Zoomer44


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What's the weather like in your area?

Posted: 18/08/2013 at 21:03

Warm and sunny here today.

Verdun...I'm a ngiht owl. Seldom get on the boards before 8pm.  

Birdy I stick to hand shears, the only time I used an electric hedge cutter to trim the hedge it was borrowed, it looked more like a chainsaw to cut down tree's but I was assured it was a hedge trimmer. It burnt out within mins of starting to use it and I felt obligated to pay for the repair. Never again....       

What's the weather like in your area?

Posted: 18/08/2013 at 00:20

Rained here for most of the day. 

I spent an hour or so indoors sorting seeds being saved for next year. 

palaisglide

Posted: 17/08/2013 at 23:08

Frank hasn't posted on the weather thread for  a while... I miss him...it's a real pain not getting notifications...I'm at the point of throwing in the towel...

peas

Posted: 16/08/2013 at 22:53

Hi Alan. Me thinks it was the real seed company where I got the idea to save seeds.

It's fairly easy to save peas/beans and if you aren't successful the first year you'll realise why and manage it the 2nd if you follow the real seed guide.

Pea/beans are slightly different but basically - plants have a life span and die back when the temps drop. If you continue picking every pod from one plant then none grow big enough to produce seeds to save before the plant dies, despite drying out the seeds inside are small and either won't germinate the following year or produce a poor crop.

If you have a big plot and want to save seeds from this years plants you need to stop picking the bean or pea plant which you plan to save seeds off. This allows pods to grow to their full size before the plant dies. The pods dry out on the plant and will then be ready to save for seeds next year. If you have an allotment you could leave one plant at the end of the row and just never pick it but use as a seed plant.

 If you get that part right and you'll know when your seeds have dried because they'll be a similar size to bought seeds, you are onto a winner

Peas/bean seeds save well and last several years, I grow in the back garden so don't allow a whole plant to go to seed. Last year I left some pods unpicked but not the whole plant and saved enough seeds for a couple of years.

Hope this is helpful. Happy gardening

q-about-tom-plants

Posted: 16/08/2013 at 01:07

Picked more than can be eaten this evening, Italophile. BER is on red pear.... again...not one I'll be growing next year.

chillies---hungarian-hot-wax

Posted: 15/08/2013 at 22:54

Apache are hot enough for me. I've lost most of the labels this year but recognise that one. I've also a pale green one, tapered and about 3.5 inches long. Not a hint of it turning black. Do all chillies/peppers go black before red? 

  

where-did-everyone-get-there-veg-seeds-from-this-year

Posted: 15/08/2013 at 22:39

I buy from moreveg, simplyseed and jungleseeds, save my own peppers, chillies, toms, peas and beans. Got some from the seed swap thread and had others left over from previous years. Some from Aldi, Lidl and gardening mags. 

q-about-tom-plants

Posted: 15/08/2013 at 01:01

Went out to see if the plants were still alive before I went to work and when I got back today. These two plants aren't wilting but the other plants in GH are just as heavily set with fruit and may go the same way, if they don't get extra support.

Know were chicky is coming from but will cut my loses and hang them upside down and put in more support for the other plants.It'll create more room for air to circulate.

Apart from these two plants caving in and one plant getting BER I'm ever so pleased with toms this year. I've got them rippening in hanging baskets outdoors which is a first

q-about-tom-plants

Posted: 13/08/2013 at 22:38

Big mistake, I put up a different cane structure in the GH beds this year to support the plants as they grew. Two plants have slipped down the canes under the weight of the toms and the stems has broken at the bottom, not completely because the plants haven't died. The fruit is beginning to rippen quickly though. 

Q is I don't know whether to leave the plants, see if they survive and the fruit rippens or cut my loses on these two plants, pick the fruit to rippen on a window sill and provide extra support for the plants which are left in the space the vacated plants make?    

the-squeakers

Posted: 13/08/2013 at 22:15

Thinning is a learning curve all gardeners have to go through SD   no doubt pruning fruit tree's is too.

I found it alot easier to cull plants in the GH, this year, you have to choose the best and send the rest to the garden in the sky in order to make enough room for the chosen few.   

Same with veg. I grow in modules then plant out, and this year, was determined to thin to one plant per module no matter how many seeds germinated. 

I found in the first few years of growing your own, at the start of the year you conveniently forget how much room each veg needs, I'm still learning, thinning is more ruthless and veg spacings are getting bigger so the crops are getting better   

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