Living the Good Life…

Adventures of the garden patch

Tomatoes Greenhouse 2

These are the tomatoes from my second greenhouse, they are all looking nice and healthy, at the minutes they are alright on the shelves but i think i will have to find  a new home from them when they strat to get bigger like the ones in the other greenhouse…

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Greenhouse tomatoes

Since re-potting the tomato plants have grown nicely. Today I had them all out of the greenhouse so I could make sure they were all OK, and make sure I caught all the upcoming shoots from the stems…

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Carrott Update…

Still no sign of carrott fly and the carrotts seem to be doing really well…

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Pea pods

The tendrils have really strated using the canes now for support, and nearly all are now growing upwards along the canes instead of sideways,

and a few of the plants have started flowering now so its good job that the plants are using the support so that they will be able to sustain the weight of the pods :)

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Ripe Strawberries! :D

After their time in the greenhouse the strawberries have nearly ripened, while the weather is not to bad I have decided to place them now outside, I am also hoping that this will decrease the amount of white fly that has been attracted to them and that maybe a lower temperature and the odd spell of rain will help to dislodge them, (just hopefully not onto my other plants!).

You can just about see all the remaining white fly on the soil at the front of the pot…

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beetroot

My beetroot leaves are getting nice and big they are now probably just under about half the size im hoping they will grow to. I am happy that there seems to be enough space for each one to grow out, there are some which are obviously growing a lot quicker and larger than others but when they get a bit bigger I can start to use a few of the leaves for salads to thin them out.

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Budding Dahlias

Both my Dahlia plants have grown considerably in the last couple of weeks, there are still no signs of buds yet but they see, to be getting bigger each day…

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Happy Garden Peas!

My garden peas have now started using the trellis i have trained them up, their tendrils have now attached to the trellis allowing the pea plants to grow upwards. Although some have started winding round the inside of the trellis and connecting their tendrils in the middle for support. These plants have also started flowering, unfortunately the pea plants on the smaller trellis have not started flowering yet but again there tendrils have now started using their mini trellis as its support…

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Flowering potatoes

My first crop of “British Queen” potatoes has now started flowering, not all the buds have come out but most our now in bloom :)

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Organic Growing Workshop

Today I attended an Organic Growing workshop, down at the deepdale allotments, run by the Lancashire Wildlife Trust.

I found out new ways of creating compost and feed for soil, with the main message that gardens grow best when they create their own eco system. I was told that this was hard to create in pot based gardens and greenhouses but I still got a few more ideas. Basically the research shows that farms that used pesticides, and feed, eneded up with worse soil and smaller crops. This is becuase using artifical feeds including liquid feeds and slow release, is that the soil becomes dependant upon the feed, it looses its richness, and the natural balance is lost. This obviously does not apply to growing in pots, becuase there soil is dependant any way as it is speperated and does not have the same access to organic matter and insects. However i did raise my issue concerning my green-fly epidemic and white fly and explained that i had previously used the pesticed which had damanged the plants but that i was now considering introducing ladybirds to the plants and greenhouse to combat the green fly population.  I was given a few options of natural pesticides however most had foul smells as with the fertilisers, but introduing ladybirds was agreed would be the best and most natural way.

As I have found before with reserach in conservation ecosytems and predator-prey relationships, is that everything balances something else out, so fr instance if there is a plague on wilderbeest, lion populations will decrease, then with predator numbers falling, wilderbeest numbers can recover, and as wilderbesst population s restore lion popluatins rise and if wilderbeest numbers rise to high due to recovering lion populations then lion numbers will also increase due to teh abudndance of food etc. And so the two constantly work to balance the population of both, in nature if a population gets out of control, another will always come along to reduce it. So with this in mind predators such as ladybirds would naturally be attracted to the green and white fly and then control the pests.

So i have decided firstly to take my strawberries out of the green house, as they will have more chance of attracting predators than trapped in the greenhouse. Unfortunatly i can not take any of the others out as they rely to heavily on the warm temperatures so I am looking at capturing or breeding ladybirds to release in my garden and green house. Plus not only willthe ladybirds not damage or affect my plants they will also be eating the greenfly so there wont be any dead flys left all over my plants and greenhouse!

My problem with slugs is not quite as simple, many people had similar problems and unfortunatly there is no 100% way of getting rid of them. Areas with higher brid populations, see’s less slugs, however birds also will eat growing fruit and veg. Physical barriers were suggested as the best defense so i may have to give this ago aswell.

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