Latest posts by scroggin

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.

Cardboard Collar To Stop Caterpillars?

Posted: 14/06/2015 at 14:51
If you want to stop caterpillars you need to net them over, it needs to be fine mesh and secured with pegs. Collars are used to protect brassicas from cabbage root fly, bits of old lino work well, about 3 to 4 in in dia with a slot cut to the middle and fitted to the stem of the brassics as they are planted out.

Damage to courgettes

Posted: 13/06/2015 at 19:24

New allotment OMG...

Posted: 13/06/2015 at 19:20
I would net the fruit Zoomer, birds had every single fruit off my currant and blueberry bushes last year, this year they are safely tucked away behind netting. Strangely they don't touch my raspberries!

Garden Fork

Posted: 07/06/2015 at 20:41
If you buy a stainless spade or fork be aware that low grade stainless will not have been tempered properly and will more than likely work harden and snap if used for anything other than general digging. The premium brands tend to use high grade stainless and often give a 10 year guarantee. Basically you get what you pay for.

Growing fruit & veg for the first time

Posted: 07/06/2015 at 14:53
You can grow carrots, Autumn King is a good variety for this time of year, swede, turnip and Kohl rabi. Chinese cabbage and a variety of salad crops all can be sown now. There will be lots of plants on offer in the GC so look out for courgettes, cucumbers, beans and winter varieties of cabbage. If you like calabrese there is still time to sow these too.

Parsnip Failure.

Posted: 02/06/2015 at 19:38
I think it depends on the weather after sowing, last year it was warm and germination was very good, this year it turned cold and brought germination down.

Anyone done any gardening today?

Posted: 31/05/2015 at 17:23
Sowed dianthus and wallflowers for next years display. Planted out calabrese on the allotment. Forecast is for high winds on Mon and Tues so making sure things are tied down

Last night's Gardeners World

Posted: 30/05/2015 at 23:03
I couldn't see the attraction of the cocodama, it looked 'messy' and a lot of trouble, I much prefer a standard basket. Still enjoyed the program and very jealous of Monty's numerous greenhouses.

Growing sweetcorn

Posted: 29/05/2015 at 21:36
They might have rotted or mice may have paid a visit. I start mine under cover in an unheated polytunnel and plant out when hardened off. There's still time to try again.

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