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Aubergines in a greenhouse

Posted: 26/09/2015 at 21:58

My chillies have done really well too, peppers still mainly green although I've had a couple of yellow one's. 

The aubergines I sowed didn't do well, only flowered but the two bought plants did ok, one produced the biggest aubergine I've ever seen

How to make leafmould

Posted: 24/09/2015 at 21:08

My votes with black bags or recycle bins. I used recylce bins for last yrs leaf mulch and gave the contents a good stir every couple of months, it was ready to use approx 12 months later. Three boxes reduced to one. 

This yr I made a heap on the allotment and they were slow to rot down so I've started adding them to the main compost as a 'brown'.

Leaf mould is one of life's wonders for me, it can take up to 2yrs to rot down in bags or  a heap yet is gone before the first snow if left under tree's!  

Talkback: Herbs for shade

Posted: 21/09/2015 at 21:56

Blue bells do well in the shade although their show is in early summer and short lived.

preserving tomatoes

Posted: 17/09/2015 at 22:03

Hi, greenjude, hope you don't mind me joining your thread, I'd also like to know how to dry toms in the oven and how long they keep.  I do make chutney's, sauces etc... but am always looking out for new ways to preserve.

I'm sure someone will come along soon and post helpful advise

Corn on the cob

Posted: 14/09/2015 at 00:19

jane a - Me thinks you are trying to grow far to much in too small an area for plants which need more room to grow. My advise is not to be so adventurious next yr. 

New allotment OMG...

Posted: 13/09/2015 at 00:10

Gardengirl, look forward to seeing your shed, just watched the video link. I gain inspiration from the pallet thread you started .

Pat, this maybe a silly Q but is it currently Spring in NSW, one of my brothers lives in Aderlaide. When we have snow at Christmas, it's their summer.

As our growing seasons do not co-inside I'm looking forward to hearing about your plot over our winter months. Are the temps similar in NSW to the UK, in Spring etc...and what do you plan to grow...I'll soon be saving seeds and am preparing to put some ground to rest with mulches for the winter and like GWRS thinking about jobs to do in the Winter...which maybe... is your summer... 

Potato leaves

Posted: 12/09/2015 at 00:57

All good advise from above and just to add, blight can be a problem for many growers, by planting 1st and 2nd earlies along with main crop spuds you increase your chances of producing a good crop of spuds. The latter keep longer altough I've had 1st and 2nd earlies which are good into December if stored in the dark after being dug up.

I'm happy to be wrong but I'm given to understand high humidity levels  over a three day period are the times when you crop is most at risk. 1st and 2nd earlies mature sooner than main crop and although these can still be caught by blight the spuds underground have grown sufficently to produce a reaonable crop.    

Hope this is helpful when growing spuds next yr

compost bins

Posted: 10/09/2015 at 22:47
I don't put weeds on my compost but dry them out and burn it or take them to the tip.
Grass cuttings go in but not couch grass or any grass with roots still attached.

New allotment OMG...

Posted: 07/09/2015 at 23:28

scoggin, that would have been a challenging walk, Helvellyn, it's the 3rd highest peak in England, the views must have been fab, nice to hear you enjoyed the trip. 

When I was learning to dive, the club used the Lakes as a training ground so I've dived some of the deeper lakes. Not alot to see under the water though  but the drive to different sites were always memerable.

Here's some useless information, there is only one lake in the Lake district, the rest are tarns or waters.

Plan to go to the plot tomorrow.

 

New allotment OMG...

Posted: 07/09/2015 at 00:03

Lol - GWRS, we do get the occassional week when it doesn't rain here in the NW, not many but the rain it is good for flowers and veg .

I live 30 to 40 mins drive from Kendal/Windermere and have never tired from visiting the Lakes.

Did you visit any gardens scroggins - visited John Ruskins home earlier in the yr. Fab views of Coniston Water and Old Man Of Coniston.

Went with a cousin who has walked most of the Wainwright walks over a period of about 20yrs plus. Some of those can be quite scary, I've a fear of hieghtsand struggle when near to the top of peaks if the path is narrow, so walking the peaks in the Lakes isn't something I find enjoyable. Going up is easier than coming down but on my wish list of things to do is to go walking after the snow this yr with said cousin on a nice sedate walk.

Hope you had a nice week scrogins

 

 

Discussions started by Zoomer44

Best site for asparagus...

Multiple choice Q...no ideal site...a case of...best of a bad lot...  
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Growing asparagus...

Any tips... 
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New allotment OMG...Part 2...

Just signed up for a new allotment...OMG...  
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Re planting fruit tree's...

I planted a plum tree last year in what was the right spot.... 
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Shredded pine leaves....

Can they be used as a mulch round blueberry bushes. 
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Weed wands...

Do any posters use them... 
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Poorly dwarf apple tree

I uncovered a dwarf apple amongst brambles last year.... 
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Shed of the year...

Did anyone else watch the programme this evening... 
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Growing globe artichokes...

I'm growing them for the first time... 
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Currant bushes ...should I be worried...

New shoots on my currant bushes are bubbly. The bubbles are orange/brown making the leaves start to shrivel... 
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Growing lillies.

A Q about used compost...  
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Best compost for 2015

Thought I start as new compost thread. 2013 from what I recall wasn't a particularly good year for compost,  
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Replanting blueberry bushes...

I've a couple of bushes in pots.... 
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Advent calendar prize draw...

Has anyone won anything.... 
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Glode artichokes, over wintering..

Hadn't planned to grow these... 
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