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Camera Talk - part 2

Posted: 03/11/2017 at 17:44

We did Mam na Guallain the trip before last, we enjoyed it, we accessed it from the WHW. Nice easy walking but quite a steep descent so don't forget your knee brace.

Camera Talk - part 2

Posted: 03/11/2017 at 17:22

Fairygirl, is that the 'Pap' in the distance? I enjoyed the recent Grand Tours of Scottish Lochs, great views.

Camera Talk - part 2

Posted: 03/11/2017 at 17:04

Thanks GD, I only take snaps as my partner is a keen photographer and she had a really good eye for a picture. 

They're lovely grounds, approx 125 acres with a large lake, formal gardens and parkland. The castle is very picturesque aswell. 

pet companions

Posted: 03/11/2017 at 16:43

Floss posing in the Autumn colours

Camera Talk - part 2

Posted: 03/11/2017 at 16:12

Lovely photos Fairygirl, hope you get some good weather for your weekend plans.

Here's a few Autumnal shots from Hever Castle grounds, it was shrouded in mist when we arrived but cleared gradually during the morning.


Posted: 02/11/2017 at 19:25

My leeks are always full size by mid October, they will stand through the winter but I've normally eaten them all by then. 


Posted: 02/11/2017 at 17:43

It sounds very much like 'alium leaf miner' . The only control available to gardeners is to use enviromesh. This will also control leek moth. 

New allotment OMG...Part 2...

Posted: 01/11/2017 at 07:47

Hi Loana, my main reason for sowing now is to try and get an earlier crop and avoid the worst of the blackfly. The blackfly has decimated some of my spring sown plants in recent years so I had given up growing them.

I don't have a major problem with mice but I have used traps in the past. 

I will remove the cloche once the beans have germinated, in my experience broad beans will withstand the winter fine without protection.

New allotment OMG...Part 2...

Posted: 31/10/2017 at 14:42

Started winter digging, managed to finish one bed, just need to spread some manure on the top. 

Sowed a short row of Broad Beans in a raised bed and covered with a cloche.

Sweet Peas

Posted: 31/10/2017 at 13:00

Hi NewgardenJacq, you can sow now or wait till the Spring, the advantage of sowing now is earlier blooms, however they will run out of steam and finish flowering before the Spring sown plants.

I sow my seed individually into deep pots 3/4" to 1" deep in MPC and place in a cold greenhouse to germinate. I then move them on to a cold frame once germinated and keep this open unless severe weather is forecast. They're very cold tolerant but won't appreciate being permanently wet or battered by cold winds.

Personally I don't bother presoaking or chitting the seed and I get good germination rates.

There is some really good advice on websites produced by specialist sweet pea growers such as Eagle sweet peas and Matthewmans.

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