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Mildew on Courgettes

Started this discussion. Last reply by elaine rickett Aug 19, 2013. 4 Replies

Anyone else's courgettes suffering badly from mildew?  I thought it was caused by dry conditions but these plants have been watered every day.  I'm just wondering if it is because they are shaded by…Continue

Storing bamboo canes

Started this discussion. Last reply by elaine rickett Jun 3, 2013. 2 Replies

Anyone have a decent suggestion for keeping spare bamboo canes tidy.  Mine are in a right old pickle.Continue

The Mystery of the Disappearing Peas

Started this discussion. Last reply by 2u0fw3y6g65vq May 17, 2013. 10 Replies

Something has been at my peas.  Pulling the tops of the shoots off.  A whole tray full.  I am not best pleased.  They are on my outdoor potting bench - at first I thought pigeon, then sparrows, then…Continue

signs of life in the potato patch

Started this discussion. Last reply by david ford May 6, 2013. 7 Replies

I planted my potatoes out then we had snow and a drift settled and refused to go - I thought all the potatoes would be frozen and lost.  I spotted yesterday a bit of growth only just visible but…Continue

 

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elaine rickett commented on elaine rickett's blog post Just a Few Last Jobs …
"I pulled the last of the outdoor toms yesterday and finally cleared the last courgette plants they were getting mildewy and looked a right mess.  Trouble is the weather has turned nasty here so that looks like gardening is out for the…"
Oct 13, 2014
Colin Robinson commented on elaine rickett's blog post Just a Few Last Jobs …
"My courgettes are still fruiting so they can stay where they are for the time being. I have managed to clear the last tomato plants from the greenhouse and hung up the unripe trusses so at least I'm making a start on the autumn tidy-up."
Oct 12, 2014
elaine rickett commented on elaine rickett's blog post Just a Few Last Jobs …
"They are patty pan summer squash"
Oct 11, 2014
Duncan Seth-Smith commented on elaine rickett's blog post Just a Few Last Jobs …
"What are the round 'things'?"
Oct 11, 2014
elaine rickett posted a blog post

Just a Few Last Jobs …

A Woman of the Soil read more ...I set myself the task of clearing the courgettes and planting out the cavolo nero kale.  Let me tell you – those courgette plants are vicious brutes when you are working amongst the leaves and stems – my arms were cut to ribbons.See More
Oct 9, 2014
elaine rickett commented on elaine rickett's blog post September Roundup
"We had rain too and a frost this morning -which may well have put a stop to the courgettes - will check them out later but not before I've put on a coat - it's really cold out there even though the sun is shining - so this is it - autumn…"
Oct 5, 2014
Mark Willis commented on elaine rickett's blog post September Roundup
"We had some welcome rain yesterday, but thankfully no strong winds. Sunshine again today, so I plan to take down my Runner Beans before we get any "real" Autumn weather."
Oct 5, 2014
elaine rickett commented on elaine rickett's blog post September Roundup
"Yes - I guess so, nice whilst it lasted though."
Oct 4, 2014
Trevor Alun Davies commented on elaine rickett's blog post September Roundup
"Ah well, looks like autumn's here now. Those runner beans of mine are now horizontal after the wind we've had, and the coming week looks to be wet and cooler for us. Still, it's been nice while it lasted, makes the winter that much…"
Oct 4, 2014
elaine rickett commented on elaine rickett's blog post September Roundup
"I still have things in the holding bay waiting to be planted out but because of what is still in the ground I haven't had a chance - and because we haven't had any rain for quite a while I'm still watering quite regularly too -…"
Oct 3, 2014
Trevor Alun Davies commented on elaine rickett's blog post September Roundup
"I'm in a similar position to Colin. Haven't done much autumn prep, as lots of things are still cropping, runner beans, climbing French beans, lettuce, lots of different salad leaves, courgettes, cucumbers, and like Colin, harvested some…"
Oct 2, 2014
Mark Willis commented on elaine rickett's blog post September Roundup
"Elaine, what is the comment you are referring to? I don't understand..."
Oct 2, 2014
elaine rickett commented on elaine rickett's blog post September Roundup
"For some reason I don't get an email anymore to show who's commenting - I just spotted your comment on Marks Veg Plot side bar.  It's weird isn't it - the growing season I mean - not that I'm complaining - I expect…"
Oct 2, 2014
Colin Robinson commented on elaine rickett's blog post September Roundup
"There's still so much food production going on up here that I've barely started on the autumn tidy up. The season hardly seems to have slowed down yet and even a late sowing of peas is producing decent pods. Never had fresh peas in October…"
Oct 1, 2014
elaine rickett posted a blog post

September Roundup

read more ... here September Roundup …Well, another month bites the dust – and what a month.  Best September for a long time don’t you agree.  I have been trying to get everything in order before the weather turns nasty – which it is bound to do – no matter how much we don’t want it too. But there is still a lot to do and only so many daylight…See More
Oct 1, 2014
christine yates liked elaine rickett's blog post Izzy Wizzy Let's Get Busy
Sep 28, 2014

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Just a Few Last Jobs …

Posted on October 9, 2014 at 22:23 4 Comments

A Woman of the Soil read more ...

I set myself the task of clearing the courgettes and planting out the cavolo nero kale.  Let me tell you – those courgette plants are vicious brutes when you are working amongst the leaves and stems – my arms were cut to ribbons.…

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September Roundup

Posted on October 1, 2014 at 7:48 9 Comments

read more ... here September Roundup …

Well, another month bites the dust – and what a month.  Best September for a long time don’t you agree.  I have…

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Izzy Wizzy Let's Get Busy

Posted on September 27, 2014 at 9:00 0 Comments

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Processing garden produce into winter preserves is a time-consuming business.  This week it has been the turn of windfall apples, the last of the cherry tomatoes, and an over-abundance of courgettes.…

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Home and Away ...

Posted on September 17, 2014 at 14:49 1 Comment

read more ...When we are away from home taking a break at the coast – I think about the garden – will my neighbour keep everything well watered – will I have huge marrow like courgettes to come back to – will all my new seedlings have withered in my absence.

I needn’t have worried.  I harvested as much as I could before we went away – told my neighbour to…

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At 10:06 on March 21, 2011, Hannah Light said…

Hi Elaine,

I'm one of the editors at Fifty Magazine, which is a brand new online mag for the 50+ - I've been having a look over your discussions, blog and comments and have really enjoyed reading everything!

Would you like to have your gardening tips/hints/pieces featured in our Readers' Corner on the site? It would be exactly the same as the things that you put on here - just the content would be on our site as well, complete with you as the author and a link to UK Veg Gardeners so that our readers can see everything else you've written and the rest of the site.

If you like the idea of this please let me know!

Thanks,

Hannah.

At 9:04 on April 5, 2011, Hannah Light said…

Hi Elaine,

I'm really glad that you like the look of the magazine - if there's anything you think it's missing do let me know. Having read through your blogs I think they'd be perfect for our Blogs section, but I don't want to pressure you to write extra stuff specifically for Fifty. In the next couple of days I'll change three of the blogs and replace them with yours, with a link to this site/your page so that people know where they came from.

Hope this all sounds good to you!

At 11:18pm on May 08, 2011, Jan Willetts gave elaine rickett a gift
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Hi Elaine, sending you a red ribbon for the rain dance-my garden no longer looks like a desert!
At 1:37pm on May 10, 2011, Zoe gave elaine rickett a gift
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May this gift bring you a hot, sunny May with just enough rain.
At 6:42pm on June 16, 2011, Caro gave elaine rickett a gift
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Just to let you know how much I enjoy your scribblings - and now your blog!
At 9:47 on August 1, 2011, TheLittleBalcony said…
Thanks for the comment, it is exciting and a challenge, but the its all comong along really well at the moment, keep in touch - Laura
At 8:09am on September 05, 2011, Donna C gave elaine rickett a gift
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Thank you!
At 6:42pm on February 29, 2012, Blicky gave elaine rickett a gift
At 18:43 on February 29, 2012, Blicky said…

Happy birthday for tomorrow

Just make sure you think of me the following day :)

At 7:31 on March 1, 2012, Jo said…

Happy birthday, Elaine. Hope you have a lovely day.

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