Latest posts by ginagibbs

New allotment OMG...

Posted: 22/06/2015 at 09:30

Hi All. I was dog sitting yesterday so got a few hours in after his owners collected him. Cam home with a basket full of onions,spring onions, cabbage, beetroots, spinach , new spuds and strawberries, had to wheel it back to the car (looked like a mobile greengrocer.

My broccoli bolted too Zoomer so put kale in instead (great minds think alike!!) Broadbeans are smothered in blackfly, despite using soapy water spray on them, hope to get a bit of a crop though. peas and french beans coming along nicely. 

Any tips on growing squashes, mine are in a bed of rotted horse manure and i water them often but the leaves are going yellow? I will try comfrey feed tonight.


New allotment OMG...

Posted: 20/06/2015 at 09:45

Hi Garden Girl, that sounds like a real bargain, I got some strawberries last weekend at Homebase but they were 2.50 for 6! 

Have a good weekend

New allotment OMG...

Posted: 19/06/2015 at 09:41

Thanks Fruitcake. Back lady banned me from going to my allotment, but I have been very naughty, sneaked up last night and planted some endives, and re potted some desperate pepper plants, took it very gently though Great that you have some strawberries, how have you kept them away from the beasties?

New allotment OMG...

Posted: 18/06/2015 at 11:03

Hi All, didnt get round to painting the shed, don't think my neighbour will help GG, I never see him, so chances are he will get a nice surprise ! Wood lice seem to be nibbling all my strawberries too Fruitcake, I have'nt had a whole one yet!

 Having to take it easy at the moment, pushing all the heavy wheelbarrow loads of manure etc have played havoc with my left arm and shoulder, so back lady has banned me from lifting anything for 3 days,  . 

New allotment OMG...

Posted: 15/06/2015 at 09:26

You are way ahead of me Fruitcake, we must be in a colder area, only had our first new spuds yesterdayand the gooseberries are still not ripe. 1 courgette is producing now and turnips are small but edible. Did a lot in the garden yesterday so only spent 2 hours at the plot weeding and doing odd jobs and potting up yet more tomatoes( did too many again!!) 

Got  a big can of fence paint for £5 at Tesco's on Saturday to paint the shed with, its looking a bit tatty so I will get that done soon, Unfortunately, my shed is a wide one that is split 2 so I will need to paint my neighbour's aswell 

New allotment OMG...

Posted: 12/06/2015 at 10:06

Hi Zoomer, I think you might have flea beetles on your brocolli, I have this problem too but I never seem to see them. They were on my cabbages and they made so many holes I thought they would be inedible, however they seemed to stop on their own, possibly the cabbages got too big and not as tender for them to bother.

Made a quick trip to the plot last night to put my onions under cover in case it rained today as forecast, there were people working when I left at 9.45 pm !!

New allotment OMG...

Posted: 11/06/2015 at 10:56

Hi all, had a lovely afternoon at my plot in the sunshine, starting to get a bit of a holiday tan, people keep asking if I have been away somewhere exotic!!

Dug up the last of my onions and am drying them on racks. Got my leeks planted and sowed some more beans. Still have a few more tomato plants to re pot. Given up on the aubergines, although the peppers are doing well. Did a lot of watering too, We have water taps and can fill our water butts if they get dry, hope it rains soon though, nothing beats a good rainfall.

Have'nt  got round to getting the paving slabs from the skip yet, I am using the work van tonight so will use that to transport them

New allotment OMG...

Posted: 09/06/2015 at 12:28

Still digging up my onions and drying them off. Will get leeks in next, they are getting big enough. Dont have many seedlings in trays on the go,  trying to direct sow instead.

Nice to share out excess plants Zoomer, I have given a few trays of plants away, its so easy to over do the seedlings! Some stuff you can eat as micro greens too though.

Saw a skip full of cotswold stone paving slabs, so will grab some tonight.

New allotment OMG...

Posted: 08/06/2015 at 16:26

Cool Edd

New allotment OMG...

Posted: 08/06/2015 at 10:45

Hi Garden Girl, glad you had a nice day out. I like the string holder!

Went to the plot yesterday for a few hours, re potted and staked a load of tomato plants. Dug in some more manure and planted some assorted squashes, marigolds and kale. One of the plot holders with chickens accepts "donations" for his surplus eggs, which we had for breakfast yesterday, they were lovely and fresh, glad I have an egg supplier now, no more supermarket eggs!!

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