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Homegrown Wedding Flowers

Posted: 31/08/2014 at 17:45

If you can get cornflowers to bloom by then, there's nothing to match their deep, clear blue. Or  Love-in-a-mist (nigella) is pretty. Lavender should be in bloom then and can add scent and colour, but you can't grow it from seed in a season.Maybe you can find a friend with a lavender bush?

At our daughter's  wedding we made all the buttonholes and corsages for the main wedding party and several guests too. If you get the proper florist's tape and wire, it's really not difficult. If you want to know more about this, just ask me. We did buy some flowers - cream rosebuds from a supermarket - and added other stuff from gardens, plus pretty ribbons etc. 

Chilli peppers

Posted: 30/08/2014 at 22:19

I've tried both drying and freezing them, and prefer the frozen ones on the whole. The dried ones look prettyvat first but they soon lose their colour, and then you might as well just crush them up to store in a jar. Frozen ones can be used like fresh ones in cooking, and are actually easier to chop when they're still frozen. I still have some in the freezer from two years ago - just as well last year's crop was a failure.

Recently we won a raffle prize of - guess what? - a gift pack with a bottle of chilli sauce, chilli salt and ground chillis.  

Did I review 1500 plants in my sleep?

Posted: 29/08/2014 at 20:50

I have sent a message to the web team asking what is going on. Suggest others do the same.

Did I review 1500 plants in my sleep?

Posted: 29/08/2014 at 20:45

How bizarre! I appear to have reviewed over 1500 plants too, including some I've never heard of.

Tomatoes. Do I have the dreaded lurgey?

Posted: 22/08/2014 at 10:10

It's safe to eat any of the fruit that looks Ok, but it probably won't store.

leek moth

Posted: 22/08/2014 at 10:08

I am pretty sure that the moth ceases activity in the winter and that the leeks are safe without protection then. 

Mildew

Posted: 20/08/2014 at 20:11

I was reading yesterday that it's been a particularly bad year for mildew. It also affects some well established plants, not just newly planted ones. They say that well watered plants are better able to resist it, but on the other hand the spores spread best in warm, dry weather. Keeping your plants well watered but dry is a bit of a black art!

Leaking squash, help!

Posted: 19/08/2014 at 08:57

Yup, been there, done that! As they say, it's not about the winning, and it certainly isn't about the loot (£1 for a first, 80p for a second...). but it does give my great satisfaction to make a small profit on my entry fees, and to know I've contributed to a lively local event.

 

Leaking squash, help!

Posted: 17/08/2014 at 07:59

I never decide until the week of the show, but my carrots and courgettes always do well. My French beans are good but this year they're all over too early, likewise my spuds which have not cropped well. Sometimes my very blue hydrangea gets a prize but there are always bigger ones and this year there was stiff competition. There are several floral art classes, which had very few entries this year - I made a corsage which got second prize out of .....two. So that's always worth a go if I can put up with the humiliation of getting a prize for coming last!

Climbing french beans

Posted: 16/08/2014 at 21:46

I grow my climbing beans on two wigwams several feet apart, with a horizontal cane joining the two wigwams at the top. When the beans reach the top, I get them to twine across this cane, which keeps them within reach.

Never heard of compact courgettes - can anyone recommend a variety?

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