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.

So......Chelsea!

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.

Watering

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.

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. 

Free gifts on May issue GW

Posted: 03/05/2016 at 09:40

Some of the gardens (166 of the 400, they say) do offer the alternative of a half-price single entry. Seems fair enough to do this - many single people have less spare cash than couples.

Free gifts on May issue GW

Posted: 03/05/2016 at 08:31

I realise I wrote "globes" instead of "gloves". Apologies. Whether your globes are suitable or not is an entirely private matter.

Free gifts on May issue GW

Posted: 02/05/2016 at 18:20

I've just bought my copy, sold as a "Sainsburys Value Pack".  It cost £5.99 but this included the gloves, which fit my (female) hands very well, and by a happy coincidence also feature one left and one right hand, which is what I happen to have, so that's good. I also got six packets of seeds, most of which I can use.

But best of all this month - and I think this applies to all including subscription versions - is the 2-for-1 garden entrance card, with its directory of gardens where you can use it. This includes the Eden Project, Kew, and over 400 other gardens, and is reusable for a whole year. If you ever visit gardens, this is a real bargain, with or without globes of dubious suitability.

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