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Is there anything that can go in now for an autumn crop ?

Posted: 18/07/2012 at 18:11

Salad crops like pak choi etc are quick growers and don't mind cooler temperatures. I'm just sowing a few things now from desperation, like squash, in the forlorn hope of a decent late summer and autumn (!) and just something to do. The number of plants lost already this year, and those refusing to grow, is like some chernobyl death cloud over the garden. Not encouraging for next year planning is it?.

Dragon fruit

Posted: 14/07/2012 at 19:01

'Instant'... coffee...I'll get my coat.

Dragon fruit

Posted: 13/07/2012 at 18:15

Don't expect an instant result!

Dragon fruit

Posted: 12/07/2012 at 21:39

Apparently not. Another slightly exotic one to try is the Cape Gooseberry which is very easy to grow and an impressive addition to a GH, conservatory or sheltered sunny corner of the garden... it can grow quite big. The fruit, rather like a little tom, is very sweet and tastey if left well into autumn to ripen. Mine originated off the garnish of a restaurant meal!

Dragon fruit

Posted: 11/07/2012 at 10:24

There are so may exotic fruit & veg in our supermarkets these days, and I assume may posters here have a go at cultivation from the seeds.... no matter how unlikely the outcome! I've succeeded (without any great skill) in growing some Dragon fruit (aka Pitaya) seedlings this Spring which are now like little inch-high cacti. I believe that they can grow considerably bigger in the tropics. Not sure how to look after the half dozen I've kept. Anyone grown these in the UK and with what success?


Posted: 11/07/2012 at 10:11

Last year was fantastic for most fruit. We had masses of blossom, a few fine days, and that must have done the trick. But, as has been said, a wonky Spring in 2012 has almost certainly ruined pollination time.  Actually, there was half the blossom this year, so that definitely counted. I can hardly find anything on my trees. Can any experts here say why we get heavy blossom Springs? Can it be the hard previous winter or  longer term influences? 

Tomatoes not setting fruit

Posted: 04/07/2012 at 19:36

Thanks for the empathy. Unrelenting gloom ain't it?

Tomatoes not setting fruit

Posted: 04/07/2012 at 11:10

I have three varieties of tom in the GH this year: Marmande which are doing fine if a bit slowly, Yellow Brandywine and a black type called Carbon are healthy but worrying. The latter two (growing for the first time) have been in heavy flower now for at least a couple of weeks but hardly any fruit is set. I keep the GH doors open for insects and also go around a couple of times a day tapping the plants to generate the pollen. Because the Marmande seems to be behaving, I suspect these other varieties may be problem germinators... or is it just the awful weather?


Posted: 07/06/2012 at 09:26

Pigeons strip my 20 'cherry tree every year, first of most of the leaves, then of all the unripe cherries. I tried partial netting to try to get at least a taste, but the birds go to unbelievable lengths and trouble to get every last cherry through the net. Perhaps some unpleasant ultrasonic device is available to keep them away?Thank God I don't run a fruit&veg stall!

Apple Trees

Posted: 06/06/2012 at 19:41

This year, I have grown about a dozen small apple trees from seed (via the fridge, as you say) which I originally planned to use as rootstock for more reliable cutting/grafting in a few years time. Trouble is, I'm not sure how big they may get as they came from a standard sized tree. I've also grown three quince trees from seed which I believe are more likely to 'come true' (Vranja) than apples would but I'm not sure if that's the case.

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