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Multiple Strawberry varieties

Posted: Yesterday at 18:27

You can plant strawberries now but if you get any flowers remove them I wouldn't let newly planted strawberries put down runners until the plants are established.

Runner beans

Posted: Yesterday at 16:21

I have grown wisley magic for a few years now they have never let me down and are full of flowers at the moment.


Posted: 25/07/2015 at 13:41

It's a bit blustery in the middle of England too but sunny around around 18c.


Posted: 25/07/2015 at 12:15

We had summer this month 34 degrees too hot for me and my plants this blip if just fine.

Pumpkin trimming?

Posted: 25/07/2015 at 11:41

Don't forget to stop the plant as well you will have to pinch off the ends of any new stems and you can also help the plant retain energy by removing the tendrils.


Posted: 25/07/2015 at 10:56

My greenhouse on the allotment has a drip feed connected to the water butt so as long as it rains enough to fill the greenhouse water butt I won't have to go out in the rain to water the tomatoes, hurray for simple technology. I will have to go up in the next few days to check the brassicas for cabbage caterpillars and eggs though darn I should have shelled out for some scaffold netting and canes.

When to prune/cut back

Posted: 24/07/2015 at 12:10

It looks like a difficult one as laurel needs trimming in late spring I don't know how you can get around this.


Posted: 24/07/2015 at 11:14

I love reasonable neighbours too once just after I had moved into my house the neighbour at the bottom of the garden approached me in quite a state and asked could I do something about the weeds growing through the fence because she had just planted some trees to form a hedge and they had cost quite a bit of money and she didn't want the weeds choking them. I of course pulled the weeds out from my side of the fence which didn't take more than half an hour as there were in fact very few weeds to pull out. The neighbours trees grew to be a 10 foot high conifer hedge which eventually I had to regularly cut back the overhang from. Fortunately many years later new more reasonable neighbours arrived and took the trees down, It really was amazing how these weeds had grown so quickly.

nettle fertilizer

Posted: 24/07/2015 at 11:02

Zoomer when I take the lid off of my nettle brew the flies flock to it as the stink seems to attract them, it has all manner of scum on the top but it all goes into the watering can.

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Discussions started by barry island

allotments are all caterpillars bad?

orange and black caterpillars 
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Last Post: 21/07/2015 at 14:57

A quick question for Allotmenteers?

Allotments used to be for growing food but they are much more than that now. 
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Last Post: 10/05/2015 at 11:10

mantis tiller

is it worth the cost 
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Last Post: 20/03/2015 at 12:02

ridge and greenhouse cucumbers

is it possible 
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Last Post: 26/05/2014 at 15:42
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