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Forum up the creek

Posted: 03/08/2013 at 23:02

I've been having trouble with notifications for a while, can't remember when I last got one. E-mailed Daniel and he's usually really good at getting back but no response this time.

Yesterday the threads weren't renewing. I gave up in the end. 


Posted: 02/08/2013 at 23:02

My blueberry bushes don't seem to get any bigger , I've two bushes in ericacious compost, in pots.

I bought 'Top Hat' either last year or the year before, it's still the same size and hasn't grown. It flowered this year but didn't produce fruit and I assumed the birds had taken the flowers. The other blueberry plant produces so little I thought of starting again with new plants but not sure which varieties to buy. Top Hat is surposed to be a bumper cropper - NOT - in zoomers garden.

Which varieties do you grow sally?


Tomato plants in greenhouse

Posted: 02/08/2013 at 22:36

My toms are looking the best they've ever been. Usually the leaves go dark green and are really tough but this year they're more lush and tender looking. The plants have fruited earlier and I took the leaves off from the bottom to the first fruit. It's made it so much easier to water and feed.

I also knipped the tops of cordons before they reached the roof of the GH, so they are at least 1ft shorter.


Posted: 02/08/2013 at 21:43

Snap, looks similar to my GH although mines full of plants at present, been out and measured it, always thought it was 6 by 8 but mines an odd size too, just over 5ft wide and just over 8ft long. 

Don't know about seals though, could tell you about glass, nuts, bolts and clips  but that's not what you asked .

32 today, what are you doing to keep cool,,,

Posted: 02/08/2013 at 00:18

Today I was office bound so kept cool with fans, this evening garden pots were watered.

I've alot of sunflowers beginning to flower, ranging in height from dwarf to 5 or 6 ft tall, with colours which are vibrant yellow to burnt orange, some are multi headed. This evening, I sat, taking in the last of the suns rays, admiring them and the under planted flowers, which more by accident than design have flowered in oranges, yellows and whites, thinking, should I pick them to bring indoors or let the bee's have a feast...decided....the bee's are having a feast at present... I might pick some tomorrow... 

What's the weather like in your area?

Posted: 31/07/2013 at 20:00

Another day of rain, the gardens looking well watered. Lawn is looking lush and new veg seedlings have hopefully rooted in with all this rain.

Cannellini Beans.

Posted: 31/07/2013 at 19:40

If mine don't get a move on I'll try cannellini next year, if they can grow in Yorkshire there's hope here in Lancashire.  

Cannellini Beans.

Posted: 31/07/2013 at 00:38

Hi, did it not tell you on the packet of seeds?

I'm growing Hyacinth beans and Californian Black Eye Cowpea both can be grown and dried on the plant but can also be cooked and eaten as young pods according to the seed packet.

Sorry can't help with cannellini beans but if they are similar to the above you are doing very well to have pods mine aren't in flower yet  

Safe planting

Posted: 30/07/2013 at 23:49

Hi, Lindy, 

Some common garden plants can be seriously harmful if ingested.

I googled Lilies which are among this group. If you have small children who play in your garden, you may want to avoid any toxic plants like this until the children reach the age when they will not try to taste everything they see or put fingers in mouths after touching stuff.

Having said that if lillies have been removed from the veg planting area and are no longer grown there it shouldn't be a problem. It's always wise to wash your veg before cooking. I put mine in a basin with a bit of salt in to kill any pests.

Pale courgettes

Posted: 30/07/2013 at 23:20

My courgettes start off like that because the flowers aren't being polinated but if you cut the droopy fruit off I find the next one's grow and mature better. I've green one's currently doing really well after cutting off the first 2 or 3 droopy courgettes. The yellow one's are a lot slower but picked the first proper yellow one this evening.  

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