Latest posts by Madeleine51


Posted: 30/10/2014 at 22:53

  My allotment neighbour has old dried and dead  brambles as well as young stuff that keep growing over into my plot so I cut them back to the boundary and used them. I also added some of my runner bean stems as I had so many  and some strawberry plants. 

brussel sprouts

Posted: 30/10/2014 at 22:48

Hi AlI. This is my first year of growing sprouts so I also need some guidance.

I notice that one of my allotment neighbours has stripped off  a lot of the leaves up towards the top of the stem. Presumably this  to allow light to get to the growing sprouts. Also, my sprouts are rather small so should I have added some fertiliser during the growing period and if so, what sort? I will certainly stake them next year because they are leaning rather at present.


Posted: 30/10/2014 at 22:29

Is there anything in the garden or allotment that would benefit from the ash that I have left over  from the incinerator?

Can I use any leaves for leaf mould?

Posted: 30/10/2014 at 22:25

How long would sycamore leaves take to rot down? The stalks seem to be rather tough so  could I use them or should they go to the rubbish tip or is there something I could add  that could speed up the composting process?

Can I grow more raspberry canes from the seeds from my raspberries?

Posted: 19/09/2014 at 11:18

I was told that if you interfere with the roots of raspberries (i.e. dig around the roots to remove weeds)  they go wild and send suckers out far and wide. This has happened to me on one of my allotments which I am about to abandon as I don't have the time for both I want to plant more rasps on other plot. Does this mean that if I dig out a clump, tease some stalks apart and plant them that this will happen again or should I learn by my mistakes and buy new ones and just be more careful next time with weeding?

Harvesting Butternut Squash

Posted: 30/08/2014 at 21:41

Ditto mine Barry. Massive and take up so much space. Have had acknowledgement from Johnsons and am awaiting their comments. Hopefully I will receive a replacement packet at least but it would be interesting to hear if they had many others with complaints from that batch. I too am cutting back and pinching out tips of runners


Posted: 30/08/2014 at 21:31

Rats have had a lot of mine at the allotment this year. My fault - I was warned and I didn't protect the plants with netting as advised. Learn by mistakes but what a waste

Harvesting Butternut Squash

Posted: 26/08/2014 at 13:10

Maybe I will be brave and try one in a few weeks. I might be pleasantly surprised.

BUT I think I will contact Johnsons about it. There are only 10 seeds in a packet (unlike the generous quantities you get in seed packets in Italy Itaophile!)  and the others could be rogue ones too.  As they take up a lot of space, I would like to get the right variety in.

Harvesting Butternut Squash

Posted: 26/08/2014 at 12:53

Thanks Italophile & Fleurisa. No I haven't been feeding them.  Perhaps they are lacking some nutrients but re fingernail test, I cut one off and it was very difficult to do so.

Interesting point though - I grew  Butternut Squash  plants from a packet of seeds (same packet) and I have what looks like another sort of pumpkin  which is very large and round with dark green glossy smooth skin. Like a football.  Any ideas what type it could be?  I definitely didn't mix seed because so far the only pumpkin I like is the butternut squash variety and havn't bought any others. Strange.  Perhaps I ought to send a photo to the seed company to query.


Harvesting Butternut Squash

Posted: 25/08/2014 at 17:10

I was up at the allotment to day and wondered whether it is too early to harvest my crop of butternut squashes. I have a good drop of about a dozen small Hornet ones on one plant and they have only a few faint green stripes on them now. The leaves have turned pale and are shrivelling up so could I cut them now and put them in my unheated greenhouse to complete their ripening or should I leasve them a bit longer. End of August seems a bit early to cut them.



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