Latest posts by scroggin

First time allotment owner in need of advise :)

Posted: 20/03/2016 at 19:22
As above, all good advice. Don't worry if you can't get it all dug this year, just pick a manageable section and get that underway first. Always a boost to have something growing then you can move onto more challenging sections. Ask the other plot holders what grows well and what doesn't. What you grow depends on what space you have, carrots, beans and tomatoes always taste so much better than shop bought. If you grow your toms outside be aware of blight. Overall do it for enjoyment and don't worry about making mistakes, it's what makes us all better gardeners .


Posted: 20/03/2016 at 19:09
Cheers Chris, I grow Centurion, always get good results and a good keeper too. I tend to use Taylor's sets, tried Unwins one year and was very disappointed with the quality of the sets, bought from the same GC as I get my Taylor's .

Purple sprouting broccoli

Posted: 20/03/2016 at 18:20
Mine have been cropping for about a month, I sow mine in late May/ early June and so they can go in the ground after a crop like peas and beans have finished.

What is your weather like?

Posted: 20/03/2016 at 18:12
The day improved as it went on. The sun came out for brief spells this afternoon.


Posted: 20/03/2016 at 17:49
That's an impressive amount of sets you have there Chris. What varieties do you grow?

New allotment OMG...Part 2...

Posted: 20/03/2016 at 17:30
Sounds good GWRS, I'm lucky as my plot is only 200yds from my front door. It means I can do spells little and often. Dug over the bed which had brassicas last year so it will be ready for sowing parsnips when it warms a bit. Potted up my 3yr old blueberries, bought from Lidl for ??1.99, great crop last year so tempted to buy a couple more. Fixed a run line so our 7 month Border Collie can join us on the allotment and not worry she will get into 'mischief' when our backs turned. Soil is just right for digging at the moment so hope it stays dry so I can get the rest dug over.

Newbie sowing question

Posted: 20/03/2016 at 10:14
Scaffold netting does keep off butterflies, I've used it for years, the mesh is about 1.5mm. It won't stop carrot fly but never had a caterpillar on my brassicas since I started using it.
Like Busy Lizzie I would keep an eye on the weather, much better to wait for a period of warmer weather than ruah to get started.

What is your weather like?

Posted: 20/03/2016 at 10:10
Overcast and about 5 degrees when we took the dog for a walk this morning. Not much wind so ideal for active work on the allotment.

New vegetable bed - help with ideas

Posted: 20/03/2016 at 10:08
To help keep you're daughters interest grow something which matures quickly like radish. Cut and come again lettuce such as lolla rosso is good too. Carrots are good as there is the excitement of what lies beneath the soil and and maybe such dwarf French beans and a courgette. They will mature at different times and give a variety of interest.


Posted: 20/03/2016 at 10:00
Agree with Welshonion, I have grown them in modules for the last 5 yrs and haven't had any problems with birds, also lets the soil warm up a bit before planting.
I use ' debris' netting to protect other crops, it's reasonable in price when bought on a roll and lasts for yrs.

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