Green Magpie

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Cucumber plants yellow patches on leaves

Posted: 29/05/2016 at 21:19

In the past, mine have had a bit of what appears to be mosaic virus, but it hasn't affected fruit production. It takes a.lot to kill a courgette plant once it gets going.


Posted: 25/05/2016 at 22:39

Well, I appreciate the fact that Chelsea is given so.much coverage.  It may not all be to our taste,  but at least it's giving airtime to gardens, plants and gardening, rather than men propelling balls around fields or tables or throwing sharp things at a board on the wall.

That doesn't mean I like it all.  Some of the entries are the garden equivalent of Disneyland.  (Revolving plants? They'll have talking trees next!) I don't like gardens dominated by huge lumps of steel or concrete, or furniture or gadgets;  I don't like gardens that are preaching or political.  But as a programme, it's easy on the eye,  and shows some wonderful plants and flowers that I'd love to see for real. 

As for the presenters' clothes: the women all seem to feel a need to compete with the flowers - and of course the flowers win every time. I don't know why the men are in suits and ties at all, but I found Monty's ill-fitting, floppy jacket quite amusing and endearing. It was as if he'd been told he had to wear a jacket and tie and was doing so under protest. I prefer him in his gardening clothes with braces and wellies.

If I went to a big show, it wouldn't be Chelsea, but I'm happy to watch it, appreciate it and nitpick.

Courgettes - anyone put theirs out yet?

Posted: 25/05/2016 at 22:14

I'm in Devon and have been putting my courgettes and cues  out, one at a time,  over the last week. They seem to have survived overnight temps of 8 or 9  and all look OK except one cucumber,which is now under a cloche tonight. The main problem is slugs, so have some.pellets ready.

Beware bark chippings!

Posted: 24/05/2016 at 10:46

Update on the above: I have now, cautiously, replaced the bark on a couple of test plants, and then on the rest. They are fine. Before I did this, I spread the bark out in a wheelbarrow to expose it to the air for a couple of days,  as one theory is that toxic gases build up in the pack.

So .....  my conclusion is that somehow the combination of freshly opened chippings, cool winds and lots of water have combined to cause the problem. Perhaps the watering  caused the new shoots to sprout just as the winds cooled, and the bark was stressing the plants???   Each of the variables (cool weather, water, and bark) individually seemed to be tolerated.I don't suppose we'll ever know for sure, but the good news is that my hedge looks like surviving.


Posted: 24/05/2016 at 10:35

I don't water every day, unless it's very dry and hot . Mangetout certainly don't need daily watering, and may not need watering at all until they're podding. Beans and toms and cucumbers like a good drink, but not necessarily every day.

Propagating Elder

Posted: 11/05/2016 at 20:21

Loosen the bag for a day or so, to let the plant adjust, and then take it off. Once it's rooted there'll be no stopping it! Let the roits get well established before moving it on, either to a bigger pot or to open ground.

Technical updates / help with the new forum

Posted: 06/05/2016 at 22:29

I use a 7-inch  Kindle, and I find the font too small and thin for clarity. I am not prepared to go to my settings and alter them just for this forum, then change them back when I go elsewhere. Other discussion forums allow me to stretch the screen as I wish, in order to read and write in comfort. 

It's all about style over substance. Even our avatars are turned to meaningless circular logos. Mine used to be a magpie; now it is a magpie's bottom - or perhaps the last glimpse of a departing magpie, as I head off in search of another forum. 

Your new-look forum

Posted: 06/05/2016 at 08:01

PS: On the above post I had changed most of the font to bold, but when posred, it reverted to non-bold. 

Your new-look forum

Posted: 06/05/2016 at 07:59

I' ve been away for a few days and can't believe what has happened. I thought there was a technical fault and the forum wasn't loading properly.

I can barely read this tiny font on my Kindle. There, that's a bit better but it doesn't help me read other posts. There doesn't seem to be a way to enlarge the font.

I can't skim through the list of thread titles; each title is in a big box which is 90% blank. There seems to be about 20 pages on this topic already.

The thread posts are interrupted by adverts, which are much more prominient than the content I'm trying to read.

Well, the advertisers will soon be pulling out, because this forum will not survive in this format. I have been a member for years. and have given and received much support, but I'm off to seek out another forum. I hope some member sets up a replacement one (it won't be GW, obviously) somewhere else, such as Proboards.

I'm so sad it has come to this. How could anyon have thought this was in any way an improvement?

Free gifts on May issue GW

Posted: 04/05/2016 at 09:15

Yes,  I have the new guide and Eden is in there. Best check before travelling, as they sometimes have special events etc. 

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