philippa smith2

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Butternut Squash

Posted: 19/08/2016 at 18:44

You probably have another couple of months to harvest your Butternuts.  

If the large one is still green, it needs a little longer to ripen properly.  You can pick it when it is all over cream and finish it off by keeping it in cool dry conditions but far better to let it ripen naturally. Raise it off the ground if the weather is wet - a brick will do.

If you think the little ones are too small to grow to a usable size and ripen before the first frosts, take them off and just let the large one ripen.

When you do them next year, try and keep to 3 or 4 fruits per plant.  That way should ensure that you get decent sized fruits which will ripen properly.

New allotment OMG...Part 2...

Posted: 19/08/2016 at 16:55

I'm considering giving up my half allotment next year and at the same time revamping my veg/fruit garden at home.

My allotment presently has some permanent planting in the form of Redcurrant, 2 types of Rhubarb and a Rosemary.  At home I have Redcurrant and Blackcurrant and Autumn fruiting Raspberries which I want to get rid of as well as spare Grape vines ( black dessert ) and Fig.

My question is ........if you were taking on an allotment, would you be pleased to find all ( or any ) of the above or would you want a completely clear patch to do your own thing ?

I do dislike dumping perfectly good plants but don't wish to make life difficult for the next person.  

Thanks in advance

Some beginner questions

Posted: 18/08/2016 at 19:57

Grass is a ground cover plant - if your soil will sustain it then there is no reason for you to discount it.

You can plant shrubs wherever you like in the garden - you just need to make sure that the conditions are suitable for them.

The reason for planting in beds/borders is a Plan - i.e. rather than just dotting stuff about, you may want to think about how it will look in a few years time.  It's also usually easier to prepare a larger area for planting than a few odd holes here and there.

Decide what you want, consider your soil/aspect, etc and go on from there.  Down to you as to how you want your garden to look

What will be left standing?

Posted: 18/08/2016 at 19:48

Hostafan - if they shared the money out evenly, there wouldn't be a problem   I know you are teasing but let's be honest - if you weren't born here in the SW, you are still a "tourist".  Takes a good few generations before you can be termed "local".  A bit of in breeding helps of course

I moved to the SW some 30 years ago and I'm not "local" yet

What will be left standing?

Posted: 18/08/2016 at 19:26

They do spend a bit of cash here them or hate them the West country is a "poor" area and we need the tourists

Besides, why begrudge the "peasants" enjoying our beautiful SW for a few weeks of each year ?

Cooling the greenhouse

Posted: 17/08/2016 at 19:18

In the really hot weather, swap the plastic cover on your mini g/h for a green net cover - I think these are available for most of them

What Kids Pick Up.

Posted: 17/08/2016 at 19:14

I think I've heard that one before in various guises -  in fact it's pretty ancient - nice try tho

Fatsia Japonica

Posted: 17/08/2016 at 18:59

Just a note of caution..........if you have only recently bought the Fatsia from a garden Centre or similar where they often sell them as House Plants,  you will need to make sure it has been thoroughly hardened off before you attempt to leave it outside over winter.

Is this imperata Red Baron?

Posted: 15/08/2016 at 19:06

Andy - yes you should certainly complain - the growth is nothing like Imperata never mind the colour.  Someone doesn't know their grass from their elbow

Vinca minor and Camellia in same pot?

Posted: 15/08/2016 at 18:19

The vinca minor would happily fill the pot - easy enough to keep it trimmed I would have thought.  Faster growing than the Camellia of course but happy in similar sites. The variegated leaf vinca minor does seem slightly better behaved than the common one so that may be worth considering.

 You say a "large" pot but that is relative to the size of your main plant - the Camellia.  Suck it and see - keep your camellia well fed and watered according to your conditions - the vinca can soon be ditched if you think it necessary.

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