Latest posts by Leggi


Posted: 27/08/2012 at 14:58

I'm not sure you can in this country, unless you have a large heated indoor space built to do so?


Posted: 27/08/2012 at 14:13

Have you tried improving the soil around your roses and pruning back?


Posted: 26/08/2012 at 20:08

I may well do that Dove, our allotment is a new plot so we can pretty much do what we want with the majority of it (setting it out). We need to have some trees towards the back so we can grow things in the ground beneath that don't particularly like full sun (blueberries, rhubarb etc). The birds are the biggest pest there so we're going to need to put netting up.

Flo as a general rule with fruit I've found having more than one of each gives better results individually, I'm not yet sure on cross pollination so I'm probably not the best person to ask. My garden at home is small and packed with plants already so if it wasn't for the allotment I wouldn't be able to even consider growing any more fruit trees.

Fork Handles

Posted: 26/08/2012 at 19:21

Haha, well that's a new way of getting rid of them.

Not that I'll be having any for my tea

Fork Handles

Posted: 26/08/2012 at 19:14

Dean - I have no idea, I've seen it listed at the allotment shop for sale though, not that I have any intention of using it.

Becks - Bordeaux Mix is a copper based solution which you can spray on tatties or tommies, it's supposed to form a barrier on the leaves so that air born blight spores can't infect the plant. It's called Bordeaux Mix because it was first used on vines in vinyards in the Bordeaux region of France.

Just checked the BBQ, not sure what the black things started out as.


Posted: 26/08/2012 at 19:04

Flo we can lear together.

There seems quite a few different types around which surprised me, I think I'd like to grow one of the American varieties (there's one named after George Washington) and one of the earlier English varieties (but having said that I don't know how easy they are to buy).

This thread has helped me make my mind up that we should use our allotment to grow things that we like and things that aren't commony found in the supermarkets. Oh and I want in on the Greengage Jam! 

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.

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