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Latest posts by Leggi

Is it blight

Posted: 17/07/2013 at 12:29

Yeah first earlies should take about 12 weeks until they are ready to be dug up. They don't all show the same signs of being ready though.


Posted: 15/07/2013 at 20:43

I've often seen ground like that in dry spells when out walking in the countryside. I wouldn't worry about it, just when ground gets as dry as that it takes an awful lot of water to rehydrate it (will happen naturally as soon as we get some wet weather of course), especially if it's a patch which normally holds moisture well.

As said above if you're really worried check the deeds but it's likely to just be this long dry spell.

Raised Beds - green manure or plant quick crop?

Posted: 14/07/2013 at 21:04

Forgot to add the RHS have a good summary of what each manure is useful for.


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.

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