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What's the weather like in your area?

Posted: 23/06/2012 at 00:06

The torch went by today and it has been heavy torrential rain all day. I was on the phone as the office emptied mins before it was due to go by and couldn't get out,so three of us had an excellent view from a top floor window ,  after spending weeks saying we should put personal views aside and be supporting this, felt a tab bit guilty when everyone else came back in looking misrable and wet through 

Gardening in Aberdeenshire

Posted: 22/06/2012 at 23:27

Read your thread then watched GW.

I''m in the NW and got a couple of things from this weeks GW, firstly I've garlic, planted last October and now I know it has rust, it will be coming up. On a positive note that make's room for other veg which is ready to plant out.

Secondly, I've plants coming to the end of their flowering season which can be dug up and taken out of the bed so the seedlings which I thought there wasn't room for can now be plant out.

 Monty's garden is huge compared to most, your need to think outside the box, take what's useful and enjoy the rest. 

Is it ever going to STOP!!!!

Posted: 22/06/2012 at 22:46

I had to check the calender to make sure it wasn't April 1st when I first heard about the opening ceremony, I'm sure it will be alot better than it sounds although I'm not sure about the opening music or what the sex pistols did to contribute to the British way of life, their demise was really quite tragic.

Cliff might stand up and sing again at Wimbledon to entertain the crowds during the showers (or torrential rain) worth watching if you can't get out inthe garden. 

Is it ever going to STOP!!!!

Posted: 21/06/2012 at 23:27

Know the feeling, my gardens really lush at present, no doubt due to all the rain but I did despair at the weekend when we had torrential rain and it flooded all the trays and pots.

I enjoyed sitting outside last year, eating breakfast before work, then being able to sit out again in the evening, not so this year, if it isn't raining, last thing I want to do is dry the chairs and table before they can be sat at so the garden is currently being enjoyed from the great indoors and through the window. 

We've had 7 or 8 full smith alerts in June so blight is in the air. Same problems here in the GH and with runners/french beans.

A problem shared is a problem halved, chin up July and August maybe alot better         

Talkback: Wet weather on the veg plot

Posted: 21/06/2012 at 23:04

I grow small scale in three small raised beds, pots and bags and found it's not been alot different from last year (could be famous last words) it's looking like there will be some failures but also successes.

Seem to remember it was dryer and there was more sun this time last year and stuff in the GH did well. GH veg isn't doing as well this year me thinks due to the poor light and less heat in there.

Sweetcorn did well last year but so glad I didn't grow it this as it probably wouldn't have liked the wet and cold. Mouli didn't like the heat last spring but I've have had good results this spring and just finished picking it. Spuds in bags haven't needed watering as much this year and are looking good but I've yet to harvest so don't know whats grown in the bags yet and we've had a number of full smith alerts so the spuds in the ground may not fare so well with possible blight in the air.

Beans have been most disappointing to date some of them are looking a little yellow possibly due to all the rain, some varieties have reached the top of their canes whilst other varieties have yet to find a cane to run up and are only a ft tall.

Slugs have been a problem this year were as last I hardly had any slug damage.

Can I move gladiolus

Posted: 21/06/2012 at 22:35

As Geoff says you don't have any altenative, try to make sure you take up as much of the roots as you can when replanting, less disturbance the better. I've grown them in pots this year and potted up at least once and they've carried on growing, mine are no where near flowering yet though. 

Where have all the birds gone?

Posted: 20/06/2012 at 22:43

I don't get a huge number of birds in the garden but there's been an increase and so I've increased the amount of food on stations, restocking them every couple of days. There's also been an increase in ground feeders too, hoping in amoungest the flowers and on the lawn, particularly in the morning. They don't seem to have been put off by the cat either and early evening come and perch on the trellis.

What's the weather like in your area?

Posted: 20/06/2012 at 22:11

Two warm sunny days on the trot, the GH needed watering and in the end I watered outside pots.,

Go on my jollies towards the end of next week and typically loads of stuff is looking like it will be ready to pick whilst away. The strawberries and currants were netted this evening in the hope there might be some left when I get back and after the birds have had their fill.  

What's the weather like in your area?

Posted: 18/06/2012 at 21:52

It was nice and sunny when I got home this evening. I saw my first ever baby ladybird, if I hadn't been following the wildlife thread I'd have sqashed it thinking it was a nastie, need more than one to eat the greenfly though or it is going to be one fat baby ladybird.

I dug a new border last year  - LORELLI- and introduced climbers and flowers into the new bed, it was so hard work, had to shift a ton and half of slate, the ground was so impacted after 10 years, thought I would die before it was completed, what a difference, didn't expect the plants planted to take as they have, I've bumble bee's, butterflies, a red admiral was spotted at the weekend and the number of different birds which now visit is unbelievable.

Climbers for north facing fence in pots

Posted: 17/06/2012 at 22:03

Sorry I can't help but I'm sure others will, hope you find suitable plants. Happy gardening.

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