Madeleine51


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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

Sweetcorn

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.

Cheers

 

Butternut Sqash

Posted: 25/08/2014 at 16:59

Hi All

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.

Cheers

 

Brassicas - to fertilise or not?

Posted: 14/06/2014 at 13:32

Thanks everyone. I shall certainly keep the plants well watered and I might try giving the ones in the garden some tomato feed  to see if this helps. The allotment ones I shall leave as they are and see which batches produce the best results. Useful having some on different sites to experiment with.  Right now I am trying to get some Autumn seedlings ready for planting so I have even more for later when the spring batch becomes exhausted.  All trial and error but I do love my broccoli!

Thanks and Happy Growing All!

 

Brassicas - to fertilise or not?

Posted: 12/06/2014 at 11:24

Hello All

I have grown and had some wonderful broccoli with lovely heads of about 6".  So deliciously sweet and tender. Have had lots of compliments on it from other growers who have had no success. The variety is F1 Green Magic. 

Prior to  planting the little plants out at the beginning of April, as usual  I raked in some growmore about a fortnight before.  I picked the first successful heads as above last weekend and the plants now have lots of little side spears which I would like to encourage to grow larger.  My question is, do I need to add some more GMore now or at some point or some other fertiliser to get them to mature nicely?  Would this encourage them to grow ok? I don't want to be disappointed with them boulting and/or becoming loose and seedy headed.

What do people think?

Thanks

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