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Latest posts by scroggin

Seed sowing

Posted: 25/03/2014 at 09:25

Orchid Lady,just read about your name change on the other thread. I have found it grows well both undercover and in the open, needs cutting regularly.

My new name

Posted: 25/03/2014 at 09:21

Hi Orchid Lady, nice moniker

Seed sowing

Posted: 25/03/2014 at 09:16

Hi Tracey, have you tried 'Speedy Mix', it is a mix of salad leaves, not specifically lettuce. Its got rocket, mizuna, greek cress etc.

As the name suggests it grows very quickly, it has quite a bite, ideal for sandwiches and adding to salad.


Posted: 25/03/2014 at 08:26

Morning all, hope weather holds off so you can finish the GH tracey

Allotments-Raised beds or traditional planting?

Posted: 25/03/2014 at 08:21

Very interesting reading the replies. When I am out and about, either walking or in the car I cant help but take a look at allotment patches as I pass by.

I would say at the moment the majority of plots are still in the traditional style, however on our patch I would say that a lot of gardeners are going the way of rasied beds, this is I believe because we have lots of new gardeners that haven't been influenced by their peers into the traditional style.

I think it might help with people retaining their allotments because they are definitely easier to maintain once the initial work is done. There is always a significant drop out after a year or so on traditional plots when people realise how much work and time is consumed by them.

Overall a very bright future for allotment gardening but I hope we keep some traditional plots as when well maintained they are a joy.


Every so pleased...first plants will go in at the weekend...

Posted: 24/03/2014 at 23:04

Hi Zoomer,

I always take a picture at this time of year, when the allotment is bare, then compare it with one in Aug when hopefully it will be full to the brim. Never cease to be amazed at the transformation.

Seed sowing

Posted: 24/03/2014 at 22:59

Hi Mike,

I've always grown my own veg from seed, but I dont direct sow everything. I have grown cabbages and leeks in seed beds in the past but these days I prefer to grow them in trays, modules. One of the reasons is gardening on heavy clay it is often a long while into the spring before its fit for seed sowing.

The root crops are always direct sown as I dont think they transplant well. I do marvel at the range and cost of veg plants in the garden centre, you can even buy radish plants.

solar powered water feature

Posted: 24/03/2014 at 19:57

You can run cabling above ground but it should be run in weatherproof conduit and all the glands and junction boxes have to be rated for outdoor use. Would be quite ugly and hard to disguise thats the main reason for running underground.

Another point on the solar powered pump I bought is that performance drops off after a couple of years and had to be replaced.

solar powered water feature

Posted: 24/03/2014 at 19:28

Be aware that if running the cable underground that you should be at least twice spade depth, there is no specific depth in the regulations but there is a lot of advisory advice.

There are specific cables for underground use and similarly for the conduit.

Climber for shady wall?

Posted: 24/03/2014 at 17:07

Honeysuckle? They tolerate partial shade

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