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cucumber question

Posted: 23/04/2015 at 12:09

Can't beat a nice crunchy cucumber! One thing: better to harvest a bit earlier than later. The more mature they get the coarser they are and the larger the seeds.

Roses with black spot

Posted: 23/04/2015 at 12:07

Yes, collect the fallen infected leaves and destroy or bin them. Don't compost them. 

Roses with black spot

Posted: 23/04/2015 at 08:50

If you're spraying against black spot it has to be preventive - ie, spray before any sign of infection. Same as spraying against any sort of airborne fungal spores. It doesn't guarantee your plant won't be affected but it's about the only defence you have. Plus, of course, good garden housekeeping.

cucumber question

Posted: 22/04/2015 at 16:59

Looks like excessive moisture to me. You can let them dry out within reason.

cucumber question

Posted: 22/04/2015 at 12:37

Could be too much moisture, Kitty. No plant likes permanently damp feet.

clk, most cukes are vines. They will gangle about in all directions because that's what vines do. If they produce lots, that's all that matters. Leaving aside diseases like mildew, to which they can be prone, the vines will gradually run out of steam towards the end of the season and take on an unhealthy appearance.

Sweetcorn germination

Posted: 21/04/2015 at 18:17

Warmth is the key.

Talkback: How to grow salad leaves from seed

Posted: 21/04/2015 at 11:59

If you're worried about the slugs you should probably grow in the greenhouse, violet.

Sweetcorn germination

Posted: 20/04/2015 at 12:46

Sweetcorn usually needs decent warmth to germinate. They also usually take more than a week.

Talkback: How to grow salad leaves from seed

Posted: 19/04/2015 at 18:00

It depends entirely on what type of veg you want to grow, Mr b. Generally speaking, summer crops should be being sown now.

Tomato plants

Posted: 19/04/2015 at 08:06

Fishy, it's all down to temperatures. There's a discussion about it here

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