Shrinking Violet

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Bl*#dy Tomatoes!

Posted: 20/07/2016 at 20:41

I always use canes.  I;ve tried the twine thing in the past, but with mixed success.

So - garden cane next to the plant.  Then horizontal cane to link several together  at or near the top - and if you were a Scout, you'd find the square lashing involved a doddle!  It helps to stabilise the uprights, although you may want to strengthen them further with additional supports (depends on the size of GH - Monty did this technique a while back - but his GH is about as big as my garden )

UK growing - peanuts

Posted: 20/07/2016 at 19:51

I've grown them successfully - but not in the garden.  They need more warmth than the British climate can give them.  Best grown indoors or in the GH.

The nuts form In the ground - the branches bend over, touch the ground, and the "nuts" form. 

They are an interesting experiment.

What to do with a blackcurrant glut?

Posted: 18/07/2016 at 21:19

We had a Medieval Fayre (I just hate that faux spelling!) in the town on Saturday, and there was a lass selling things like sloe gin, raspberry vodka etc.  And she had blackcurrant rum!

Now, I've not tried this yet (as in making - not tasting) so I don't know how it will work.  But going on the same principle as Sloe Gin, and a bit of a - hic - experiment or three, I shall give it a go with some of the blackcurrants I still have (left over from last year) in the freezer.

Worth a try?

Tomatoplant suddenly wilted

Posted: 16/07/2016 at 17:43

It certainly looks a rather sad specimen - which could be a result of under-watering. The edges of the compost look rather dry and appear to have shrunk away from the edge of the pot.

 I'm not sure why you added coffee grounds (which can be slightly acidic) or ash (which is unlikely to be  of benefit.)

The picture shows a rather small plant for the time of year - my tomatoes, both in and out of the greenhouse, are much larger and are setting fruit.  

I think we need further information to be of any real help.

So angry: Neighbour has cut back my pyracantha

Posted: 16/07/2016 at 16:11

I would resist the temptation of any sort of confrontation - as has been pointed out upthread, if and when you decide to sell, you are obliged to note any sort of neighbour disputes.  Mum's the word!

You  describe the fence as being 4ft high, and by implication, it is not your fence.  There's nothing to stop you, however, from erecting trellis 6ft high your side of the boundary (not attached to the fence), and growing a fast-growing climber (though not a Russian vine, I beg you!).  Something like Clematis Montana would do the trick.  In one fell swoop, you prevent the selfish devil from leaning over and you will have an attractive plant - or plants, actually, since he would be prevented from attacking your pyracantha as well.

If the fence is yours, you could attach 2ft of trellis on top and plant as suggested.

Good luck!

Favourite Music Genres What's Yours?

Posted: 14/07/2016 at 20:28

Interesting variety here.  I have to confess to hating jazz - I have never heard anything that appeals.  Likewise Rap - that is just noise, and doesn't come close to music so far as I am concerned.  Of course, this could have something to do with the fact that I don't understand a word which, I suspect, is just as well,

I like Big Bands (when bands are bands, not just groups of wannabees ) but my music of choice is classic.  I love classical music, like most of the romantics like Mahler, tolerate the baroque, am not enamoured of Bach, and rarely like the modern non-melodic self indulgences.

There is nothing better than hiding in the greenhouse, pricking out seedlings or whatever, with Classic fm on the radio (dare I say "wireless"?).  Easy listening, easy atmosphere, total peace.

Nuisance Birds...

Posted: 12/07/2016 at 17:19

I should, perhaps, add that the Parish Council took no action.  To the best of my knowledge the rookery is still there, still expanding and people have learned to live with it.

There were also buzzards that nested nearby.  Watching the rooks harrying the buzzards when they flew too near to the rookery was amazing.  They were prepared to risk those sharp talons, and managed to keep just out of the way as the buzzards twisted mid-air to try to strike a rook.  Fascinating.

Nuisance Birds...

Posted: 11/07/2016 at 23:37

We had a problem with rooks in the village where I used to live.  I was on the Parish Council and we were asked if there was a way of controlling them since the rookery was expanding year by year, and the nuisance was affected many people.  (They can be aggressive and will terrorise smaller birds and have been known to break open bird feeders!)

We were advised that it is possible legally to control corvids, but that special permission has to be granted first.  You therefore have to find someone who will exercise the "control" - probably by organising a shoot, and seek permission for them to do it.  And then you have to overcome those who will organise a protest at this being done, so you may find it more trouble than it is worth.

On the other hand, they are at their noisiest at this time of year, especially as the juveniles are still partially dependent on their parents.  It should quieten down in time - until next year!

MIdges and mosquitoes

Posted: 11/07/2016 at 12:24

I agree about the Avon Skin so Soft - it is brilliant.  And I think that the problem of midges and mozzies is worse this year because of the rain and, even on dry days, the high humidity.

One thing to be careful of is standing water:  anything that fills with water can easily be used by the critturs to breed, so ensure that there is no standing water, if possible.  If you have a water butt, then a few drops of Armillatox or Jeyes fluid will deter them.


Posted: 09/07/2016 at 17:36

It doesn't have to be like that!  Any company can make a mistake (and lots do) but it is how they deal with it that gives the final judgement.

We had a summerhouse installed this year.  We ordered it from B & Q but the collateral contract was with the ultimate supplier:  Shires.

The first summerhouse was shoddy beyond belief.  They (Shires) promised to replace it.  When the second team of installers arrived, they removed the faulty summerhouse, and then said that they couldn't contemplate installing the replacement because it was even worse, having had poorly constructed panels etc sent by the factory.

Third time lucky!  A third team of workmen arrived.  Every panel was checked as it was removed from the lorry.  It was constructed with care, and we inspected it closely to confirm that we were happy.  The Customer Services Manager was in constant touch with us.  She was apologetic but promised to get it right, and she did.  We are delighted with the result.

Moral of the story is to keep on to the company, insist on proper replacement, and confirm all telephone coversations in writing (or Email).  Persistence will pay off, I'm sure. 

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