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Help needed!

Posted: 03/08/2015 at 22:16

I use the weather link regularly and find it very good, it's usually accurate too not just for the weather but gauging whether to damp down the GH in terms of humidity levels.

No complaints but in terms of improvements a blight alert column would be useful.

New allotment OMG...

Posted: 31/07/2015 at 21:32

Lucky you Gg, no blackberries here yet, I dug mine up on the plot, they grow over the fence now from the railway embankment. Have had a few loganberries though, they look like rasberries but have a milder taste to blackberries.

Went to the plot to water the GH this evening and picked some lettuce, pea's and first dwarf beans.

In the GH, toms are begining to go red, have loads of green chillies on just two plants. Sweet peppers/auberines are looking good. Cue's not so healthy looking but the one's I grew from seed are beginning to put on growth.     

New allotment OMG...

Posted: 26/07/2015 at 22:33

Pentillie - no I've not tried Crimson Crush. Good luck with the variety though

GWRS - I can't find anything in my RHS, pest and problems book. I'm only guessing but there could be two problems, somethings clearly eating holes in the leaves and could have infected the plant with a virus. My swede have holes in the leaves and the plants aren't thriving, the swedes developed though but I'm picking them small as their leaves are going yellow too but I've seen flea beetle on them and these  beetles wouldn't effect either chard or pok choi. Why not post a thread on the main board and see what the response is .   

I invited friend and 3 children for a bar-b-cue on the plot today to pick fruit and veg. Sadly it rained, but not put off we cooked the burgers at home and the children picked strawberries/black currants in the back garden for desert before going to  the plot late afternoon. They are of an age where they can pick stuff like strawberries, currants, pea's and beans independently. They also know not to eat anything until mummy or Zoomer says they can but Lucy spotted 3 red toms in the GH and after being told they could be picked and eaten, were gone before her brothers got a look in .       


Moss in greenhouse

Posted: 26/07/2015 at 21:42

It may not be necessary to use either. I use my hose on a strong jet which usually dislodges anything between the panes. Then the bits which haven't been dislodged on the first attempt use a plant label to losen more and repeat the process.      

New allotment OMG...

Posted: 23/07/2015 at 19:49

Went to the plot today. Weeded the potato patch, me thinks they have the onset of blight. Planted up some calabrese and more herbs.

Rubarb and strawberries have been plentiful. Fruit bushes are only into their second yr so not much fruit but the one's in the back garden have done well. I'm not expecting anything off the fruit tree's. There was only one flower on the plum and about four on one of the apple tree's. The pear tree's look dead, buy cheap - pay twice .

Picked the first of the beetroot, shallots, pea's, a cue and and one red tomato.

Gluts on lettuce, swede, chard, spinach at present. 

I'm trying the '3 sister 's'. I've 2 mini pop beds, so have a squash plant growing into one with dwarf french beans planted within reaching distance into the bed. In the other sweetcorn bed, two courgette plants trained into it. No beans in this one though - this is my version and called the 2 sister's     

If you post a pic GWRS, maybe able to help. 

Chili plants loosing flowers

Posted: 21/07/2015 at 22:37

I've previously grown apache, it produces loads of chillies, I've still dried one's left from last yr. 

I found some of the flowers dropped off when the plant was ladened with fruit. Maybe you've missed some with the paint brush, Labrat, or maybe, the plant is saying pick me, I picked a few green one's last yr for cooking and eating. They are quite mild, when green though, but the plant produces that much there's heaps left for drying    

New allotment OMG...

Posted: 20/07/2015 at 21:30

How good is that GWRS  Ever so pleased for you

Strawberry conserve was a bit of a disaster, whilst waiting for it to reach setting point I flicked through some cook books and found one which said be mindful not to boil to long as this reduces the pectrin, me thinks I boiled to long.

I'm still picking strawberries, had my first blueberries from back garden yesterday eaten from the bush before the birds got to them as there were so few, it's a new bush though and there's always next yr's bumper harvest to look  forward to.      

Went to the plot yesterday to pick/harvest and water GH. Picking strawberries, rubarb, spinach, chard, swede, globe artichokes, mangetout, red lettuce, selection of herbs and nasturgium flowers for salads.

Pea's/sugar snap not quite ready. French/runner beans begining to reach the top of their supports so nipped some out. Isn't it strange how they wrap themselves around supports in the same clockwise direction.         

Happy harvesting everyone

New allotment OMG...

Posted: 17/07/2015 at 22:49

Zoomer goes off to put a note on side of micro wave reminding her not to defrost cooked pies and to check what gas4 is for fan ovens  

Looking forward to reading how you guy's get on, GWRS and Gardengirl, good luck  and will try to get a booklet to find out what the rules are for the village show.

Opted to make red currant jelly, it took forever to reach setting point and I've a strawberry conserve in the making.  

Gg I only started making jam last yr and always wanted to bake because of plesant memories of my mother baking when I was a child. She made apple pie to die for and her currant slices were out of this world. 

I don't have a huge freezer so preserving/drying and storing stuff seems to be the best way to go. We all start somewhere and I started with a couple of good books. Gg, you will be suprised at how much you grow this year, which you can't eat all at once...      

Not been down to the plot today but will need to go tomorrow to water the GH.

Worst Gardening Tool

Posted: 17/07/2015 at 21:41

Just for the record, back problems aren't restricted to the over 50's.

Worst Gardening Tool

Posted: 17/07/2015 at 21:39

My wost tool is also the best piece of kit I have at present. A petrol strimmer, why don't they come with a harness, that would take the pressure of my back. I can only use it for about 15mins at a time.  

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