Latest posts by scroggin

Courgettes - anyone put theirs out yet?

Posted: 05/06/2016 at 21:13

Courgettes planted today, a few more days and the squashes should be big enough too. Grown a few spares as always so will try a couple directly on top of the manure pile.

New allotment OMG...Part 2...

Posted: 05/06/2016 at 15:55

Hi Zoomer, thanks for sending the sunny weather 😎. I live in Kent, I know we have it easy weather wise but it's been a strange mix this year.

Glad to get some plants out on the plot, almost full now, forecast for the week is good so everything should start to get a move on.

What is your weather like?

Posted: 05/06/2016 at 07:36

Beautiful sunny morning here in Kent, a pleasant change from the dull and cold that we had last week. 

seed sowing

Posted: 04/06/2016 at 20:23

Hi GD, they're pretty hardy. I live in the South East on heavy clay. The plants are large enough by September to withstand any slug attacks.

They grow on a bit and then sit through the winter, as Spring develops they race ahead. I guess you could grow them under protection but they're pretty bombproof out in the garden so I don't bother. The only thing I do is pinch out the growing tips to create bushy plants.

Tomato blight?

Posted: 04/06/2016 at 18:00

It's still very early for blight, one of the symptoms is blackening of the stems.

seed sowing

Posted: 02/06/2016 at 20:59

Hi GD, yes I start them off in modules in the GH and then move them to the cold frame as soon as they have true leaves. Normally they are ready for planting around mid September, I pinch out the tips when they're around 6 in high and get lovely bushy plants the following year.

How do you all keep track?!

Posted: 02/06/2016 at 17:19

For the past few years I have filled out a diary for all the veg on the allotment. It comes in handy when I get impatient to sow as I can look back and see what happened when things were sown early or late etc. Gives me a good idea of the timespan I have for sowing each type of veg.

I keep a similar one for all the flower seeds.

seed sowing

Posted: 02/06/2016 at 17:15

I've just sown some biennials for next year. Wallflowers, sweet Williams and Bellis. My wallflowers sown last year are just finishing and the sweet Williams are just breaking into flower. 

New allotment OMG...Part 2...

Posted: 02/06/2016 at 07:12

Hi Zoomer can you send some sun this way! Nothing to do on the allotment too wet n cold.

Lots of plants in the cold frame ready for planting but will have to wait until this weather changes.

Runner beans

Posted: 01/06/2016 at 19:44

Unless they were deprived of light they shouldn't have grown spindly? If you nip out the growing tip then the plants will shoot out from a leaf joint but growth will be checked

Once this winter weather has passed you can harden them off ready for planting in a week or so.

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