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Latest posts by paull2

Broad bean burn?

Posted: 13/08/2014 at 13:03

Out on a country walk by the middle Severn with my nephew yesterday, we came across an entire field of (small) broad beans which had been 'singed' ie the pods blackened by burning but not incinerated and the beans dried and shrivelled within. First I thought it a random accident in recent hot weather but the burning seemed too regular and controlled, done mechanically. Then we found an adjacent field of beans similarly affected. Is this last ditch pest control or part of the harvesting process or what. Never seen or heard of it before. Any farmers ready to advise?

Best flavour cherry tomatoes ?

Posted: 29/07/2014 at 20:22

What can I say? Taxi!

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.

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