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Latest posts by scroggin

Allotment and new gardener enthusiast Tips and Tricks

Posted: 27/05/2014 at 17:52

Well done Sweet Pea, so good that you have managed to source so much gear already at such a reasonable price. Lidl,Aldi and the pound shops also do great stuff too. I recently bought some plastic bell cloches at 99p each to put over my courgettes while the weather is cold and wet here. Like a lot of others on here I also use pallets for all sorts of things from benches to cold frames and compost bins.

Sharing plants with other allotment holders is also a good way to save the pennies, I always grow more than I need but then I can swap them for plants I dont have or which might have failed.

All the best with your allotment and I look forward to hearing about your crops this year.

Mony Don

Posted: 27/05/2014 at 15:00

Well said Nutcutlet, I've been dragged into the debate before but I now realise its like religion and politics and best left alone

how long does it take for bell peppers to germinate?

Posted: 27/05/2014 at 14:52

They like warm temps so hopefully they will pick up once the higher temps kick in. Also they like to be kept on the dry side not too much water as the roots dont like sitting in water.

Mares Tail

Posted: 27/05/2014 at 11:00

One thing I meant to add was DONT use a rotovator, it will chop up the roots and you will then have 10 times the trouble you had before. The same goes for couch grass.

Fence versus privet hedge

Posted: 27/05/2014 at 10:52

It all depends how much you want to keep the hedge, personally I would rip it out and erect a fence, less hassle in the future with maintenance. It appears you will always be battling to keep the hedge looking good if you neighbour wont cooperate.

With a fence you than have a blank canvas to do your own planting schemes.

Mares Tail

Posted: 27/05/2014 at 10:40

I have mares tail on my allotment, in the winter when I am digging over the ground I try and get as much of the roots out as possible, the ones that come through I then try to hand weed and pull out as much as possible.

After a couple of seasons it should lessen to the point where its no more a problem than any other weed. The chemical route is probably the most effective but I only use this on bare plots, once I am growing crops I steer clear of weedkillers.

It all depends how much time you can spend weeding to keep a cap on it.

Best Thornproof Gloves

Posted: 26/05/2014 at 22:20

I buy my gloves from companies who supply Safety Wear, they have a great selection and I'm pretty sure they will have what you need.

Personally if I'm ripping out brambles, nettles etc I use welding gauntlets, they would be no use for general gardening but bullet proof when dealing with thorny subjects.

Mr Fothergills Seeds

Posted: 26/05/2014 at 21:34

 I had really good germination from my parsnips this year T&M Albion, sown on the 10th April. I live in Kent and the following spell of weather was warm, this I think helped germination.

I think a lot depends on the warmth of the soil, last years cold spring was very poor for germination and had to resow in May.

I use lots of different seed suppliers, I use Fothergills and would say its no better or worse than any other supplier. It could be down to how the GC display them, if they are in an area where they get too hot during the day that can have an impact..

Talkback: Growing tomatoes outdoors

Posted: 25/05/2014 at 21:16

Blight can be pretty bad in the area I garden, on the allotment even plants in the polytunnel get affected as the spores are carried on the wind, and the doors are open on hot days. Its always worse in wet summers as the damp conditions favour the spread of the spores.

The plants in the polytunnel are watered from a tap fed water butt so has nothing to do with rainwater in my case.

Where's Froggy? 4 frogs, can you spot them all?

Posted: 24/05/2014 at 21:21

3 in the pond and one on the shelf on the RH side?


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