Sue Higham


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Savoys and Cauliflower

Posted: 06/08/2015 at 16:19

Thanks, Scroggin ... I think I may give up on the caulis, then!  Will have a go at using the leaves as greens, but I imagine they'll be a little on the tough side!

Savoys and Cauliflower

Posted: 03/08/2015 at 16:20

This is my first year growing savoys and cauliflower.  They look very healthy but are very tall, with huge leaves and, so far, no sign of a heart or a curd.  Is all the energy going into the outer leaves?  Should I take some of them off?  If so, I would be left with something of a stem which might rock in the wind, and limited means of earthing them up. Any advice very welcome! Thanks.

Tomatoes

Posted: 24/05/2015 at 14:15

Just caught up with this thread - didn't realise how lengthy the discussion had been!

2015 progress to date .... sowed Tumbling Tom (Red and Yellow), Ailsa Craig and Rainbow in early April in 3" pots in windowsill propagators.  All germinated, then put pots into home made light boxes made from shoe boxes with high backboards and covered in tinfoil.  All very happy on the windowsills.  Then (trying to avoid them getting leggy) I potted on to 5" pots in lightboxes and still indoors as we've had cold nights.  Now all in greenhouse, looking much happier than any of last year's lot - ready for final potting on soon.  Oh, the promise!!  Time will tell ...

Crab Apple

Posted: 17/04/2015 at 09:28

Thanks Pansyface ... that's what my common sense was telling me - but it's always nice to have it backed up!

Crab Apple

Posted: 16/04/2015 at 14:59

I have a 3 year old crab apple 'John Downie' and have just noticed that the leader has died back by about 6".  I'm going to need to prune that bit out anyway but as there are several pairs of leaves lower down I'm wondering if I could take it further, to create a goblet shape - and how far down is it safe to go, given that the leaves are opening now.  Any help much appreciated!

Guitar Strings as Plant Ties

Posted: 11/02/2015 at 15:51

Dove - that's EXACTLY what happened ... and common sense went straight out the window!

Guitar Strings as Plant Ties

Posted: 11/02/2015 at 15:00

Can't believe I didn't think of that - WHAT a red face!!

Guitar Strings as Plant Ties

Posted: 11/02/2015 at 14:30

Has anyone out there ever used old guitar strings as plant ties?  I know they will turn black when they get wet but could you tell me if their phosphor bronze coating would  have a detrimental effect on the plants? 

Tomatoes

Posted: 19/08/2014 at 12:25

Tomsk - you're growing them outside? Lucky you!! Mine are in a greenhouse, so I don't know what excuse they've got for their tardy progress!

 

Tomatoes

Posted: 19/08/2014 at 11:06

How's everyone's Toms doing?  I have to say I'm disappointed with my crop this year  - despite it being a warm spring and summer with a lot of sunshine (specially in July) mine have been slow to start fruiting - not over bountiful either -  and haven't looked anywhere near as robust as 2013's crop. 

Discussions started by Sue Higham

Rhododendron Dora Amateis

Is it dying??? Can I prune it??? 
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Last Post: 06/06/2017 at 20:51

Erythronium

Greening up! 
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Last Post: 22/04/2017 at 20:54

Roses

 
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Last Post: 05/09/2016 at 10:49

Penstemon

Replies: 4    Views: 936
Last Post: 08/04/2016 at 16:33

Allium Christophii

Lifting bulbs? 
Replies: 2    Views: 685
Last Post: 22/08/2015 at 12:21

Savoys and Cauliflower

Giant leaves - no hearts! 
Replies: 6    Views: 917
Last Post: 07/08/2015 at 19:15

Crab Apple

How far to prune back? 
Replies: 2    Views: 612
Last Post: 17/04/2015 at 09:28

Guitar Strings as Plant Ties

Replies: 7    Views: 829
Last Post: 11/02/2015 at 22:29

Tomatoes

Has 2014 been a good year?? 
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Last Post: 24/05/2015 at 14:15

Lower leaves on tomatoes going yellow

Replies: 11    Views: 1183
Last Post: 25/06/2014 at 17:21

Clematis Montana

Why has it died? 
Replies: 4    Views: 1038
Last Post: 27/04/2014 at 21:02

Glass Cullet

Heat sink for greenhouse 
Replies: 7    Views: 1295
Last Post: 23/09/2013 at 23:25

sanity

Replies: 3    Views: 925
Last Post: 27/08/2013 at 21:19

purple-sprouting-broccoli-

.... or are they Triffids? 
Replies: 2    Views: 1395
Last Post: 08/08/2013 at 13:09

Help! Health of Red Pepper Plant in Greenhouse

Replies: 4    Views: 1281
Last Post: 16/06/2013 at 11:40
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