Latest posts by scroggin

Failed Butternuts!

Posted: 04/10/2017 at 20:33

Strangely it's been a good year in the South of England, we had warm weather in the early summer and the plants romped away. We ended up with 25 ripe squash from 4 plants. In my experience squashes always take longer to establish and get going than courgettes, this year they got going much better than normal.

Unknown fruit bush

Posted: 04/10/2017 at 07:27

That looks like a blackcurrant bush. 

Unknown fruit bush

Posted: 03/10/2017 at 18:18

Can you post a picture Julie?

Potato problems

Posted: 03/10/2017 at 18:16

The 'slimy' potato is most likely the original 'seed' potato. The small holes could be from wireworms or possibly keel slugs. 

You can apply a nematode control for these pests. It doesn't sound like you've done anything wrong, it's hard to know what pests your soil will hold. Wireworms are often a pest in newly cultivated soil so may not be such an issue in the future.

If you can post a picture of the damage then forum members should be able to help identify and suggest solutions.

The Charlotte potatoes will be fine to eat.

Can you identify this Chilli?

Posted: 03/10/2017 at 14:04

Looks more like a Bell pepper than a chilli pepper. How big is it in relation to a person's hand?

Bad veg crop

Posted: 03/10/2017 at 14:01

Lots of leaf growth is often a signal of high nitrogen feeding which is ideal for brassicas but not so good for root crops. 

For your root veg you could add some Blood Fish and Bone. ( They need phosphorus).

With regard to the cauliflowers you may need to add lime to your soil if it's acidic.

What is your watering regime like? Caulis, celery and sweetcorn are VERY thirsty plants, if they dry out then it will significantly stunt growth.

Bad veg crop

Posted: 03/10/2017 at 09:54

That's a very broad question Bill. Could you be more specific as to which crops haven't performed as well as you would like.

There may be many reasons for poor cropping so a little more info would help.

Bagged Chicken Manure

Posted: 03/10/2017 at 07:51

Fresh chicken manure is 'hot', very high in nitrogen and would indeed affect/kill young plants. However I would think that ' processed' manure has been aged/ blended to make it suitable for general use.

New allotment OMG...Part 2...

Posted: 02/10/2017 at 19:02

Hope you feel better soon Gardengirl.

pet companions

Posted: 02/10/2017 at 18:23

Looks like Dudley had a great time. Our favourite 'local' beach ( 40 miles) has just reopened to dogs so will pay a visit soon.

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