Latest posts by scroggin


Posted: 07/07/2017 at 20:14

Last year they seemed a couple of weeks later than normal. For the past 5 yrs or so we've picked BlackBerries in July. As a child I remember them being later as Obelixx said but they're not in sync with the apple crop here any more.


Posted: 07/07/2017 at 19:06

Looks like being a bumper harvest this year. Much further advanced than last year, some fruit is starting to turn and the brambles are laden with berries. The Blackthorn has plenty of sloes too, so should be ok for sloe gin this Xmas.

New allotment OMG...Part 2...

Posted: 07/07/2017 at 11:20

Apart from blueberries all the fruit now picked, freezer well stocked with black and redcurrants. Better half made a blackcurrant cheesecake yesterday, yum


Posted: 06/07/2017 at 16:23

I've never tried it but I wouldn't be very optimistic for their survival if you do. It would be a huge shock to the system.

How far apart did you plant them. Courgettes need at least 4ft between each plant. If you have 2 healthy robust plants they will produce an abundance of courgettes so I wouldn't worry too much about the other two.

Which colour netting

Posted: 05/07/2017 at 09:07

I use debris netting for all of my crops including fruit. The only difference being that I don't net the fruit until it had set. I don't seem to have a problem with the birds taking unripe currants and berries.

The netting goes over the brassicas straight away to keep off the pigeons and then later the cabbage whites.

Once the fruit has been cropped I remove the netting and store it till next year. It also makes good shade netting for the greenhouse if you double it over.

Radish confusion

Posted: 04/07/2017 at 06:23

Hi Sam, it's quite common for radish to grow and  not swell. I would sow them direct if you can, thinly so as not to get crowded. The holes in the leaves are probably flea beetle, it's a common pest but doesn't normally affect the plant too much.

pet companions

Posted: 03/07/2017 at 12:01

 Floss enjoying her time in the mountains of Scotland. She even climbed her first Munro

Camera Talk - part 2

Posted: 02/07/2017 at 22:05

Hi Fairygirl, we did Beauchille Etive  Beag last Monday. I had to be a bit selective as my stepdaughters aren't regular hillwalkers so long routes were out. The only really bad weather day was Thursday but a lot of the time the tops were clagged in! 

Camera Talk - part 2

Posted: 02/07/2017 at 21:35

 Had a lovely week in Glencoe, a mixed bag of weather but we managed some nice walks. This shot was taken from the layby opposite the Beauchille on our way home yesterday! Typically it was the clearest skies of the week. Will put some more on once I've resized them.

New allotment OMG...Part 2...

Posted: 02/07/2017 at 07:39

Gardengirl, if I had a cabin like that I'd never leave the allotment. Just got back from a weeks holiday, amazing how everything seems to grow so much more when you've been away? 

Lots of fruit picking to do and of course weeding! 

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