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Pumpkin vines

Posted: 06/10/2014 at 18:13

Pumpkin vines

Posted: 06/10/2014 at 18:02

Mrs.G......well, you could always pickle them and pass them off as green walnuts I suppose

Pumpkin vines

Posted: 06/10/2014 at 17:38

You don't say what variety of pumpkin you are growing or whether outside or under cover but at this point in the year they should be almost ripe or at least well on their way to ripening.  If you have any small fruits attempting to grow on the vines, remove them as they won't grow much now and will take vigour from the vine. 

As a general rule for winter Squash/Pumpkins, once you have the number of fruit you feel the vine will support and which you think will ripen, remove other fruits and trim back the vine.  Whilst the leaves remain green and healthy, leave them on.  Sad to say, if 2 of your pumpkins are still green at this time of year, it is rather unlikely that the will now ripen sufficiently. 

Hope this helps

Help for flooded gardens

Posted: 06/10/2014 at 09:35 far as I am aware the plant/seed distribution has finished for the time being.  The main concentration for those affected is on the drying out, etc. of properties.  It may well be that plants and seeds will be welcomed again next year to continue renovating the gardens but I don't know for sure.

In the meantime, have you checked out the Seed Swap thread on here ?


Posted: 05/10/2014 at 17:19

Many thanks to all.


Posted: 04/10/2014 at 19:50

I have in my time looked after numerous birds of prey.......Kestrels, Sparrowhawks, various owls..............all "accident" birds ( some deliberate "accidents of course ).....when it is possible to release is a tremendous feeling.

I do the same for other birds too


Posted: 04/10/2014 at 19:32

Not sure about Onions but you can grow the short root carrots in containers.....they usually do quite well


Posted: 04/10/2014 at 19:29

Whilst this isn't strictly a gardening dilemma, there are plenty of forum members who keep poultry either in their gardens or on their allotments.

The allotment holder next to me keeps 6 Chickens .........not very well IMHO but that is by the by.  On several occasions when going up to my allotment, I have noticed his Chickens are without water. On the first occasion, with no sign of the owner, I filled up the water container.  When I next saw the guy, I mentioned that I had given his C's water and he thanked me. Trouble is, this is becoming more than a one off.  I don't see the person very often but I do seem to end up having to give his birds water.  Yesterday, they were pretty desperate for it and no sign of the owner.

My main worry is that I don't visit the allotment every fact recently with other projects to deal with, maybe not for 3 or 4 days. giving the birds water when I see their drinker dry, am I giving the owner an easy "let out "...i.e. some other mug will see to it or should I bite the bullet and not water them in the hope that the rightful owner will twig that they need to get their act together ? 

I've been in this predicament before where I have watered outside dogs when their owners can't be arsed but I am wondering whether it is the best solution ?

Wondered whether any of you had any particular thoughts on the matter ?


Any winter flowering plants recommendations

Posted: 04/10/2014 at 18:30

The winter honeysuckle is a real treasure.....semi evergreen and the early bees and other insects flock to feed from it

Kalanchoe care

Posted: 04/10/2014 at 18:25

Kalanchoe ........usually a houseplant and will not survive outside in UK winters.  Nice gritty soil and good light indoors and it will reward you with flowers.  Easy to propagate.

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