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Latest posts by paull2

Fruit trees

Posted: 06/06/2012 at 19:32

Not sure that ants are a bad thing. Plum trees can be attacked by aphids which produces unsightly leaf curl but no great harm. Don't ants attack aphids or am I missing something?

Split stem courgettes

Posted: 05/06/2012 at 09:38

Often when I grow courgettes (in containers), and sometimes with pumpkins, the plants split their stems just when they seem to be developing well. Is it a watering issue? I try to water consistently and reasonably. It doesn't seem to be a fatal affliction for the plant but surely its performance is handicapped by this to some extent?


Posted: 03/06/2012 at 19:20

Yes, try a little chocolate on the traps but it will probably be more effective to use a little slice of Mars bar or Milky Way etc so that the soft centre can be squashed onto the trip flap. Otherwise. mice can deftly lift a piece of bait right off the trap.Also, they eat more confidently with some overhead cover, so construct a little card 'tunnel' (say from a cornflakes box) about 3" high to place over the trap. I've had mice issues in my veg bed before and killed up to a dozen with two traps over the space of a week until the problem ended.

compost and earth

Posted: 30/05/2012 at 21:09

I cannot recommend more that you add a high proportion of paper. cardboard and shredded woody matter to the mix to avoid a claggy, slimy, evil smelling mess. I'm almost on the verge of not adding grass cuttings to my mix at all this year to try and achieve a good crumbly texture at the end of it.

Growing Sweetcorn

Posted: 30/05/2012 at 20:55

When harvesting last year, I tended to find mine infested with earwigs, which isn't pleasant.

Marketmore cucumbers

Posted: 27/05/2012 at 20:23

I grow a few Marketmore outside each year because I don't have a satisfactory result trying to grow toms and cucs in the same GH. I pick them gherkin size and love the nutty flavour... more satisfying than these mega sized, tasteless varieties in my opinion. Don't overwater!

sweet peppers

Posted: 27/05/2012 at 20:18

Every year I find that although peppers are quick to germinate and grow a few inches, they are very slow to develop compared with toms. I've had some in the GH since the middle of April and they are only about a foot tall now.From experience, it will be JUly before they get into a stride and September before they are in their prime with plenty of fruit. Then comes the problem of ripening! It's a long tedious business but worthwhile by the end of it.

Pot Grown Potatoes

Posted: 24/05/2012 at 11:00

Alison, you can cut the cost of compost by reusing it the following year but make sure the potatoes weren't diseased at all. I store the old compost after harvesting in an old bin with a lid to keep out unwanted seeds. The following spring, I'll mix it well with my own compost out of the heap (50/50) to refresh its nutritional value. You can also bang in some chicken pellets or appropriate additives 'to taste'. You're right tho, filling a few big containers with new compost can seem extravagant.

squash seed germination

Posted: 23/05/2012 at 10:15

Chancing it a bit, I planted out a few healthy squash plants (germinated in a propagator in March) a couple of weeks ago in a bed I'd protected/warmed up using black plastic. They did nothing and when I pulled up a couple, the roots had shrivelled and the clay soil, no more than a couple of inches down, was still stone cold. I do wonder how this (very short)growing season is going to work out considering we tend to have dull, cool and wet summers these days as well. Are we just too optimistic?

Pot Grown Potatoes

Posted: 22/05/2012 at 19:22

When you say 'pot' how large are you talking? You need to give them adequate growing room. I plant mine in old compost bags, initially rolled  down, then the sides rolled up as you earth up to whatever height you need. The bag's sides also help shade the spuds from the sun. I find it better than ,say, old dustbins which some gardeners use.

Discussions started by paull2

Fig crop drop

Figs dropping before ripening 
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Sweet potato

grow from sprouting peel? 
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Dragon fruit

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Tomatoes not setting fruit

Plenty of flowers but few fruit set 
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Split stem courgettes

What causes split stems 
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Cherry picking problem

What's eating my cherry leaves? 
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