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Talkback: Feeding plants

Posted: 26/07/2012 at 22:03
Bring on some dry weather and sunshine. The leaves on my runner and french beans are begining to go yellow. Good advise, will start feeding stuff planted out with a good dose of liquid feed.

The long game

Posted: 26/07/2012 at 21:54

It looks like alot of hard work ahead but how exciting to have such a large open space to work with and do as you please.

Happy gardening.



Posted: 26/07/2012 at 21:51

I don't know alot about blight but is blgiht the same for spuds as it is for toms.

There have been alot of full Smith alerts for my area of Lancashire, with 12 alerts this month alone, and alot in June and May. Depending where you live conditions have been good for blight, certainly here in the NW. There have been more alerts to date this year than for the whole of last year for my post code. 

Which months are early and late blight likely to appear? I grow alot of spuds and it would be interesting to know.


Have you seen one?????

Posted: 26/07/2012 at 21:37

Typical isn't it, you go to all that trouble of building a home for out friends and they don't move in 

I have a lovely little bird feeder which you can thread apples through, the birds don't even look at it yet they manage to see currants hidden under leaves on bushes  

Is there anything that can go in now for an autumn crop ?

Posted: 26/07/2012 at 21:07

I sowed some peas on damp kitchen roll a few weeks ago, they have just gone outside in small pots. Didn't manage to sow any seeds last weekend but the grounds been cleared and my xmas spuds have arrived. Also potted up about 30 strawberry plants grown from seed, the white and yellow variety, hoping they'll be ready tp plant out in Sept for next year.    

What's the weather like in your area?

Posted: 26/07/2012 at 20:24

Good luck with making your own. Wallings apple crumble ice cream is to die for and the factory shop is just down the road They have a nursery too, so you can look at the plants whilst chomping on an ice cream, heaven...providing it's not raining. 

We had rain again here.    


Posted: 25/07/2012 at 23:31

As Gary says it's best to leave them, they do die back fairly quickly, some of my earlier flowering one's in pots are begining to die back.

If you do want to lift them in the green, I'd advise putting them in plastic pots full of compost before moving them to a sheltered spot to allow the foilage to die back naturally. If it's fresh compost there should be feed in there for the next 6 weeks allowing the roots to draw in enough nutrients to the bulb for a good show next year.     

Green Manure

Posted: 25/07/2012 at 23:15

Don't give up, do a Monty Don, clear away any vegs which haven't done well, or, lets be honest, after all the rain we've had and no sun, clear away stuff which hasn't done anything, MD's carrots spring to mind  now they made my carrots look like a runaway success.

Go through your seed packets and see which can still be sown in July, you'll be suprised at how much there is. Sun can't be guarenteed but if there is any then you might still get s crop of vegs later on in the growing season.

Brocolli and other brassicas

Posted: 23/07/2012 at 22:26

I planted both Calabrese and brussels in deep holes and they were then earthed up like spuds as the plants grew. The ground around each plant has been well stamped down and impacted. Covering them with netting has kept off butterflies but slugs did get to a few seedlings, I'm hopeful they should produce a reasonable crop though, 'the cups always half full and not half empty'

Slugs have got at my spinach, chad and beetroot, they've also climbed up the runner/french beans poles I'm hopeful the beetroot will be ok although it is littered with holy leaves. There must be thousands of slugs out there, mine are so confident they come out in the daytime.  

I was thinknig of being brutal this weekend, clearing what's unlikely to pick up and sowing more seeds, then covering with cloches overnight to keep in warmth and encourage rapid growth. What do you think of the plan...   

What's the weather like in your area?

Posted: 23/07/2012 at 21:26

Jean, it's been just the same this side of Lancs 

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