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What's the weather like in your area?

Posted: 05/08/2013 at 22:16

We've had more rain which was welcomed as I'm at work during the week. It's still warm but not humid. 

The grounds no longer cracked and dry looking, funny it's only looked like that on the veg bed which was manured in the Autumn, the other beds have dried out but not cracked. Slug pellets don't last long in this weather, I'm having the worst year ever for slugs and snails. They are absailing in the GH, egg shells haven't kept them at bay and I've found one or two snails jammed in a gap in the glass 5ft up from the ground.

 

Talkback: Cockchafers

Posted: 05/08/2013 at 21:56

Hi, David, I had a similar experience, first time I saw one was in the lounge, it crawled out from the fire place and then took off flying round the room, if the door hadn't have been open I'd have left the outline of my body in a closed door

Thinking it was a mutant cockroach or rare species I caught it and rang the university only to be told it was a maybug which can swarm here in heat generated from motorway traffic and was harmless. The guy was ever so nice, even thanked me for calling.

tomatoes

Posted: 05/08/2013 at 20:53

I've found Golden Sunrise to be a good cropper but the toms haven't  ripened yet. Apart from some already mentioned I've also grown Tiny Tim, Ailsa Craig and Cerise, all looking like good croppers, toms beginning to ripen on some of the plants.

Christmas Grape and Floridity,two heritage one's, are tasty, both growing alot better this year in the GH bed rather than in pots and Garden Pearl is doing well in a pot in the garden.

What's the weather like in your area?

Posted: 04/08/2013 at 20:47

Poured with rain for most of the day.  

Seed swap

Posted: 04/08/2013 at 19:23

Ping

Sunflower seed heads for bird feed

Posted: 04/08/2013 at 19:09

No reason why you can't leave the flower heads on for the birds. As your's is a small variety, the seeds will be smaller than the huge sunflower varieties. Birds will still eat then regardless of the size. 

I've grown a few different varieties of varying sizes ranging from dwarf to 5 or 6ft this year and plan to save as many seeds as I can to feed birds over winter.

At present bee's are attracted to them like a magnet. If you have alot of sunflowers you could cut some when the petals have dropped, to dry for winter bird feed. I make fat balls during the winter and mix them with other seeds.   

Forum up the creek

Posted: 03/08/2013 at 23:08

That's strange, I've just posted on this thread and it's not come up. The spell check is still not working and threads aren't being being renewed. Zoomer thinks about going to watch a film on Sky...

Forum up the creek

Posted: 03/08/2013 at 23:02

I've been having trouble with notifications for a while, can't remember when I last got one. E-mailed Daniel and he's usually really good at getting back but no response this time.

Yesterday the threads weren't renewing. I gave up in the end. 

Blueberries

Posted: 02/08/2013 at 23:02

My blueberry bushes don't seem to get any bigger , I've two bushes in ericacious compost, in pots.

I bought 'Top Hat' either last year or the year before, it's still the same size and hasn't grown. It flowered this year but didn't produce fruit and I assumed the birds had taken the flowers. The other blueberry plant produces so little I thought of starting again with new plants but not sure which varieties to buy. Top Hat is surposed to be a bumper cropper - NOT - in zoomers garden.

Which varieties do you grow sally?

 

Tomato plants in greenhouse

Posted: 02/08/2013 at 22:36

My toms are looking the best they've ever been. Usually the leaves go dark green and are really tough but this year they're more lush and tender looking. The plants have fruited earlier and I took the leaves off from the bottom to the first fruit. It's made it so much easier to water and feed.

I also knipped the tops of cordons before they reached the roof of the GH, so they are at least 1ft shorter.

Discussions started by Zoomer44

Slug solution....

I found a slow worm on the plot today. 
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Every so pleased...first plants will go in at the weekend...

After much hard work and several weekends later...it's suprising what you can do in a few hours...  
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What do rabbits not eat...

There's an area at the bottom of the plot which will not be enclosed...  
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Clearing brambles...

There were brambles down one side of the allotment... 
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Rabbit's on the allotment and other Q's...

Firstly, advise needed to build a rabbit proof fence. 
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First day on the allotment...

The first day was stopped at half time due to rain...  
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Strawberry sticks

Has anyone grown these... 
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New allotment OMG...

I've just signed up for an allotment... 
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Spud fairs...

It's that time of year again when thoughts turn to which spuds to grow... 
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Christmas trees...

Who will be buying a real tree this year... 
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GH tom bed...

The soil/compost was changed this year...  
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Wild life...

Has anyone been watching Autumnwatch...  
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Saving bean seeds...

This was a new venture last year... 
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Self seeding foxglove...

I was a tab bit slow in collecting seeds from foxglove...  
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