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Latest posts by scroggin

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.

Anyone done any gardening today?

Posted: 19/04/2015 at 15:47
Enjoyable day on the allotment, erected polytunnel for growing my toms,peppers and aubergines. Planted out double row of broad bean plants. Dug holes for courgettes and squashes and filled with manure. Planted out some lolla Rossi and little gem lettuce. Rhubarb ready for picking so looking forward to crumble soon.

First Year Rhubarb

Posted: 18/04/2015 at 15:10
If it throws up a flower stalk cut that off as it will sap energy.

Melons and cucumbers

Posted: 17/04/2015 at 18:02
Hardening off means that you allow plants to gradually acclimatise to being outdoors before planting out. If you have the plants indoors place them in a cold greenhouse, poly or coldframe during the day. If the nights are cold bring them back inside, after a few days you can leave outside during the day and just give them protection at night by placing back in the poly or cold frame, once you feel the weather is settled with night temps above 10 degrees you can then leave them outside for a few days and nights. Once planted in the ground keep an eye on night temps and provide cover if necessary. There is lots of info on the RHS website which should help you along

Melons and cucumbers

Posted: 17/04/2015 at 14:44
Agree with Bekkie, think you may have put them out too early. If you have seed left then resow them and look to plant them out at the end of May beginning of June. For the best results I would grow them in a greenhouse/polytunnel

New allotment OMG...

Posted: 08/04/2015 at 18:19
Hi Gardengirl, I wouldn't worry too much about the condition of the plot, its surprising how over a couple of years you can transform such areas. As others have said, little by little is the way.
I would have concerns on the security though, have a chat with others on the plot and see what the issues are before committing to it.

Anyone done any gardening today?

Posted: 06/04/2015 at 18:15
Dug over remaining area on allotment, sowed parsnips and pricked out some tomato plants.

Planting out courgette

Posted: 06/04/2015 at 08:36
Forecasting cold nights this week so definitely too cold, I live in the south east and I don't sow my courgettes until the end of April. That way they grow straight on without being checked. They grow really quickly so there is no need to get them started too early.

Talkback: How to grow aubergines

Posted: 05/04/2015 at 15:44
I grew a dwarf variety Rosanna last year from seed, I started them mid March indoors on the windowsill then transferred them to an unheated poly in mid May. I grew them direct in the ground and had a very good crop of egg size fruits. Previously unsuccessful with full size varieties but the dwarf form were trouble free.

I need a 360 degree manure guide!!

Posted: 05/04/2015 at 07:56
As Dove says all the creatures you found areca sign of a healthy biosystems, I just filled my bean trench with manure I have been storing under a tarpaulin for 12 months, it was full of worms which will help break down the soil. Fabulous stuff.

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