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Help me save my courgettes please!

Posted: 19/06/2014 at 14:40

Those chemicals you mention are usually shortened to NPK which are the normal chemicals in fertilizer.

I would also think it is incomplete pollination.  Male flowers plus female flowers plus insects all have to be in sync.  When they are you will be overwhelmed with courgettes.

Asthma and Gardening

Posted: 19/06/2014 at 14:33

Do you ensure you wash the weedkiller off any exposed skin as soon as you finish spraying.  You should do, and especially off your hands before eating.

Talkback: Tomato blight and potato blight

Posted: 19/06/2014 at 10:06

There is early blight and late blight.  You may not get blight at all.  We grow earlies to avoid it. And tomatoes in the greenhouse for the same reason.

Why have you removed the flowers from the potatoes?  There is no need.  If there are any flowers they can give a rough guide as to whether it is worth digging a plant.

Dying fruit on new apple tree

Posted: 19/06/2014 at 00:39

One thing I've noticed is you don't have a stake for your tree.  With some root-stocks the tree will have to be staked throughout its life.

Dying fruit on new apple tree

Posted: 18/06/2014 at 20:03

It's quite normal.  It's called June drop, when a proportion of the apples fall off.  Sadly you will notice it much more on a new tree as there aren't many clusters of apples.

Later you can remove any apples that are diseased or don't look perfect.  This is the first year and many people remove every apple to encourage the tree to establish without putting its energy into fruit production.


Posted: 18/06/2014 at 16:24

The commercial growers let them grow in a sloping fashion for many metres.  They have access to optimum feed and warmth and can keep them going far longer than we can.


Posted: 18/06/2014 at 16:16

They haven't flowered yet, but I have great hopes.  They are in a row in a raised bed.  The plants in the bed are for cutting.  Gladioli (several rows), anemones (flowering now) and dahlias.  

As the bed is  in the vegetable rotation the soil is well fed.


Posted: 18/06/2014 at 09:03

I got some from Peter Nyssen and planted them in April.  They look good.  But I put some that were too many for the row in the greenhouse, thinking they would come earlier and they look unhappy. Perhaps they like the freedom of a bed (I think there's a joke there somewhere).  

Anyway I'm looking forward to the flowers.


Posted: 18/06/2014 at 00:26

You can put a paper bag (not a plastic one) over the seed pod and fix it with a rubber band.  The seed will fall into it when it is fully ripe.

How often do you buy seeds and it's NOT what the packet said?

Posted: 17/06/2014 at 21:05

Some brassicas are eaten as salad leaves, when they are young.  Nowhere does the OP say the seeds were supposed to be all lettuces. Nowhere does she state the contents - by botanical or common name -  of the seed packet. She simply said they were mixed.  She may find the leaves are now unpalatable, but they will not harm her.

All I can say is my original thought is that the OP has left the salad leaves too long before cropping them.

When you say I misread this post, do you mean your post?

Perhaps Mel will come back and tell us what her thought are now.

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