Latest posts by scroggin

Soil Meters

Posted: 07/06/2016 at 11:48

I've got the same model and it gives a good reading for moisture. Like Ladybird says it's better to use a soil testing kit rather than a monitor. 

All monitors need regular calibration if they're to be trusted. The easy way is to check your meter against 3 preset soil types, ie dry, moist and wet. If it gives a corresponding result you can have confidence in its readings.

New pond this mornings visitor

Posted: 07/06/2016 at 11:36

Lovely sign of Summer Zenjeff๐Ÿ˜ƒ. We're waiting for the dragonfly larva to emerge in our small pond.

What is your weather like?

Posted: 07/06/2016 at 07:58

Bright and sunny start with showers forecast for later.

Do you think it is too late to pop some sweet corn seeds in the veg patch?

Posted: 07/06/2016 at 07:49

If they get a good start they should be fine, Sweetcorn will continue ripening through into October so there is plenty of time. A lot of plants are slow starting this year due to the mixed weather we've had in the South.

If you can sow a faster maturing variety like Swift that should help.

What is your weather like?

Posted: 06/06/2016 at 07:09

Beautiful start to the day, off out soon with the dog before it gets too hot for her.

Whats eating the cabbage??

Posted: 05/06/2016 at 22:57

Sounds like slugs or snails.

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 ๐Ÿ˜Ž. 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.

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