Latest posts by scroggin

Time to plant out runner beans?

Posted: 23/05/2015 at 14:06
They should be OK, I plan to plant mine out this weekend, for the first week I will wrap fleece around the canes to stop them getting checked by any cold winds.


Posted: 19/05/2015 at 17:53
I grew some Glaskins Perpetual from seed last year, really easy. I started them in modules in an unheated polytunnel in mid April, they took about 2 to 3 weeks to germinate. Potted them on through the summer and planted out in Aug. They have overwintered and formed really healthy plants. These were bought seeds not collected from the plant, at ??1 a packet it was a bargain

Anyone done any gardening today?

Posted: 19/05/2015 at 12:02
Constructed another raised bed, fill with mixture of well rotted manure and topsoil ready for my sweetcorn. Planted out savoy cabbage on allotment, getting very full already and dug holes for courgettes and squashes and filled with manure.

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

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