Latest posts by paull2

Potatoes in containers very poor yield

Posted: 29/07/2014 at 20:19

Like Mrs T, I have been unimpressed with International Kidney, and yes, some varieties seem to do better in containers and bags than others. I've always had decent results with earlies from Charlotte also Kestrel. Swift also have unimpressed but this could be just me, where they're placed in the garden, amount/quality of compost, water, feed, etc, etc., so it's often unfair to generalise, perhaps.

butternut squash

Posted: 29/07/2014 at 20:09

Until an expert replies to this and puts us all right, I'll say that I have grown a few squash outside and in containers but wouldn't say successfully because I tend to let them ramble and neglect them for days on end....lucky to find I've grown a few small ones as the plants die back. It seems they are very demanding plants ... need a lot of everything: water, feed, warmth and attention to removing excess fruits, to get a decent crop. Pity but I lack the dedication for them, when there are so many other things to do. You seem to be doing all right but they tend to outgrow a greenhouse environment. Best of luck.

All my gages have gone!

Posted: 29/07/2014 at 19:58

I have a few plum trees and find each year that my main adversary in August is the wasps. Birds clean me out of cherries each year but I haven't known pigeons and other feathered types to go for plums. Squirrels are known to attack young pears especially so maybe you have a grey squirrel problem?

Best flavour cherry tomatoes ?

Posted: 29/07/2014 at 19:49

I have grown Sungold with success for a few years but do find that, although very flavoursome, the skins tend to be thick and annoying. In the past, I have grown mini-plum varieties like Rosada which is well worth a try.

my cucumbers are massive

Posted: 24/07/2014 at 15:05

I too prefer them small and 'nutty' flavoured rather than marrow-sized. My eternal problem is that they are often too bitter tasting, even with different varieties. Makes it difficult to give away some of the crop without embarrassment.

Blossom-end blues

Posted: 24/07/2014 at 15:00

Many thanks Italophile. Stress eh? Maybe talking to them quietly may help after all!

Blossom-end blues

Posted: 23/07/2014 at 12:00

Forgive me if this has been raised recently but my growing toms are suffering badly from blossom end rot, despite my best watering endeavours. Particularly affected are my San Marzano Italian plum variety but  some Black Russian are suffering too. I am aware that 'erratic watering regime' is usually cited but I have kept up a regular, moderate routine, trying not the let anything dry out. Is it perhaps something to do with the humid weather conditions recently? Insufficient air circulation? My GH is quite well ventilated but the plants are growing close together, so close humid conditions could be the cause. Is anyone else suffering particularly from BER this year?

Filling in lawn centre-piece

Posted: 11/07/2014 at 10:20

Thanks DM. No 'quick fix' unfortunately. I think I have my work cut out for me here.

Filling in lawn centre-piece

Posted: 08/07/2014 at 19:20

Thanks. Not so much bothered about the 'buried bodies' effect ( should get the neighbours talking though!) as much as the settling of the fill-in. Should I use lots of rubble tamped down successively plus topsoil etc? And should I wait for months for it to settle (and do top-ups) before seeding? I suspect I should have more patience than I usually have.

Filling in lawn centre-piece

Posted: 08/07/2014 at 16:23

I have a circular feature in my lawn consisting a depressed ( by about 10") gravelled centre contained by stone edging with a pedestal and sundial in the centre; and surrounding this a 2' band of 'flower bed' planted with dwarf shrubs. The whole thing is about 7 or 8 feet in diameter with a single step down 'entrance' at the front. The feature worked well for several years but recent wet winters flood it for days on end and the shrubs have all begun to die. I want therefore to fill-in the feature, level it with the rest of the lawn and put the pedestal/sun dial on a central flag stone so that it will be relatively easy to mow around it. Question is how best to achieve a lasting level surface to restore the lawn. I have found in the past that filled-in flower beds always sink back somewhat after time,leaving a awkward depression to mow.

Discussions started by paull2

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