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Potatoes falling over

Posted: 07/07/2013 at 23:02

It's quite normal if the plants don't have support.

I put cane supports in the bags with twine wrapped round the canes before the spuds start to grow, spuds grown in bags tend to grow taller than those grown in the ground and can be blown over by the wind or simply because they've got top heavy.

They could also be dying back ready for harvest.

flowers failing to open

Posted: 07/07/2013 at 22:00

bigolob. There did appear to be less on sale, here too. I look at GC's stock to guage how well mine are growing and their's were similar to mine this year, which is unusual, GC's one's are normally romping away. 

If you sow back up plants, a couple of weeks after the first lot have germinated and don't plant all out at the same time, you have a wider window for success. Your later sowing will also go on producing more veg when the first on'e have been exhausted.    

Biennials

Posted: 07/07/2013 at 21:35

I sow cornflowers at the same time as sweet pea in the GH. They've over wintered 2 out of the past 3 years, you need to fleece them if the temp drops to low. Can't remember which variety I grow but the flowers are blue/purple in colour.

Don't be lulled into trying 'snowman', that one didn't get through this winter. 

Blue Lake Climbing Beans- Very late to flower??

Posted: 07/07/2013 at 21:24

Fidgetbones.I'm also trying Hyacinth beans and Black Eye Cowpea apparently they are sensitve to heat changes, your beans might be the same. 

I've plenty of seeds left to try again next year...might try growing them in the plastic GH  next year if they don't do well...nothing ventured, nothing gained....

Happy growing

Red and white currants....

Posted: 07/07/2013 at 21:06

Don't think there's enough for jelly, maybe next year, I took some cuttings and most have rooted. Freezing sounds a good plan and strawberry jam sounds yummie with scones and cream.

I've tried to plug the gap, two pigeons were in the garden today until they so me, the cat is currantly on guard duty and the blueberries are on the naughty step   

Red and white currants....

Posted: 07/07/2013 at 00:11

Hi,

This is my first successful crop of currants when the birds haven't got them and I'm every so pleased with them  but me thinks I'm on borrowed time. I've pruned the top branches off to allow sun in, netted them but there's a gap of 1ft at the bottom of the netting frame. Second line of defence against birds are several children's brightly coloured windmills spinning in the wind. Hope they aren't all eaten by the morning, I've only had one bunch.

The red currants are begining to all change colour, making it obvious to see when reds will be ready, will the white one's be ready at the same time?

Do you pick them all at once or can some be left on the plant for a later picking? They were left to late last year and the birds got to them

How long do they keep and what is the best way to keep them?

There's only so many currants one can eat in a week

Biennials

Posted: 06/07/2013 at 23:53

To add to the list, Bellis does well with me and flowers early, bee's love them. Also if you grow herbs, parsley. I'm trying Holly Hock and wallflower this year.

Cornflowers do well if the winter is mild, like the one we've just had. I keep these in the GH in pots to over winter.

Help needed

Posted: 06/07/2013 at 23:24

Hi, Shazza,

Aura Garden Guides have one called 'Propagation' by Siegfried Stein. It gives practical advise on propagating and sowing your own seeds. Lots of pictures and it covers cuttings, sowing methods, layering, division and grafting. Reasonable price too, possibly 3 or 4 £'s.

   

Blue Lake Climbing Beans- Very late to flower??

Posted: 05/07/2013 at 22:55

Beans are late in growing here in this part of the  NW and nowhere near flowering, Pea's are just starting to flower but the plants are small,  me thinks you are doing well to have flowers from beans.

I'm trying to grow yard long noodles in the GH for the first time, it's a variety of bean, could have chosen a better year to start growing them though, they are still tiny seedlings and  are being rapidly over shadowed by other plants.     

flowers failing to open

Posted: 05/07/2013 at 22:01

I'm with KEF on this 

You can also self pollinate courgette's to encourage the female flower to reproduce. I've been seeing if the bee's will do it this year but sometimes mother nature needs a helping hand. If you take a male flower and dip it into the female flower the pollen is transferred and once pollinated the female will then grow. The courgettes which start to go rotten on the end usually haven't been polinated. 

Discussions started by Zoomer44

A vote of confidence....

Just thought I'd share this with fellow posters.... 
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