Latest posts by blueberry77

Broad beans again

Posted: 30/12/2012 at 13:37

They're undercover of a old plastic greenhouse, no door and ripped sides, so sheltered but not overly hot. I can possibly rig up a temporary cloche if I plant them out, but the soil is just so wet.

Broad beans again

Posted: 30/12/2012 at 11:50

Well, I have a tray full of autumn sown broad beans bursting out of their pots, the plants are about 4 ins high. Do I need to repot or put them in the (very soggy, heavy) ground ?

Watterlogged soil, everything rotting

Posted: 30/12/2012 at 11:28

Anyone got any bright ideas ? I'm constrained by the fact that the garden is not actually my property and putting in proper drainage or any major works would not be possible.

One thing I'm thinking of is to put more stuff in pots rather than the ground, but would like some plants that would be happy in the wet  ground too.


Posted: 30/12/2012 at 09:17

Finches are the messiest eaters, they seem to chew with their mouths open and stuff ends up everywhere.

Bird Feeders on the allotment?

Posted: 30/12/2012 at 09:13

I'd be worried about pigeons and squirrels taking advantage, and also rats coming after spillages. All these will damage crops and rats are particularly unwelcome.

Will you have space to plant some bird and insect friendly shrubs and flowers ?


Holes in soil

Posted: 30/11/2012 at 18:22

Haven't had a dig around yet, but they remind me of the breathing holes you see on wet sand sometimes. They're all over a raised bed about 6 x 12ft. No paw prints or footprints or mess. Looks more like someone got a bamboo cane and poked the soil with that.

Holes in soil

Posted: 30/11/2012 at 09:56

Hopefully the attached picture will show the problem. It looks as though something has just been poking holes everywhere. No worm casts, just clean holes slightly wider than a pencil width. Any ideas ?



Broad Beans

Posted: 30/11/2012 at 09:47

I am trying winter sown broad beans for the first time this year. Currently they are about 2 in high in pots in a sheltered cold frame - do I need to put them in the ground or just stand them outside to harden off ?

Brassica Netting

Posted: 23/10/2012 at 17:57

No guarantees, but it is unlikely the pigeons will go for the older plants. They like the tender and sweet young ones and by now yours should be OK.

Have any of you tried straw as a winter mulch ?

Posted: 23/10/2012 at 17:49

Most likely "a soggy mat" given the current weather. I thought some people actually grew stuff in straw so was wondering if it would add to the soil rather than depleting it.

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