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Deformed beans

Posted: 25/09/2012 at 20:05

If we get a dry day at the weekend I was going to reap a final harvest. I sowed some late veg in July hoping August and September would produce some sun and late crops but it wasn't to be. Caterpillars have feasted on my chad, spinach and sprouts

And slugs must have teeth because something has even started eating a late sowing of kohl rabi.  

What's the weather like in your area?

Posted: 25/09/2012 at 19:48

Here in the NW We've had none stop rain now for two days. 

Came home through the local villages today. Most of the fields were  flooded. The council have worked hard to keep the water back in streams, most have turned into rising torrential rivers, tractors and diggers were out this morning piling up the banks with soil, clay and sand. A lot of roads are closed and the drains are pushing out water rather than the other way round.  Heard on the radio it isn't much better in the NE.

If we get a hose pipe ban next year I'll be writing to the water companies

What's the weather like in your area?

Posted: 24/09/2012 at 22:13

It's rained all day here, at times torrential. Was in Carlisle today Frank, there were  warnings of strong winds on the A66 and is the A69 which goes across the country to the A1? Rain and wind are forecast all week here I took your cue Rain and cut the lawn yesterday instead of potting up bulbs and planted out a lot of biennials grown from seed for next year. One of the veg beds has now become a nursery for flowers.

Rain - Sorry to hear about Lydia, but did you know, this side of heaven is a place called 'Rainbow Bridge', a place where animals go that have been especially close to someone here.  

what can i plant for autumn and winter flowering...and

Posted: 23/09/2012 at 20:41

Both freckles and jingle bells are rigorous but not invasive , the bonus is they look lush during winter when a lot of plants have died back, grown on a trellis they add colour to the garden when little else is growing or in the green.

 I'm in the NW and freckles did flower in July, I put it down to the weather. Jingle bells hasn't flowered so I'm looking forward to a show in December or January time and it's possible freckles may flower again at the same time.   

Corn on the cob

Posted: 23/09/2012 at 20:12

There's nothing nicer than corn fresh from picking, I'm envious, didn't grow it this year.

Corn needs along growing season with plenty of sunshine, certainly in the later stages. I'm happy to be wrong but don't think it will ripen off the plant. I'm in the NW and in previous years not harvested till mid October at the earliest although mini corn on the cob has been earlier.  

If the strands coming out of the top of the cob have turned brown then they are well on their way to be ripe. You can peel back alittle of the cob and squeeze the kernals, watery means they are not ripe and a milky/creamy texture means they are. In sunny weather the change can happen within a few days but the weather hasn't been kind this summer. Leave them on the plant, providing you don't get frost there is still a few weeks left of growing time for them to ripen. 

Do i 'Grow' or 'Cover'??

Posted: 23/09/2012 at 19:41

Hi, Chic-vic.

I had an area similar to what you discribe, covered with membrane and slate for many years, hard compact soil underneath with little or no worms. It was hard work but I forked over the area, found it was clay, so double dug in bags of mushroom compost, about a spade deep down. Left it uncovered and planted out in the spring. There were surprisingly few weeds and this year was the first full year with plants in and it still has few weeds, there has been the occasional mushroom though but all the plants are thriving and there are loads of worms.

If you decide to double dig, you may need help as it is hard work, but well worth it in the long run..          

what can i plant for autumn and winter flowering...and

Posted: 23/09/2012 at 19:14

Back on topic

Clematis cirrhosa- freckles and jingle bells are evergreern climbers and flower late winter/early spring. If you planted them now they may not flower till next winter but you should have a show every year there after.Freckles is scented with white/maroon flowers and jingle bells has creamy/white flowers. 

They may need some protection during their first winter though.

What's the weather like in your area?

Posted: 22/09/2012 at 20:03

Bright and sunny here in the NW. The box got it right,that's two days on the trot, think I need to lie down. Here's to hoping it's the right forecast for tomorrow as the plan is to plant out bulbs

It's forecast frost tonight so the Christmas spuds have been brought into the GH and covered in fleece, I'm taking no chances, this will be the 3rd year trying. They may have late blight though or some of the shoots broke and died when I tied them up to stop the leaves drooping. Me thinks if they still have healthy growth by mid October I'm in with a chance of freshly dug spuds in December, wish me luck

Rain. Took me a long time to get my confidence back after I broke a bone in my leg, even now come the icy weather, I'll be clearing paths and the front of snow  daily. Hope the weather stays fine for you to cut the front grass.

Talkback: Growing runner beans

Posted: 20/09/2012 at 21:26

 I can't pick them quick enough before another bowl full's ready to be picked. There's more than enough frozen and the plants are still flowering. Noticed some beans yesterday hiding behind the leaves which have got a tab bit on the large size so have thrown in the towel to let them go to seed before I start looking like a bean.   

What's the weather like in your area?

Posted: 20/09/2012 at 21:02

The box was right today,heavy rain and very much on the chilly side.

Think I might do as you advise Jo and bring in a chilli plant and one of the pepper plants. The peppers  look to be developing to the right size but are stubbornly green.

Birds have been suprisingly absent here, there were lots in the spring and early summer but numbers have been dwindling since about mid August.

 

 

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