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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.



What's the weather like in your area?

Posted: 19/09/2012 at 20:14

Cold, cloudy and wet here this evening although the box says sunny/clear 

Picked another bowlful of toms though from plants in the GH and 3 good sized aubergines. Peppers not looking good but there are at least two chilli plants ladened with mostly red fruit and one with lots of curly green chillies on  



Replacing the hedge

Posted: 17/09/2012 at 23:20

I'm no expert but the soil in that area could be acidic due to the conifers dropping their leaves over a long period of time, which I'm sure you have already guessed.

It might be worth checking for acid content in soil in other area's of your garden, if this  isn't acidic me thinks the soil under were the conifers grew will revert back after the ground has been exposed to the elements. It might need a helping hand though and double digging in some well rotted muck may help.

 The ground will be dry due to the conifer roots taking up the moisture, once removed and after rain depending on your soil type you'll find the moisture returns if plenty of muck is added. 

We are coming to the window time to plant fruit tree's, presumably you are looking  to plant them this year!

old compost

Posted: 17/09/2012 at 22:26

Hi, rovnos

Not sure why beds don't over flow if you keep adding compost, the thought had crossed my mind but after 3 years off adding compost the level is pretty much the same now as it was then It's had bags of horse and mushroom compost added over the years along with leaf mould. The term 'rot down' is used lot so presumably it does just that and reduces in volume.

I reuse some of my compost from pots, not always advisably though, as there might be pests in it which when reused could contaminate your fresh pots, a risk I'm prepared to take. Old compost is also lacking in nutrients to feed new plants so needs fertilizer adding. I add this when reusing it and also mix with home grown compost.

I'm sure others will have different advise.

What's the weather like in your area?

Posted: 17/09/2012 at 21:59

Cloudy, wet and windy here. Spent the afternoon yesterday cooking and freezing. I've a glut of toms and picking nearly a colander full a day, can't eat them quick enough.

I was thinking of trying to root cuttings this year on the basis I sowed flower seeds for next year, which were a first and am really pleased with the results.

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