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Fruit bushes...

Posted: 30/08/2012 at 22:21

Thanks for the links.

I think you may have posted the first link on a previous thread, seeing the size of the gooseberry bushes in the background is what got me thinking, the space my plants were in, is to small. Excellent advise on pruning though, know now why the white currant didn't fruit this year. The gooseberry didn't fruit either it was attacked by flys early on in the season so I had to cut off the fruiting branches.   

To cut to the chase - The area's to small me thinks to leave them there for another season so close together. Taking cuttings sounds a good option though, how would I do this? ..and would the cuttings be ok in a pot over winter?

I was thinking of moving the gooseberry to give the currant plants more room, space these out better and grow a cordon - bush -cordon if you see what I mean.

 

 

  

What's the weather like in your area?

Posted: 30/08/2012 at 21:53

We had some sun today and the sky was clear this evening.It's gone quite cold now, so much so I've put fleece over the Christmas spuds, I'm determined to have some this year and they'll be going in the shed tomorrow evening if it's just as cold   

Fruit bushes...

Posted: 29/08/2012 at 21:52

I've red, white and black currant bushes  along with a gooseberry bush, planted a couple of years ago, in the garden. The problem is, now they've had a couple of years to establish I've realised they are planted in an area which is too small to grow them all as bushes.

Could the red and white currant bushes be re-trained to grow as cordons even though I've allowed them to bush. has anyone tried doing this and was it successful. I read black currant and gooseberry can't be grown as cordons.

What's the weather like in your area?

Posted: 29/08/2012 at 21:15

 We had lots more rain followed by hail today. I cleared some space in the GH over the BH,potted up loads of Belis and Sweet William.

My Christmas spuds seem to like all the rain and the summer harvest should last till they're ready. I actually haven't bought any spuds since June. Beans are doing really well. Runners the best and the french are tasty picked small. I've a yellow variety which is growing like curly fries but they taste ok.

Lawn

Posted: 29/08/2012 at 00:06

There's a piece in GW mag - September edition regarding care of your lawn at this time of year. Any autumn weed and feed is recommended as this kills the weeds and encourages root development, don't purchase a spring one as this encourages top grow which isn't needed at this time of year.    

As Doc says don't be alarmed if area's go black after putting on a weed and feed, those are the weeds dying.   

best flavoured tomatoes

Posted: 28/08/2012 at 23:51

I grew golden sunrise amoungst others, only picked a few as it's slow to change colour, not impressed with the texture and taste either but it's ladened with unripe toms. Christmas grape is a nice cherry one, ate my first this evening, hasn't got many trussels though as it's been grown in a pot on the potting bench and the top was nipped off when it reached the glass so it's only a couple of feet high, will  grow that one next year in a bed to see if it fares better.   

What's the weather like in your area?

Posted: 28/08/2012 at 23:27

We had a nice day here, no rain and the garden furniture was dry when I got home so sat outside reading the paper whilst tea was cooking. Looks like food is going up due to the drought in America and poor harevest here in the UK.   

I looked round the garden, picked tomorrows tea and considered applying for a half section of an allotment.

chilli plant

Posted: 28/08/2012 at 22:31

I dried mine last year and the year before thinking it was an annual. They do dry extremely well and keep their colour, I've still have chillies left from last year, kept in a jar in the kitchen. They turn a darker red when dried and are ever so hot, one is all you need in any dish...

Me thinks I'll keep a plant this year and bring it indoors. Once red on the plant though do they stay like that until picked no matter how long left on the plant. I've apache and cayenne and another 'west' something or other, would need to check the label.

Also tried to grow Chilli Jalapeno but this was culled in favour of the above as it didn't grow nearly as well.  

What's the weather like in your area?

Posted: 27/08/2012 at 21:39

Two days of rain and it has been relentless today with the wind picking up late afternoon.

It was a friends birthday so went to a bar-be-cue yesterday, half expected it to be cancelled...I should be so lucky, the rain didn't put to much of a dampener on things, I lent them a gazebo so at least the food was cooked outdoors and a good time was had by all despite everyone getting a tad bit wet.      

Pictures of your best looking veg..

Posted: 27/08/2012 at 21:16

 I can't do pictures... well done everyone though, very impressed it's a nice feeling when all the hard work pays off  

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