Latest posts by Leggi


Posted: 16/08/2013 at 00:53

Thank you both, should I ripen the biggest fruit on the windowsill now then? There's a wet spell coming and I'd like to have one year where blight didn't ruin the entire crop.

Dove, no I haven't removed the tops yet (oops), but there aren't many new flowers so I haven't been too bothered about that. Have taken your advice and only fed every two weeks though.

Next spring the greenhouse will be going up so I hope to pester you both with a whole load of new dilemmas, if you'll humour me!


Posted: 16/08/2013 at 00:08

I wait until a bit later in the year and most GC's push their seed prices right down, this year all of my allotment veg is from 50p reduced packets from the end of last summer (later reduced to 10p). Wilko's and the other low cost stores mentioned already are great too.


Posted: 15/08/2013 at 01:07

Picked some lettuce and onions earlier myself. Had a wander around and then picked all the sweetpea flowers for my grandmother. I was heading back to the car when I spotted beautifully plump raspberries, so stopped for a while, had a mini-feast and watched while the sun slowly dropped down below the hills in the distance.

Beautiful things these allotments of ours, both in terms of what they produce and the wonderful moments when they make you stop, listen, admire and taste all the things that we've worked hard for. Bliss.


Posted: 15/08/2013 at 00:53

I just need a little advice, this year is my first growing these tomatoes (and outside open to the elements too), how much cutting back can they take? I have lovely big green tomatoes on them but obviously the sun and warmth need to get in to ripen the fruit, but at the moment they're sheltered under a canopy of greenery. I've been a little scared to cut back, apart from the bottom stems of course, how much should I lop off?

The Alicante are looking delightfully promising too.


Posted: 12/08/2013 at 00:05

Mine too, is it best to cut them all back?


Posted: 10/08/2013 at 00:40

I tried last year but the exceptional wet we had (and the lack of any undercover space inside) meant that blight got them before they were anywhere near ready. I would try again if I had a greenhouse that I could move them to when the weather is less than ideal, and in sacks as mentioned above. It's my understanding that varieties sold around now for harvesting at Christmas are first earlies, as they'll take at least 12 weeks to grow. 

Hollyhock Rust?

Posted: 19/07/2013 at 21:29

Thanks Alina, that's most appreciated. 

Hollyhock Rust?

Posted: 19/07/2013 at 14:53

Thanks Lyn. That's quite annoying as up till a few days ago I just had the one plant and didn't even know rust existed. Since spotting some nice healthy looking ones on a garden centre discount shelf this week I now have five more, I'm tempted to pull up the infected one and plant the new ones there. If I do this what spray should I be using against rust in future?

Scale Insects on my rose

Posted: 19/07/2013 at 14:30

I has this problem on my acer earlier this year. I made a mix with fairy liquid and water in a bottle, mixed it by shaking, then used the foam only from the top only to wash them off with an old cloth and paper towels to dry it after. I've checked today and it's still clear of the pests, although washing the stems in this way with a rose bush is obviously going to be harder because of the prickles. Maybe you could use an old sponge instead of the cloth. Let us know what you choose and the results anyway.

Hollyhock Rust?

Posted: 19/07/2013 at 14:23

Whilst spraying against blackfly on my Verbascums this afternoon I noticed something wrong on the underside of my hollyhock leaves. Is it rust? And any tips on treating it please? I've read to remove affected leaves, but this would leave the plant bare, would an insectisidal soap wash help or would that be pointless in this instance? Thanks.






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