London (change)


Latest posts by scroggin

How has this weather affect your planting this year?

Posted: 29/04/2016 at 12:11
Direct sowing is later this year, soil temps are still low! Plants are having to come back in at night due to frosts where last year they would have been OK in the polytunnel overnight. Forecast is for warmer nights Sunday onwards so fingers crossed we don't revert to winter!

My allotment- then and now update

Posted: 28/04/2016 at 16:26
Well done Charlotte, good idea to take before and after pics, something I always forget to do! Hopefully you will find that as you keep digging out the couch it weakens and becomes less of a problem.

New 10x8 greenhouse - Any views on Rhino greenhouses?

Posted: 27/04/2016 at 14:43
I would always use a base, I know Rhino frames are very strong but it's so much easier to assemble on a nice flat surface.

restoring a greenhouse

Posted: 27/04/2016 at 14:39
It's a matter of taste, if you're happy with the look of 'bare' aluminium then leave it, it will oxidise but will be fine. If you want to paint it then it will need to be thoroughly cleaned back to a clean surface and a primer applied.

New allotment OMG...Part 2...

Posted: 26/04/2016 at 21:02
Pulled up the purple sprouting broccoli and dug over the bed, will dig some planting holes filled with manure ready for courgettes and squash . Got a load of manure being delivered on Sat so need to clear and use last yrs manure to make room for it. Cold weather is definitely stalling growth, a few days ago everything was romping along, for the last week it's slowed significantly.

Sprouts , cabbage

Posted: 26/04/2016 at 20:46
Most brassicas are hardy, especially sprouts so once they've been hardened off they will be fine to go out. If they've been grown in a cold greenhouse you will need to acclimatise them gradually and then they'll be fine. The forecast is for really cold nights so bring them back under cover until the night temps increase a bit.


Posted: 26/04/2016 at 19:04
Josephine I wouldn't worry about horse or cow manure, or crushed egg shells. I and many others have used manures for years without any ill effects.

raised bed / brassicas

Posted: 26/04/2016 at 18:56
Cabbages will grow pretty quickly and soon fill any available space, if they're not ready to go in yet you could try a catch crop of salad leaves or radish?

What is your weather like?

Posted: 26/04/2016 at 14:34
Ground is covered in hailstones! West Kent

raised bed / brassicas

Posted: 26/04/2016 at 12:59
Sophie the best netting for brassicas is either enviromesh (expensive, but very good) or debris netting which when bought on a roll is cost effective. The shade netting will be similar to debris netting so should work fine. I think Steve 309 advice a bit strange as butterflies will literally fly through 1/2" netting and fine netting doesn't cut out enough light to worry about.
If you want to make your own hoops pop down to the builders merchant and buy a roll of 20mm water supply pipe, you can then cut it into whatever length of hoop you want. I've used this method for years and it keeps out the butterflies and pigeons. Please make sure it's taut and secured to the ground so that birds won't get trapped. Another thing to consider is giving enough room above your crop to stop the butterflies landing on the netting and laying eggs through the mesh. Final thing to mention is to really firm your soil, brassicas need firm soil and raised beds are normally a bit loose for that purpose.

Discussions started by scroggin


First bluebell of the year 
Replies: 3    Views: 187
Last Post: 27/03/2016 at 11:34

Favourite Winter Vegetables

Replies: 10    Views: 607
Last Post: 22/02/2016 at 22:34

Stihl strimmer recall

Replies: 0    Views: 267
Last Post: 13/02/2016 at 17:42

Sprouts! Yes or no?

Replies: 41    Views: 1308
Last Post: 21/12/2015 at 20:14

Favourite native mammal?

Replies: 48    Views: 1696
Last Post: 03/08/2015 at 20:43

Favourite gardening activity

Replies: 42    Views: 1695
Last Post: 11/06/2015 at 12:12

Good year for sweetcorn?

Replies: 21    Views: 986
Last Post: 22/08/2014 at 10:56

What's cropping in your veg patch?

Replies: 9    Views: 636
Last Post: 15/06/2014 at 20:06

Rhubarb from seed

Replies: 5    Views: 724
Last Post: 28/05/2014 at 13:16

Allotment flowers

Replies: 1    Views: 642
Last Post: 27/05/2014 at 19:54

Weather for the week ahead, Brrr!!

Replies: 19    Views: 1157
Last Post: 28/04/2014 at 21:19

New Fruit and Veg for 2014?

Replies: 9    Views: 852
Last Post: 28/04/2014 at 22:18

How many?

Replies: 5    Views: 624
Last Post: 02/04/2014 at 15:35

Strawberry Spinach?

Replies: 3    Views: 543
Last Post: 29/03/2014 at 16:57

Favourite gardens to visit?

Replies: 36    Views: 1956
Last Post: 15/03/2016 at 18:03
1 to 15 of 17 threads