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PostPosted: Wed Aug 19, 2015 12:05 pm 
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We used to have a regular Garden feature on the old forum. I wondered how peoples gardens are doing this year.
My Tomatoes are refusing to go red, my courgettes have been a disaster this year the only plants which have done well are cucumbers which I have a glut


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PostPosted: Wed Aug 19, 2015 12:20 pm 
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Apples doing well; pears doing well; plums better than last year; cherry tomatoes doing well; regular tomatoes a bit sluggish; blackberries, that have colonised the bottom third of the garden, massive - they go this Autumn, I hope.

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PostPosted: Wed Aug 19, 2015 12:57 pm 
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Mine's not to bad, lilies did well, funny my courgettes are not much good this year, tomatoes, loads.


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PostPosted: Wed Aug 19, 2015 2:27 pm 
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French Beans were sluggish start but plenty this past three weeks. Satisfied with potatoes grown in containers.
Sadly had to rip out Radishes due to slugs getting at them first. ;thinking:

No Plums or Cherries but Apples and Pears looking fine.


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All Bedding Plants done well this year she has concentrated more on Begonias this year but the best value was 6 trays of Marigolds which have been very colourful and still attractive--the only let-down was my lawn which was ruined 3 yrs ago by a certain company who were treating it. :(

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PostPosted: Wed Aug 19, 2015 3:23 pm 
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Toms are all a bit late and staying green! Chili plants are on schedule with white flowers and fruit starting and our 1 courgette plant keeping us supplied with 2 or 3 per week. My carrots in a container are all green tops and tiny veg. Our apple tree has NONE :shock: this year !
Flowers have all done v. well.

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PostPosted: Wed Aug 19, 2015 4:49 pm 
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Outside tomatoes, very good crop, large fruits, just starting to turn red. Beetroots and parsnips doing great. New fish in ponds thriving, since an earlier disaster in April, when a heron had the lot! It even had the nerve to come back for seconds but it had cleaned us out. Got netting over the ponds now, so it won't do that again.
Flower beds doing well, full of colour. Problem with leatherjackets making bald patches on the lawns. Just had Green Thumb in to deal with those, last week.

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PostPosted: Thu Aug 20, 2015 7:01 am 
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Tomatoes in the greenhouse very slow, large but obstinately green. Not sure why? Very hot in there, they had epsom salts, fed every week and plenty of water.

Bumper crop of apples and plums, everything else doing well - but slow.

Shall we play tick-tack-tag, decide Angellous is - it - and has to ask Miss for a Garden Sticky?


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Avocadoes still on th tree...steadily eating our way through them, but loads still there. Citrus ...lemons, mandarins, grapefruit...plenty. Chokos..plenty. Chili-- damaged during clean up...have to check it out. Olive crop didnt ripen properly, and I wasted it.

Macadamias and pecan nuts doing fine. Bananas not doing well, as cut them back too much last year.


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PostPosted: Fri Aug 21, 2015 7:15 am 
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Now, yer just showing off !!!!!
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Yair, maybe...but it's true..!

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Well you all seem to be doing well it is odd that the toms seem to be taking their time to go red this year, my apple trees one has lots of fruit the other not one, I think they will have a good prune this year. I make chutney and last year I had started to make it this week, but will have to wait a bit longer


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The herbs on the balcony have done well along with my flowers.
Gardening now very easy.


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Figs amazing!


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I pick my tomatoes green and put them in a brown paper bag at the back of the worktop.

They redden up nicely... :wink3:

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My weeds and grass and hedges are fine :opps:

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Fry green tomatoes dipped in corn meal...(not cornflour)..delicious with B n E...

My little plot...Kafir lime to left, Olive trees and Avacadoes...bush lemons, bamboo...



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Dreadful photo...sorry..must do better...


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JJ - that looks really lovely and colourful.


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Anya wrote:
JJ - that looks really lovely and colourful.

Thank you. Not having a garden anymore I still need to plant and tend and watch, albeit slowly these days.
We have beautiful manicured gardens around the building but I just love to be surrounded by colour. Dead heading is very therapeutic.
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We have too much garden but when we bought in 1982 we never envisaged us getting old....
We have had a number of gardeners but none of them actually dig ! all they want to do is play with their electric tools and chop down all in sight .....
I do have Rosemary and Basil amongst the tomatoes etc flowers yes a cottage garden it is but hard work for our eldest lad ...


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lottie wrote:
We have too much garden but when we bought in 1982 we never envisaged us getting old....
We have had a number of gardeners but none of them actually dig ! all they want to do is play with their electric tools and chop down all in sight .....
I do have Rosemary and Basil amongst the tomatoes etc flowers yes a cottage garden it is but hard work for our eldest lad ...

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Your son has done a good job, lovely garden.
This is my cousins wildflower garden in the Midlands. I have not seen it in the flesh but I love it.


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lottie wrote:
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My word, you have got snow early this year :wow:

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widgetwilk wrote:
Mine's not to bad, lilies did well, funny my courgettes are not much good this year, tomatoes, loads.

Tell me widgetwilk, do you cut off the heads of the lilies immediately after they flower?
I ask because we have a large bunch of them in front of our kitchen window surrounding the tiny pond and fountain.
Last year we cut off the heads immediately the petals started to brown and the lilies flowered into September.
This year we left them (until the garden competition judges had been round in july) then cut the flower stalks down as the seedheads were starting to get bigger.
Since then we have had no further flowers.
I suspect we inadvertently told the plants to stop producing flowers by allowing the seeds to start to mature!

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