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Latest posts by Dovefromabove

Aubergine woes

Posted: 25/10/2013 at 21:42

I've not grown them myself but I  understand they really do require a long hot summer - longer and hotter even that the one we've just had.  However there are now some varieties recommended for cooler climates like ours, rather than their native Asia.  Some info here 


Posted: 25/10/2013 at 21:37

Stacey - get some rest!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! ((hugs))

To Lime or not to Lime??

Posted: 25/10/2013 at 21:25

Don't lime the soil if you're planning on growing potatoes - potatoes prefer a slightly acidic soil and liming the soil also encourages potato scab.  

If you are going to grow brassicas it might be a good idea to lime that area as it can help to prevent clubroot - if all your neighbouring allotmenteers are liming their plots it might indicate that there is clubroot virus in the soil. I'd have a chat with a few of them if I were you - you'll probably find they'll really enjoy being helpful 

Preserving, What do you do or planning to do.

Posted: 25/10/2013 at 21:18

That looks fabulous 


Posted: 25/10/2013 at 21:15

Hmmm, looks like "we're all in this together"  or at least most of us are 

Nut, we'll be wearing hard hats on Monday!!!


Posted: 25/10/2013 at 21:00

They won't hibernate properly until the weather gets quite a bit colder - but it seems that your hedgehog has bagsied your box  

Don't stop feeding them until the weather is really cold and they have stopped visiting the feeding stations for a week or so.  The longer they keep feeding in the autumn the better able they will be to survive a long hard winter.  They'll hibernate when the weather and their bodies tell them to - feeding them won't stop it happening. 


Posted: 25/10/2013 at 20:51

After The Great Storm in '87, a house nearby found a cast iron garden bench upside-down inside the walled garden at the side of the house - it had been in the front garden under the sitting room window 


Posted: 25/10/2013 at 20:41

Snap FB! 


Posted: 25/10/2013 at 20:41

Broad beans can be sown now - they will grow slowly through the winter, then in the spring they will grow more quickly, then they will flower - you'll see the bees feeding on the nectar in the sweet-smelling black and white bean flowers, and when they do that they'll pollinate the flowers and you'l soon have a wonderful crop of tasty broad beans.

There's also lots of salad greens that can be sown now - have a look here

Good luck 


Posted: 25/10/2013 at 20:32

Hello folks - you're all lovely ((hugs alll round)) 

Verdun, batten down those hatches!!!  

Watching GW now - Monty's taking down his runners and is going to plant broad beans - has he been readng Chatterbox???

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