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Beetroot cyclindra

Posted: 04/07/2012 at 14:46

I am growing beetroot for the first time ever, and I am a bit puzzled by what I see growing in my veg plot. So, I'm just asking more experienced gardeners if all is growing as Nature wants. Here's the "culprit": it is supposed to be a beetroot cyclindra, which I grew from seed, sown in early April. Does it look all right? Should I do anything as I don't see any "bulging" root showing up...


Tomatoes not setting fruit

Posted: 04/07/2012 at 14:41

Let's blame the lack of sunshine! Only 121kWh registered in June from my solar pv, compared to 195kWh last year, which wasn't that great. I believe that tomatoes need sunshine and heat. It's pretty warm these days, so maybe that will help. If it can be of any comfort, here are my moneymakers a couple of days ago (with the bright courgettes below) still no fruit, but plenty of flowers which have suffered from the recent strong winds:


no apples!

Posted: 28/06/2012 at 19:16

In Lancs, my apple trees "swim" pretty well. No late frost affected my garden but lots of rain. I see also that bees don't seem to be bothered by the rain. After a first "fear" (thanks for your support and advice to all!), I am happy to report that Nature is great and has an amazing selfhealing power: in addition to the rain, we had gusty winds last week that lasted a few days and still all the fruitlets are proudly on their branches, and the branches retook their original shape after visible distorsion (wind60mph). Funny enough, it is the first year that my Cox (after 4 fruitless years) is bearing lots of fruit, same for my 3 years old Braeburn, Russet and Spurs. I cross fingers for these healthy dispositions to last until fruits are ripe!

pruning damaged plants in wet conditions?

Posted: 24/06/2012 at 19:21

Would you advise pruning damaged plants in wet conditions? My problem is that as most of the country, all living in my garden suffered from the past few days with continuous gale force winds and pouring rain (Lancs). Some branches of my young trees (all 2-5 years old) have been broken, other not broken but looking poorly, turned upside-down. Vegs, flowers and all the rest too suffered. Now, my question is: should I prune the damaged bits now, despite the still wet soil and plants? or should I rather wait and see if and which parts of a plant recover on their own before going ahead with the big means? If I should prune now, how far back for apple, pear, plum, cherry and soft fruit (blueberries, red and black currants, raspberries)? and what about beans and peas? Thanks for any piece of advice!

Get thrifty

Posted: 24/06/2012 at 19:08

To protect soft fruit in pots (e.g. strawberries): I had to discard a growhouse, so I brought the rusted metallic frame to the tip and kept the staging grids. I Re-used them as support for a frame to protect my few pots of strawberries, fixing them at the edges with some garden wire and lined it with a thinner netting appropriate for bird protection. The frame is 3sides, and the top is only the netting, so that it's handy to lift the "cage", pick the ripe fruits, and put it back very easily. Oh, and I leaned it against a south facing fence, securing the netting with hooks to deal with the few gaps left. All this for free and freeing my conscience for discarding non-recyclable material.

PS: thanks to all of you above for contributing with your thrifty tips!


New site - is it easy to use?

Posted: 13/06/2012 at 08:38

The site is fairly easy to use, at least with firefox browser. Just a few things that could be improved:

1. in the project section, it would be neat to know before following a link whether there is a video or a simple text page at the other end. Reason being of the capped monthly allowance of broadband providers (I almost went over it when surfing through the projects' pages for sth I needed, and for which a simple text page would have been enough)

2. About the forum: it looks like a jungle because it is not obvious at first that it may be worth looking through previous threads using the "Search" facility on top, instead of launching a new thread which will overlap with others. It may be useful to have a brief intro to the forum making this explicit to all users, and suggest also that concise headers are handier than "expanded-explanatory-narrative" ones.

Thanks for asking and responding to users' feedback!

Lupin problems

Posted: 05/06/2012 at 08:49

Hi Yellow Daisy,

Sorry, no answer, but I have the same unsolved problem with lupins leaves and flower bud eaten by some pest, and would hope there is an organic way of solving it. (Relaunching the debate on the forum may bring it to the attention of a problem-solver expert...)

Gardeners told 'wash off compost'

Posted: 29/05/2012 at 11:57

Many thanks for the information! (Yarrow2) and for the url (Figrat)!

...there are still novice gardeners (like me) who never heard of such mishaps, and would never have looked on the BBC Scotland website for getting gardening advice/news!

twine + tits = damage to plants

Posted: 19/05/2012 at 11:39

Thanks "figrat"! I'll try and find some flexi tie. Unfortunately, the beans are still too short to be self-supportive, and the cold Lancs weather doesn't stimulate their growth.

twine + tits = damage to plants

Posted: 19/05/2012 at 10:24

I tied runner beans on their support, as I believe I should do. Now, I used twine (natural colour beige) and tits always come and try to pick them loose, damaging the plants. Except putting plastic ties to support plants, does anyone have an alternative solution?

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pruning damaged plants in wet conditions?

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twine + tits = damage to plants

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