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collecting and storing seeds

Posted: 27/10/2012 at 18:23

Hi

we have been dutifully collecting seeds (or what we think are seeds) from the plants during harvest. they've been left to dry out and we're in the process of putting the best ones in envelopes to plan next season.

we've got a bit stuck with beetroot and sweetcorn which we've never grown before and had varied success with this year.

here's 2 pictures of what we've collected. are they really seeds and what should we do with them?

also, what do i do with the beets when picked from the containers? the first few i picked didn't store well and went woody and dry. i had put them in a hessian sack.

all help would be very greatfully received

many thanks

Mizz

baffled by strawbs and a mystery plant

Posted: 07/07/2012 at 00:24

ahh great advice thanks all. will definately try some straw for the berries. i did use some sticks to try and lift them off the soil but the rain hasn't helped. we do have an excess of woodlice in some of our pots, so could be them. i read in a garden mag that slugs dont climb pots but somethings def going on!

will try the mystery leaves and see if it tastes like rocket! good to have a bit of a clue before eating something that could be a weed!

in terms of soggy patches, we've had lots of those. i did think it could be splitting like tomatoes do if over watered but the lines are a bit too wiggly on some. trying to pick them as soon as they ripen which has reduced the amount that are attacked. we've had some funny shaped ones too. not had that before. may be due to the rain again where we've had spells of very heavy rain followed by dry spells.

thanks to everyone for your advice.

baffled by strawbs and a mystery plant

Posted: 06/07/2012 at 13:38

thanks both for your quick replies.

pesky slugs. great to know what it is though. been trying to buy some organic pellets for ages but everywhere sold out. could i use salt?

it could be lettuce, it is one of the things i have planted. seems a bit leggy to me though?

baffled by strawbs and a mystery plant

Posted: 06/07/2012 at 13:25

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baffled by strawbs and a mystery plant

Posted: 06/07/2012 at 13:21

hi

i'm quite new to growing fruit and veg and continue to be baffled by the things that happen in my veg patch!

i've had some great advice from this forum which has helped me no end. so i've come back to ask some more questions which i've been unable to solve.

so somethings going on with my strawberries. it's only happening to about half of them but i can't work out if it's a pest or rain damage.piccys attached. they look diferent when first picked to when they've dried a little so i've taken piccys at both stages.

i've also managed to grow a mystery plany from seed but now it's bigger i suspect it's just a big weed! before i got rid of it i wanted to double check though. i've grown lots of things from seed and this just seems completely different. pic attached.

any help would be greatly appreciated.

thanks

Mizz

p.s. if anyone has read my past threads, the parsnips that appeared in our lawn are doing really well, the leaves on some are 6ft tall! they've now got yellow flowers on.

unidentified pest eggs

Posted: 05/06/2012 at 15:14

when harvesting some salad for yesterday's dinner i turned over a spinach leaf to find these eggs. well i assume they're eggs? the piccy is a bit blurry i'm afraid. they're bright green (almost fluorescent) round balls that are spiralled into a perfect hexagon shape. each ball is smaller than a pin head, the whole hexagon is smaller than a 5p coin.  it's rather stunning to find it but i am concerned that it may be an unwelcome pest. anyone know what this is?

many thanks

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WHITE LEAVES

Posted: 05/06/2012 at 15:06

ahah, thanks for your advice. As you say it's not an exact science and i'm learning as i go along with a bit of trial and error. the temp thing makes sense as i planted them out in the hot weather we had before the temps dropped. should i cover them with a closh until it warms up again? not sure if it's better for them to enjoy this rain water or be warm.

thanks again for your help

Mizz

WHITE LEAVES

Posted: 03/06/2012 at 18:38

hi

can anyone tell me why cabbages (red and white) and tomatoes planed in pots using multi-purpose compost would turn the leaves white and what i could do to rescue them?

 i thought it may be a nutrient related problem but in brand new compost i'm not sure. it's worse in the cabbages than the tomatoes. the cabbages were bought as seedlings and the tomatoes i grew from seeds. the tomatoes were fine until they went outside. 

also, can anyone point me in the direction of pictures of how to pinch out tomatoes? it always confuses me!

many thanks

Mizz

weed, plant or veggie?

Posted: 13/05/2012 at 17:06

fantastic! looking forward to seeing it flower

thanks

weed, plant or veggie?

Posted: 13/05/2012 at 16:47

thanks very much both of you we'd spent hours searching the net but as it had no flowers couldn't identify it.

 think we'll move to a more useful place in the flower bed rather than centre stage in the veggie patch. is it one of those that justs keeps spreading and taking over the space or would it sit ok amongst other plants?

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