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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. 

Strawberry Growing Experiment

Posted: 05/07/2013 at 21:40

Hi, Rain. Interesting experiment. It's understandable with the watering regime, if they dry out it's likely to set them back.  

I have four new varieties this year, Pegasus - June fruiting, Rhapsody-mid to late, Honeyoye - early and Cambridge Favourite - June. A couple each in two big planters with flowers. They've been watered well and fed weekly after they started to flower.

Pegasus and Rhapsody started fruiting in June, this pot gets most sun and I've had some really big tasty strawberries. Honeyoye hasn't done as well, small strawberries with some going bad and Cambridge Favourite hasn't produced any fruit.They've all produced runners though. 

It would be interesting to see if you got different results with different varieties, some may grow better than others in pots.

cutting buds/flowers

Posted: 04/07/2013 at 23:16

I'm no expert on growing flowers but like cut flowers. 

Love growing stuff in the garden but work full time, so it's always nice to come downstairs in the morning, rain or shine to see flowers indoors before I go off to work.

Hope you enjoy your indoor flower display....  

Christmas spuds in July....

Posted: 04/07/2013 at 22:55

No probs. Just hope they don't sell out before I can talk to big brother to share the P&P

Christmas spuds in July....

Posted: 04/07/2013 at 22:41

 Sounds good until you check out Simply seed who are selling 10 tubers for £2.45. Not a huge selection only Nicola and Maris Peer and I didn't check out P & P but I'd recommend them.

T & M are £9.99 for 20 tubers and only two varieties advertised as Christmas spuds.

Where have all the ladybirds gone?

Posted: 04/07/2013 at 21:45

Seen one or two ladybirds earlier in the year but none for a couple of month here in the NW. Not many butterflies either. Lots of bee's and spiders though.

I've not had much damage from slugs and snails but they are out there as 1/2 dozen were stuck to the lid of the recycle bin when it was emptied at the weekend and they gather in the lid of the compost bin. 

Let your spuds flower it's a sign they are healthy and doing well, harvest when the foliage starts to die back.   

Discussions started by Zoomer44

Soil like dust...

I've taken over another half plot on the allotment...  
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It's a tab bit early to ask but...

Whose growing Christmas spuds... 
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Sowing parsnips....

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Fruit tree ID...

Can anyone identify this fruit tree... 
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Buy cheap pay twice...

I knew when I bought it I shouldn't have done.. 
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What to grow in vacated veg beds....

I've three raised beds.... 
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A vote of confidence....

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