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Sweet pea identification please

Posted: 14/07/2013 at 20:54

 I saw this glorious beast of a sweet pea today rambling through some dwarf apple trees, does anyone know which variety they are please? I'd like a few next year in the garden.



Raised Beds - green manure or plant quick crop?

Posted: 14/07/2013 at 20:43

It's entirely up to you really. As I understand it different green manures are supposed to be good for improving different aspects of your soil (most will fix nitrogen in the soil for example). I used buckwheat at the end of last summer to supress weeds and improve the soil, hopefully it did but as I'd never grown anything else there I can't be 100% sure, it did keep the weeds down though. On the other hand, as you say, you could get another quick cropping salad veg in and then use green manure in late summer, best of both worlds.

Most garden centres worth their salt stock the seeds these days.

Fruit & Veg/Allotment pics 2013

Posted: 12/07/2013 at 23:21

Right I've finally worked out how to rotate pictures so, this is what we started with almost a year ago. It's a new allotment site but someone had our plot for a short while before us. There was little work done apart from the small stoney path you can see below the weeds.

This is a picture from today, the path in the top picture is the same as the one below through the middle of the beds.

This was the back half of the plot which hadn't been worked since it was farmland.

And here it is now. Top right raspberries, just below is the strawberry patch, blueberries in the triangular bed in the middle and greengage, plum, cherry, blackcurrants all hiding a rhubarb bed on the top left. Yes, in the middle is a load of spuds, working the soil over so hopefully I won't have to.

And finally this is the middle, three quite big beds where are brassicas are growing away nicely.

Please ignore the weeds (like I've been doing ). It would be lovely to see some of yours too!












Fruit & Veg/Allotment pics 2013

Posted: 12/07/2013 at 12:00

I've seen similar threads in other sections but thought it would be nice if us veg growers had one of our own to share the things we grow and the way we grow them. Who doesn't like a good old nosey around someone else's plot?

I'll start us off with what really is our first harvest, picked yesterday evening.

A mix of soft and hard neck garlic.

There is no more glorious a taste than a ripe strawberry picked at the end of a long day.

Don't worry we did realise that big brown one was the seed potato, in the end!

I'll put some general lottie pics up soon when I've worked out why they keep appearing sideways. Looking forward to seeing everyone's lovely crops!




Strawberry plants

Posted: 28/06/2013 at 15:31

Pot up the end of the fruitless branch (when it starts looking like a baby strawberry plant) whilst still attached to the main plant. Cut the branch when it turns brown.

Strawberry plants

Posted: 28/06/2013 at 15:15

Sorry Nick I should have been more clear, the new plants will form on the end of the fruitless branches (runners). If you peg the end of the branch in to a small pot of compost it should root, after a while you can cut the branch in between the new plant and old when it starts turning brown. 

All of my strawberry plants were grown this way for their first fruit this year. 


Strawberry plants

Posted: 28/06/2013 at 14:55

Just leave them be if they look healthy, as the plants get older (probably next spring) start taking any brown leaves off. If your plants are well established you should be able to grow new plants from the runners they will put out this year too.

Leaf Curl

Posted: 28/06/2013 at 14:21

Leaf curl is normally a temperature issue I think, but there are people with a lot more knowledge than me on here though. A picture of the yellowing leaves might help too.

Japanese maple in pest catastrophy

Posted: 28/06/2013 at 12:49

I noticed these on mine a few weeks ago without knowing what they were. I've just removed them all by making a foam from fairy liquid and water mixed together and using a cloth to wipe them all off. Will this be sufficient or should I be looking in to treating with something stronger? 

I'll keep an eye out for them now as the Acer is one of my favourites.

Poorly tomato plant

Posted: 18/06/2013 at 20:35

Thanks, have passed your advice on. I'm sure I'll be on to bother you again in a few weeks time with my own tommies.

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