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Good Evening FORKERS

Posted: 26/09/2013 at 16:56

with custard

What is this little plant?

Posted: 26/09/2013 at 16:29

common fumitory.

Pumpkin carvings

Posted: 26/09/2013 at 15:40

  Love the puking pumpkin

Talkback: Putting hardy gerberas to the test

Posted: 26/09/2013 at 15:38

What is hardy in Cornwall, is not very often hardy up here. Cannas are hardy in cornwall. If I leave mine out I can wave good bye.

Are T&M having a laugh!

Posted: 26/09/2013 at 12:47

A tomato plant grafted on top of a potato plant. £15 a throw. Yes they're having a laugh.

 I'll stick to growing them separately thanks.

growing cucumbersin a polytunnle

Posted: 26/09/2013 at 12:37

Cody, thats great. My first greenhouse was 8 x 6. I would have loved 30ft of space.

Cucumbers, start seed on its side, one to a 3 inch pot, with heat (windowsill)  in late April. When it has 3 of 4 true leaves, plant in centre of a 12 inch pot  on a mound.

 Try not to get the stem wet, it induces rot.

 I use the buckets that florist have flowers deliverd in.  Drill lots of holes for drainage in the bottom.  I fill the buckets with mutlipurpose compost and plant the cucumber in the centre on a little mound. Then train the plant up a string hanging fron the roof.

Use a F1 hybrid all female cucumber,  such as Pepinex. That way there will be no male flowers to take off. fertilised cucumbers taste bitter.

 Cucumbers like it quite steamy and humid, so you could partition one end off with some polythene sheets and keep the humidity up. This also deters red spider mite.

 Tomatoes like  a dryer atmosphere, so keep them at the door end, with plenty of ventilation.  Good luck.

What did you think of Medwyn Williams site?

Welcome to the plants forum

Posted: 26/09/2013 at 12:27

Thuja occidentalis "Rheingold"   slow growing  golden leaves conifer.

Easy veggies and fruit

Posted: 26/09/2013 at 12:19

I find that when I am working full time, watering pots is a pain, so low maintenance is key.

Blackcurrant and raspberry bushes will take a little while to get going, but will then give bog harvests for little input. They will also tolerate some shade.

Same with an apple tree, or conference pear. Takes a while to establish, but after that... easy.

 Prune once a year, feed , pick produce. eat...

 Leaky hosepipes (black recycled rubber stuff) are good laid amongst new fruit tress etc, you can plug in the hose and leave for a couple of hours , once a week until they are established.

Easy things to start veg with are runner beans grown up a wigwam, and courgettes. Plants of these will be readily available in garden centres in late may,unless you have a greenhouse to grow your own.

 If you have lots of space and good fertile soil, a few early potatoes are  pretty easy.

F1...Good or Bad

Posted: 26/09/2013 at 12:00

F1 plants are a specific cross which provide a consistent plant  which is useful if you want to harvest all your crop at the same time.  Seeds from an F1 are called F2

F2 is the second generation of that cross and are likely to be highly variable in nature.

 Old varieties have some variation , but have overall characteristics which persist from generation to generation.

 If you want the specific characteristics of that F1 , then you will have to buy fresh each year.

What's this little plant

Posted: 26/09/2013 at 11:56

Common fumitory.  Fumaria officinalis. The purple flowers provide a yellow dye.

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