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Rust and Garlic

Posted: 02/10/2012 at 22:13

Kes - This does not answer your Q - my garlic had rust this year but it didn't prevent it from being a good crop although it was harvested early and the bulbs were small. 

I hadn't realised it can't now  be planted in the same spot for 5 yrs and am about to start next years crop in modules. It'll go in a different part of the garden and I've 24 new bulbs but can bulbs be used from plants which matured from rust infected plants?  I was going to use one of the bulbs from this years crop for next?



How to prevent damping off?

Posted: 02/10/2012 at 21:50

After having problems with damping off when potting up germinated veg seedlings, toms, peppers etc.. I was advised to use vermiculite on the surface of the compost ensuring there is ample around the stems, and water the new plants from below. I seldom lose a plant to damping off now whether that be flowers or veg when potting up for the first time.

If a plant needs potting up a second time I add perlite to the compost mix, this helps retain moisture so the pot doesn't need to be watered as much.


What's the weather like in your area?

Posted: 02/10/2012 at 20:36

Don't know about your part of the NW Jo, but the tree's are losing their leaves here, a true sign autumn has arrived. I usually like autumn, there's something calming seeing the change of colour in the landscape but it seems to have happened over night.

What's the weather like in your area?

Posted: 02/10/2012 at 20:22

The box said light rain here in the NW - not - it's been relentless again this evening.

What have you achieved in the garden after a bad day at work?

Posted: 30/09/2012 at 20:47

A little but often works for me


Posted: 30/09/2012 at 18:06

Your fuchsia is absolutely fabulously.

What's the weather like in your area?

Posted: 30/09/2012 at 18:03

Rain all day here in this part of the NW, not far from Blackpool. I've often driven down the coastal road into Lytham-St -Annes, past the dunes and wondered how they keep such lovely gardens despite the sea winds, salt and sand.

Jo- my old boiler despite being reliable eventually became obsolete for parts and you can bet your bottom dollar it will go when you need it most during winter. My brother installed mine many years ago when he was a 'plumber', he's now a 'heating engineer' and although he can issues safety certificates etc. advised me to get one intalled with BG, they aren't the cheapest but reasonably priced, check everything and provide long term garentee's. Best to replace before winter

Frank-me thinks you should enter competitions for your verses and poems

Saving bean seeds...

Posted: 30/09/2012 at 17:15

Dovefromabove - I've just been reading about saving runner/french beans from the link you posted for 'real seeds', me thinks I might get some cross pollination. The mix of beans planted are all touching  and have different coloured pods - purple, yellow, green, and green/red pods. The runner beans were green podded.

If I manage to save some seeds it'll be interesting to see what grows next year. Will plant in the same spot and add a load of muck although if my soil retains anymore water the plants will go sailing out of the garden gate, the rain has been relentless this year but that explains now why the crop was so good

Saving tom seeds...

Posted: 30/09/2012 at 16:56

Dovefromabove - got the link - what an excellent site, it's gone into my favourites. I was a little keen with the seeds saved yesterday, missing out fermentation completely . I've three varieties now in water and fermenting.

Saving seeds is a learning curve at present, all advise is welcome. 

Italophile - Wish now I'd bagged my beans, according to 'real seeds' broad beans need to be a mile apart to avoid cross pollination.        

What's the weather like in your area?

Posted: 29/09/2012 at 22:50

Weather was as Caroline predicted here in this part of the NW. Bright and clear all day, the rain didn't arrive but it's gone a tab bit chilly and the heating went on yesterday.Nice pics Bev. There isn't a lot in flower in my garden at present. Dahlias are still flowering though along with one or two other plants.  

Spent a couple of hours in the garden planting out. I got some white strawberry plants in the ground just hope there's enough time for them to root before winter sets in, the pineberries sadly didn't get this far but there's always next year.    

Discussions started by Zoomer44

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Soil like dust...

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