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Posted: Today at 08:42

I pick sloes from wild Blackthorn hedges so can't comment on how old they need to be before producing fruit. I do know that they produce on the previous years growth which means that some years we get less fruit if the council hedge trimmer has been to work!


Posted: Today at 07:56

Nanny I'm in Kent, they'll be finished by September where I live.

Harvest 2017

Posted: Yesterday at 16:54

You could have kept Wimbledon supplied with cucumber sandwiches Dove. It's been a good year so far. The freezer is already filling with fruit n veg, my better half has made a stack of courgette fritters for the freezer, they go well with a fried egg and crispy bacon.


Posted: Yesterday at 15:18

Big change from last year. Just picked 2 large bowls of blackberries from the brambles around our allotment. It's going to be a bumper year by the look of it, all the brambles are hanging in fruit.

Blackberry and apple pie here we come.

Allotment plot

Posted: Yesterday at 14:58

Personally I wouldn't worry too much about the weeds, if the plot is untended it will have all manor of weeds, I have bindweed, mares tail and couch grass on my plot, all it takes is regular weeding to keep under control.

I would ask if there is water onsite and what if any restrictions. Unfortunately security is another issue, check if they've had any problems with theft etc. Some plots don't allow sheds, if you have to travel any distance a shed means less tools to carry.

Drainage, some plots on sloping ground can become waterlogged. 

Christmas veg advice

Posted: Yesterday at 11:11

You can grow some potatoes for a Xmas crop and maybe some carrots but for most Xmas veg, i.e parsnips and Brussels you are a bit too late I'm afraid.

What is your weather like? (2)

Posted: Yesterday at 10:55

Big storm overnight with torrential rain. The lightning really lit up the sky, looked like daytime. Hasn't cleared the air, still very muggy' with the threat of rain in the air.

Swede and turnips appear to have bolted

Posted: 18/07/2017 at 21:36

Not quite sure what you mean when you say they've bolted. If they've bolted then they will have flower heads. Have they started to go to seed or just leggy. Turnips and Swedes are hardy veg and don't need a greenhouse for germination even in Scotland, they might have grown a bit soft and put on too much top growth for the root system to support.

Camera Talk - part 2

Posted: 18/07/2017 at 18:48

It was a lovely day Liriodendron. Fabulous views all round.

Camera Talk - part 2

Posted: 18/07/2017 at 18:05

Hi Fairygirl, my better half is the photographer between us, I tend to take snaps with my phone and they are normally family shots. I've put on 2 from the top of Stob Dubh. It was the first Munro for Bridget's girls and our dog Floss. We didn't do Raineach this time as we did this on a previous visit and thought it a bit ' rocky ' for Floss. 

You're right about the stretch of the WHW, it was a nice day if a bit blowy.

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