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Latest posts by scroggin

no sprouts

Posted: 04/03/2014 at 20:57

We have heavy clay soil here too, brassicas do really well, we do add lots of organic material.

One thing to add Julia, be careful not to introduce clubroot to your plot, if you are buying your plants make sure they are from a reputable supplier and try and rotate your crop so that you dont grow in the same place each year.


no sprouts

Posted: 04/03/2014 at 19:38

Hi Julia, what type of soil are you on, they prefer a well firmed soil, slightly alkaline, always best to add some lime in the spring a couple of weeks before planting. They are hungry plants so plenty of organic matter worked into the soil in the autumn and a top up of general fertiliser in the spring works for me.

Blue berry bushes

Posted: 04/03/2014 at 19:28

Have planted my Lidl Blueberries in 12" pots filled with ericaceous compost, will look out for another variety for cross pollination.


Posted: 04/03/2014 at 15:05

Well I tried the Lidl Seed and Cutting compost, I have to say its ok for larger seed ie cabbs and upwards but too coarse in texture for smaller seeds, quite a bit of waste. Time will tell on germination. I also bought a couple of bags of Wickes Multipurpose and was pleasantly surprised to find it more like the old formula, again time will tell how it performs.

Have you sown any seeds yet this year?

Posted: 04/03/2014 at 14:53

Started off the allotment season sowing some cabbage, caulis,calabrese,summer savoys and lettuce, all in plug trays in the polytunnel. Still way too wet to do any direct sowing so will start my onion sets in plug trays too. Have a few things indoors on the windowsills, celeriac and chillis. Will be sowing my toms next week I think.

Manure or not to manure!

Posted: 04/03/2014 at 09:36

If as you say it has been there throughout the winter I would say its ok to use for potatoes. Its still far to wet on my allotment to think about digging or planting, hope spring comes in and dries out the top in the coming weeks.


Blue berry bushes

Posted: 02/03/2014 at 18:28

Hi Alan, they were an impulse buy from Lidl, I have taken over a second allotment and eventually will devote part of it to fruit, we already grow rasp's and strawbs.

Being from Lidl they are unnamed, but I will give them a try using what I've learnt here, if I need a seperate variety for pollination I may be in trouble as I dont think there are any others on the surrounding plots.

If they do fail it wont be from lack of help here.


Carrots and turnips

Posted: 02/03/2014 at 18:14

To avoid carrot root fly ,which decimates any carrots planted in the open on my allotment, I grow them in raised beds covered with enviromesh.

They taste so much better than the tasteless varieties you find in supermarkets.

Blue berry bushes

Posted: 02/03/2014 at 08:52

Lots of useful advice, thanks everyone. It will be an interesting challenge to get a crop but thats the fun of gardening.

Blue berry bushes

Posted: 01/03/2014 at 22:40

Thanks for the advice, as a test I will try growing one in a pot with ericaceous compost and the other on the allotment in a hole filled with the same compost.


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