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Latest posts by paull2

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.

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!

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