but it'll be quite well rotted already.

Tomato plants in greenhouse

Posted: 27/07/2013 at 11:05

I've taken a lot of foliage off mine and I've always done that. One in particular, which has lots of ripening fruits, has got very little now. I have another plant in the little growhouse with it so it makes sense to enable good air flow. I've had no fungal probs at all. As Italophile (the expert!) says it makes sense to remove stuff that's crossing etc.


Posted: 27/07/2013 at 10:41

Morning all  bit late for me - fox woke me up barking so ended up sleeping later then forum wouldn't work.Having brekkie and watching the Restoration Man from last week as it's an update on Caldwell tower at the back of my previous house. What an eyesore it is - as the locals were keen to point out! Fortunately I have some nice photos of it taken from the house whick blockout the worst bits! We couldn't believe it when they put the white plastic windows in...

Good luck Farmerg. My youngest turns 16 soon -oldest was 19 three weeks ago. Do you want the valium now - I think I have some left..  

chick- it would have been wrong not to buy them 

Got stuff to pot up and area to prepare for moving the shed so might get started on that. Got lots done yesterday as the weather was great after the shower in the morning.

Keep dry everyone and have a good day!



Posted: 26/07/2013 at 15:43

Actually Fg - I'm not sure I do!....


Posted: 26/07/2013 at 15:37

I was lucky Dove- I got the weed n feed done a good while back when we'd had a bit of rain so the ground was favourable. It got watered in nicely a day or two later by the rain so I've done nothing to it but cut it since then. It's looked great even through all the hot weather. 

Well had my break  sobest get on again - weather's stayed sunny luckily so more painting beckons...

Why won't my tomatoes ripen?

Posted: 26/07/2013 at 15:24

Never heard of the banana being used for fruit still growing- only once it's picked. Supposed to stick it in a drawer with the unripe fruit. 

late summer plants

Posted: 26/07/2013 at 15:20

Caroline I don't know what size your plot is but if the slope is steep and the soil is so shallow, I'd be inclined to put in a terrace or two - easily and cheaply done with some timber or sleepers and short posts. That lessens the slope right away, prevents all the good stuff you're adding from sliding off the other end (!) and means you can plant a much bigger variety instead of being so limited in choice. 


Posted: 26/07/2013 at 10:41

Thanks for that fidget!  

Seems to be staying dry now so think I'll attempt some painting and hope the rain doesn't appear and wash it off like the other night!  

late summer plants

Posted: 26/07/2013 at 10:38

Spent ages replying then it disappeared so I'll try again 

I know you don't want to hear it Caroline- but you'd be better adding some well rotted manure and extra compost/topsoil to the borders and then you'd have much more scope for planting and anything you put in would have a better chance too. That said, some of the grasses will take those conditions and although they don't give as much colour with flowers, they do provide movement, have attractive foliage and have a long period of interest. Taller ones like Miscanthus for example, would also give some shade. Crocosmia will grow just about anywhere and flowers later- plenty of named varieties. Alchemilla (lady's mantle) can be invasive if allowed to seed, but will provide frothy flowers for months. Most of the hardy geraniums will take harsh conditions and although they flower early, if you cut them right back at this time of year they bounce back and give a second display at the end of summer. Whatever you plant, if you water them in well and apply a good thick mulch it will benefit the plants and prevent evaporation. 


Posted: 26/07/2013 at 10:15

Was hoping to get the mower out later today Dove but weather's not too favourable and if I don't get it done I'll need some sheep as it's growing so lushly.(Is that a proper word?) Should have done it the other night .....

I can thoroughly recommend B&Q's own brand of weed n feed!


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