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Latest posts by Leggi

oullins golden gage has no blosom

Posted: 05/06/2013 at 01:03

None for me either

Tomato plants

Posted: 05/06/2013 at 00:37

Will those plants really not catch up? With the terrible spring we've had I held off sowing for months and have nothing more than a few inches high. The reason I held off for so long is that the widowsils I have offer some warm but little light, and outside has offered no warmth but reasonable light.

Please tell me the scientists are crowing about the wonderful summer we're about to have?

runner bean seed being eaten

Posted: 05/06/2013 at 00:22

Despite what the seed packets say it's been too cold until the last week to start runners off in the ground. The worms you describe are probably wireworms and more a problem with potatoes than anything else.

Starting them off indoors before moving to a cold frame would probably help as I don't think the worms are eating your beans as such. I planted mine out today and am anxiously hoping they don't wither in the wind tonight.

Greenfly by the million

Posted: 04/06/2013 at 00:31

I watched a blue tit today swooping between the roses and the apple tree, it flew off when I warned it of an approaching cat. 

I'll probably be checking back here for a few weeks although the fairy liquid tip has always worked for me in the past.

Toscana Strawberries

Posted: 31/05/2013 at 14:35

Well mine arrived this morning, except they aren't Toscana, they're a variety called Anais with a substitution note and a £5 money off voucher. They look a little worse for wear (well a jumbled mess to be honest) but I'm off to pot them up anyway with the hope of fruit in 16-20 months...

Mice in my raised beds

Posted: 27/05/2013 at 21:48

Mice are often a problem to gardeners, digging up seeds and eating seedlings for a start. My winter onions were almost entirely eaten from 150 to now about 30. Although that was probably because of the long cold winter we're still coming out of.

It's up to you how you deal with them really, maybe if you can identify the species you'll be able to work out whether it'll be a problem for you. I suspect though, you will probably have to do something about it (and I admire people who say there's just one for their optimism).

Brassica collars

Posted: 27/05/2013 at 21:37

I made mine last night from sturdy cardboard that would have otherwise gone to the recycling plant. Lino sounds like an excellent idea though.

strawberry plants

Posted: 27/05/2013 at 21:34

Feeding really depends on what you've planted them in to, I've mixed in a lot of well rotted manure so probably won't be feeding for a bit. Having said that, a little feed certainly won't do them any harm when they're starting to fruit. Straw or hay can be used around plants to keep the fruit off the sometimes wet ground, it's entirely up to you if you want to put some down. Some varieties will need it, others possibly not.

The cloche can probably come off too, but acclimatise the plants first if they've been constantly covered by leaving the cloche off during the day, then back on at night for a week, before leaving it off completely. Mine have been uncovered all winter during snow and all sorts and have faired fine.

Any idea what these plants are?

Posted: 25/05/2013 at 20:24

Plant number 2 looks like an aquilegia.

The best multi purpose compost this year

Posted: 23/05/2013 at 15:15

I think we should also note that this is officially the coldest 'spring' in 34 years, also the 6th coldest on record. I've had a very poor germination rate with chillies, tomatoes and peppers, and haven't even bothered with some seeds that need heat before they pop up. It isn't always just the fault of the compost used but a combination of all the factors affecting germination.

The vast variation in quality of compost from year to year and product to product really doesn't help at all though.

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