Early Summer bits and bobs - 2017

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Re: Early Summer bits and bobs - 2017

Postby KG Steve » Fri Jun 23, 2017 9:50 am

I had a disaster with courgettes last year, but pleased to say they are doing well now - the polytunnel is helping! I'm trying 'Piccolo' among others. V nice! Bought Mrs Carrot a spiraliser yesterday so will be trying courgetti tonight for the first time.

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Re: Early Summer bits and bobs - 2017

Postby peter » Sun Jun 25, 2017 8:19 pm

Third meal with Foremost 1st earlies, yum.
I am planting leeks where I've dug the spuds.
My brassicas seem to have survived, so far.

The wood chip mulch I have on parts of one plot really do keep the soil moist underneath, like concrete where it's exposed, deep fissures between the potato rows, we have had literally only the odd five minutes of random drops, insufficient to wet the road, barring one shower that just managed that - no more.
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Re: Early Summer bits and bobs - 2017

Postby Pa Snip » Mon Jun 26, 2017 9:11 am

Yesterday I received a email headed "Latest from Kitchen Garden, 2017-06-25" from the Kitchen Garden subs club.

The subject matter is >

The East Yorkshire based European division of American seed company W. Atlee Burpee & Co., is celebrating after winning two gold medals

Burpee partnered with award-winning nurserymen, Chris Smith and Mike Milligan from Pennard Plants in Somerset and provided tomato, cucumber and pepper plants for the medal winning exhibits.


Just an observation but does the picture used look like a healthy tomato plant to everyone else ??

http://www.kitchengarden.co.uk/-Burpees ... ?el=517809
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Re: Early Summer bits and bobs - 2017

Postby robo » Mon Jun 26, 2017 9:34 am

Seems to have the start of blight
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Re: Early Summer bits and bobs - 2017

Postby KG Steve » Mon Jun 26, 2017 9:41 am

How very dare you Pa Snip! That was one of my own Crimson Crush plants from a few years back! :D I used it as an example of one of the great varieties that the gold medal-winning team have produced over the years. Bit obscure I realise and perhaps I should have stuck with the PR picture that was supplied (between you and me I thought it was a bit boring at the time, but maybe it would have been better than my mouldy old tomatoes!). :roll: I'll make sure I find a better one for you next time...one of Lady Lettuce's tomatoes - she grows 'em better!
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Re: Early Summer bits and bobs - 2017

Postby KG Steve » Mon Jun 26, 2017 9:44 am

Blight! Blight!...I didn't come here to have my tomatoes insulted you know. And on a Monday morning too. I can see how this week is going to pan out. :wink:
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Re: Early Summer bits and bobs - 2017

Postby Pa Snip » Mon Jun 26, 2017 9:50 am

:lol: :oops: sorry Steve, I thought it may be one of their press release ones.

Wasn't me who said it had start of blight, but I did wonder :lol:

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Re: Early Summer bits and bobs - 2017

Postby KG Steve » Mon Jun 26, 2017 9:58 am

No offence taken Pa Snip - I always expect a bit of ribbing and putting in my place when visiting the forum. It wouldn't be the same if I didn't! :)
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Re: Early Summer bits and bobs - 2017

Postby Primrose » Mon Jun 26, 2017 8:24 pm

I think this dry summer is having a good effect on my kohl rabi crop which so far I'm harvesting in excellent condition with none of the usual slug damage which often spoils their appearance. Had this Sputnik for lunch and it was beautifully tender.
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Re: Early Summer bits and bobs - 2017

Postby Westi » Mon Jun 26, 2017 8:28 pm

Don't feel disheartened Steve!

I posted a pic of my Crimson Crush on here as well, full of blight (feel free to check it out)! It did last longer than some of the others but only just, but only got 1 fruit before it's demise. Tasted really nice though & was in expectation of many more, but wasn't to be. That was up close & personal so haven't tried them again as they were pretty expensive at the time.
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Re: Early Summer bits and bobs - 2017

Postby Geoff » Tue Jun 27, 2017 8:05 am

Goodbye trees! Coming back today to stump grind.

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Re: Early Summer bits and bobs - 2017

Postby tigerburnie » Tue Jun 27, 2017 8:52 am

It's persisting it down up here today, will help with the turf I moved for lawn repairs I guess
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Re: Early Summer bits and bobs - 2017

Postby Primrose » Tue Jun 27, 2017 9:08 am

Geoff, one doesn,t always immediately realise how the strong growth of trees can totally change and obscure the landscape over a period of years, and removing really large trees can be an expensive business. It's a dilemma as to whether you have them trimmed back regularly or eventually are forced into having them completely felled
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We noticed this away on holiday at a couple of venues of national interest overlooking water where sadly over the years the original spectacular views over the water had been completely obliterated. Sadly the cost of employing skilled tree surgeons these days is not cheap and in these days of austerity original beautiful landscapes are being ruined, in my view, as a result.
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Re: Early Summer bits and bobs - 2017

Postby KG Steve » Tue Jun 27, 2017 9:34 am

Hedges too. We have a mixed hedge down each side of our narrow garden and over the years they have gradually got higher and wider until one must be 5ft thick and 9-10ft tall. They are clipped twice a year, but without realising I and neighbours have left a few inches more each time I guess until they are now monsters. Intend to get a tree surgeon in with some heavy cutting gear (or chainsaws) to cut them back to a reasonable height and width in late summer/autumn once the birds have stopped nesting.
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Re: Early Summer bits and bobs - 2017

Postby Primrose » Tue Jun 27, 2017 9:49 am

Yes hedges cause the same problems too and ten years later you suddenly realise that your garden is half the size it was originally because it has intruded so much! The other problem of course is that during that time the stems have thickened up so much that it becomes impossible to prune them with secateurs or the usual garden equipment you have so yiu're into buying all kinds of expensive heavy duty gear.

And what can be tackled with relative ease (if not enthusiasm) when you're younger and fit suddenly starts to become an overwhelming physical burden when you start getting older and don't have the strength to tackle it. For people who are keen gardeners this becomes a difficult issue at some point. How often do we hear the sad comment "I'm having to downsize because the garden is getting too much for me to cope with"

Maybe we need a magazine article on ways to adapt our gardens to reduce the work as we get older without simply just paving them all over as one of my nearby elderly neighbour's has done. This obviously works for her but the paving causes a permanent loss to the environment and may make her house unsaleable to any future keen gardening occupants who might want to buy it.
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