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What's the weather like in your area?

Posted: 08/08/2012 at 20:38

Warm and sunny today, can't remember a day when it hasn't rained. The GH plants have just been given a good soak along with the pots out in the garden. 

There's lots of veg seedlings coming up - carrots, swede, spinach, radish and beetroot. The foxglove, parsley and viola's planted in a nursery bed are also doing well under cover, slugs haven't spotted them yet.   

Tomatoe plants with no flowers !

Posted: 06/08/2012 at 21:53

Looks like you won't win gold but we'll let you out of the corner

What's the weather like in your area?

Posted: 06/08/2012 at 21:50

We had a thunder storm in the night, seed trays were over flowing this morning. Came home to a sludgy wet garden,droopy flower heads and discovered caterpillars eating the gladioli

What's the weather like in your area?

Posted: 05/08/2012 at 21:40

Expecting rain I went out to the GC this morning. Picked up a couple of dahli's for  50p each and a tray of geraniums for £1. It stayed fine all day. Warm and sunny this afternoon so I did some potting up and kept popping inside to watch the tennis.

What's the weather like in your area?

Posted: 04/08/2012 at 21:23

The sky was a mix of white and dark clouds this morning with blue sky and sun trying to get through.

Decided to go ahead with a bar-be-cue as the forcast was good and it was for 3hrs,sunny blue skies with rumbling thunder in the background! Started raining about 7pm and hasn't stopped since.

Potatoes

Posted: 04/08/2012 at 00:32

I usually grow toms in a GH but planted out spares in the veg bed this year.

In the GH a bought plant started to produce cherry toms a few weeks ago(can't remember the name) but red cherry and red pear grown from seed are now going red, picked the first today. Most of the other varieties in the GH are ladened with fruit but still looking very green. Bit the bullet at the weekend and composted the one's planted out in the veg bed to make room for other vegs. Lots of unhealthy looking growth with only one or two trusses and lookingt very much like slug fodder. 

Beans have been slow and most had yellow leaves at the bottom but they are now over 6ft high with tops pinched out, 5 or 6 different varieties. Picked the first runners at the weekend. I've been taking off the snail damaged leaves, they deserve a gold medal, how they manage to climb up a pole and down during a night, I really don't know       

Purple leaves on Elan Strawberry Plant.

Posted: 03/08/2012 at 23:45

The plant should evetually produce a runner, if it does, let the runner grow and you should get 4 to 5 new plants for next year

Potatoes

Posted: 03/08/2012 at 22:32

I'm in Lancashire and usually only grow spuds in bags although this year grew a main crop in the veg bed.

The bags have been just as good as previous years although it was difficult to guage when to water because of all the rain, which didn't aways reach the compost. The main crop has not done as expected. I was expecting it to grow for longer but cut back dying foilage last weekend so I'm now leaving it for a couple of weeks to let the skins harden before digging it up, fully expect the spuds to be half eaten by slugs..

 

Purple leaves on Elan Strawberry Plant.

Posted: 03/08/2012 at 22:02

Strawberry plants are pretty sturdy, I might be wrong but I wouldn't worry to much about it, looks like new growth is coming through and these are old leaves dying off. You can pick off the purply leaves if there are new shoots and there's healthy growth coming through....or just let the leaves die naturally.

Looks like you have some nice strawberries growing.

Herbs dying

Posted: 03/08/2012 at 21:30

I planted up a herb patch at the end of last year-lemon balm, parsley and thyme have done well but the sage was over shadowed by rubarb so looks very sorry for itself. Mint and rosemary have done well in pots.

Chives and garlic chives have done well in a flower bed, the chives flowered twice. Corriander and basil which were grown from seed never took off, two plants survived to be planted out, the corriander has bolted with a poor show of flowers and the basil is only about an inch tall,  I put that down to not enough sun as both grew for fun last year...and finally two lavenders palnted out about 6 weeks ago have stubornly refused to grow.  

When I've grown herbs in pots I usually just repot them in fresh compost - April May time with a slow release fertilizer but am mindful as to which herbs are planted together. Mint and lemon balm seem to be prone to leaf scorch and are best grown in a semi shade position. Parsley's lower leaves tend to go yellow very quickly if they get too much water but recover quickly if these are taken off and the compost allowed to dry alittle. Rosemary will lose it's lower leaves if the compost is to dry and having lots of rain doesn't mean it reaches the compost so pots do sometimes need extra water. Healthy plants which have been fed and watered will ward of diseases but there's no accounting for the weather which has been blamed for alot this year.

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