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Damping off help

Posted: 10/05/2012 at 21:18

I'm struggling with watering Swedboy, at this time of year I've found it difficult to gauge as my plants are in the GH and on a warm day the plants take in most of the water, on a cool day they remain damp and as I water in the evening it's impossible to know how warm it's going to get in there the following day.

I'm sure like many we'll have some successes and some failures. Happy growing  

I find these smillies abit grusome

What's the weather like in your area?

Posted: 10/05/2012 at 21:03

In my part of the NW at work, it was fine and dry but when I rang home they were having torrential rain, what a difference a few miles makes. My spuds have recovered from the frost a few days ago and a couple of rows of swede have survived being transplanted out over the weekend under cloches. Brussell plants doing well too and peas. 

Too wet to go in the garden this evening but on checking the max/min temp in GH it had only dropped to 8 last night. 

Was in Billingham yesterday Frank/Rain, it was fairly nice at about 3pm but started raining on the way home..  .


using space

Posted: 10/05/2012 at 20:40

Beetroot and chad are fairly quick growing. You might get golf ball sized beetroot before the beans take over.  Radish for some reason didn't grow well for me last year in between a row of peas. 

Gourds !!

Posted: 10/05/2012 at 20:34

Looks like we posted at the same time Alina. 

Gourds !!

Posted: 10/05/2012 at 20:31

I've sown some snake gourds and am in the same boat as you. They are a nice size at present, five in all and look like courgette plants. I've got mine in the GH and bring them indoors if forcast frost. I'm not sure whether they'll grow up a trellis or whether they grow on the ground. I don't even know how tall they are likely to grow. The seed packet wasn't particularly helpful, they were free with a magazine.    

Hope someone can help with advise, if not I was going to treat them like courgette plants. Do you know whether they have male and female flowers!    


Posted: 10/05/2012 at 20:15

Yes, most seeds can be kept for a few years, some last longer than others, as they age I've found less seeds germinate though. The seed packet may have a sow by date on, in which case they are usually good until at least this date but alot last longer.

Keep them in a dry cool place. They are best kept in their packets. I keep mine in a box and away from heat.   


Posted: 06/05/2012 at 21:41

All good choices Carl although good luck with the carrots. I couldn't grow them if my life depended on it.  

If you are growing in pots,salad plants like radish,lettuse leaves and spring onion are easy peasy, quick growing and require little care other than watering.

Dwarf varieties of peas are also ideal for pot growing, bush tomartoes do well in pots and some cherry varieties will crop for Britian if you choose the one's which have a shorter growing season.  

If you are growing for the first time a good book for reference is an excellent starting point. I've found gardening mags good too, the one's with a veg growing section will give tips on how to grow stuff. GW's mag has a good section.  

What's the weather like in your area?

Posted: 06/05/2012 at 20:02

Bright sunshine here today although last night there was frost and it's forcast again tonight. I've brought tender plants indoors. 

What's it like in your garden?

Posted: 05/05/2012 at 23:04

My cherry blosom flowered for the first time this year in 3 without anthids being farmed by ants - thanks Alina for your advise in a past life.

I've alot of veg and flowers doing well at seedling stage after being been potted up and now waiting to go out, toms are looking fab, chilli's look good but sweet peppers and  aubergines are painfully slow.

I'm a novice with flowers and find them alot harder to grow from seed than veg. Cornflower sown in October last year survived the winter put I'm down to only 2 plants now after potting up. Dahlia tubers aren't producing shoots yet but seeds have done really well and I've 12 plants ready to out

Talkback: Cats in the garden

Posted: 05/05/2012 at 21:12

My cat is a pain when she does her business in the garden although once the beds are full of flowers and veg she uses the cattie litter indoors. She seems to just stay in my garden, only going out when I'm outdoors or at home but at about this time each year I get the neighbours children water pistols and encourage them to squirt her if she ventures next door. They too can be pests when their balls are kicked over the fence breaking plants and knocking over pots but we try to live in harmony and there's a gap in the fence for them to retrieve their balls. The cat often sits at the gap looking into their garden but the children aren't allowed to squirt her if she's still in her own garden, the arrangement seems to work fairly well.       

I have two bird tables and alot of birds regularly visit the garden but they are placed in open spaces and the birds seem to have got wise to the cat being there. She is very much like an open book and can be seen hiding in amoungest the fruit bushes when she's on the prowl, she's also a lazy cat and likes to lay out on the lawn in full view. Spring/early summer time, she does leave the occassional offering at the back door, I've had a couple of birds but mainly field mice, which she'll sit proudly next too, I don't like it but accept this is what cats do and try different methods to raise the wildlifes chances of survival.      

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