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My hardneck garlic is falling over

Posted: 14/07/2012 at 19:07

Similar results here. I gave up & lifted all mine today. the outer skin on about half were mushy but rubbed off easily, so just in time probably.

One large elephant garlic, with cloves. The rest had detached from the neck, so without the stem I'm guessing won't dry well, I will use them fresh, most hadn't split into cloves. 

A couple of good solent wights, the rest of them & the purple wights were tiny, smaller than golf balls I'd say on average. I had a pair of bulbs that had grown together, even though I'm careful to plant each clove individually, I've never seen it before either. Also lots had one tiny, single clove attached to the outside of the bulb. Very odd. 

They say you should save the largest cloves to re-plant in the autumn & I'm not sure any of mine are large enough so I may not bother for a year or two. It's tempting to stick cloves in the pots when the tomatoes etc. have finished with them in autumn, but they're still in when I need the pots in spring! 

Good luck drying your crop. Mine are on the bottom shelf slats of my greenhouse which is running with condensation rather than sun at the moment. It's impossible to find somewhere warm to dry them this year prior to plaiting.

Slugs and snails

Posted: 14/07/2012 at 16:38

I only recently read that slugs hate astrantias so much it can be worth planiing them near other plants to deter them.

They've never wowed me, but I may have to buy some just to try. I'm thinking a circle of them around my grown from seed geraniums! I daren't put them in the ground yet, so am growing them bigger in pots first.

Tomatoe plants with no flowers !

Posted: 14/07/2012 at 15:45

I got some fruit on mine early, but since the weather changed they've just sat there as tiny green marbles anyway! 

Same with the early chillis. Flowers now either aren't appearing or if they do they aren't setting fruit as the temperatures are proabably just too low.

I'm not really having to water anything even in the greenhouse. I've probably watered the tomatoes & chillis in their pots once a month, if that. They just aren't drying out. 

Still time for it all to change I reckon.

My hardneck garlic is falling over

Posted: 12/07/2012 at 16:14

I'm thinking of giving up on mine too, I'd guess it will be rotting not swelling otherwise. It may just be a bad year for it.

Paint to make a Cardboardbox a Watertight Trough as seen on programme

Posted: 10/07/2012 at 10:31

Oh so it does now I look again! Silly me.

I went as far as a link halfway down the page called:

Further reading, create a hypertufa container in five easy stages.

Which shows how to use old pots as moulds. I don't know why I followed that link before scrolling all the way down the first page. I seemed logical at the time! 

Now I won't know which method to try first!

Powdery mildew

Posted: 10/07/2012 at 10:24

It didn't work for me, but I probably wasn't persistent enough.

My courgettes always seem to get it & I just cut those leaves off, by then there are usually more than enough young healthy leaves below.

This year that may not be the case though, as they're growing so slowly, so more persistent milk spraying may well be worth a try. 

home made plant supports

Posted: 10/07/2012 at 10:19

Oh yes those plant supports are excellent.

I wasn't sure where to get the iron poles from, so we made them out of copper tubing from Wickes, rather more expensive than I wanted but they still look lovely years later. 

Paint to make a Cardboardbox a Watertight Trough as seen on programme

Posted: 10/07/2012 at 09:59

That's good, sounds like it's worth doing then.

The method in the link Sotongeoff posted doesn't use wire or boxes, just some reinforcing fibres & anything as a mould.  I wonder which is easier. 

Isn't a thankyou in order?

Posted: 10/07/2012 at 09:53

What we need is one that shows your posts (not just the last 10 preferably!) & (the important bit) - how many replies if any it's had since.

So you can click on it & the thread appears with all the new repiles, but you know not to bother if there haven't been any since.

That's how it worked on the Beeb gardening forum anyway & I used the feature all the time. 

The emails partly solve this, but not as quickly or neatly.

I think a thank you never goes amiss, neither does holding a door open for anyone. 

Paint to make a Cardboardbox a Watertight Trough as seen on programme

Posted: 08/07/2012 at 17:47

I remember something similar to the hypertufa ones above, not a painted box one. 

Has anyone tried the hypertufa/concrete ones? I'm just imagining how much mess I might end up getting in if I tried it & how many stages it could go wrong at! 

Great idea to make your own however though, large planters can be quite expensive.

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