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What's the weather like in your area?

Posted: 30/09/2012 at 18:03

Rain all day here in this part of the NW, not far from Blackpool. I've often driven down the coastal road into Lytham-St -Annes, past the dunes and wondered how they keep such lovely gardens despite the sea winds, salt and sand.

Jo- my old boiler despite being reliable eventually became obsolete for parts and you can bet your bottom dollar it will go when you need it most during winter. My brother installed mine many years ago when he was a 'plumber', he's now a 'heating engineer' and although he can issues safety certificates etc. advised me to get one intalled with BG, they aren't the cheapest but reasonably priced, check everything and provide long term garentee's. Best to replace before winter

Frank-me thinks you should enter competitions for your verses and poems

Saving bean seeds...

Posted: 30/09/2012 at 17:15

Dovefromabove - I've just been reading about saving runner/french beans from the link you posted for 'real seeds', me thinks I might get some cross pollination. The mix of beans planted are all touching  and have different coloured pods - purple, yellow, green, and green/red pods. The runner beans were green podded.

If I manage to save some seeds it'll be interesting to see what grows next year. Will plant in the same spot and add a load of muck although if my soil retains anymore water the plants will go sailing out of the garden gate, the rain has been relentless this year but that explains now why the crop was so good

Saving tom seeds...

Posted: 30/09/2012 at 16:56

Dovefromabove - got the link - what an excellent site, it's gone into my favourites. I was a little keen with the seeds saved yesterday, missing out fermentation completely . I've three varieties now in water and fermenting.

Saving seeds is a learning curve at present, all advise is welcome. 

Italophile - Wish now I'd bagged my beans, according to 'real seeds' broad beans need to be a mile apart to avoid cross pollination.        

What's the weather like in your area?

Posted: 29/09/2012 at 22:50

Weather was as Caroline predicted here in this part of the NW. Bright and clear all day, the rain didn't arrive but it's gone a tab bit chilly and the heating went on yesterday.Nice pics Bev. There isn't a lot in flower in my garden at present. Dahlias are still flowering though along with one or two other plants.  

Spent a couple of hours in the garden planting out. I got some white strawberry plants in the ground just hope there's enough time for them to root before winter sets in, the pineberries sadly didn't get this far but there's always next year.    

Saving bean seeds...

Posted: 29/09/2012 at 22:08

Thank's for your responses, makes sense to tie something round the pod stem and I hadn't realised you should leave the beans in the pod till the pods dry.

Whilst on the subject, is it ok to grow beans in the same spot next year. They were grown on arches over the garden path, I'd like to do the same next year as the arches can't be moved.

Saving tom seeds...

Posted: 29/09/2012 at 21:52

Sounds like it's best to wait for the toms to ripen. Three varieties have ripe toms on so I made a start this evening with moneymaker. I'd picked and eaten all the ripe toms on Christmas grape, red pear and floridity before deciding to save some seeds so they are ripening on the vine hung from the GH ceiling.  

Italophile - Golden sunrise, may have had a fungus and some of the toms developed rusty spots around the top of the developed fruits, is this plant worth saving seeds from if I choose healthy fruit.

Welshonion - I couldn't find the real seeds site, is that's it's full name, the site I found was all about cannabis seeds   

Saving bean seeds...

Posted: 28/09/2012 at 23:38

I've  grown a variety of beans and want to save some seeds to plant next year. Do I just wait for the plants to die off and the bean pods to dry on the plants?

Saving tom seeds...

Posted: 28/09/2012 at 23:26

I want to save some tom seeds from a few different varieties. When is the best time to pick the toms for saving the seeds. Do they need to be ripe or can seeds be saved from green toms.

 

Flowers

Posted: 28/09/2012 at 22:50

What a nice show. I think the garden has enjoyed the rain this year more than the gardener has. My dahlias are looking good and a lavatera hasn't stopped flowering since June.  

What's the weather like in your area?

Posted: 28/09/2012 at 22:41

Here in the NW we had blue sky for a while

I've a couple of 'jobs to do' lists for tomorrow - one indoors, the other outdoor. The lawn was cut last weekend, just wondering if it's too late for an autumn feed. My lawn get's dandelions in it, even after a re-turf several years ago they still come up but aren't noticeable when the grass is kept short. Going into autumn it's also a few feet smaller...no it didn't shrink with all the rain...I made a new border and planted some evergreen shrubs along the fence, they've liked the rain. 

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