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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?

Leaking squash, help!

Posted: 16/08/2014 at 21:20

My squashes got third prize (out of 5 entrants!) in the  "other vegetables" category. I also got a first for my carrots and courgettes, so I'm happy.

It's only a little village show, but I enjoy entering my produce and admiring the other entries.

 

Leaking squash, help!

Posted: 15/08/2014 at 20:13

Panic over! After  a few hours they stopped weeping and dried off. I suppose it would have shown they were fresh but  I' m glad they're OK - squashes are such watery creatures, I was wondering if they were going to relieve themselves of too much water and end up as shrivelled husks. 

 

Leaking squash, help!

Posted: 15/08/2014 at 13:15

A strange query but an urgent one for me: how can I stop the cut ends of the stems on my little squashes from weeping? I have three pretty little "Hooligan" squashes, like mini-pumpkins, and I cut them this morning as I want to enter them in the village show tomorrow. They're supposed to be cut with a bit of stem if they are to be stored, and they look attractive like this, but a few hours after cutting, they're still oozing a watery liquid from the cut end of the stumpy stem. It gathers in the concave top of the fruit and looks messy. Any idea how I can get this to stop, or seal the stump somehow?

Alcofrolic fruits for Christmas

Posted: 11/08/2014 at 21:58

Blackcurrant vodka is a good one, a home-made cassis liqueur. You can drink it neat or use it to make kir - in fact this can be a way of making your less palatable home-made white wines drinkable!

 

Codling Moths

Posted: 09/08/2014 at 18:35

This is no help to you,  but it's the same here. Even one tree that is normally pest-free is riddled with the things. Many of our damaged apples are rotting on the tree or being attacked by wasps or dropping off before they're ripe. If we tackle them with a knife, we might get half of each apple if we're lucky, but we can't store them for more than a few days as they soon rot. Most of our crop will end up on the compost heap.

Moths and lavender

Posted: 08/08/2014 at 12:14

Someone remarked in another post that it seems to be a bad year for moths of all sorts (well, a good year if you happen to be a moth). We have problems with lawn moths, tomato moths and leek moths, and possible plum moths too.

I was wondering ...I know that house moths (clothes moths) are deterred by the scent of lavender. Does anyone know whether lavender can be used to deter any garden moths? Companion planting won't work for vegetables that get rotated, but I recently cut back a couple of big lavender bushes and tried scattering some clippings around the tomatoes and the leeks.

Is this likely to help at all, do you think? And if anyone has any tips on dealing with lawn moths, I'd be very grateful!

 

 

Discussions started by Green Magpie

Leaking squash, help!

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Moths and lavender

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Drama in the compost heap

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Tomato thriving on neglect!

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Secateurs open?

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Lobelia for wedding at end of May

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Flatworms?

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Runners on new strawberry plants

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Nettles for butterflies

 
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What not to grow

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Photinia Red Robin pruning?

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Searching the site?

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