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Good Evening FORKERS

Posted: 13/07/2013 at 21:36

Tina. Yes we see so many visitors down here like lobsters.  They come down to the beaches, very white and just burn.  Today, as ??ou said, there will be a lot of people in pain.  And tomorrow is going to be as hot.  

Tina, can you  explain to fairygirl that when you say "lilies" you actually mean "cannas".........oops!

Today I feel so happy....

Posted: 13/07/2013 at 21:23

Sounds brilliant pentillie.  You dont  say if it was from your own allotment that you picked all that stuff?  Lol

Soaker hoses

Posted: 13/07/2013 at 21:21

Dove.  Yes I think it would be just  fine.  However, try it at top for few hours and see if it soaks to the lower level.  If not I would use it at top,  middle and bottom.  It seems to soak an area about 40 to 50 cm wide.   You dont need to permanently leave it in one place.  My soil is sandy loam too incidentally

Good Evening FORKERS

Posted: 13/07/2013 at 20:29

Of course.....we owe it all to you Dove.  Appreciate your kindness.  Lol

Good Evening FORKERS

Posted: 13/07/2013 at 20:25

Ha ha ha ha.....only joking.   OF COURSE.  I did get bIt  of a spray but enjoyed it.  Always have a bit of banter with them down GC

better post this quickly before you all attack me............

Good Evening FORKERS

Posted: 13/07/2013 at 20:23

Hiya dove.  Well you sound happy. 

Temp hit 33 in garden today.  Everyone parked in my drive to go to the beach but I declined today...other things to do. It was misty on the beach itself but very hot....""exciting" and "eerie" they said.  Nobody burned cos we are all used to these comditions.  We get 30 degrees from may to September of course.  Ha ha 

Even though the garden is full I still look to add to my plants.  Looked down the GC today but nothing to tempt me.  One of the workers down there was drenched...he was hosing the plants but he said it was just "sweat". I asked for a shower and he aimed the hose at me.  Of course I complained and got him fired

Soaker hoses

Posted: 13/07/2013 at 20:13

Yes I use both types.....the soaker which you lay down and allow water to seep down....good for runner beans etc. where you want water to gently soak into the roots.  Also a sprinkler hose.  This, usually more expensive, waters an area like lawns, flower beds etc.  you can use these as soaker hoses too by turning upside down so that the water drips onto the ground.  Soaker hoses are good for dry areas where you want slow trickles of water to seep gradually Imto an area over a lengthy time....maybe hour or several hours.  Very effective.  Keeps foliage dry but soaks the ground


Posted: 13/07/2013 at 16:16


You will need a ladder to pick those sweet peas. I hope your mummy n daddy have told ??ou that you can't eat them...they are not sweet tasting peas.

Runner Beans

Posted: 13/07/2013 at 14:46

Runner beans, for me this year, are the latest ever.  Usually in late June I pick pounds of beans.  This year not one picked.  The spring was late, albeit relatively mild down here, and growth was slow.  They have now reached tops of support system...7 to 8' high.  

Now we have the heat try to water well both at the base and top.  If the ground is too dry or the air is too dry beans will not set, in my experience.  Still plenty of summer left for good crop of beans

Everyones tips for diseases/aphids/mildew/diseases etc..

Posted: 13/07/2013 at 13:04

Plants grown without too many fertilisers......artificial fertilisers tend to,produce lots of growth at the expense of strength so  organic ones....and grown in well cultivated soil will be more resistant to pests and diseases so that's my tip

Grow plants meant for your soil and comditions.....they are then less likely to suffer disease and pest attack.  

Companion planting.....carrots and onions, tomatoes and tagetes, marigolds amongst your veg, etc.....helps too.

In dry hot weather spraying with water controls red spider mites in  greenhouses and mites on conifers like picea albertiana conica (highly susceptible to picea mites).  

Check out and understand what you grow.....what is prone to mildew, rust, etc and that you can prepare and anticipate problems and deal with them ASAP.

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