London (change)
Today 9°C / 7°C
Tomorrow 9°C / 8°C


Latest posts by scroggin

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.

What will help my heavy clay allotment?

Posted: 31/03/2014 at 17:12

Hi Ben,

Join the club, I have had my present allotment for 4 years and gradually it is becoming more workable. I wish I could tell you there was a miracle method but unless someone here has a genie up their sleeve, you're in for some hard but rewarding work.

The good news is that heavy soils are normally very productive. If it's just heavy soil and not been scalped of its top soil then just add as much organic material as you can. I order truck loads of manure and use compost from the garden too.

In a normal winter the frosts will help break down autumn dug plots, I rough dig mine and add manure at the same time as soon as the last crops finish at the end of the summer.

Good luck Ben and dont get disheartened, the soil will improve.

The quicker and more expensive method is to build raised beds and import top soil but you have to be confident of the supplier because there is a lot of trash out there.

Get if off your chest.

Posted: 31/03/2014 at 17:02

I sometimes think, that with all the safety aids in cars now, people believe they're invincible. 

A friend of mine says the best safety device in a car would be a big metal spike sticking out of the steering wheel, it would make people realise they are driving a weapon that kills!


chilli peppers

Posted: 31/03/2014 at 16:01

Thanks for the heads up Stacey, I'm not too far from West Dean so will try and get there in August.


Posted: 31/03/2014 at 14:43

The tomatoes produce flowers on stems normally called trusses, when the first truss of flowers has set and starts to produce small tomatoes the traditionally that is when you start to feed the plant.

New Shed Advice

Posted: 30/03/2014 at 21:59

The base definitely needs to be level. Choice of roof is purely personal, I prefer apex but would'nt turn down a pent if it was offered.

If the base is'nt level the framework of the shed will be distorted, a bit of work now will save lots of hassle in the fiture.

Best April Fool Gags

Posted: 30/03/2014 at 20:32

During my apprenticeship, it was long 'weights', LH screw drivers and sky hooks

fish,blood and bone use as additive to compost for potting on tomatoes.

Posted: 30/03/2014 at 18:52

Never needed to feed toms until the first truss sets, as David says you run the risk of too much foliage at the expense of flowers.

Discussions started by scroggin

Favourite native mammal?

Replies: 49    Views: 1336
Last Post: 03/08/2015 at 20:43

Favourite gardening activity

Replies: 42    Views: 1362
Last Post: 11/06/2015 at 12:12

Good year for sweetcorn?

Replies: 21    Views: 795
Last Post: 22/08/2014 at 10:56

What's cropping in your veg patch?

Replies: 9    Views: 528
Last Post: 15/06/2014 at 20:06

Rhubarb from seed

Replies: 5    Views: 606
Last Post: 28/05/2014 at 13:16

Allotment flowers

Replies: 1    Views: 511
Last Post: 27/05/2014 at 19:54

Weather for the week ahead, Brrr!!

Replies: 19    Views: 983
Last Post: 28/04/2014 at 21:19

New Fruit and Veg for 2014?

Replies: 9    Views: 711
Last Post: 28/04/2014 at 22:18

How many?

Replies: 5    Views: 511
Last Post: 02/04/2014 at 15:35

Strawberry Spinach?

Replies: 3    Views: 446
Last Post: 29/03/2014 at 16:57

Favourite gardens to visit?

Replies: 21    Views: 1101
Last Post: 08/06/2014 at 08:28

Allotments-Raised beds or traditional planting?

Replies: 5    Views: 1059
Last Post: 25/03/2014 at 08:21

Favourite vegetable to grow?

Replies: 52    Views: 2028
Last Post: 05/04/2014 at 23:47
13 threads returned