Latest posts by Zoomer44

What are these growing at the base of my fern please??

Posted: 29/07/2013 at 22:02

You don't need to repot the fern, just pull out the weeds. The flower bucket is a good size for your current plant. Let the fern mature and after a couple of years it will be ready for spliting.   

Onion update

Posted: 29/07/2013 at 21:39

Verdun...I grew from sets and planted out early.

The red onions were disappointing and began to bolt so were harvested early. Better result with white onions but I've harvested those early to plant out bulb fennel, a second harvest of beetroot and winter veg. The onions ranged in size, are eye wateringly strong and drying out nicely.

Won't be buying any more onions till at least December.  

Blackcurrant Harvest

Posted: 29/07/2013 at 21:04

Well done saltski, always good to hear about a good harvest makes growing your own so worth while.

The other side of Monty Don.

Posted: 29/07/2013 at 20:50

Happy viewing Fg, I never watched Geoff, but then didn't get into gardening till after his programmes. They should do re-runs.   

Red Currant Pruning

Posted: 28/07/2013 at 23:56

I'm hoping to pick mine before the birds see them, I removed the netting to pick the red and  white currants a few weeks ago, the black one's are huge.

The soils really dry at present under all my the currant bushes, was thinking of giving the area a good watering and mulching with mushroom compost, what do you advise. They got a good mulch of well rotted horse muck in October.


The other side of Monty Don.

Posted: 28/07/2013 at 22:26

I like Beechgrove and GW but thought it amusing to make a torpary statue of Nigel.  Each to his own though and Monty does have plenty of space for it. Love him or loath him, Nigel will be eternalised. 

Enjoyed the Springwatch programme too about moths and butterflies.

As a child if we wanted to stay up late, we had to watch programmes like Jacques Cousteau and David Attenborough, it was a case of bed or sit quietly, it wasn't a difficult choice, sitting quietly won hands down. On reflection three of us took up diving as a sport and with OH's/children there have been at least seven keen divers in the family. Two keen gardeners and another hot on conservation.    

TV viewing is possibly a strong medium which impacts on us in more ways than we realise. Alot off topic but does anyone remember Tomorrrow's World.  

Red Currant Pruning

Posted: 28/07/2013 at 21:16

Thanks for the advise,I'll leave them for now. The black currants are about ready to pick.

Red Currant Pruning

Posted: 28/07/2013 at 01:02

Thank you waterbutts. I wasn't sure how to prune but your explanation is fab.

I struggled to get my head around pruning currants until this year. My bushes are now into their 2nd or 3rd year. Red, white and black currants, also gooseberry. Apart from taking out the middle shoots for them all, decided not to prune last year because the harvest was so poor and thought it due to not pruning properly.  

This year the new shoots on red, white and gooseberries were cut back to allow the sun to get to the fruit. Really pleased with the harvest and they've had their July prune.  

I'm not sure what to do with black currants, they were pruned so they would fit into the netting frame. Advise to pruning them would be helpful.

What's the weather like in your area?

Posted: 28/07/2013 at 00:33

Past few weeks have been hot and humid here but it's pouring it down now. The garden certainly needed it.

Picked my first yellow courgette this evening, the green one's are growing for Britian. Also picked some aubergines and I've had some red toms 

Growing white strawberries....

Posted: 26/07/2013 at 23:10

 Think I'll go to bed waterbutts 

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