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Saturday, 17 June 2017

Full of Green-ness

How are the plants in the greenhouse getting on I hear you ask.

Here's the greenhouse on the 19th of May



And now it looks like this

Very Green, but all is not perfect
The tomatoes on the right all got some sort of virus. The top leaves curled up into funny shapes, we took  off  the tops of the plants which means there are only 2 trusses on each plant. I looked it up in a book of diseases and there is something called Tomato Fern Leaf Virus and that's probably what it was. Annoying and not something I've come across before. At the end of the growing season I'll be giving the whole of the inside a really good clean with disinfectant, something I should have done earlier but I was in too much of a hurry to get started on the growing. Of course I've also got too many plants too close together which hasn't helped.

Straight ahead on the metal bench are 4 cucumber plants. I only meant to have 2 but 4 seeds germinated. Then I thought I'd fit in 3 plants but found another big pot and kept all 4! Once again too close together, they are trailing around the sides of the greenhouse tied onto wires. Since my post with the FIRST TWO CUCUMBERS we've had 3 more of these half sized beauties. I've pinched out a lot of the side shoots after two fruits and taken off quite a lot of teeny fruit, this puts more oomph (not a gardening term you'll hear on Gardeners World!) into the remaining cucs and the main stem.

On the left up on the wooden bench are the 4 aubergines and several peppers - both chilli and sweet peppers, of course just because I wanted more sweet than chilli it's the other way round. There's another aubergine on the bit of bench just inside the door on the right. The grapevine was also there until it went crazy and started to take over. I re-potted it and it's now in the conservatory taking that over instead.

Also on the left is a Begonia in a pretty pot that our Eldest gave me for mother's day, the inedible orange tree, more mangetout peas to go out in a week or two, more climbing French beans just sown, some little pots of parsley that need potting on or out and some pots of Basil.

On the whole not too bad and really no room to fit in anything else.

Returning Monday
Sue




13 comments:

  1. My greenhouse is full as well, I am loving having a raised bed at the back, I have cucumbers and salad stuff growing. It's a pain when after all your hard work the tomatoes had to be topped off giving you less fruit.

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    1. The salad green stuff is all outside and growing well too

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  2. I can hardly move in the Poly House for pots of tomatoes. I've had to move them from under the benches as they have got too big and didn't want to stunt their growth. I have flowers on 7 out of 15 plants so far.

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    1. The bottom half of our greenhouse is wood and the toms got a bit lanky going up for the light. We have plans to stand them on a low bench next year.
      May also grow some outside although then they get blight- can't win!

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  3. Wow....what a difference a few weeks makes-x-

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    1. I couln't believe it when I looked back at the photo to see it was only a month

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  4. Sorry about the virus but at least the two trusses will begin to ripen more quickly.

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    1. I was hoping for enough tomatoes to make chutney, but I'm not sure if there will be

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  5. Never heard of that virus before. Some of my roses have curling inwards leaves now so I guess that is a virus as well.

    Mind you, the plants in your greenhouse look brilliant and I bet you are pleased with now being somewhere settled and permanent so you can crack on with growing food again.

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    1. The smaller leaves curled up and looked just like a fern or bracken when its opening out. Never seen it before.

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  6. Goodness, what a difference a month makes in the gardening world. Shame about the tomatoes, I have greenfly and blackfly on my rose but I've blitzed them with something or other to kill them off. You probably have to be more careful where edibles are concerned. xx

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  7. Wow, what an abundance of green in a month. Your plants look wonderful and will give you lots of joy and of course food.

    God bless.

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  8. That's a lot of growth in just a month! Everything looks so lush and green!

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