Latest posts by scroggin


Posted: 12/07/2015 at 11:59
I'll join hollie hock in showing my wallflowers, I sowed mine in mid June, any earlier and I find they get too big. It all depends on what works best for you, I get better results from summer sown biennials, including Bellis RUand dianthus. A lot of people use bare root plants too,so do what's easiest.

Pigeons !!!

Posted: 12/07/2015 at 11:49
Very difficult to ' scare' pigeons, just ask farmers. I work at a site where they bring in a falconry firm to fly a harrier hawk once or twice a week. The pigeons fly off for an hour or two then return!
I would suggest netting but its not to everyone's taste, it works for me on the allotment, however in your garden it may look unsightly. If you do use netting make the frame and netting such that birds can't get trapped. Plenty of good info on the web. I use debris netting, available in various colours and cheap if bought on a roll.


Posted: 12/07/2015 at 09:56
I agree hollie hock, I always grow from seed now, much better choice of colours and still time to sow now.


Posted: 11/07/2015 at 09:16
Thanks Bob, I will probably pot on in stages as the plants are still young but I reckon they will be ready for 50cm in a year or so.

Cabbage sadness

Posted: 11/07/2015 at 07:35
That is a lovely cabbage, as Dove says a few slugs are easily dealt with a bit of salt when rinsing. DONT put it on the compost, lightly cook it and enjoy.


Posted: 11/07/2015 at 07:32
They do require a lot of water, much more than other forms of brassicas. Any check to their growth also gives poor heads.


Posted: 11/07/2015 at 07:27
I bought a couple of plants last year from Lidl, they have grown strongly and I have a nice crop of ripening fruit. At the moment they're in 10in pots, ericaceous compost. As the bushes mature and grow what size pot is ideal for a mature plant and would you pot on during the autumn after fruiting or spring time?

What's Killing my Hubbard Squash

Posted: 09/07/2015 at 21:21
I grew Blue Hubbard last year and pollination rates were very poor compared to courgettes and butternut squash es, however you only need one fruit to set as they are 'huge' . The one fruit that did set was about 12kg, lovely deep orange flesh, superior I think to butternut. So don't worry too much, the plant will probably sort itself out.

whats difference between polytunnel & fruit cage ?

Posted: 09/07/2015 at 21:16
Don't blame the product, a properly erected fruit cage does what it says on the tin and keeps birds out. I use an old polytunnel frame covered with debris netting, many others on the allotments make similar structures and have never witnessed any bird mortality.

Couple of Q's (Beetroot, cucumber AND strawberries?!)

Posted: 06/07/2015 at 21:03
I grew Crystal Lemon last year and thought they were much better then normal cucs, they produced a few males at the start but soon started cropping.
Plenty of time for a sowing of beetroot, they will grow quickly at this time of year.

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