Latest posts by scroggin

Name the vegetables!

Posted: 25/06/2016 at 09:22

Broccoli does take up a huge amount of space relative to their return in harvest. A better alternative would be Calabrese which matures earlier and is more compact. If you like Kale it's a fabulous plant and 2 plants will give you plenty of pickings. From looking at your pics I would say the Kale will be ready to start picking in September/ October, pick the leaves young and it should keep cropping through the winter. 

What is your weather like?

Posted: 23/06/2016 at 17:54

Very dark outside and pouring down, a couple of flashes of lightning.

Nematodes and slug control

Posted: 23/06/2016 at 16:13

I've just applied Nematodes to my allotment, it was getting overrun with slugs. I've heard they're not much use for snails though so will have to hope the birds can keep them under control. 

Swedes and turnips

Posted: 23/06/2016 at 16:10

Both can be sown now, the only problem may be that the soil in the raised bed isn't firm enough, both are brassicas and need firm non acidic fertile soil.

I always sow direct and germination rates are high so sow thinly. Swedes are quite large plants and need to thinning to 8 to 10 ins apart. 

To be honest I only grow them because I have plenty of space on the allotment. I wouldn't bother if space was limited as they are cheap to buy and don't taste any better than shop bought.

Question about my Courgettes

Posted: 23/06/2016 at 15:21

If you're growing them in pots then a weekly feed should be sufficient. They're thirsty plants so keep up the watering to stop them getting stressed.

Keeping Cats off of Garden - Tried and Tested Ideas only please

Posted: 23/06/2016 at 13:49

I've seen cats regularly using lawns and paths as toilets, so you can cover all the bare earth and they will still defecate if they 'like' your spot😠. 

What is your weather like?

Posted: 23/06/2016 at 07:23

Thunder and lightning last night with some heavy rain, dull and misty this morning with a forecast for more heavy rain this afternoon. Ah well at least it will water in the nematodes I applied yesterday😕

New allotment OMG...Part 2...

Posted: 22/06/2016 at 13:48

First picking of strawberries and raspberries😃, applied the nematodes, ground is still damp and heavy rain forecast.

Plants are putting on lots of growth now, hope the storms don't give them too much of a battering😦.

New allotment OMG...Part 2...

Posted: 21/06/2016 at 20:07

Hi Gardengirl, it's nearly a full time job at this time of year😊. You're right it always looks good just after its been done.

Plot is very nearly fully planted, got some Calabrese to plant and then it will be full. Got a packet of Nemaslug to try, going to apply it tomorrow evening as the forecast is for rain late on. Its been a struggle keeping the slugs at bay this year so I thought I'd give them a try.

Summer raspberries are ripening as are the strawberries so Eton Mess will be on the menu soon🍴.

What is your weather like?

Posted: 20/06/2016 at 12:56

The best thing I can say about the weather is the rain is getting warmer😕. Starting to brighten now, rained most of last night and this morning. I've hardly used the watering can at all this year.

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