Zoomer44


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Fed up with the heat!

Posted: 15/07/2013 at 20:37

I'm enjoying the hot weather. Never had strawberries so big. Stuff which didn't do well last year is romping away. Fruit bushes have all done well. Abergines, cues and toms are all showing fruit in the GH. In fact I'm ever so pleased with the aubergines, fruit didn't start showing till at least August last year.

It was too hot to garden at the weekend but it was nice just to sit back in the shade with the papers and a book.  

Strawberries in the greenhouse?

Posted: 14/07/2013 at 23:19

jgmc3. It might be worth watching 'Beechgrove' a Scottish gardening programme. I live in the NW and find the programme really helpful because they grow stuff in a slightly colder climate than the English equivalent, ' Gardener World' which is broad cast a lot further south.

They've been growing strawberries undercover, in a raised stand rather than hanging baskets but don't run the strawberry bit every week.

When purchasing new stock, different varieties fruit at different times so having a selection will prolong your fruiting season.   

Rooster potatoes & cylindrical onions

Posted: 14/07/2013 at 22:43

Roosters are a main crop potato, so are unlikly to be ready for cropping  just yet. The foilage will start to go yellow and dies back when they are ready. No reason why you can't start to dig up the odd plant although the spuds won't be as big as those left to mature. Good news is there haven't been any blight alerts this year.     

1st and 2nd earlies are ripe for harvesting at present.

Christmas spuds can be planted now but are best grown in bags, the first frost will kill the plant, the skill in growing Chirstmas spuds to a reasonable size is being able to move the bag into a sheltered spot when frost is threatened and if you want to actually dig up spuds on Christams eve, you can't in open ground it's usually frozen. I had a bag froze one year and it was February before it defrosted.   

Poor subscriber magazine

Posted: 14/07/2013 at 22:16

No probs with my mag, look forward to getting it through the door early.

Summer Bulbs

Posted: 14/07/2013 at 22:10

From your list I only grow gladioli, sorry can't be of more help.

Most of the bulbs I grow are spring flowering and ideally should be planted in the autumn, with the exception of lilies and some aliums which I grow and these are potted up in March.

You've possibly planted them to late,and also some bulbs won't flower if not planted at the correct depth, I'm no expert though another poster maybe more helpful.

The summers not over yet and they may still flower

Summer Bulbs

Posted: 13/07/2013 at 23:00

Gladioli aren't yet ready to flower, I'm no expert but the one's I grow won't flower until September time. If you have good strong growth there is nothing to worry about, mine are growing well but there isn't hint of a flower stem yet.

Fed up with the heat!

Posted: 13/07/2013 at 22:45

New seedlings and potted plants need lots of water when the weather is hot and dry...

Summer Bulbs

Posted: 13/07/2013 at 22:41

Hi, Wendy.

It would help to know which bulbs you planted.  

Today I feel so happy....

Posted: 13/07/2013 at 21:46

I've picked loads of veg today, most of it's still young and tender.

Every so pleased with the courgettes, green one's being picked, the yellow one's have just started to grow and I'm hoping the plant not yet showing anything are either round courgettes or squash lost the labels long ago      

Spent the best part of the afternoon on a sun lounger, in the shade, reading.

Gardens we have visited 2013

Posted: 13/07/2013 at 20:49

  Yes, brings back plesant memories of my jollies. Will be booking flights again soon for September.

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