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mystery bulbs

Posted: 26/08/2012 at 18:49


It could be moles pushing them up? Could be a type of bulb that grows on the surface rather than planted?

Fork Handles

Posted: 26/08/2012 at 18:43

Evening ladies and gents, I spent the day at the allotment weeding the salad patch, it now looks very empty and it's quite hard too see the difference between grass growing where it shouldn't and baby spring onions (I haven't really grown much veg in the past apart from tommies really). Red lettuce and radishes doing well though.

Sorry to hear about the blight Becks, but it's one of those things as a gardener you can't really do much about (unless you want to faff around with Bordeaux mix but that will only slow blight down rather than stop it). I'd do as suggested and take the affected leaves off and of course keep your fingers crossed!

My OH has got the BBQ fired up for tea and I will most probably be tucking in to a selection of burnt things in due course.


Posted: 25/08/2012 at 22:46

Flo I hadn't actually heard of this fruit before but having read up about it and having a  conversation with my Dad today about them, I've decided I'm going to have at least one tree at the allotment.

Can you tell me what it is you liked about them and what's best to do with the fruit (I've read it makes nice jam). Sorry I can't offer you any advice on care or problems. Fingers crossed next autumn that will have changed.

Weed suppressing membranes for allotment paths

Posted: 24/08/2012 at 19:39

Maybe bark chippings on top of a weed supressing membrane, it won't keep the weeds permanently away but it will make it manageable.

The best multi purpose compost this year

Posted: 24/08/2012 at 16:28

Thanks for the heads up Geoff, me and the OH went and picked up 5 bags today. I've already dug one in to a bed at the allotment before the heavens opened.

Fork Handles

Posted: 23/08/2012 at 15:48

Lottie - if you can only do one of Heligan or Eden I'd go for Heligan. The Biodomes at Eden are amazing but based on a whole day I enjoyed Heligan much more.


Posted: 22/08/2012 at 23:52

I don't have much knowledge I'm afraid but pruning now would make the trees grow more, if you wait until mid autumn to winter, when it's cooler, you can prune back some of the growth.

How big a space and how many trees are we talking roughly? If it's a large number of trees then I think you should consider getting an expert in to advise you on what's best to do.

Next to A259 how many plants can you name?

Posted: 22/08/2012 at 22:10

That's beautiful, I'll start you off - the pinkish red flowers at the bottom of your second photo are Red Flax (Linum grandiflorum var rubrum (says Google))..

Has this been deliberately planted or is it just nature being wonderful?

Keeping cosmos

Posted: 22/08/2012 at 19:35

Yes from late feburary, I start mine off on a sunny windowsil in seed trays in gritty compost. Prick them out when they have their first true leaves (you'll know what Cosmos leaves should look like) pot on to 5cm pots and off they go outside to the propagator, then pot them on again to 10cm pots until they're big enough to grow in the ground around April.

You can sow Cosmos directly in to the ground as well, although I'm not much of a fan of that as the seedlings are tasty to slugs, snails and mice. If you want to do this though it should work, just sow more seeds than you think is necessary.

I grow pure white ones, seashells and the maroon ones you've mentioned this way.

Pruning Braeburn apple

Posted: 22/08/2012 at 15:22

I'm another one with no apples this year, damned weather. As for pruning if you want to keep it the same size just prune back any new growth from this year, I'd give it a few weeks yet though.

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