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Am I posting too much?

Posted: 07/10/2012 at 19:06

I spent all day in the garden, had a really good clear out of the veg beds and GH. I'm pleased to say judging by the number of fat caterpillars and eaten veg leaves deposited in the compost bin, Zoomer's garden has probably contributed to a huge increase in the UK's butterfly population this year and next

Due to all the rain couldn't get out there enough this year to squash them, if the birds aren't pinching your currants, caterpillars are munching your veg  

If we did that there'd be grounds for as ASBO

Growing fennel bulbs...

Posted: 07/10/2012 at 18:44

I checked them today, see what you mean about the bulbs growing fat, mine are very thin and flat looking although quite large. It's unlikely there'll be much sun and heat here in the NW now. I planted out plugs, I'd grown, July time and started off watering them but it rained nearly everyday over the summer, so stopped once I thought they'd rooted. I'm right in thinking they like lots of water? 

I'm happy to try again next year as this years effort was better than the first year and we have had very little sun so weather permitting....I love the smell of fennel and taste but haven't yet tried a cooked bulb, might need to go out and buy one then any suggestions as to how best to cook it.        

What's the weather like in your area?

Posted: 07/10/2012 at 18:27

It had to be one of the warmest days this year here either that or I've possibly got accustomed to it being wet and cold all the time. Sunny and clear blue skies. Got loads done in the garden then sat and read, taking in the sun.  

Growingspuds for Chistmas...

Posted: 07/10/2012 at 18:15

bjay-I'm so envious my summer crop did well but sadly the Christmas one is looking like 'an also ran'

I delved into one bag and harvested ;'Dunluce' today,  at first it was looking like a bag full of marbles but an pleased to say there were some decent sized spuds, about half the summer crop though which wouldn't have fed us on Christmas Day, usually 12, we'd have been lucky to get one roast potato each. I keep saying I'm not going to try again. Let me know when you harvest.

Growing fennel bulbs...

Posted: 06/10/2012 at 23:28

This was the 2nd year trying to grow bulb fennel. The rain has suited because none of the plants have bolted, they look healthy but the bulbs  are still quite small,are they likely to get much bigger and when do you harvest.

sweet peppers

Posted: 06/10/2012 at 22:50

I've found this year peppers did not do well at all, the fruits have been very small and few have turned red. Chillies have faired a lot better, they've grown to the expected size and most are going red. I've brought a couple of plants indoors hoping the extra warm will bring them on to turn red before drying. Chillies though will turn red during the drying process.

Due to the long growing season both sweet and chilli peppers need, and our unpredicted weather, buying mature seedlings certainly has it's advantages. My purchased plants have been by far the better producer's of fruit.        

How to get rid of excess soil?

Posted: 06/10/2012 at 22:03

All good suggestions and I'd be inclined to keep the soil for the reasons given but if needs be you could always go to a local allotment and ask if they want any excess soil. 

Our council recylce  bank will let you put soil in with 'hard core waste' - stones and rubble etc..but not in 'green waste'. It might b worth googling to see if there is a recyling bank within travellnig distance which will take it.

Strawberry stripper

Posted: 06/10/2012 at 21:38

Could it be caterpillars eating the leaves, I've had a mega problem with them all summer. At first I thought it was slugs and snails eating everything but I've literally had hundreds of caterpillars eating anything they can find. They are skillful at hiding too and stick to plants like super glue when jet sprayed with water.     

Growingspuds for Chistmas...

Posted: 06/10/2012 at 21:15

I think mine were planted late July and so calculated they would be ready towards the end of October beginning of November. The plan was to leave a couple of bags for harvest in December  I didn't expect them to grow as quickly as they did though. Last year they were planted later and didn't grow to a sufficient size before frost got them and the bags froze solid.

...they've reached this far against all odds, first strong winds damaged foilage before I'd put in supports, slugs and caterpillars have had a nibble at the leaves, they've been saturated with an on slaughter of continual rain..you could count the number of times I've watered them on one hand and now me thinks they have late blight as the stems are slowly going brown

I was putting off delving into the bags to check if they are ready as I'm still eating spuds harvested June/July time. I'll check them tomorrow. Don't suppose they can be left in the bags if they have blight?     

What's the weather like in your area?

Posted: 06/10/2012 at 20:11

Warm and sunny here, went over the border to Yorkshire for the day where it was even warmer. White cloud interspersed with blue skies.

Managed to get into the garden for an hour or so. Planted some garlic, sowed sweetpea and potted some bulbs. It has been fairly warm in the GH, and today I picked another bowl of toms.

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