Latest posts by ginagibbs

New allotment OMG...

Posted: 31/07/2015 at 12:26

No blackberries round here yet GG we must be much colder. 

Had to email council again about the weeds on my neighbours plot, he hardly ever tends it and he has a full size plot thats only half cultivated  

On a positive note, my shopping bill has gone down as am using as much home grown as possible 

New allotment OMG...

Posted: 23/07/2015 at 09:23

Hi all, got a good soaking at the plot yesterday but at least that meant not having to get the hose pipe out for a change. Interesting to see who is harvesting what at the moment, my fruit has been pretty poor this year, but I have gluts of peas and beans, chard,celery,beetroot, endive,cabbage, spinach etc. Cauliflowers,Sweetcorn and squash doing really well ( I nearly gave up with the squash as it was taking ages to get going, now i have had to install a climbing frame for it!)

Not sure what the problem is with your pak choi, GWRS, can you put a picture up? I havnt grown any this year. 

New allotment OMG...

Posted: 20/07/2015 at 12:12

Hi All, been on a 2 week break so have not looked at my computer!! Well done GWRS for your prizes, you must be chuffed to bits.Glad to hear you are all having success with your growing season!

Plot is looking good, I have cauliflowers now, not ready to harvest yet though. Been harvesting and eating french beans, peas, khol rabi chard etc, plenty to get through !!

New allotment OMG...

Posted: 02/07/2015 at 14:46

Far too hot yesterday, so went down to Aldi's to enjoy their air conditioning for a bit, felt like I had just got off a plane and landed in a foreign country when i wheeled my trolley outside

 Went up for  a short spell in the evening to water the tomatoes . All have flowers on but no fruit yet. Strawberries are bit on the lean side, think I will move them all this winter and re plant where they are not so shaded by other plants as all the other plots are having a bumper season. Made a Greek feta cheese and home grown spinach pie with filo pastry, good way of using up a glut of spinach!,and its very tasty

Perhaps chickens need a paddling pool!

New allotment OMG...

Posted: 29/06/2015 at 10:39

Had the female equivalent of "Man Flu" over the last 4 days, so only went up yesterday to do a bit of weeding. Lots more people on their plots working.  Picked more beetroot, its growing well. Picked some broad beans, dont think i will bother with them again, as not that keen on them  Peas and french beans not ready yet, but did get a punnet of gooseberries, so will stew them with some sweetener and have with yogurt. 

I cant believe I have had this plot for just over 1 year, its looking amazing now, just goes to show, you get out what you put in,  

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.


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