Courgette plants that split

Despite my almost-best efforts of keeping the courgette plants watered I clearly didn’t quite manage to give them enough as two of them have gained slight splits in the stem

The splits are bad as it means the plant is compromised so it won’t produce as well as a healthy plant and it stands a good chance of dying early

After some internet searching there seems to be a theory that covering the split with soil may help; so I’ve done that and will keep my fingers crossed that it helps!

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Passion Flower – with no flowers

About four years ago my parents bought me a Passion Flower for a birthday present – which sets a certain level of pressure from the start!

The first two years it flowered and was gorgeous, last year it did very little generally and there were no flowers to speak of

Then we had a very hard winter and I was fairly convinced it had died – even cutting it back didn’t spur any growth

(Picture from RHS)

So I moved it to a new pot in a new more sheltered position – which still gets sun until about 2pm ish

It’s now shown signs of life and has grown about a metre, however there are absolutely no flowers!

Thankfully this might be normal according to the internet, possible helpful things to do are make sure it has sun, frequent water and feed it with bonemeal

The first two should be ok, so I will try adding bonemeal to see what happens!

Strawberry mutants

I’m not sure why however there seem to be a lot of oddly shaped strawberries growing at the allotment this year

This is one that doesn’t look too much like male body parts

we have so many strawberries – mutant and otherwise, that I need to check how best to freeze some pretty ASAP

Round Courgettes

For the last couple of years we’ve grown courgettes and it turns out that I do like them – which is good as last year we ended up with silly amounts

This year I decided to try growing round courgettes – a decision based purely on finding reduced price round courgette seeds!

(Picture from Pinterest)

Currently the few fruits on them are the size of golf balls, which is too small to bother with however I’m not entirely sure what size will be the correct size!

Hopefully they will grow a bit more and I can find out, however at the moment I am finding normal shaped courgettes a lot less confusing!

Pear Tree

In October 2016 I bought pear tree for £5, last year it did nothing at all

However this year is looking potentially promising and I’m ridiculously excited

Although now I really need to look up how if there is anything I should be doing to make it happier!

And yes the rhubarb in the background has started growing a little extremely!

You get what you pay for

The time I allocated to sort out this week’s posts and generally sort my week was eaten by having to hurriedly repot all the tomato and chilli seedlings as it transpires they cheap seed compost from Aldi is indeed very cheap however it’s also very heavy and had meant very stunted roots

Which is vexing, however it was very cheap and and was worth a try, however I am not buying it again!

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Garden: Box plants and topiary

Aldi had some funky tall pots that looked a good height (and weight) for the front of the house

Initially I bought some lovely red grasses that promised to be low-maintenance and evergreen: they went rotten absolutely rotten and black spotted with ick

So I’ve abandoned that plan and given into my husband’ pestering to get some box plants. I’ve never really liked box, it reminds me of overly formal planting. However I’ve promised to be more open minded if the box can be a topiary experiment – preferably something mildly obscene in shape

(Photo from Wisbech standard who also handily mention the possible public order offence)

The internet tells me that it will take a while (years) to get enough bush to meaningfully shape and that for now I should give the plants lots of feed and consider making a template or frame to help prune it once it gets big enough to look phallic

If all goes well I could start to like box after all

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