Latest posts by scroggin

Butternut squash

Posted: 29/08/2017 at 10:16

It sounds like the squashes haven't pollinated if they've turned brown, is it definitely the squash and not the flower? The flower will fade and turn brown. Check the squash, if it's still firm and is growing it should be OK. If it's going soft then it won't develop.

Butternut squash

Posted: 29/08/2017 at 07:41

What veg is going brown? Is it the fruit on the butternut squash? As GD says you should pinch out the growing tips so that the energy goes in to the developing squashes. Just follow the trailing shoots of the plant and pinch out the tips.


Posted: 28/08/2017 at 19:29

 This extract is taken from the RSPCA website, only the great crested newt has full protection. Smooth and palmate are protected from sale/ trade but not disturbance.

No more Strimming please....

Posted: 28/08/2017 at 19:17

From personal experience it's hard to beat Stihl. Well made, lots of distributors and a large range.

Why don't you hire one, it's unlikely you'll need a heavy duty one after this is cleared?

komodo dragon chillis

Posted: 28/08/2017 at 15:48

They'll turn red when they've finished growing and the climate is right. Some of my chillies have already turned, others are still growing and won't turn red for a while yet.

Dwarf French beans

Posted: 27/08/2017 at 16:47

What variety are they? Some french beans have striped markings.

Are these sloes?

Posted: 27/08/2017 at 10:39

The border of our allotment plot contains sloes and wild damsons, the examples in the OP pics look identical to the wild damsons we have here. 

Incidentally it's been a fantastic year for the hedgerow fruit so far in this part of the South East.

New allotment OMG...Part 2...

Posted: 26/08/2017 at 20:22

Planted some Calabrese, it will be interesting to see if they grow quickly enough to produce heads before winter. Butternut squash are maturing nicely, one of my favourite autumn/winter veg. 

What's wrong with my tomatos?

Posted: 25/08/2017 at 20:24

Danni, I forgot to say that it has nothing to do with the way you've grown them. It is a very common disease prevalent in warm damp conditions which we've had lately. It's an airborne virus so attacks outdoor toms more than greenhouse grown. 

There are blight resistant varieties and try avoid growing near potatoes which are particularly susceptible. 

What's wrong with my tomatos?

Posted: 25/08/2017 at 19:25

Unfortunately that is blight. If it's spread through most of your plant then I'm afraid there's no way back. You can salvage some of the unaffected fruit and ripen indoors but you need to dispose of the plants, don't put them on the compost heap.

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