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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.


Posted: 13/07/2013 at 08:00

Good. Morning everyone

Hot already but forecast to be 82.  Better and slightly cooler on the coast though

Picking blackcurrants every day now.  Don't net them but if I pick those that are ready I can beat the birds to them.

No gardenIng today.....

Watch out for that hot sun today will burn.  You guys aren't used to it as we hardy cornish folk are!


Posted: 13/07/2013 at 07:55

Huya mike

Yes  nip out the tips.....just as with runner beans etc.between forefinger and thumb ...nice and cleanly done.

Hampton court show

Posted: 12/07/2013 at 23:25

What did you think of the Hampton court shows this week?

I prefer the informality of it compared to Chelsea but there was very little about the actual plants again, for me.   I also found it, ESP tonight's prog, almost depressing.  So much about the demise of everything, the gloomy outlook for people and the planet.  So many "themes" too.  Too many gardens designed with heavy elaborate structures instead of focussing on plants.  I could use more hard landscaping in my garden I guess but it's the softness of plants that I enjoy and that's what I wanted to see at the Hampton court show.  Sometimes the experts miss the essence of gardening.....failing to understand that many of us simply want to drool over the plants


Posted: 12/07/2013 at 23:12

Thanks rose.  Enjoy the hot weekend


Posted: 12/07/2013 at 21:07


Welcome to the forum

So, I was right...Tinas plants are cannas.  Me, right again. Mustn't gloat.  Well, just a little.  No, a lot!  Ha ha  fairygirl.i would offer you rolls n cheese but I am rather greedy.  If I sent ??ou some,there would be less for me.  Simple Maths and logic.  

I have a few varieties of cannas ...all with variegated or coloured foliage.....but I'm now tempted to get more.  Nothing quite like them in late summer.....8 or. 9 ' flower spikes right through to December sometimes.  Exotic looking folkage 


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