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Latest posts by scroggin

flowers on my chillies

Posted: 18/05/2015 at 20:09
Paintbrush method works best for me, as new flowers appear I use a cheap artists brush and go from flower to flower.

Thompson & Morgan - issues!

Posted: 18/05/2015 at 15:47
My niece and her boyfriend ordered some sweetcorn plants from T&M, when the package arrived it was labeled as 'Lark' sweetcorn but the plants were clearly some sort of brassicas!


Posted: 17/05/2015 at 21:18
Rows for me too, I use cable ties to join the canes at the crossover points, they don't work loose when it gets windy

Parsnip failure

Posted: 17/05/2015 at 21:11
They will be fine sown now just a little smaller than April sown ones, my April sowing this year has produced sporadic germination so I will be sowing some more this week.


Posted: 09/05/2015 at 18:18
Hi Maureen, you still have time, if you are sowing direct then sow towards the end of the month. I only sowed mine indoors last week, they are just peeking through, they grow so quick that they will be ready to plant outside at the end of May start of June. No point in sowing too early as they can easily get a cold shock in May, I live in Kent and 3 yes ago we had frosts mid May which wiped out a lot of peoples courgettes.

A quick question for Allotmenteers?

Posted: 09/05/2015 at 15:42
If its a properly managed allotment then you wouldn't be able to keep your patch if you don't bother tending it, even if you're the life and soul of the party.
If someone is quiet and keeps to themselves it doesn't mean they're unfriendly, they may well be short of time and need to crack on, rather than have the luxury of time to chew the cud

Runner beans -slug midnight feast!

Posted: 08/05/2015 at 19:01
I have an allotment and it has a ' healthy ' population of slugs n snails. I use a light scattering of pellets and it gives good protection, I have trialled areas with and without and the slugs decimate unprotected plants.
Once the plants have got to a decent size then they are fine so I find I only have to apply lightly once at the tender stage

cabbage white butterflies

Posted: 07/05/2015 at 20:42
Definitely the best netting I have ever used, no problems with caterpillars last year. Its very tough too, I use conduit pipe to create hoops for netting tunnels.

First time growing veg

Posted: 04/05/2015 at 08:01
The main problem with growing sprouts in raised beds is that normally the ground isn't 'firm' enough. They do much better grown in ground that hasn't recently been cultivated. They are also large plants so will take up a lot of room. At a minimum they will need staking to stop them falling over but you may find the sprouts 'blow', which means that they don't form tight buttons.
Caulis are the hardest of the brassicas to grow, they won't tolerate any check in growth, need very regular watering and ideally the soil should be limed too.
On the plus side peas and beans are great crops but I would have grown root crops like carrot,beetroot and parsnip instead of brassicas.

Anyone done any gardening today?

Posted: 02/05/2015 at 17:42
Raised bed filled with a mixture of topsoil, homemade compost and WRM so better half is happy and itching to start her veggies.
Planted out my celeriac on the allotment, sowed beans, runner and French, courgettes and squash. Left a few bits for tomorrow but allotment filling up fast.

Discussions started by scroggin

Favourite gardening activity

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Good year for sweetcorn?

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What's cropping in your veg patch?

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Rhubarb from seed

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Allotment flowers

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Last Post: 27/05/2014 at 19:54

Weather for the week ahead, Brrr!!

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New Fruit and Veg for 2014?

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How many?

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Strawberry Spinach?

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Favourite gardens to visit?

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Allotments-Raised beds or traditional planting?

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Favourite vegetable to grow?

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