Zoomer44


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Talkback: Growing cucumbers

Posted: 10/08/2015 at 22:12

GWRS, I've had lots of male flowers on all my cucurbits. 

New allotment OMG...

Posted: 10/08/2015 at 22:05

Hope you win a prize Ginagibbs. Let us know how you get on  

Went to Gresgarth Hall open garden day yesterday. The garden of Arebella Lennox Boyd, love the way she has grown her fruit tree's in the veg garden.

Went to water the GH on plot. Picked some Tom's and courgette's. Lots of runner beans now. 

Looking to start a business and need advice

Posted: 09/08/2015 at 23:35

A guy I work with reduced his hours to become self-employed as a gardener, not alot of work over winter though so he is a handyman during the Winter period and has improved his skills taking night classes in things like plumbing. He's applied for VR.

Another friend has qualifications in horticulture and works self-employed on three gardens in the Lake district, full time throughout the year. I think it was a position he applied fo and the owners aren't able to maintain the garden.

To cut to the chase, have you considered doing something else to fill the gap over winter period or maintaining one/ two gardens during the prosperous months and accepting during the less prosperous months you would have a regular income in maintaining these.

Anyone grow globe artichokes...

Posted: 09/08/2015 at 09:35

I've 6 plants which survived winter but not all grown fruit this yr. One was ready to crop late June. I picked when they were just slightly bigger then golf ball size. I'm leaving what is left to flower.

 

They were still very tender inside after steaming and the centre wasn't really hairy but tender green. A sharp knife is needed  to top and tail before cooking and scissors to snip the tips.

I'd advise to pick when small.

Talkback: Growing cucumbers

Posted: 08/08/2015 at 20:57

If developing cues are going yellow then fall off the plant it's likely they were not pollinated properly or the plant is not able to carry the number of fruit that have set. 

New allotment OMG...

Posted: 08/08/2015 at 20:37

Went to the plot to water GH and picked some more Tom's, lettuce. Onions are ready to pick most have now fallen over. 

Need to plant out 2nd lot of Swede but may have left them to long in their modules. 1st lot were a white tubular, French variety which needed to picked small as they go stringy when cooked. These new ones are a yellow, round, French variety.

My brother has 50 flag stones I can have on account he is renewing his drive.He lives out of town though and with no trailer can only move 4 at a time in back of car and need someone at either end of the trip to load and unload. I can see this will be project in motion over sometime. 

 

New allotment OMG...

Posted: 07/08/2015 at 20:52

What a find Gardengirl.

Nasturgum flowers are nice to eat, so are the seeds when green, they have a peppery taste, excellent on a salad. I can't bring myself to eat the leaves though

Blackcurrent pruning

Posted: 07/08/2015 at 20:27

Am I right in thinking black currants fruit on the previous yrs growth were as red and white currants fruit on the current yrs growth, so by pruning black currants now gives the plant time to put on new growth before the  autumn.

My bushes are only a couple of yrs old and still very small so haven't pruned the older branches this time but pruned new shoots by half. I've also cut out branches growing into the centre to allow for air circulation in the centre of the bushes.

Blackberries

Posted: 06/08/2015 at 22:27

No blackberries yet, flowers only just been pollinated here in my part of Lancs. Bumper crop of currants and strawberries though

chilli peppers

Posted: 05/08/2015 at 20:29

I purchased an apache chilli plant from the nearly dead section at a local store, it was really bushy with loads of pollinated flowers on, most had died with chillies developing. Clearly the guy who ran the section didn't know his chillies, what a find  

The chillies are smaller then usual but are starting to go red and I'm not disappointed with the heat or quantity.

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Just signed up for a new allotment...OMG...  
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