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New allotment OMG...Part 2...

Posted: 09/10/2016 at 18:07

Hi Gardengirl the shed will be for the allotment, now that I have the greenhouse on the plot I don't need the polytunnel, which was one of the cheaper types which need a new cover every couple of yearsπŸ˜•.

I will store compost and fertiliser plus some hand tools and use it as a potting shed. I've been given some 4"x4" wooden joists to make the base.

Planted some onion and shallot sets in a raised bed, fingers crossed that they survive the winter.

Eldest stepdaughter was over for the weekend, she went home well stocked with veg.

Squash Variety

Posted: 09/10/2016 at 15:59

Looking at the shape I would say it's a variety of butternut, the ones I grow are normally a paler green before ripening to golden brown. 

I would pick them before frost damages the fruit, inspect for blemishes and place on a sunny window sill to continue ripening. Always pick with at least a couple of inches of stalk to stop stem rot.

Garden Confessions - 3 Worst Crops of 2016!

Posted: 09/10/2016 at 10:02

Hi dogwoodays, with celeriac I start them early indoors and then grow on in a greenhouse and then cold frame until risk of frost has passed. Keep them well watered, you can't really over water! Slugs n snails can be a problem so take some measures to protect them. I garden on heavy clay and add plenty of organic matter with a top dressing of general fertiliser before planting.

New allotment OMG...Part 2...

Posted: 09/10/2016 at 08:00

Prepared one of the raised beds for some autumn onion and shallot sets. They don't do well direct on the heavy clay of the allotment so hoping they fare better in the beds.

Got next week off work so hope to clear away old polytunnel and lay a base for a shed.

Garden Confessions - 3 Worst Crops of 2016!

Posted: 09/10/2016 at 07:53

Most things did OK, sweetcorn was the best year ever but some notable exceptions were aubergines, stopped growing at about 12" so binned them, chillies, overwintered ones were great but new seedlings stalled, think I over watered, binned the lot, carrots, took about 4 sowings to defeat the slugs and snails.

It's always a case of swings and roundabouts and it looks like a good crop of winter veg with leeks,celeriac,swede and parsnips doing well.

Propagation advice

Posted: 08/10/2016 at 19:51

I sow my sweet pea seeds about 3/4 of an inch deep. I sow them individually in deep pots, wetting the compost well before sowing and then placing the seed and covering with 3/4" of dry compost. I don't use heat at this time of year and don't water until shoots appear which can take up to 3 weeks depending on temps. Normally I sow my sweet peas around the middle of October, too early and they make too much lush growth.

pet companions

Posted: 08/10/2016 at 08:07

Hi Logan, Floss forgives you. Glad to hear Bracken is back to normal.

pet companions

Posted: 07/10/2016 at 12:07

You're so right BL, we always had BC's when I was growing up and though I love all dogs they've remained my favourite. We got Floss as a pup 12 months ago and she has turned into a gorgeous good natured ' treasure'. 

pet companions

Posted: 07/10/2016 at 08:42

Floss likes to commandeer a cushion for a ' power nap' 😊

pet companions

Posted: 06/10/2016 at 12:50

That's so sad, he looked a handsome chap. My condolences BL .

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