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May. 29th, 2006 @ 01:45 pm (no subject)
I think it must be the cold that my aubergine and courgettes aren't so keen on, but I'm not sure.

I've been documenting this gardening project since I started earier in the year. It's all new to me, and I'm partly guessing what to do, so it might look a bit funny to more experienced and accomplished people. But hey, I'm having fun.
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From:ficchica
Date:May 29th, 2006 03:22 pm (UTC)
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I remember reading that if you were going to grow aubergines outside you should grow them indoors until they were about 9 inches in height before putting them outside. The courgettes should get going as soon as it warms up a bit. They are heavy feeders.
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From:badasstronaut
Date:May 29th, 2006 04:12 pm (UTC)

Thank you!

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I think that one probably is a good nine inches actually. There's a smaller one in amongst the strawberries.

What does heavy feeder mean?
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From:ficchica
Date:May 29th, 2006 04:36 pm (UTC)

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You need to feed it a lot. If you feed everything else once a week, then feed it twice. I know some people grow courgettes on their compost heaps so it can get the nutrients from that. Or grow them on manure heaps.
Have you checked out these sites?
http://www.allotments4all.co.uk
http://www.kitchengarden.co.uk/forum/index.php
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From:badasstronaut
Date:May 29th, 2006 04:42 pm (UTC)

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Ooh, thank you for the links!
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From:tinimaus
Date:May 29th, 2006 03:32 pm (UTC)
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You could make mini-cloches for your aubergines out of pop-bottles (cut the bottom off and leave the lid off). They like it really warm.
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From:badasstronaut
Date:May 29th, 2006 04:13 pm (UTC)
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Hm. I think it might be hard to find big enough bottles.
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From:tinimaus
Date:May 29th, 2006 07:49 pm (UTC)
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2 litre bottles might work just to tide them over this bad weather (they didn't look that big to me on the photo, but it's hard to tell).
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From:badasstronaut
Date:May 30th, 2006 06:35 pm (UTC)
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I've taken your advice and made a sort of contraption out of plastic stuff and some sticks.


It didn't come without hardship; I poked myself in the eye with a stick while make it, and it hurts like mad.

I don't think the big leaves would have easily gone into a bottle, and also I'd have had to think of how to dispose of the bottle contents.
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From:tinimaus
Date:May 30th, 2006 06:53 pm (UTC)
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That looks brilliant - just like the kind of thing I'd improvise. I totally get the dilemma with the pop bottles, btw - I don't buy sugary drinks, so whenever the kids need stuff like that for school, I'm almost tempted to buy the cheapest cola and pour it in the toilet. Works really well as toilet cleaner, apparently.

Hope the eye gets better soon.
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From:badasstronaut
Date:May 30th, 2006 06:56 pm (UTC)
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Thank you, and many thanks for the tip. Now I hope my scientific experiment will hold together. I'll leave the other little one to fend for itself as a control.

I've just finished telling my mum via IM what a dangerous sport gardening is turning out to be!