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StBob072

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sweeping up a little dusting of surface rust on my car before I go for a spin, the head gardener Mrs Sprocket mentioned she wanted some of the rust to go into the pot for a Hydranger.
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so, nodding in compliance I placed the rust and dug it down. Makes the plant change colour she tells me.
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Acid soil for blue hydrangeas IIRC.

(The opposite to litmus paper).
 
sweeping up a little dusting of surface rust on my car before I go for a spin, the head gardener Mrs Sprocket mentioned she wanted some of the rust to go into the pot for a Hydranger.
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so, nodding in compliance I placed the rust and dug it down. Makes the plant change colour she tells me.
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Place a rusted iron nail, such as a 12D size, in the hole and bury it. The rust increases the dirt's acidity level around the plant, which causes the plant to take in aluminum more easily from the soil.
 

FrosteeMARIA

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sweeping up a little dusting of surface rust on my car before I go for a spin, the head gardener Mrs Sprocket mentioned she wanted some of the rust to go into the pot for a Hydranger.
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so, nodding in compliance I placed the rust and dug it down. Makes the plant change colour she tells me.
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Used tea bags / leaves have the same effect, turned them blue/purple.
 
Dunno about others but my garden looks the best it ever has so early in the year. Everything is really thriving.
Is it due to reduced pollution levels because of the virus?
 

Grownup_Rafbrat

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Possibly. Mine is looking productive too, but it's all in new soil in raised beds and the weather has been lovely.
 
Dunno about others but my garden looks the best it ever has so early in the year. Everything is really thriving.
Is it due to reduced pollution levels because of the virus?
We've had such a warm and sunny April and May, plus this time of year there is just so much out and flowering.
 

StBob072

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We've had such a warm and sunny April and May, plus this time of year there is just so much out and flowering.
Especially my star cacti, Fat Lad and Droopy McBrewer who flowered dead on time for my birthday on the 23rd, regular as old faithful.

And I did take pics, but they're apparently too good for the likes of Arrse as it can't handle reproducing them ...
 
I've grown a handful of sunflowers from last years seeds

I used a mattock to plant them in the garden soil, as its a heavy clay which is currently baked like soft brick
 

Londo

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I've grown a handful of sunflowers from last years seeds

I used a mattock to plant them in the garden soil, as its a heavy clay which is currently baked like soft brick
I'm planting some tomorrow out the front also from saved seeds . They are originally descended from some that sprung up under a bird seeder and this is the fourth generation from those .
 
I'm planting some tomorrow out the front also from saved seeds . They are originally descended from some that sprung up under a bird seeder and this is the fourth generation from those .
Last yr I spent £1 at B&M & got a little kit with 4 different types last yr

everyone germinated & I had 30-40 or more plants, I gave lots away & still had lots

I dried some flower heads out at the end of the season, but some had got too wet

I did 6 for my garden.... & lobbed handfuls of seeds on the waste land nr work, I'm expecting a crop of sunflowers to appear next to the palisade fence ;)
 

Londo

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Last yr I spent £1 at B&M & got a little kit with 4 different types last yr

everyone germinated & I had 30-40 or more plants, I gave lots away & still had lots

I dried some flower heads out at the end of the season, but some had got too wet

I did 6 for my garden.... & lobbed handfuls of seeds on the waste land nr work, I'm expecting a crop of sunflowers to appear next to the palisade fence ;)
The ones I'm planting out are in seed cells and already getting too big for them . I have tried in the past to grow sunflowers from seed packs and they have done well . The unfortunate thing is I'm in an area that gets quite windy at times so over they go .
The ones obtained from the bird feeder are a short variety and don't have the same problem . So I just stick to those now . But I do miss the large ones taller than I am with dinner plate sized flower heads , something about them .
 
I have been trying to diversify what we produce at the farm in the province by growing trees from seeds (obviously a long term project), namely Avocado, Papaya, Lemon, Orange, Tangerine, and another crack at Apple (It will be a miracle if that succeeds here in the tropics).

Avocado is the easiest,once I dispensed with the toothpick and glass of water nonsense. Three months doing nothing on the windowsill until I stuffed both into big outdoor pots with a good dollop of water buffalo doo dahs. Hey presto, two weeks later both were shooting. One is now up at the farm but Covid intervened and the second is likely to break the pot before we can move it there.

Lemons are pretty easy so long as you treat the seeds like a litter of puppies and chose the biggest and best formed seeds (same story with Orange, Tangerine, and Apple). Clean off the pulp so they don't attract ants and stick them in potting compost without delay.

Orange and Tangerine require soaking in a glass of water overnight before planting.

Apple has to be kept dry and popped in a small container in the fridge for six weeks t trick them into thinking it is a European winter. They shoot within ten days after potting.

Papaya have about a hundred seeds per piece of fruit and impossible to tell if the seeds are male, female, or hermaphrodite. That is only known when the plant produces blossom, long stem = Male, short stem = Female, mix of both long and short = hermaphrodite.
Wash the seeds to deny ants a meal and scatter them on the ground before covering in a thing layer of soil and that water buffalo's number 2's.

Too much sun or too much rain tend to do them in early unless you mother them up to the time they are 6" tall and start to get a bit hardier.

Vaseline, generously applied to the lower stems, is a must to stop bugs climbing those stems and eating the leaves.

Aphids are b*****s but scattering ordinary flour around the seedlings and plants keeps them away

I did plant all the seeds, no matter size and shape, from the fruit. I had about a dozen seedlings from each but those were whittled down by Darwin to one Apple, one Orange, one Tangerine, six Lemon, two Avocado, and just one Papaya (the seeds of the other Papaya rotted in the ground).

The Avocado we have here is doing the best, 4' tall and the stem is already turning to wood. (Its brother got a bit gnawed on by a neighbours goat up at the farm.... funny how their goats 'escape' when they have grazed out their own land).

The six Lemon are a foot high.
The Apple is 6" tall.
The Papaya is 4" tall
The Orange and Tangerine are still only 2" tall.

Farm news, our entire banana crop was stolen off the trees, a hundred and twelve bunches with perhaps sixty bananas per bunch. however, quarantine means we could not harvest them, let along take them to town for sale so I would hope they added to someones otherwise rice heavy diet.

No photos, alas, Arrse is averse to seedling porn.
 

Londo

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I have been trying to diversify what we produce at the farm in the province by growing trees from seeds (obviously a long term project), namely Avocado, Papaya, Lemon, Orange, Tangerine, and another crack at Apple (It will be a miracle if that succeeds here in the tropics).

Avocado is the easiest,once I dispensed with the toothpick and glass of water nonsense. Three months doing nothing on the windowsill until I stuffed both into big outdoor pots with a good dollop of water buffalo doo dahs. Hey presto, two weeks later both were shooting. One is now up at the farm but Covid intervened and the second is likely to break the pot before we can move it there.

Lemons are pretty easy so long as you treat the seeds like a litter of puppies and chose the biggest and best formed seeds (same story with Orange, Tangerine, and Apple). Clean off the pulp so they don't attract ants and stick them in potting compost without delay.

Orange and Tangerine require soaking in a glass of water overnight before planting.

Apple has to be kept dry and popped in a small container in the fridge for six weeks t trick them into thinking it is a European winter. They shoot within ten days after potting.

Papaya have about a hundred seeds per piece of fruit and impossible to tell if the seeds are male, female, or hermaphrodite. That is only known when the plant produces blossom, long stem = Male, short stem = Female, mix of both long and short = hermaphrodite.
Wash the seeds to deny ants a meal and scatter them on the ground before covering in a thing layer of soil and that water buffalo's number 2's.

Too much sun or too much rain tend to do them in early unless you mother them up to the time they are 6" tall and start to get a bit hardier.

Vaseline, generously applied to the lower stems, is a must to stop bugs climbing those stems and eating the leaves.

Aphids are b*****s but scattering ordinary flour around the seedlings and plants keeps them away

I did plant all the seeds, no matter size and shape, from the fruit. I had about a dozen seedlings from each but those were whittled down by Darwin to one Apple, one Orange, one Tangerine, six Lemon, two Avocado, and just one Papaya (the seeds of the other Papaya rotted in the ground).

The Avocado we have here is doing the best, 4' tall and the stem is already turning to wood. (Its brother got a bit gnawed on by a neighbours goat up at the farm.... funny how their goats 'escape' when they have grazed out their own land).

The six Lemon are a foot high.
The Apple is 6" tall.
The Papaya is 4" tall
The Orange and Tangerine are still only 2" tall.

Farm news, our entire banana crop was stolen off the trees, a hundred and twelve bunches with perhaps sixty bananas per bunch. however, quarantine means we could not harvest them, let along take them to town for sale so I would hope they added to someones otherwise rice heavy diet.

No photos, alas, Arrse is averse to seedling porn.
Interesting post . Thanks for sharing and wishing you luck with you're trees .
 

Gout Man

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Now this rain we have had, and believe me in Wales we have had a fair down pour recently has played havoc with my veg.
The wife forgot to check on her courgettes and this is the result.

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placed next to a normal sized one to give you some idea, it’s fecking huge. I plan to roast it with some olive oil and black,pepper and blitz it down to add to a tomato sauce which will go into making a spaghetti Bol.
so what would you do with such an item?;)
 

Grownup_Rafbrat

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Now this rain we have had, and believe me in Wales we have had a fair down pour recently has played havoc with my veg.
The wife forgot to check on her courgettes and this is the result.

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placed next to a normal sized one to give you some idea, it’s fecking huge. I plan to roast it with some olive oil and black,pepper and blitz it down to add to a tomato sauce which will go into making a spaghetti Bol.
so what would you do with such an item?;)
Stuff it and bake it.
Make it into wine ...

Edit to add - I found my parents' recipe for marrow wine this week. I can post if you are interested.
 
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Now this rain we have had, and believe me in Wales we have had a fair down pour recently has played havoc with my veg.
The wife forgot to check on her courgettes and this is the result.

View attachment 489575
placed next to a normal sized one to give you some idea, it’s fecking huge. I plan to roast it with some olive oil and black,pepper and blitz it down to add to a tomato sauce which will go into making a spaghetti Bol.
so what would you do with such an item?;)

Owen Jones comes to mind.......
 

Londo

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Now this rain we have had, and believe me in Wales we have had a fair down pour recently has played havoc with my veg.
The wife forgot to check on her courgettes and this is the result.

View attachment 489575
placed next to a normal sized one to give you some idea, it’s fecking huge. I plan to roast it with some olive oil and black,pepper and blitz it down to add to a tomato sauce which will go into making a spaghetti Bol.
so what would you do with such an item?;)
Not growing courgettes this year as I'm not that keen on them and I needed space for marrows .
Have three nice healthy looking marrow plants but not one marrow so far this season and I do like stuffed marrow . One of my favorite meals .
 

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