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Latest posts by scroggin

Pinching Out Tops of Broad Beans

Posted: 01/04/2014 at 19:51

And dont forget to pick the beans when they are young, if left too long on the plant the beans become 'mealy'. When they are young they hardly need cooking, in fact I eat them like peas, straight from the pod.

Worn looking railway sleepers

Posted: 01/04/2014 at 19:40

I agree with all the above, if you dont like their appearance you could always grow some trailing plants over them?

Slug solution....

Posted: 01/04/2014 at 09:26

We are lucky to have a good number of slow worms on our allotment, they love the compost heap and we have to be very careful when turning it.

At the end of te allotment we have an area where we have created an area for the slow worms,lizards etc, we have pulled out some old tree stumps that are left to rot down, there is also a pile of stones(the allotment grows them, ha, ha) and an area where the wild flora is allowed to grow, nettles, brambles etc.

I dont think you will have any issues with the allotment committee Zoomer, it sounds like you have made a great start and as Dove says you are entitled to provide a habitat for the native fauna.

Screening issue, please help!

Posted: 01/04/2014 at 07:56

If it was me I would erect my own fence on my side, if you dont want a hedge, which will take time and room, I dont think 'planting' will provide sufficient screening. You can then mask the fence with perrenials, climbers etc.

Pond/water feature advice

Posted: 31/03/2014 at 21:59

It depends what kind of water feature you want, but better to have too much capacity than not enough. With the aid of a few fittings you should be able to get it just right

Go to a reputable water garden centre and they should be able to supply what you need.

Pond/water feature advice

Posted: 31/03/2014 at 21:40

It should be ok if its a centrifugal pump as they will run against a dead head, if you are worried you could run a bypass line from the discharge back to the reservoir/sump.

What will help my heavy clay allotment?

Posted: 31/03/2014 at 19:40

It will help as a catalyst in the compost bin to help speed the process. I would do a bit of both if you have space for it, you could always grow a pumpkin or squash over the heap.

It soon rots down, especially when the worms do their magic.

What will help my heavy clay allotment?

Posted: 31/03/2014 at 19:25

Always try and use well rotted manure, fresh manure should'nt be applied to near plants. Root crops can tend to fork if grown on freshly manured ground, I grow my parsnips carrots where my runner bean trench was the previous year.

Most allotmenteers are friendly souls, have a chat with others on your site and they will give you a heads up on what does and does'nt work in your particular area. If you have access to loads of manure you will be popular anyway, its a garden elixir.

Outside overwintered Geraniums

Posted: 31/03/2014 at 18:16

One of the easiest plants to take cuttings from

What will help my heavy clay allotment?

Posted: 31/03/2014 at 18:15

I've never used green manures but can see how they would help improve the soil, I would say that if you have access to manure then it does the same  job.

Dont worry Ben after a while you wont have much free space, even in winter. I have only just picked my last leeks and have spring cabbage that have overwintered. You can have broad beans and sprouting broccoli and japanese onions growing through the winter too.

Discussions started by scroggin

Sprouts! Yes or no?

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Favourite native mammal?

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Favourite gardening activity

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Rhubarb from seed

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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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