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Re: Growing for the Apocalypse
« Reply #15 on: 07 April, 2020, 01:42:17 PM »
so I've been getting the gardon ready to grow stuff like I used to with my dad went and found the seeds we have but my memory sucks can anyone identified theses bean seeds ?
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Re: Growing for the Apocalypse
« Reply #16 on: 07 April, 2020, 02:53:33 PM »
I think this page should be of help to you, Cyberleader.  :)

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Re: Growing for the Apocalypse
« Reply #17 on: 07 April, 2020, 07:47:15 PM »

Just sown some sweet pepper seeds.....Fingers crossed.

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Re: Growing for the Apocalypse
« Reply #18 on: 07 April, 2020, 11:43:13 PM »
so I've been getting the gardon ready to grow stuff like I used to with my dad went and found the seeds we have but my memory sucks can anyone identified theses bean seeds ?


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Re: Growing for the Apocalypse
« Reply #19 on: 08 April, 2020, 10:57:25 PM »
 :lol: :lol: :lol:

Mother recons that the two coloured ones are two variety of runner beans and the white one in the middle is a french bean.

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Re: Growing for the Apocalypse
« Reply #20 on: 09 April, 2020, 05:57:17 PM »
I am massively non-green fingered my self, so asked my partner for hints and tips to share with you.

She instantly recommended the app ‘RHS Grow Your Own’. You tell it exactly what it is you want to grow in your garden, and then it tells you every month what you have to do to grow those things from seeds, every step of the way.

Throughout, it gives tips on growing, planting, harvesting, common problems, dealing with pests, and recommended varieties. 

She is learning as she grows (excuse the pun), so this time next year she won’t be as reliant on the app.

She also recommends you keep a diary (you can do this in the app if you want) of what worked and what didn’t work, to either repeat the successes or figure out how to be more productive next year.


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Re: Growing for the Apocalypse
« Reply #21 on: 29 May, 2020, 02:23:18 PM »

All my sweet pepper seeds have failed to germinate! :(

I really need a soft, long ... hosepipe (Stop it! I've re awakened my old knee injury and I can't cope with all the watering I need to do.


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Re: Growing for the Apocalypse
« Reply #22 on: 29 May, 2020, 03:04:48 PM »
All my sweet pepper seeds have failed to germinate! :(

I really need a soft, long ... hosepipe (Stop it! I've re awakened my old knee injury and I can't cope with all the watering I need to do.


Yup - a knee-trembler isn't going to help ;)




Meanwhile, sawfly have attacked my beloved gooseberry bushes.  Gooseberries are my favourite fruit, so the utter lack of them in shops mean I thought finally having a garden would allow me to actually have some each year.  Currently waiting for some highly specialised living culture thing to arrive in the post - but it might take seven days in which time the bushes will be stripped of leaves.

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Re: Growing for the Apocalypse
« Reply #23 on: 29 May, 2020, 08:40:38 PM »
Same thing has happened to our gooseberries - reduced to sticks in a week by little caterpillary bastards  Luckily our raspberries in the same bed have escaped so far - is it separate species of sawfly for each? (he asked hopefully)

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Re: Growing for the Apocalypse
« Reply #24 on: 29 May, 2020, 11:13:27 PM »
Same thing has happened to our gooseberries - reduced to sticks in a week by little caterpillary bastards  Luckily our raspberries in the same bed have escaped so far - is it separate species of sawfly for each? (he asked hopefully)

No idea - but I'll let you know if the nemotode thing works.

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Re: Growing for the Apocalypse
« Reply #25 on: 30 May, 2020, 05:41:04 AM »

UH oh.... Those bastards attacked my roses last year. I resorted to a chemical spray (Although it claimed to be organic) It's the only way.

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Re: Growing for the Apocalypse
« Reply #26 on: 20 June, 2020, 05:09:36 PM »
Well it's a mixed bag here in the the postage-stamp Wastland appended to TordelTowers.  Herbs, salad leaves and raspberries are plentiful and delicious; the various legumes, carrots, leeks, courgettes and tomatoes are steadily growing; but our gooseberries are now reduced to barren sticks and motherstarvin' Potato Blight (Early variety) has struck and struck hard: and our earlies and main crops take up half of all our available space, so it's a bit of a fungus in the arse.

Anyone have any experience of tackling blight? Incredibly I've never had it before, and had even fallen to scoffing at the endlessly-repated blight warnings on the weather forecast. Pride goeth before the Phytopthora.

We've only about 40 plants in total (15 earlies, 25 main crop), so so far we've just been cutting back the affected stems - should we go the copper sulphide route too?  The earlies are the ones showing symptoms at the moment, and should be good to start harvesting over the next fortnight, so we're sort-of crossing our fingers at the moment. 

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Re: Growing for the Apocalypse
« Reply #27 on: 20 June, 2020, 10:34:10 PM »
We received our first batch of the delightfully named Nemasys* sprayed one batch, kept the remainder in the fridge and then did the garden again.  The gooseberries appear to be recovering, though I doubt we'll see much more in the way of fruit this year.  From what I understand of the life-cycle of the gooseberry sawfly† it looks like they may have laid eggs in the soil, so I've got another batch coming about two months  after the first.  I'm weighing up whether to be ultra-alert next year or just go ahead and buy some anyway‡.


* no warlock-ish tendecies yet apparent.
† in answer to Tordel's query - yes, it appears to be genus-specific - different sawflies attack different plants.
‡ I can't emphasise enough how annoying these things are to somebody whose favourite fruit is rarely seen in shops - I've seriously been able to eat gooseberries six years this century - and that's counting last years tiny first-year gooseberries from the garden and this year's small crop before the sawfly came along§.
§ I'm not counting gooseberries that have been processed in to jam or yoghurt here.  Though that would only add one or two years anyway.

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Re: Growing for the Apocalypse
« Reply #28 on: 21 June, 2020, 12:21:44 PM »
No blight detected in my patch (yet) I’ve just lifted my 1st shaws of my 2nd earlies (Epicure) very popular in my area and the first ones sold out in the local garden centres.
These are going to be boiled tonight served with a dollop of butter to go with my rib-eye 😁
Everything a wee bit later up here in Scotland but things are picking up
Harvesting some of my pea pods.
Red onions are looking good.
Plenty of lettuce.
Carrots & beetroot look promising.
Strawberries almost ready
Raspberries starting to flower.
Broccoli plants ready to replace The tatties when lifted.
Working from home has definitely allowed me to keep on top of the garden this year.
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Re: Growing for the Apocalypse
« Reply #29 on: 21 June, 2020, 12:51:06 PM »
Golf is a mental illness.  Nationalising the land is a public service in more ways than one.

I did agree with you in the past, and still hate both the game of golf and the idea of what could be an attractive local park being turned into a weirdly sculptured freakshow that people in stupid clothes have to pay to walk slowly around.

However, I know more than one person for whom golf is the only barrier between themselves and intense depression and loneliness.  In my home town, the golf course is fairly well known and apparently not prohibitively expensive - you see the people who were once considered chavvy, troublemaking sorts mixing with the middle-class types from so-called respectable backgrounds.  (The last time I saw that was when ecstasy was introduced to the town, and my much younger self was dancing and hugging lads who used to bully me). 

Anyway, I'm growing what my friend assured me is called 7 Mountain Giant mint, and yesterday found some wild peppermint home and put that in a pot too. I also have basil, which is flourishing, and coriander, which I really don't seem to be able to look after at all - it just goes from a lovely green clump to a withered mess every time.
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