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Latest posts by scroggin

whats difference between polytunnel & fruit cage ?

Posted: 09/07/2015 at 21:16
Don't blame the product, a properly erected fruit cage does what it says on the tin and keeps birds out. I use an old polytunnel frame covered with debris netting, many others on the allotments make similar structures and have never witnessed any bird mortality.

Couple of Q's (Beetroot, cucumber AND strawberries?!)

Posted: 06/07/2015 at 21:03
I grew Crystal Lemon last year and thought they were much better then normal cucs, they produced a few males at the start but soon started cropping.
Plenty of time for a sowing of beetroot, they will grow quickly at this time of year.

New allotment OMG...

Posted: 05/07/2015 at 20:07
Lots of weeding and watering but the best bit is lots of picking too. Raspberries and strawberries for dessert tonight. Good crop of mange tout, lettuce, cabbage, carrots, beetroot all cropping well.
Runner and French beans setting and toms starting to ripen, love this time of year on the allotment, new crops to pick every week.

Are you eating your home grown fruit and veg yet?

Posted: 05/07/2015 at 13:54
First ripe tomato, Sweet Million, straight off the vine, yum! Everything starting to produce now, mange tout peas have been lovely both raw and cooked. At last the warm weather has brought on the veg

Anyone done any gardening today?

Posted: 05/07/2015 at 09:11
I think the manure may have been contaminated, my brother had some a couple of years back and it had similar effects on his garden. Some fields used for grazing horses are treated with a herbicide which passes through the horse and lies active in its dung. Always worth checking if the land has been treated before using the manure. It's not permanent but will affect plants for that season.

Anyone done any gardening today?

Posted: 04/07/2015 at 19:58
I wouldn't have thought its the manure unless it was contaminated! I always grow my runners in a trench that is filled with WRM, I don't bother for peas and broad beans but manure would have been added in the autumn.Runner beans are thirsty plants and a trench filled with manure or compost helps retain water.

Keeping Cats off of Garden - Tried and Tested Ideas only please

Posted: 02/07/2015 at 20:58
I can't see how mothballs would be a problem, if you're concerned about cats 'eating' them just put them in plastic boxes with a few holes drilled to let their pungency out.
I think lion poo is just a gimic, pretty sure a real life lion would do the trick though!

Allotment Rental

Posted: 01/07/2015 at 20:22
I can't speak for other allotments but the rules and regs do not permit use on a commercial basis, you're allowed to sell produce to cover costs, or seed, compost expense. If you want all the produce for yourself you will have to check the local rules.

Allotment Rental

Posted: 29/06/2015 at 13:26
I would think that to start with you will only be offered one plot, if you maintain this one and do not use it for commercial growing then you may be offered another plot. On our plot a couple of members have 2 plots because we had spare,very overgrown, plots.

Anyone done any gardening today?

Posted: 14/06/2015 at 19:14
Planted some more calabrese, put pea sticks in fory Sugar Snaps. More weeding and watering, very little rain in this part of Kent.

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