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Butternut squash

Posted: Yesterday at 19:56

I started mine off in a pot last year and after it was planted in the ground before long it was taking over the plot and I ended up with 10 fully grow squashes.

sweet pea

Posted: 28/06/2015 at 16:38

I sowed sweet peas in february a mix of red white and blue which were planted into two pots eight plants per pot last month, they have grown to 3 feet high and strangely enough the flowers in one pot are all white and in the other pot all red no blue ones are showing yet.


Posted: 27/06/2015 at 14:59

I had quite a few on my broad beans so I filled a squirty bottle up with plain water and washed them off with my fingers I returned several days later and there are more blackfly than there had been before but as all the beans have now been picked I'm no longer bothered.

Bugs and Insecticide

Posted: 27/06/2015 at 12:08

I know that its a thorn bush but if you had some thick gloves could you squish the caterpillars by hand much more eco friendly than chemicals.

Oh come on......

Posted: 26/06/2015 at 16:40

Forget climate change the new word on the street is that the earth is entering a new extinction phase that could wipe out all human life it is official it was in the daily mirror.


Posted: 26/06/2015 at 11:41

I've just planted mine but I usually plant them earlier than this although as I don't want to start picking them until Christmas it shouldn't be too late now.

More Peas?

Posted: 25/06/2015 at 16:54

I too was thinking of planting some peas as a late crop should beat the dreaded moth my gardening book says to sow early varieties this time of year that should be ready by september.


Posted: 25/06/2015 at 16:47

I planted my brussels too close together last year and they had some mould on them due to lack of airflow this winter I will be removing some of the leaves to allow the air to circulate.


Posted: 24/06/2015 at 18:56

I will definitely earth my cabbages up this year because no matter how deep I plant them the stalks always grow long and the heads fall over.

onion white rot

Posted: 24/06/2015 at 16:08

Yes I read that the fungus or whatever it is can lie in the soil for 20 years or more and as soon as onions are planted chemicals are released into the soil and the fungus comes to life, the fungus can be transported from one place to another on tools, boots or even in water to infect another place. Apparently it doesn't do well in places where onions can be grown in dry constant temperatures above 20c so that rules out the UK. Of course the conditions which I grew my overwintering onions in didn't help the soil being on the heavy side so I guess the onion rot was bound to strike. I have grown some leeks to be transplanted into the allotment when space becomes available so I will still give them a go but from now on I think that I will be giving anything from the allium family a miss. 

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Discussions started by barry island

A quick question for Allotmenteers?

Allotments used to be for growing food but they are much more than that now. 
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mantis tiller

is it worth the cost 
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ridge and greenhouse cucumbers

is it possible 
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