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Doesn't it get dark early?!

Posted: 24/08/2014 at 22:12

Hi Tootles, yes sloes are similar to damsons only smaller and as you say 'rounder'. It's the fruit of the blackthorn, one of the earliest trees to come into flower in the spring.

OL hope you're wrong about a bad winter, I don't mind the cold but hate travelling on the roads when we get even a sniff of snow, I've spent too many hours of my life stuck in traffic when our road network grinds to a halt

Doesn't it get dark early?!

Posted: 24/08/2014 at 21:58

Definitely feels autumnal, it seems early this year too. Noticed a good crop of sloes so will be out in a couple of months to harvest some for making sloe gin.

New allotment OMG...

Posted: 24/08/2014 at 19:09

Hi GWRS, it could be grey aphids. They attack brassicas and are similar to black and greenfly, similar control methods can be applied.

How to prepare allotment?

Posted: 24/08/2014 at 18:56

I dig as much of the my allotment as I can in the autumn/early winter. I dig out a trench single spit depth at one end of the row and transfer the soil to the far end of the section to be dug, I then fill the trench with manure/compost and cover this with the next row. I leave the soil in large clods as I want the frost to get into the soil to help break it up. At the end of the section the soil removed at the start is used to fill the final trench.

I tend to use manure in every 2nd row. My allotment is heavy clay but over the years the soil texture is improving in composition and texture. I wait until the autumn rain soften the soils because the surface skin can be very hard at this time of year.


Posted: 24/08/2014 at 08:19

I've just Googled green garden fleece and it would appear a lot of companies do it.


Posted: 23/08/2014 at 16:05

The Sungold toms in the polytunnel have done ok, and Red Alert grown in large pots outside on the allotment have been fantastic. Luckily no blight so far as it has destroyed complete crops in the past.


Posted: 23/08/2014 at 07:26
Morning all, beautiful sunshine outside but it feels autumnal already!! Time to get the family moving for a trip to Deal, looks like a day for fish n chips on the beach.

Good year for sweetcorn?

Posted: 17/08/2014 at 18:40
I believe Lark is an early variety and here in the south the summer has been sunny and warm up to now.


Posted: 17/08/2014 at 18:33
I grow Masterpiece and Marketmore, ridge varieties with spiky skins, outside along with Crystal Lemon, in the poly I grow Piccolino,
I pick the ridgecrape out the middle containing the seeds. cucs when they are around 6 ins long and 1 to 1.5 in dia. At this stage they are sweet and crunchy and the seeds haven't gone hard.
If they get too large they hollow inside and the seeds start to develop, they can still be used but you may find you need to s

Good year for sweetcorn?

Posted: 17/08/2014 at 18:28
I haven't grown sweetcorn for a number of years and generally results were poor. I have grown Lark this year and each plant is producing 3 cobs on average and the flavour and quality is very good. Has everyone else had similar results and what are peoples favourite varieties?

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