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Is there anything that can go in now for an autumn crop ?

Posted: 19/07/2012 at 10:41

I had to grow some more peas & beans & have just planted them out. So fingers crossed.

Also cut & come again lettuce, rocket & peas for pea shoots in seed trays.

Even my established courgettes are coming to nothing & the cucumbers have all been eaten to bare stems by slugs each time they put on new growth, so I'd say it's probably not worth bothering with them now it's so late, unless as others have said you can buy established plants from the garden centre. 

Ceramic Pipes for keeping water butt clean

Posted: 19/07/2012 at 10:37

I've also seen something that just looks like a silver coin advertised in the Lakeland catalogue. 

I've never tried either though.

I thought that with the really well fitting lid that ours came with, nothing much can get in & as it's black it keeps sun out which is probably what causes algae etc. The water that comes out of the tap below always seems okay. 

My hardneck garlic is falling over

Posted: 17/07/2012 at 10:00

Yes the smell of garlic is very strong in the greenhouse. I wonder if it may keep pests away!

I spotted rust on one of mine actually & then forgot all about it, I'm sure I shouldn't have put that one in the greenhouse, eek.

Not sure about if we should cut the leaves off that one & use it sooner. Maybe someone else knows?

Tomatoe plants with no flowers !

Posted: 17/07/2012 at 09:59

I think you're right Johntheeng, my plants didn't like going on holiday.

I typed end of March, I meant end of April, but even so, the temperatures were the same as they'd normally be end of March!

It was a shame they had to be moved then. Probably halted their growth so much it wasted the electricity of me having treated them to 10 degrees before that.

Keeping everything small for transporting probably saved them from me potting them on too soon though!


Beans not germinating/being eaten

Posted: 16/07/2012 at 10:40

Well they did germinate in the tissues, it was really exciting!  I was staggered at the % that did. So they'd obviously been just hating the cold & wet soil.

I put them in pots shoots downwards & crossed my fingers. Most came up fine, minus a few. 

I kept them on an indoor windowsill for a few days as the greenhouse is often running with condensation on these damp days. Then they had to brave it. 

Saturday I put half of the runner & dwarf climbing beans out with great trepidation, as they'd shot up in height & am trying to keep slugs/snails off them each evening. They're still a bit nibbled come morning but so far sitll okay. I'm keeping the second batch in their pots on the outside table as back up, until they get too big.

The sugar snap peas are still in the greenhouse as they're still quite small. I just wish I'd planted more of these early on, as the ones planted before the bad weather are cropping fine still. 

So it was well worth it, both to test the seeds & just to get them going. 

What's loving all this rain?

Posted: 16/07/2012 at 10:20

I'm quite enjoying the fact that I'm not spending hours watering the pots each evening! 

The bamboos, hostas & grasses are all loving it. The campanulas, lilies, lavenders, honeysuckle are all fine to name a few. Some of my roses are fine. 

The peas I started very early are great. Some of the leaves on the banana are wind shredded, but the newer ones are lush green & enormous. 

The thalictrums are the tallest they've ever been & the particular light after a rain shower is making the mauve one almost glow.

Deadheading RhodedendonDead

Posted: 16/07/2012 at 10:02

I put some in last autumn & didn't know to deadhead, so thanks. They do look rather untidy.

Watering wise definitely worth thinking about. I noticed all my new azaleas & rhodys wilted a while ago. I guess they don't have deep roots yet & there is sadly an enormous tree in the neighbours garden right near the boundary, so it probably takes most of the water from that border. 

So in spite of the rain, watch out for watering still! Same with camellias, I always water mine if needed now as I think that also helps them flower next year.


Posted: 16/07/2012 at 09:56

We emptied 2 out of 3 of ours at the w/e as they flowered a week or two ago & the foliage was going yellow.  With the sodden soil I didn't want to risk them all rotting off.

The big potato bag had charlottes in from seed potatoes. The crop was okay, half filled a large colander. Some really good large ones & a fair few marble sized ones. I was hoping for at least double that. They were lovely though.

The other huge tub had anyas in. I just chitted a few supermarket ones to see what would happen. The crop was the same as the seed charlottes & they were perfect. I know there are concerns with disease etc. which is why you're meant to use proper seed potato stock. As they go in tubs here, not in the ground I wasn't so worried & will definitely try it again one year with better weather.

Rose leaf rolling saw-fly

Posted: 14/07/2012 at 19:59

I've just been removing leaves where I've seen this problem.  It will get to a stage where that's not possible, by the sound of it, from how hard you've tried to eradicate them.

I only learned what these were last year when I bought lots of new roses & saw one of the flies on a rose stem. When I tried to flick it off it was very firmly attached. So I looked it up & found out that they sound very hard to get rid of! 

Good luck with yours. 

Tomatoe plants with no flowers !

Posted: 14/07/2012 at 19:16

I brought some tiny baby plants back from Cornwall with me in Feb to get a head start. It worked well last year! 

Then sowed mine in March, heated propagator indoors. I heated the greenhouse to put them out to 5, then gave in & put it to 10. 

They did then go away with me & were put in an unheated greenhouse for a week end of March, which may have checked them a bit. They weren't potted on too quickly because I knew I needed to transport them. No food until first fruit sets.

Still, I'm in West Sussex & am disappointed that mine are so far behind yours in East Yorkshire Johntheeng! 



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