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Where have all my beans gone!.

Posted: 02/11/2012 at 18:31

Terence - I only grow a couple of plants for each variety and grew five varieties this year, so leaving a whole plant isn't really practical although I can see the sense in doing so.

There maybe some cross pollination too with the seeds I do get as they were grown next to each other and had different coloured pods.

I checked some more pods this evening and some of the seeds are going mouldy, any suggestions.  

Talkback: How to ripen tomatoes on the vine

Posted: 01/11/2012 at 23:01

I'm in the NW johnlamond and only had a few toms which wouldn't go red or yellow so cut down the plants and instead of hanging them in a warm shed hung them in a warm GH. The toms which were turning red or yellow did ripen but those whch were green have stayed green, so I'm not convinced Chris's method works for green toms either . 

Protecting the outside tap from frost

Posted: 01/11/2012 at 22:45

What a lot of trouble just to stop an outside tap from freezing  my outside tap has another tap in doors under the kitchen sink on the same pipe, I just turn the inside tap off and drain the pipe going outside untill it's needed again in the spring, easy peasie..  

Secateurs.....bin them or sharpen them

Posted: 01/11/2012 at 22:32

figrat, it's going on my Chriatmas list too, hope it comes with instructions though

Winter Lawn Mowing

Posted: 01/11/2012 at 22:21

Some people go out with a torch after dark to catch slugs and snails, so I think you'll be OK but don't make a habit of it.

Bone meal or Fish bone and blood??

Posted: 01/11/2012 at 22:08

BFB contains phosphate, good for root growth. Nitrogen, good for top growth and green foliage and potash, good for flower colour,and ripening of fruit and veg.

Bone contains phosphate and nitrogen, good for bulbs, shrubs, roses and fruits like strawberries.

Manures improve the soil structure and helps with moisture retention in the soil.  

BFB is a good all round fertilizer, and my preference, although I'm using bone this year for bulbs to see if there's a difference and was going to sprinkle it round the alpine strawberries I've grown.

I also use manure but this needs to be well rotted down which means keeping it for a year to rot down before using on your flower beds.

Hope this hasn't confused you more, I guess it's a case of choosing your poison.

To dig or not to dig?

Posted: 01/11/2012 at 21:30

I use the no dig principle. The first year I prepared the beds by double digging in horse muck on one bed and mushroom compost in the other. did the same thing with a flower bed last year and another veg bed this year.

There after I've not dug but covered with horse muck at about this time and also use home made compost in the spring on the beds not covered in Autumn. The beds get a mulch of seaweed too during the growing season and I've got a leaf mulch for the flower bed.

The first beds I made haven't been walked on for about 3 years now. I can reach across the beds with a fork (4ft wide) so the soils turned over in the spring, probably down to a depth of 6' and then I rake and just loosen the top with a hand fork when I'm planting out.

Lots of stones and old bits of tiles came to the surface the first couple of years on the older beds but now there's very little rubble and the soil stays black all summer with very few weeds. You still need to hoe occasionally but weeds like dandelions can be pulled out with their tap root still attached whole. 

There were few worms to start with but now the soil can't be turned without uncovering a worm, they are in the compost bin, under pots, just about everywhere. .

Hydroponic Systems.

Posted: 30/10/2012 at 23:00

My fathers neighbour, unknowingly to everyone on the road, several years ago,  grew marijuana very successfully in the bedrooms of his house, using a hydroponic system with heat lights.

It was two large terrace properties knocked into one and used to be a hotel so there were quite a few bedrooms. When dad said he'd seen people sat in cars watching the house next door, we thought it was part of his illness, and he was going senile  - why would anyone want to be watching dad's neighbours house, we asked ourselves - he even rang the police to raise his concerns and said he was being ignored ...turned out the police had the house under surveillance. It caused quite a stir when it hit the local paper and the neighbour was arrested.

So, on the subject of hydroponic systems I would imagine with the correct equipment they are very successful in growing plants.

What's for tea?

Posted: 30/10/2012 at 21:48

I had jacket potato with tuna filling and salad.. it was quick and easy. 

What's the weather like in your area?

Posted: 30/10/2012 at 21:28

Stayed fine this morning but rain in the afternoon, it rained most of the way back home from Bacup and what a difference the clocks changing have made to the drive home after work. Arrived home in darkness   

Discussions started by Zoomer44

Soil like dust...

I've taken over another half plot on the allotment...  
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Q about transplanting fruit bushes...

I've grown some cuttings at home and have some well establishes bushes to transplant.. 
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Weeds in the GH....

I've inherited a GH with no glass on a new allotment plot... 
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Little gems...

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Veg seeds to sow now...

Winter veg... 
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Using mushroom compost...

I've used mushroom compost on one of the beds on the allotment...  
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It's a tab bit early to ask but...

Whose growing Christmas spuds... 
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Sweet corn problems...

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Sowing parsnips....

Is it too late to try again.... 
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Lidl fruit tree's....

Does anyone know the root stock... 
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Apples and pears....

Thinking of purchasing a tree or two... 
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Fruit tree ID...

Can anyone identify this fruit tree... 
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Buy cheap pay twice...

I knew when I bought it I shouldn't have done.. 
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What to grow in vacated veg beds....

I've three raised beds.... 
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Last Post: 10/05/2014 at 20:03

A vote of confidence....

Just thought I'd share this with fellow posters.... 
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