Latest posts by scroggin

Pigeons vs Brassicas

Posted: 02/07/2016 at 18:13

I tend to keep my brassicas netted to keep out cabbage white butterflies rather than pigeons which only tend to be a problem through the autumn and winter months.

New allotment OMG...Part 2...

Posted: 01/07/2016 at 09:43

So true Aster, everything is behind this year. The plants look healthy enough ( apart from being shredded by hail last weekend), however we are crying out for a spell of warm sunny weather. I haven't had to water anything outside for weeks, I've never known that before at this time of yearπŸ˜•. 

I grow some hardy annuals at the front of the allotment, there are lots of Californian poppies but they've hardly opened as we haven't had the sunshine! 

Our regular dog walking paths are muddier than in the winter. 

Blight resistant tomatoes

Posted: 01/07/2016 at 09:18

Looks like being a bad year for blight the weather conditions it will spread quickly. At the moment none of my plants have been affected. 

I grew Lizzano last year and no blight at all, it's a resistant variety, hope it can resist this year. Lots of potatoes grown on nearby allotments but so far it's not reached here.

Greenhouse setup any tool?

Posted: 30/06/2016 at 13:06

I'm not sure why you think you need to keep turning the spanner? I would hold the bolt with a spanner and wind down the nut with a socket on a ratchet. 

Labrador rescues

Posted: 28/06/2016 at 21:48

So glad these lovely dogs are now living the lives that they deserve.

I commend you on the work you do, I only wish it wasn't needed 😞, it's so sad that such loving animals are abused in this way.

Keep up the great work you do.

Oops- Pumpkins spread!

Posted: 27/06/2016 at 18:26

Too late to transplant them, depending on how many pumpkins you want you can stop the plant once the fruit has set. 

They will trail up a trellis but the fruit will need separate support due to their size. 

Could you not let the plant trail on the ground over the edge of the raised bed.?

Amy ideas what's attacking wallflower !?

Posted: 27/06/2016 at 08:56

Personally I wouldn't worry the damage looks cosmetic. You can spray with a contact insectiside, pyrethrum based ones are viewed as organic.

Some people use fly paper to trap the adult beetles but it's very difficult to eradicate them if they are present.

What is your weather like?

Posted: 27/06/2016 at 08:41

Much quieter weather here, misty with drizzle first thing, sky brightening. 

Amy ideas what's attacking wallflower !?

Posted: 26/06/2016 at 20:45

The small holes in the leaves look like flea beetle, they can decimate young seedlings it your plants look big enough to resist.

New allotment OMG...Part 2...

Posted: 26/06/2016 at 19:16

Yesterday's storm have made a mess of lots of plants, from beans to sweetcorn all have shredded leaves to some extent, the hailstones were coming down for 20 mins. Luckily the fruit is under cages so didn't lose any berries.

Hopefully we'll get some settled weather to let the plants recover. 

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