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Latest posts by scroggin

Serious reminder folks....

Posted: 24/03/2015 at 19:50
Sorry Primrose but it will be lighter evenings, and darker in the mornings for a short while. But its definitely 1hr less in bed on Sun morning

Favourite biscuit?

Posted: 24/03/2015 at 17:33
Fig rolls for me

Monty's wildlife garden

Posted: 22/03/2015 at 21:50
Any ideas that Monty can give to us the general public should be applauded. Many gardens are still very sterile habitats, so if his project encourages a few sceptics then I'm all in favour. I am blessed with a healthy population of slowworms on the allotment, such beautiful creatures it brightens any day.
Most people on our patch leave areas to go wild, evenpn the pristine ones and that I think is in no small part thanks to programmes such as GW.

Cucumber planting advice

Posted: 13/03/2015 at 12:43
Good luck Luke, as you say they taste much better than shop ones. I would have some fleece handy though, I love I'm Kent and we regularly get frosts in April.

Cucumber planting advice

Posted: 13/03/2015 at 12:32
In a normal year one plant is plenty for a small family, but unless you are growing them up canes they need to be at least 30 ins apart or you will end up with a tangled mess and this can provide a breeding ground for mildew.

Cucumber planting advice

Posted: 13/03/2015 at 12:17
Are you growing them indoors or outside? It's still very early, I would wait till mid April before sowing for outdoors, they are very susceptible to frost! Also I would plant them at least 30 ins apart as they have a spreading habit.

Early seed sowing

Posted: 12/03/2015 at 20:18
Unless you have a heated greenhouse I think you may be a bit early, I grow my cucumbers in an unheated polytunnel and I won't be sowing mine until mid April and I live I'm the south.


Posted: 09/03/2015 at 14:05
I grew a variety called Picolino by T & M, I grew them direct on the soil in an unheated poly tunnel. They were very prolific and crisp and juicy. I find growing them more difficult in pots and don't get the same results.

Keeping Cats off of Garden - Tried and Tested Ideas only please

Posted: 23/02/2015 at 18:13
I would vote for the party which made it compulsory for all pet owners to have their pets chipped carrying their DNA signature. When they then foul the neighbourhood the owners can be traced and suitably fined.
Never going to happen but it would be in my manifesto

green polytunnel

Posted: 03/01/2015 at 15:55

I agree with all the comments, don't expect the covers to last too long, 3 years is the best I've done but they are cheap to replace. If you don't want them to blow away then you will have to use anchor pegs aswell as burying the cover.

I use them on my allotment and they are very good for raising seedlings and growing the usual toms and cucumbers, make sure you wrap some tape around the joins to help keep them together and also any areas where the cover may rub will need protecting to stop the cover tearing.

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Favourite gardening activity

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Good year for sweetcorn?

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What's cropping in your veg patch?

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Rhubarb from seed

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Allotment flowers

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Weather for the week ahead, Brrr!!

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New Fruit and Veg for 2014?

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How many?

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Strawberry Spinach?

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Favourite gardens to visit?

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Allotments-Raised beds or traditional planting?

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Favourite vegetable to grow?

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