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Allotment diary.

Posted: 28/10/2017 at 15:07

Hi Victoria, 'three sisters' is/was used by native americans and consists of growing maize (sweetcorn)  climbing beans and a squash plants together.  Beans have symbiotic bacteria which grow in nodules on the roots and these fix nitrogen and produce more than the bean plant needs.  Sweetcorn needs lots of nitrogen so growing the two together is beneficial.  The squash plants act as groundcover and keeps the roots cool in hot weather as well as keeping down weeds.  Finally, the climbing beans are trained to interweave between the corn plants and this protects them from strong winds without having to stake them.  I've tried it in my garden and it works!  I used sweetcorn, climbing french beans and butternut squash.

In a similar vein, I grew early broad beans in between the rows of potatoes this year and had good crops of both.  The beans were planted on mounds of earth between the rows and then pulled up after cropping;  At that point the soil from the mounds was used to earth-up the rows of potatoes.

Planting Conifers in November

Posted: 28/10/2017 at 13:31

Planting now is ideal.  The 'perfect' time is generally quoted as being early Autumn.

Cold Frames

Posted: 28/10/2017 at 11:27

The ones on GW on TV last night were not made of perspex but of of twinwall polycarbonate which is 700 times stronger than glass and will effectively last a lifetime.  One big advantage of polycarbonate sheet is that it can easily be cut with a saw without cracking.  I agree with the others that using polycarbonate as sidewalls as well as the top would make them too light in weight and prone to being blown away though.  However, if you plan to place them on bare ground rather than paving etc then that would easily be remedied by driving a wooden stake in at each corner and screwing through the polycarb into the wood.  If you would like to let me know what size you want, I'll draw some plans and upload as an image for you. 

Bugs Bunny 2

Posted: 25/10/2017 at 09:16

Fish, blood & bone will provide long-term food.

Perennials best resistant to honey fungus?

Posted: 23/10/2017 at 18:30

Here's another excellent fact sheet (pdf) from the Guernsey government site:

Cherry Tomato Recommend Pls

Posted: 23/10/2017 at 18:27

Suncherry F1 if you want red ones (Sungold are, well, gold! )  Suncherry have similar flavour to Sungold and are from the same 'stable', so to speak.

Apple Tree Problems

Posted: 22/10/2017 at 19:13

Honey fungus which is terminal I'm afraid.  When the tree is removed, you should also get the roots dug or ground out otherwise they will act as a 'home base' and the fungus will send out rhizomes which will kill other trees and woody shrubs in the area.

can someone name these plants?? :)

Posted: 22/10/2017 at 12:46

Delphiniums don't do very well in pots so it's likely much happier now and is telling you by throwing up a flower spike.   They should  both flower in summer next year.

Leek pest.

Posted: 22/10/2017 at 12:37

Covering them with enviromesh early in the season is the only thing which works.

can someone name these plants?? :)

Posted: 22/10/2017 at 12:35

First photo is a delphinium and second is one of the daisy family, possibly ox-eye daisy.  Both are a bit late in flowering so would guess are new plants?

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Some kind of mint?

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Wrong variety but happy 
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Unknown bird

Came home this evening to find this 
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Garden photos April

By month so folk can see what is in bloom for reference purposes. 
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Some things to do now 
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Increase in noise! 
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Autumn foliage photos (2016)

Thought I'd start a thread just for our photos 
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Gardener's World about to start now!

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Cutting ID

I thought these were philadelphus 
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Vine weevils

..ate all of my winter carrots! 
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Huge pest problem

Don't think netting will work 
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