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Latest posts by scroggin

Are you eating your home grown fruit and veg yet?

Posted: 25/07/2015 at 18:32
Enjoyed a meal tonight which included runner and French beans, sugar snap peas, carrots and summer cabbage all fresh picked from the allotment.

Winter veg

Posted: 25/07/2015 at 18:27
You could sow Chinese cabbage and pak choi, still time to sow spring cabbage. If you can get some plants from the gc you could try savoy cabbage and purple sprouting broccoli. Lettuce and radish will grow quickly too.


Posted: 25/07/2015 at 17:49
Hi Busy Lizzie, my better half took loads of pics, I will endeavour to add some to the Gardens thread over the weekend. It is one of my favourite gardens and its only 30 miles away so we should visit more often. Would recommend a visit without hesitation.


Posted: 25/07/2015 at 14:26
Had a lovely couple of hrs at Great Dixter, just as gorgeous as I remember. Very reasonable prices at their nursery too which meant we had too buy plants we don't have room for. Hope everyone has a lovely day, lots to do in the garden but a cup of tea needed first.


Posted: 25/07/2015 at 08:47
Lovely sunny morning after yesterday's much welcomed rain, sorry for all starting their hols, but it was much needed.
Off to Great Dixter in a while, haven't been for a few years so really keen to see what it looks like.

Pumpkin trimming?

Posted: 24/07/2015 at 20:33
Restrict the amount of fruit on the plant, if you want big fruit then I would remove all but one pumpkin, make sure it is set before removing other fruit. It will also need lots of feeding too.


Posted: 24/07/2015 at 17:06
Really glad of this rain at the moment, its keeping the neighbours cats indoors! Recently saw a man walking his cat on a lead, now there is a responsible member of the community, he had poo bags with him too.

Chili plants loosing flowers

Posted: 20/07/2015 at 19:04
Try pollinating by hand, I do this for my chillies and it works well, I use a small paint brush and go from flower to flower.


Posted: 12/07/2015 at 11:59
I'll join hollie hock in showing my wallflowers, I sowed mine in mid June, any earlier and I find they get too big. It all depends on what works best for you, I get better results from summer sown biennials, including Bellis RUand dianthus. A lot of people use bare root plants too,so do what's easiest.

Pigeons !!!

Posted: 12/07/2015 at 11:49
Very difficult to ' scare' pigeons, just ask farmers. I work at a site where they bring in a falconry firm to fly a harrier hawk once or twice a week. The pigeons fly off for an hour or two then return!
I would suggest netting but its not to everyone's taste, it works for me on the allotment, however in your garden it may look unsightly. If you do use netting make the frame and netting such that birds can't get trapped. Plenty of good info on the web. I use debris netting, available in various colours and cheap if bought on a roll.

Discussions started by scroggin

Favourite native mammal?

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Favourite gardening activity

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Good year for sweetcorn?

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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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