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What's the weather like in your area?

Posted: 01/09/2012 at 21:21

Have a nice holiday dmball.

Spent the day in Preston as it's Preston guild week. The weather was kind, clear skies with a slight breeze. If anyone's in the area there's lots going on over the coming week and it only happens every 20yrs. It kicks off with a vintage weekend. We plan to go again to the torchlight poossession next Saturday.

What's the weather like in your area?

Posted: 31/08/2012 at 23:47

It certainly was nice in your part of the country today Frank, so much so  I missed the junction for Hartlepool but knew I'd over run when signs for Washington came up. It was either the blue sky or chatter in the car which distracted me

Not so nice in this part of the NW, the showers gradually turned to rain on the way home and if it wasn't frost this morning then it was very cold, the ground was damp and everything covered in a thin layer of dew.  

 

Fruit bushes...

Posted: 30/08/2012 at 22:21

Thanks for the links.

I think you may have posted the first link on a previous thread, seeing the size of the gooseberry bushes in the background is what got me thinking, the space my plants were in, is to small. Excellent advise on pruning though, know now why the white currant didn't fruit this year. The gooseberry didn't fruit either it was attacked by flys early on in the season so I had to cut off the fruiting branches.   

To cut to the chase - The area's to small me thinks to leave them there for another season so close together. Taking cuttings sounds a good option though, how would I do this? ..and would the cuttings be ok in a pot over winter?

I was thinking of moving the gooseberry to give the currant plants more room, space these out better and grow a cordon - bush -cordon if you see what I mean.

 

 

  

What's the weather like in your area?

Posted: 30/08/2012 at 21:53

We had some sun today and the sky was clear this evening.It's gone quite cold now, so much so I've put fleece over the Christmas spuds, I'm determined to have some this year and they'll be going in the shed tomorrow evening if it's just as cold   

Fruit bushes...

Posted: 29/08/2012 at 21:52

I've red, white and black currant bushes  along with a gooseberry bush, planted a couple of years ago, in the garden. The problem is, now they've had a couple of years to establish I've realised they are planted in an area which is too small to grow them all as bushes.

Could the red and white currant bushes be re-trained to grow as cordons even though I've allowed them to bush. has anyone tried doing this and was it successful. I read black currant and gooseberry can't be grown as cordons.

What's the weather like in your area?

Posted: 29/08/2012 at 21:15

 We had lots more rain followed by hail today. I cleared some space in the GH over the BH,potted up loads of Belis and Sweet William.

My Christmas spuds seem to like all the rain and the summer harvest should last till they're ready. I actually haven't bought any spuds since June. Beans are doing really well. Runners the best and the french are tasty picked small. I've a yellow variety which is growing like curly fries but they taste ok.

Lawn

Posted: 29/08/2012 at 00:06

There's a piece in GW mag - September edition regarding care of your lawn at this time of year. Any autumn weed and feed is recommended as this kills the weeds and encourages root development, don't purchase a spring one as this encourages top grow which isn't needed at this time of year.    

As Doc says don't be alarmed if area's go black after putting on a weed and feed, those are the weeds dying.   

best flavoured tomatoes

Posted: 28/08/2012 at 23:51

I grew golden sunrise amoungst others, only picked a few as it's slow to change colour, not impressed with the texture and taste either but it's ladened with unripe toms. Christmas grape is a nice cherry one, ate my first this evening, hasn't got many trussels though as it's been grown in a pot on the potting bench and the top was nipped off when it reached the glass so it's only a couple of feet high, will  grow that one next year in a bed to see if it fares better.   

What's the weather like in your area?

Posted: 28/08/2012 at 23:27

We had a nice day here, no rain and the garden furniture was dry when I got home so sat outside reading the paper whilst tea was cooking. Looks like food is going up due to the drought in America and poor harevest here in the UK.   

I looked round the garden, picked tomorrows tea and considered applying for a half section of an allotment.

chilli plant

Posted: 28/08/2012 at 22:31

I dried mine last year and the year before thinking it was an annual. They do dry extremely well and keep their colour, I've still have chillies left from last year, kept in a jar in the kitchen. They turn a darker red when dried and are ever so hot, one is all you need in any dish...

Me thinks I'll keep a plant this year and bring it indoors. Once red on the plant though do they stay like that until picked no matter how long left on the plant. I've apache and cayenne and another 'west' something or other, would need to check the label.

Also tried to grow Chilli Jalapeno but this was culled in favour of the above as it didn't grow nearly as well.  

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