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What's the weather like in your area?

Posted: 04/08/2012 at 21:23

The sky was a mix of white and dark clouds this morning with blue sky and sun trying to get through.

Decided to go ahead with a bar-be-cue as the forcast was good and it was for 3hrs,sunny blue skies with rumbling thunder in the background! Started raining about 7pm and hasn't stopped since.


Posted: 04/08/2012 at 00:32

I usually grow toms in a GH but planted out spares in the veg bed this year.

In the GH a bought plant started to produce cherry toms a few weeks ago(can't remember the name) but red cherry and red pear grown from seed are now going red, picked the first today. Most of the other varieties in the GH are ladened with fruit but still looking very green. Bit the bullet at the weekend and composted the one's planted out in the veg bed to make room for other vegs. Lots of unhealthy looking growth with only one or two trusses and lookingt very much like slug fodder. 

Beans have been slow and most had yellow leaves at the bottom but they are now over 6ft high with tops pinched out, 5 or 6 different varieties. Picked the first runners at the weekend. I've been taking off the snail damaged leaves, they deserve a gold medal, how they manage to climb up a pole and down during a night, I really don't know       

Purple leaves on Elan Strawberry Plant.

Posted: 03/08/2012 at 23:45

The plant should evetually produce a runner, if it does, let the runner grow and you should get 4 to 5 new plants for next year


Posted: 03/08/2012 at 22:32

I'm in Lancashire and usually only grow spuds in bags although this year grew a main crop in the veg bed.

The bags have been just as good as previous years although it was difficult to guage when to water because of all the rain, which didn't aways reach the compost. The main crop has not done as expected. I was expecting it to grow for longer but cut back dying foilage last weekend so I'm now leaving it for a couple of weeks to let the skins harden before digging it up, fully expect the spuds to be half eaten by slugs..


Purple leaves on Elan Strawberry Plant.

Posted: 03/08/2012 at 22:02

Strawberry plants are pretty sturdy, I might be wrong but I wouldn't worry to much about it, looks like new growth is coming through and these are old leaves dying off. You can pick off the purply leaves if there are new shoots and there's healthy growth coming through....or just let the leaves die naturally.

Looks like you have some nice strawberries growing.

Herbs dying

Posted: 03/08/2012 at 21:30

I planted up a herb patch at the end of last year-lemon balm, parsley and thyme have done well but the sage was over shadowed by rubarb so looks very sorry for itself. Mint and rosemary have done well in pots.

Chives and garlic chives have done well in a flower bed, the chives flowered twice. Corriander and basil which were grown from seed never took off, two plants survived to be planted out, the corriander has bolted with a poor show of flowers and the basil is only about an inch tall,  I put that down to not enough sun as both grew for fun last year...and finally two lavenders palnted out about 6 weeks ago have stubornly refused to grow.  

When I've grown herbs in pots I usually just repot them in fresh compost - April May time with a slow release fertilizer but am mindful as to which herbs are planted together. Mint and lemon balm seem to be prone to leaf scorch and are best grown in a semi shade position. Parsley's lower leaves tend to go yellow very quickly if they get too much water but recover quickly if these are taken off and the compost allowed to dry alittle. Rosemary will lose it's lower leaves if the compost is to dry and having lots of rain doesn't mean it reaches the compost so pots do sometimes need extra water. Healthy plants which have been fed and watered will ward of diseases but there's no accounting for the weather which has been blamed for alot this year.

To spray or not to spray?

Posted: 02/08/2012 at 22:58

It would interesting to read the advise.

Can black spot spread onto neighbouring plants, I've a climbing rose with black spot but a nearby honeysuckle and clematis have also developed black spots on their leaves

What's the weather like in your area?

Posted: 02/08/2012 at 22:52

It was dry and sunny when I got home, so spent a few hours in the garden. 

The runner/french beans seem to be soldiering on. Picked the first of the runners at the weekend, me thinks the art is to pick them small. The French bean's now have flowers, later than the runners, but there are small pods appearing. They've been trained over an arch covering a path, was hoping for a canopy of leaves guess there's still time yet for side shoots.     

What's the weather like in your area?

Posted: 01/08/2012 at 21:28

Drove home today under a lovely blue sky but by 7.30 it was raining.

All this talk of food reminds me of my mothers home baking. As children we would argue over who's turn it was to scape out the mixing bowl, she made cakes to die for. In the summer we'd pick wild fruit - gooseberries, blackberries and go apple poaching, there was an orchard at the local vicarage.....if children did that now they'd end up on an ASBO.

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Posted: 31/07/2012 at 21:25

Hi, Sarah, sounds like you have nice fertile soil after growing green manure. Some great idea's have already been posted and you don't want to leave the ground open to weeds.

I'd certainly 2nd growing some herbs and using part of your plot as a nursery for flowers. There are lots of flowers which can be sown now for next year and planted out before the autumn. I'm trying foxglove amoungst others for the first time. 

GW mag for August have 10 vegs which can still be sown and buying veg plug plants is still an option. 


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