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Latest posts by Pipstrelle

Too early to chit?

Posted: 11/03/2014 at 11:26

Lol! Well maybe I should try that, thanks taveren

Apple tree

Posted: 11/03/2014 at 10:06

Hello! We are getting an apple tree for our allotment & plan to train it as an espalier between two stout posts connected by a wire framework. I saw whole living walls of espalier apples  trained in this way at a garden I visited. I've also seen 2 year old potted espaliers trained on a framework of canes. So, no you don't necessarily need a fence or wall.

Growing mealworms for beginners.

Posted: 11/03/2014 at 09:50

Thanks for starting this thread. I tried farming mealworms last year they started off indoors then I had to put them in the shed where they did less well. It was too cold for them I think, and I knew I hadn't been adding any wet/veg material so they wouldn't have been as happy. I had read that you shoul remove their droppings/frass. I was worried that I'd be throwing away eggs and bran. Do you ever clean them out completely or do you just harvest them all then start again? I found that the frass etc aggravated my asthma but a lid would help. 

Spindly Brussels sprout seedlings

Posted: 11/03/2014 at 09:20

Fantastic, thank you! I had moved them to a cooler place but now I know what to do  

Spindly Brussels sprout seedlings

Posted: 10/03/2014 at 21:10

Hello there.

We are currently starting out as first time allotment and veg growers. On 25th Feb i sowed some sprouts- Rubine. Most have germinated and have their seeds leaves but they have grown rather tall and spindly. One has even keeled over. They are otherwise healthy but I wonder if there is something amiss.

I made the mistake of sowing two to a large module. Not thinned as yet but will have to soon if I'm going to at all, to avoid root disturbance. I have them growing on a sunny, warm s-facing windowsill which has a radiator beneath. Hubbie reckons they might be too warm. There are Venetian blinds on windows.  I used bio char compost which I had a lot of success with last year with ornamentals and the odd tomato. However I accidentally ordered the general purpose (60l) but as it is so light in structure I used it as I have nothing else at present until I can get the correct one. We use peat free. Could it be any of these or things or are they meant to be long and lanky from the offset?! Apologies for typos. My tablet seems to hate this forum for some reason and keeps blending words together and not typing properly.

Too early to chit?

Posted: 10/03/2014 at 19:41

Hello again everyone 


I hope you are all getting on well. Thanks again for your replies.Dove your photo came at just the right time. I was starting to wonder about mine The potatoes all look good. I did chit the maincrop in the end as it can only benefit them. I'll have to look in my diary to see when I started chitting. They look just like the photo so does that mean they are ready to plant out?

Too early to chit?

Posted: 10/02/2014 at 14:39

Thank you everyone. Very helpful and informative as always. I had heard recently about not needing to chit main crops , I think on GQT. Good to hear that again 

Too early to chit?

Posted: 10/02/2014 at 13:29

Just another thought, I know egg boxes are useful but I have not enough yet. Do the potatoes need to be not touching? 


Too early to chit?

Posted: 10/02/2014 at 13:28

Hello there. We have our first allotment now and are getting ready to start sowing etc. We collected our first and second earlies and main crop potatoes yesterday. I am going to chit them but wondered whether it was too soon yet? I know we've had a very mild winter so far but I half expect a cold snap and am also wondering if they will be too far advanced for planting out if I start them now. How long do they need? If it is too soon where should I store them? The shed is pretty damp, we have no loft but limited space in a cupboard built above the eaves.

Also, should I chit them in a cooler place or a warm one?  I have a sunny south facing warm windowsill and a much cooler north facing one that has less space. I have no greenhouse other than a little acacia one that currently has a slight issue with mouldy growth where two of the overwintering chocolate cosmos have succumbed (lack of ventilation I guess, am new to having any kind of growhouse!). I have a lot of potatoes to chit but not much room.

I am in the West Midlands. Any thoughts appreciated!


Shrub identification please

Posted: 01/02/2014 at 00:53

Hmm, notsure the leaves are right for Nandina.

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