Latest posts by scroggin

Buying a greenhouse. Any advice please?

Posted: 25/04/2017 at 19:06

As many plants prefer rain water I would definitely have the guttering connected to water butts. It also means you have water right next to the greenhouse. 

New allotment OMG...Part 2...

Posted: 25/04/2017 at 13:31

Hope everyone doesn't suffer too much devastation from the forecast weather. Last year we had a hailstorm in late June and it made a real mess of many plants. I'm going to put some netting over the fruit as I don't want too loose the newly set currants etc. Everything else is still under cover or low growing and hardy.

Protecting soft fruits from birds

Posted: 24/04/2017 at 21:22

It's strange, the birds don't touch the raspberries, gooseberries or strawberries on my allotment but they love the blueberries, red and blackcurrants, so I grow those in a fruit cage made from an old polytunnel frame, with debris netting placed once the fruit has set, but before it matures.

New allotment OMG...Part 2...

Posted: 24/04/2017 at 18:53

Well done Learnincurve, you've certainly been busy. Hope this forecast of wintry showers isn't too severe, certainly don't want hailstones

Second greenhouse is up and running, so much better than my cheap polytunnel that it replaced, so now I have one on the allotment and one at home.

New allotment OMG...Part 2...

Posted: 23/04/2017 at 17:45

Though not ideal weather I applied my nematodes today, would have preferred some rain to be forecast but the use by date was fast approaching so I'll just have to keep the ground watered till we get some rain. 

Potted on some more cabbages and planted out some lettuce into the raised beds,might need to fleece with the forecast of Arctic temps .

Camera Talk - part 2

Posted: 23/04/2017 at 12:30

Fabulous pics Fairy, lovely views. It's so distressing for the farmers when they have to deal with the aftermath of a dog attack on their livestock. We have a special belt that you can clip a lead onto so it leaves your hands free for map reading etc.

Camera Talk - part 2

Posted: 23/04/2017 at 07:58

Glad you had nice walk Fairy, Floss would have enjoyed seeing the sheep. She's always on the lead when we're in the hills as there is nearly always sheep about, she doesn't seem to mind and we always go to a beach or park where she can run free as well. Luckily she can be off lead most of the time at home as apart from squirrels and rabbits there isn't much livestock. The Bluebells were fabulous yesterday so couldn't resist a Floss pose.

pet companions

Posted: 22/04/2017 at 10:40

Floss looking happy with herself, just been chasing the squirrels

Tea for two

Posted: 22/04/2017 at 07:36

I like both but I do agree that tea is more refreshing and you can't beat a cuppa with a full english.

Easiest Veg to Grow from seeds

Posted: 21/04/2017 at 19:20

I'd add mange tout and sugar snap peas. Quick to mature and you don't have to worry about pea moth as you would with standard varieties. They always taste so much better than those sold in the supermarket.

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