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Gooseberry Bushes

Posted: 02/06/2014 at 23:43

If pot grown you can plant them out now. You won't get anything from them this year as gooseberries are at their prime now and heavy with developing fruit but next year you should get a crop. 

If space is a problem, pot them up but aim to plant out either October or March for a crop next year, you can plant out between these dates but the reality is the ground is often frozen.    

gourds

Posted: 02/06/2014 at 21:56

I'm trying for the second time, snakes weren't very successful last year  .

I'm trying a mix of small fruits and Russian Dolls this time. I'm in the NW and was going to treat them like courgettes, the plants look similar. Germination has been good. The one's still in the GH are looking good and one planted out a couple of weeks ago is doing well.  

It's worth a try, nothing ventured, nothing gained, plant some out and if you have a GH or similar grow some in there.

How far north are you..... 

Help...marestail and other nasties...

Posted: 02/06/2014 at 21:38

Marestail is now coming up in between veggies I'm growing, won't it be difficult to spray without it affecting the veg.  

leaves mottled on early pots

Posted: 30/05/2014 at 00:15

My first earlies on the allotment are just coming into flower,can't wait to dig them up.

Hope you have a good crop, let us know how you fair...

leaves mottled on early pots

Posted: 27/05/2014 at 15:47

There is a form of early blight which produces dark angular spots on the leaves of spuds, it's not serious and rarely impacts on the crop.  

Unrelated, late blight starts as large yellow spots, and this is usually after a long humid period, so no worries on that front.     

Spuds thrive off a regular feed of seaweed feed or a tomato feed.

Happy growing.  

Growing veg

Posted: 27/05/2014 at 15:32

Chillies, peppers and aubergines would grow well in a warm conservatory, it's to late to sow their seeds but you can probably still purchase small plants from a GC

Some varieties of tomatoes can grow quite tall, pinch out the growing tip in late August or when six or seven trusses (flowering tips) have developed which ever is earlier. This tops the plant growing and it puts more effort into the developing fruit.       .  

New Member

Posted: 24/05/2014 at 20:23

Hi, Nicky, welcome to the forum

Happy growing. Where in the south are you, my brother has a house in Agde and the neighbours grow veg in their gradens...no need for a GH...toms and cues do really well outdoors...

Oh no, lily beetles are back!

Posted: 24/05/2014 at 19:14

Not heard of cola being a deterent but anythings worth a try.

KEF, started to squash the little blitters today. Tough little beetles aren't they

Apples and pears....

Posted: 23/05/2014 at 19:17

Having learned from you kind people, the tree which I'd hoped was an apple, turns out to be a cherry plum, started me thinking about purchasing apple and pear tree's.

On the allotment we can only plant tree's from root stock M27 (very dwarfing) and M9 (dwarfing). Can anyone explain what this means, are tree's grafted on to the roots. The local GC has tree's on root stock M26!       

We have a local nursery where you can purchase the tree now and pick up in November for planting as bare root. There doesn't seem to be alot of choice though and when I asked the lady in the shop what root stock they were on she looked at me like I'd just broken into speaking manderin chinese.

I also have a Q about variety...any recommendations. I'd want self polinating tree's as there's only really room for a couple of tree's.

Also a Q about tree's or cordons. The nursery had a brambly which looked the right shape to grow as a cordon...am I right in thinking these can be trained up fences...

Thank you for replies in advance...  

Oh no, lily beetles are back!

Posted: 23/05/2014 at 18:37

Hi, Bob,

What with slugs and snail's absailing over the fence, carrot fly smelling carrots from 2 mile aways and pigeons swooping over head, marestail growing whilst you look at it and now flying lilly beetles...it's like a batttle zone out there......think this might be a battle I'll lose, I don't like squashing beetles...

Think I'll stick to growing lillies at home next year...

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Growing lillies.

A Q about used compost...  
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Thought I start as new compost thread. 2013 from what I recall wasn't a particularly good year for compost,  
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Replanting blueberry bushes...

I've a couple of bushes in pots.... 
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Has anyone won anything.... 
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Glode artichokes, over wintering..

Hadn't planned to grow these... 
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