Latest posts by scroggin

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

cabbage white butterflies

Posted: 07/05/2015 at 20:42
Definitely the best netting I have ever used, no problems with caterpillars last year. Its very tough too, I use conduit pipe to create hoops for netting tunnels.

First time growing veg

Posted: 04/05/2015 at 08:01
The main problem with growing sprouts in raised beds is that normally the ground isn't 'firm' enough. They do much better grown in ground that hasn't recently been cultivated. They are also large plants so will take up a lot of room. At a minimum they will need staking to stop them falling over but you may find the sprouts 'blow', which means that they don't form tight buttons.
Caulis are the hardest of the brassicas to grow, they won't tolerate any check in growth, need very regular watering and ideally the soil should be limed too.
On the plus side peas and beans are great crops but I would have grown root crops like carrot,beetroot and parsnip instead of brassicas.

Anyone done any gardening today?

Posted: 02/05/2015 at 17:42
Raised bed filled with a mixture of topsoil, homemade compost and WRM so better half is happy and itching to start her veggies.
Planted out my celeriac on the allotment, sowed beans, runner and French, courgettes and squash. Left a few bits for tomorrow but allotment filling up fast.

Anyone done any gardening today?

Posted: 02/05/2015 at 07:57
Looking forward to a busy weekend on the allotment, top soil being delivered today for better half's raised beds. Celeriac to plant out and summer cabbage. Lots of seeds to sow such as runner and French bean, courgettes and squash. Leeks to prick out and general weeding. Glad its a 3 day weekend!

advice on horrsetail

Posted: 28/04/2015 at 20:09
It was fairly widespread on my allotment when I took it over 5 yes ago. Now it is barely noticeable, just keep weeding it and you will weaken it. I don't agree that digging it up spreads the roots, that will only happen if you rotovate it.


Posted: 21/04/2015 at 22:05
I will sow mine in a couple of weeks, they will be ready to plant out around the 3rd week of May, less chance of a freak frost by then.

chilli peppers

Posted: 21/04/2015 at 18:58
Thanks Stacey, I will buy some chilli focus. My plants are just a little head of Claringtons so need to get cracking.

chilli peppers

Posted: 21/04/2015 at 18:40
Hi Stacey, at what point do you start to feed your chillies. Previously I have waited until they are in fruit, should I be feeding them earlier and what feed do you recommend?

Small cucumbers. And pumpkins.

Posted: 19/04/2015 at 19:45
Hi Tony if you are growing outside then Market more is a reliable ridge cucumber, I also grew a variety called Piccolino in an unheated polytunnel last year which was very prolific and good flavour.
For a novelty try Crystal Apple, it produces a profusion of apple sized yellow fruits, very prolific and great flavour.
Sorry can't help with the pumpkins.

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