Latest posts by ginagibbs

New allotment OMG...

Posted: 25/06/2015 at 12:06

Hi All, Zoomer, my broccoli was in the same area I seem to get flea beetle so it could be linked, although they were very tall when I put them in. 

Gooseberries still too bitter to harvest, but there's a lot on the bushes. My grapevine, I thought had given up the ghost has burst into life! Broad beans are looking awful, they are smothered in blackfly and are going a rusty colour. I might give them another week or two and harvest what there is and pull the lot up Plot is looking very abundant though and  more like a kitchen garden than an allotment! Buzzy, the joy of having your own ground is you can do what you like, you can break up the area with lots of paths if you want.

Met the guy next door who I share the shed with and told him I would paint both of them, he was very shy before but this broke the ice and we had a nice long chat. Good to make new friends.

New allotment OMG...

Posted: 23/06/2015 at 09:33

GWRS I think your right about the wind exposure, the ones that are protected by other plants seem to be ok.we have had some cool nights and my plot is a windy one,  2 courgette plants are producing fruit though..

Dug up a few spud plants, the yeald was'nt spectacular, about 5-8 spuds per plant so leaving them a bit longer as there were tiny ones trying to develop.

Had some great beetroots though, cooked them last night to have with our dinner, yum!! Artichokes on the menu this evening

New allotment OMG...

Posted: 22/06/2015 at 17:28

Hi GWRS, it had a small amount of manure last year but had onions in all winter. They are now gone so I put in a layer of well rotted manure to boost the soil up. Do you think thats too much? I did wonder if it had been to cold for them.

Fruit Blight-Remove tree??

Posted: 22/06/2015 at 17:24

Could be the result of honey fungus, did you notice any yellow coloured fungus in late autumn? We have lost 2 mature trees to this condition.  

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 !!

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