Latest posts by Pentillie

Not all bad news in the garden

Posted: 16/07/2012 at 20:07
Fruit and veg this year are doing brilliantly,ex strawberries which gave me a couple of good pickings, but then faded away in the grey weather.Brassicas,potatoes (in fact, all root crops) are doing well, so whilst I moan about the lack of sun, I can't complain of the end results so far. Having my allotment on the side of a hill does help drainage!

What's the weather like in your area?

Posted: 10/07/2012 at 14:04
Saw the Olympic torch near Henley this morning, in showers, but sun is now out and I am off to the allotment to gather some Lady Christl potatoes,lettuce,spring onions,broccoli,carrots and a punnet of raspberries. They should keep me going for the next few days! Hope this weather lasts for the rest of the day!

What's the weather like in your area?

Posted: 08/07/2012 at 22:09
Lovely warm sunny afternoon in South Bucks - planted a row of January Kings this evening at the allotment, but with weather this warm and damp I will be eating them by the end of summer!

Toadstools on lawn

Posted: 07/07/2012 at 22:34
Can anyone give me some advice on how to clear swathes of small toadstools on my lawn(which is in full sun). I have swept and raked them clear but they reappear in a day or two. Short of digging up the areas involved, is there another solution?

Sheep it or Slug gone

Posted: 29/06/2012 at 20:55
Has anybody used the above, which are recommended as a slow fertiliser, but also has the added bonus of being an irritant to slugs and snails who apparently dislike the wool content of the pellets. Is it effective? Would welcome any comments.

What's the weather like in your area?

Posted: 19/05/2012 at 20:16
Fairly warm this afternoon in Marlow - greenhouse was very hot! No rain today either - is Summer on its way?

Problem Clay soil

Posted: 17/05/2012 at 22:31
Had similar trouble when I moved here 15 years ago. I solved the problem by, every year for about 5 years, buying 20 sacks of spent mushroom compost, costing on average ??2 a sack. This was laid as a mulch in the autumn and early spring, and gently forked in. With worms doing their bit the soil gradually lightened up,and now is in really good condition. I now add all old potting compost, and finished gro-bags as their relatively dry and powdery nature also help break up any clay still lurking. May not work everywhere but I'm happy with my soil now.

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Posted: 16/05/2012 at 21:07
Been a lovely afternoon in the Chilterns and got quite a lot done today. Tomorrow all being well, will start moving stuff out of the greenhouse and up to the allotment - it will have to, with the help of loads of fleece, take its chances! "Rain,rain,go away"etc!

What's the weather like in your area?

Posted: 14/05/2012 at 20:19
Wet this morning in South Bucks, but lovely sunny late afternoon and evening. Allotment soil is lovely and workable - being on the first gently sloping hillside in the Chilterns drainage is superb. Planted Celery and Celeriac - tomorrow pots of Pencilpod Black Wax French beans to go out - weather still permitting!

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Posted: 11/05/2012 at 10:01
Warm and sunny here (Marlow on Thames) at the moment - will it last?! Just off to the allotment to plant a few rows of Swedes (finally). Will then lay panes of glass along the rows to warm soil and help germination, and stop everything being washed out in a few days!

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