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Latest posts by scroggin


Posted: 25/07/2015 at 08:47
Lovely sunny morning after yesterday's much welcomed rain, sorry for all starting their hols, but it was much needed.
Off to Great Dixter in a while, haven't been for a few years so really keen to see what it looks like.

Pumpkin trimming?

Posted: 24/07/2015 at 20:33
Restrict the amount of fruit on the plant, if you want big fruit then I would remove all but one pumpkin, make sure it is set before removing other fruit. It will also need lots of feeding too.


Posted: 24/07/2015 at 17:06
Really glad of this rain at the moment, its keeping the neighbours cats indoors! Recently saw a man walking his cat on a lead, now there is a responsible member of the community, he had poo bags with him too.

Chili plants loosing flowers

Posted: 20/07/2015 at 19:04
Try pollinating by hand, I do this for my chillies and it works well, I use a small paint brush and go from flower to flower.


Posted: 12/07/2015 at 11:59
I'll join hollie hock in showing my wallflowers, I sowed mine in mid June, any earlier and I find they get too big. It all depends on what works best for you, I get better results from summer sown biennials, including Bellis RUand dianthus. A lot of people use bare root plants too,so do what's easiest.

Pigeons !!!

Posted: 12/07/2015 at 11:49
Very difficult to ' scare' pigeons, just ask farmers. I work at a site where they bring in a falconry firm to fly a harrier hawk once or twice a week. The pigeons fly off for an hour or two then return!
I would suggest netting but its not to everyone's taste, it works for me on the allotment, however in your garden it may look unsightly. If you do use netting make the frame and netting such that birds can't get trapped. Plenty of good info on the web. I use debris netting, available in various colours and cheap if bought on a roll.


Posted: 12/07/2015 at 09:56
I agree hollie hock, I always grow from seed now, much better choice of colours and still time to sow now.


Posted: 11/07/2015 at 09:16
Thanks Bob, I will probably pot on in stages as the plants are still young but I reckon they will be ready for 50cm in a year or so.

Cabbage sadness

Posted: 11/07/2015 at 07:35
That is a lovely cabbage, as Dove says a few slugs are easily dealt with a bit of salt when rinsing. DONT put it on the compost, lightly cook it and enjoy.


Posted: 11/07/2015 at 07:32
They do require a lot of water, much more than other forms of brassicas. Any check to their growth also gives poor heads.

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Weather for the week ahead, Brrr!!

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Favourite gardens to visit?

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