Latest posts by scroggin

New allotment OMG...Part 2...

Posted: 10/07/2016 at 18:24

I'd definitely struggle to enter anything into a garden show. Courgettes are only just starting, I'll pick the first couple this week, they were hard hit by the hailstones a couple of weeks since.

We've had a good fruit crop though, the raspberries have been really good and plenty of black and red currants and strawberries too. Just the blueberries left to ripen.( They were under netting so avoided the hailstones)

Veg has put on a growth spurt over the last 2 weeks, the sweetcorn has grown at least a foot during that time.

French and runner beans are setting and it's been good so far for mangetout and sugar snap peas.

At least the slug damage has lessened since application of Nemaslug.

Cost of paving for new greenhouse base

Posted: 10/07/2016 at 14:54

I'm wondering how long they think it will take to do this. If they're charging an hourly rate of £60 then at £8000 for labour alone that's 130 hours! That's just plain ridiculous. 

pet companions

Posted: 04/07/2016 at 06:51

He's a lovely looking fella Busy😊, we're just starting out on our journey with Floss, she's 10 months now. Here's a pic with my sister's Lab/Retriever who's 14 now.

New allotment OMG...Part 2...

Posted: 02/07/2016 at 19:12


New allotment OMG...Part 2...

Posted: 02/07/2016 at 18:37

Really need a spell of ' seasonal' weather, last night it was down to 9 degrees in the greenhouse, plants are struggling especially after the storms.

A few successes like the peas and lettuces which prefer it cold but the courgette, beans etc are well behind. 

The joys of allotment wearing😕

Labrador rescues

Posted: 02/07/2016 at 18:31

My sister has a retired guide dog, she's 14 now but still walks kerbside when walking by the road😊. They do lots of work for the Guide Dogs and boarder guide dogs when their owners go on holiday etc. 

Like Plant Pauper says they are totally different characters when the harness is off. 

The picture is Tammie the retired guide dog with my BC pup Floss 

Pigeons vs Brassicas

Posted: 02/07/2016 at 18:13

I tend to keep my brassicas netted to keep out cabbage white butterflies rather than pigeons which only tend to be a problem through the autumn and winter months.

New allotment OMG...Part 2...

Posted: 01/07/2016 at 09:43

So true Aster, everything is behind this year. The plants look healthy enough ( apart from being shredded by hail last weekend), however we are crying out for a spell of warm sunny weather. I haven't had to water anything outside for weeks, I've never known that before at this time of year😕. 

I grow some hardy annuals at the front of the allotment, there are lots of Californian poppies but they've hardly opened as we haven't had the sunshine! 

Our regular dog walking paths are muddier than in the winter. 

Blight resistant tomatoes

Posted: 01/07/2016 at 09:18

Looks like being a bad year for blight the weather conditions it will spread quickly. At the moment none of my plants have been affected. 

I grew Lizzano last year and no blight at all, it's a resistant variety, hope it can resist this year. Lots of potatoes grown on nearby allotments but so far it's not reached here.

Greenhouse setup any tool?

Posted: 30/06/2016 at 13:06

I'm not sure why you think you need to keep turning the spanner? I would hold the bolt with a spanner and wind down the nut with a socket on a ratchet. 

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