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Latest posts by ginagibbs

New allotment OMG...

Posted: 18/10/2014 at 12:51

went to the plot last night as I finished work early . Picked some autumn raspberries(they didnt make it home) radishes , mizzuma and pack choi for tea. Feels good to come home with a harvest no matter how small.

Planted a sorrel and a strawberry and cleared away some beans. I will be back up on Sunday to try and dig a bed for some asparagus crowns.

Why are there so many white fly about at the moment, and why does my pretty little dog have to roll in fox poo when my back is turned?

Growing fennel bulbs...

Posted: 17/10/2014 at 12:38

They are also nice roasted with other veg Never tried to grow them, will they tolerate clay soil?

Asparagus V Horsetail

Posted: 17/10/2014 at 10:08

Hi all. I took on an allotment in June that has some horsetail. I want to plant some asparagus crowns and have earmarked an area suitable. It is currently covered in cardboard and is the last area that needs digging and weeding. I am sure the surface weeds will have died back, but the rhyzomes of the horsetail will still be deep underground & no matter how deep i try to dig them out, they will still lurk under the soil.

Having done as much weeding etc,possible, My thinking is, that if I dig the trench for the crowns, and install a layer of cardboard on the bottom and then the manure/soil mound put on top ,  would this be ok and sufficient in drainage etc for the asparagus + prevent the horsetail coming through? Alternatively, should I just use black plastic around the plants as they come through in Spring? Any other suggestions would be very welcome


Posted: 15/10/2014 at 12:32

plant identification

Posted: 15/10/2014 at 09:32

Any one tried making jam with them?

New allotment OMG...

Posted: 15/10/2014 at 09:28

No sorry, GG my camera ran out of memory. Got some of the beach but thats about all


Posted: 15/10/2014 at 09:26

We have our fair share of mice, our  high skirting boards have perfect Tom and Jerry mouse entrances, we often find dog biscuits wedged in them where they have tried to steal them but are too big for the hole (1840's house)


Posted: 14/10/2014 at 16:03

We had the same thing happen in our kitchen casement window for the last 2 years, and about the same quantity. Do you have an old house Pansy?

New allotment OMG...

Posted: 14/10/2014 at 15:31

raining here too.. hope my newly planted onions have'nt floated away lol

New allotment OMG...

Posted: 14/10/2014 at 11:18

No gardening this weekend, went for a mini break at Burton Bradstock, Dorset. Sea views were amazing !!. and Saturdays weather was stunning. Went to Abbotsbury Tropical gardens, also stunning but missed the best time to see Hydrangeas etc. Allotment will have to wait now till Sunday.

Discussions started by ginagibbs

Asparagus V Horsetail

Preparation help or advice 
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Bourton House Garden Gloucestershire

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petrol strimmers

recomendations please 
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Rose aid please

No blooms on my ramblers yet 
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New Allotment

What to look for 
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to cut or not to cut

Hardy Fuscia 
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tomato blight

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Name this plant challenge

Can you tell me wha this is? 
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tomato plant pests

tiny white spiders 
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