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Posted: 19/06/2014 at 11:32

All the watering done so took my camera up the garden.


Talkback: Tomato blight and potato blight

Posted: 19/06/2014 at 09:09
The "Charlotte" potatoes I an trialling for Mr. Fothergill are harvested from the potato planter bag and being eaten. very delicious and a good crop. Such a clean way to grow potatoes. The same weight of tubers is being grown in one of my raised beds for comparison so I am keeping a sharp eye on them. the flowers have been removed so the harvest should be pretty soon. I think they will win cropwise but of course I have to dig them out instead of tumbling them out on to a sheet of plastic. We, the Nation of Gardeners Team are trialling 6 kinds of tomatoes, one blight resistant one so it is a worrying time, but I have put mine in the lea of the house which has saved my crop in former blight ridden years by sheltering them from the rain containing the spores and from the windblown ones as well.


Posted: 19/06/2014 at 08:52

Yes, BizzieB dawn or dusk for good pics or a cloudy day.  Lisa, definitely let your sedums get bigger before doing the Chelsea chop.  I am not doing it on the two we are trialling for Mr. Fothergill.   Flumpy 1 I am eating strawberries every night and freezing an ice-cream cartonful as well.  In strawberry jelly in the winter or made into jam for a sponge cake they are lovely.

Very hot again in Bristol so lots of watering to do.  My rainwater butts are quickly being emptied now.  Sweet peas, tomatoes, runner beans will have priority.  After that it will be all conservatory plants and other pots outside which will be metred water.  Grrrr.  Seems impossible after the wet winter we had.


Posted: 18/06/2014 at 19:52

When you have two lots of true leaves usually.  by then they should be about 8inches tall.


Posted: 18/06/2014 at 17:21

My what a scorcher of a day to work in.  i gave in just in time to see Heather Watson play her best game of tennis yet.  The rest of the watering will be done in the cool of the evening.  i do like long light evenings.  My little peppers are noticeably bigger now and I have a good crop of cucamelons.  Masses pf tomatoes too.  I am enjoying eating my Charlotte potatoes from the trials for Mr. Fothergills and the sweetheart strawberries.


Posted: 18/06/2014 at 08:36

Lovely picture BizzieB and so early in the morning!  Flumpy I , I went to an improvers course at Bristol University which was very helpful for my photography.  I loved that view of the valley through the circular sculpture.  I cut my sedums down by about a third or half when the flowers buds first appear, usually just after Chelsea so that  get a later crop of flowers too.  That way the garden looks good for longer and the butterflies have their mealtime stretched to an extra few weeks.  It is good for the overwintering oneslike peacocks and red admirals.  I had the preview of the article on Mr. Fothergill's Nation of Gardeners project yesterday and it is so good with lots of photos.


Posted: 17/06/2014 at 14:52

Some more of the sculptures.  The chappie made from three types of marble was astride a motorbike, fully clothed in marble.  His bike was sandstone.  There was a curator from the natural History Museum at oxford there to tell us all about the rocks and fossils we were looking at.



Posted: 17/06/2014 at 14:42

Some pictures from my visit to Asthall Manor last Sunday where the roses were a knockout and the views through some of the sculptures breathtaking.



Posted: 17/06/2014 at 14:32

Here, specially for Lisa is the record of one of my sedum


s having the Chelsea chop.  The first picture is the plant as it was this morning. The second after I took off a third of the plant from the front.  I cut right down to the ground and tried to make it look as if it had always been like that ( taught to do that at the Bot. garden ).  The third picture is what I cut off.  I shall post a picture when the flower buds are open for the butterflies and later when the secondary new growth gets its flowers.


Posted: 16/06/2014 at 20:48

I shall do one tomorrow and let you see, Lisa.  Those ones at Waterperry were not very big plants so they would not chop them yet.  Fruitcake, i live in Brentry, near Cribbs Causeway.

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