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What is your weather like?

Posted: 26/06/2016 at 18:43

Hi Zoomer, it was nothing like the scenes of devastation that the people in the North West suffered, we have been to Patterdale a few times and my heart goes out to the people there. For us it was just a case of bailing the standing water away in case further rain brought the level up.

The hail did create a scene of carnage on the allotment, it shredded lots of leaves but apart from some seedlings that were hardening off everything should recover.

What is your weather like?

Posted: 25/06/2016 at 22:21

Sorry not to get back sooner, I live in Kent near Sevenoaks, just spent the last 2 hrs clearing water, the drains backed up and it came to an inch of the backdoor step. The outhouse which is lower had a inch and a half of water. Luckily most stuff is on shelves and the freezer was OK ☺. Dread to think what damage it did on the allotment.

What is your weather like?

Posted: 25/06/2016 at 18:28

Thunderstorms here for the last 20 mins, the lawn is covered in hailstones, hope it doesn't batter the garden too much😞

Worst ever hailstorm

Posted: 25/06/2016 at 18:26

Just passed here in Kent, the lawn is covered in hailstones. 

Name the vegetables!

Posted: 25/06/2016 at 09:22

Broccoli does take up a huge amount of space relative to their return in harvest. A better alternative would be Calabrese which matures earlier and is more compact. If you like Kale it's a fabulous plant and 2 plants will give you plenty of pickings. From looking at your pics I would say the Kale will be ready to start picking in September/ October, pick the leaves young and it should keep cropping through the winter. 

What is your weather like?

Posted: 23/06/2016 at 17:54

Very dark outside and pouring down, a couple of flashes of lightning.

Nematodes and slug control

Posted: 23/06/2016 at 16:13

I've just applied Nematodes to my allotment, it was getting overrun with slugs. I've heard they're not much use for snails though so will have to hope the birds can keep them under control. 

Swedes and turnips

Posted: 23/06/2016 at 16:10

Both can be sown now, the only problem may be that the soil in the raised bed isn't firm enough, both are brassicas and need firm non acidic fertile soil.

I always sow direct and germination rates are high so sow thinly. Swedes are quite large plants and need to thinning to 8 to 10 ins apart. 

To be honest I only grow them because I have plenty of space on the allotment. I wouldn't bother if space was limited as they are cheap to buy and don't taste any better than shop bought.

Question about my Courgettes

Posted: 23/06/2016 at 15:21

If you're growing them in pots then a weekly feed should be sufficient. They're thirsty plants so keep up the watering to stop them getting stressed.

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

Posted: 23/06/2016 at 13:49

I've seen cats regularly using lawns and paths as toilets, so you can cover all the bare earth and they will still defecate if they 'like' your spot😠. 

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