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Posted: 24/09/2012 at 14:10

Am back from w/end in Peak Distric. Drive back ok, bit wet, bit misty but no problems until got to M60! Rain ++, visibility very bad & STILL people driving at top speed with no lights on!!

Noway am I going to go down to water in greenhouse today! The car is staying on the drive tonight- I want to use it tomorrow morning anyway- just cant face going out there to get soaked again! The post is drying out on a radiator- house was cold.

Will catch up later. J.

What's the weather like in your area?

Posted: 24/09/2012 at 14:03

Well weather blooming awful here in Manchester.

Drove back over from Peak District earlier on & yes it was wet & a bit misty at times, but here..........Really, really heavy rain now. Am glad dont live at the bottom of a hill.

Todays' post drying out on a radiator- house was cold- & sorry greenhouse tomatoes am not going to venture outside again today! J.

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Posted: 21/09/2012 at 19:41

Figrat- 2 of the tomato plants have lots of ripening fruit. We've been eating them for a while. T'other apparently a yellow cherry of forgotten variety, think free seeds with something, has fruit but no sign of ripening & rather big IMO for cherry! Who was talking about fried green tomatoes?

One of the polycarbonate roof panels has slipped down a bit- ? in Spring sometime- so always ventilation in there at the mo! Another job I've not done & with OH working away......... Have already made a note to store the Agapanthus pots, well wrapped, in the new coldframe this year, unless OH has sorted the panel- but pigs may fly methinks. J.


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Posted: 21/09/2012 at 19:32

Funny was just thinking that!

It's going quite dark out there now so if they havent got down yet........... J.

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Posted: 21/09/2012 at 18:50

Ouch Becks, hope that's settled down now.

Having just seen the forcast for a possibly chilly night have just popped back down to shut up greenhouse & coldframe.Will open them up again tomorrow- getting fed up with the weather now.

Stupid kids/young teens? are climbing a really BIG tree & I mean big, behind us. 1 was worried that they were too high! Have tilted our blinds, dont like the fact that they can see into 'us'. Having open ground behind the house you do get used to not being overlooked. J.

Talkback: Using green tomatoes

Posted: 21/09/2012 at 17:00

I'm banned from doing any green tomato chutney this year. We're still working our way through 09,10 etc!

Somebody said about 'frying up' green tomatoes & since 1 of my plants- supposed to be a yellow cherry, but way too big for that now- has loads still definitely green, will be trying that.

The other 2 plants- Sungold & Gardeners Delight- are ripening well now in a part- shade greenhouse in Manchester, so no, well not much, sun this year!

I empty things out of greenhouse at the end of September & any unripe ones go onto trays on various window sills in the house. The majority do eventually ripen. J.

Just broke my new plant

Posted: 21/09/2012 at 16:02

Just had another thought after reading Gary's post- some of the crysanthemum family (spelling, sorry) can produce water roots when in a flower vase. Again, worth trying & seeing if yours does too. J.

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Posted: 21/09/2012 at 15:07

Crossed posts & my slow typing again!

Cyber party good idea anytime. I've still got to be 'good' though, just until been weighed at the hospital .

Ooh, missing GQT, back later. J.

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Posted: 21/09/2012 at 15:04

Yes Schzostylis was called KL, until it was considered none PC.

BTW assume 'man' was 'my Nan'- well that's how I read it! J.

Just broke my new plant

Posted: 21/09/2012 at 15:00

Nothing to lose- but not sure if it'll work. Never tried with Helianthus.

Trim the broken stem to just beneath a leaf node, remove most of the foliage above this cut- leave some- & also any flower buds that were forming. Should then have a piece say 6ins long. I'd dip the bottom, cut end, into some hormone rooting powder, if you have any, but no panic if none & then pop the cutting into some moistened, gritty compost near the edge of a pot. I'd probably fix a plastic bag over the pot too to save evaporation & then put the whole into a coldframe, or sheltered corner by a wall & wait & see. You can tell if it's worked by seeing some new growth through the bag, but watch for the whole rotting off.

Just checking in book & the normal way for propagating this plant is by division in Autumn/Spring, but I suppose you can treat it like a penstemon or Fuschia both of which I treat as I've described. J.

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