Latest posts by Sparklepinksunflower

What to do with a bucket of snails!!

Posted: 07/09/2012 at 19:47

@ Henry. I have no desire to cause unnecessary cruelty to any animal - normally I dont have a major problem. How ever this year I lost so many things to snails and they had got to plague proportions something had to be done. The odd few snails in the garden dont do any harm and I would let them be normally. When I am collecting them by the bucket load, they are not welcome and need to be dispatched. 

@ James, - having eaten snails in France they are vile, so will not be contemplating serving them up  

Crocosmia has croaked it!

Posted: 04/09/2012 at 13:05

whens best to do dig them up and sort them. I am worried as the leaves have gone so brown that they are not going to be able to store enough energy to go through the winter

Crocosmia has croaked it!

Posted: 03/09/2012 at 22:43

my crocosmia has karked it? The original patch thats been there for about 4 years (due a divide) normally flowers profusly.

I've had about 3 flowers off it and the leaves started going brown long before it started to bud. Other plants in the garden are fine taken from the original dividings. Do you think its just too congested or do I have other problems?


Writing a Name on a pumpkin

Posted: 03/09/2012 at 22:39

I've heard a couple of things, not recently and never really paid attension to them, well I shall just give it a go and let you all know how I got on

wild picking

Posted: 03/09/2012 at 21:37

i have strained a load of blackberry mash and ready to make a load of jam with it.

The damsons aren't quite ready yet, next week I think will be making jam and gin  

Crab apples are also on the list

Writing a Name on a pumpkin

Posted: 03/09/2012 at 19:18

Has anyone tried writting a name on a pumpkin?

I gave some old friends a couple of spare pumpkin plants that didn't survive the slug invasion this summer and they are coming to stay with their 4 year old near the end of October. Sam has already said he want to come to the allotment to pick some vegetables for his dinner (worried nothing will still be growing - but thats another thread)

As his pumpkins didn't survive I thought i would give him one of mine and then thought it would be extra special if i put his name on it. Is it just a case of scoring the skin with the letters? anyone tried it, got any suggestions on techniques etc?

lily beetle

Posted: 28/08/2012 at 22:43

daily squashing is the only answer!!


For sale section

Posted: 07/08/2012 at 00:00

I have done loads of seed swaps and have now decided its cheaper just to buy the seeds half the time. You end up having to send a large SAE plus the price of  a normal stamp so you are already up to about £1.30 or something. You might as well buy a whole pack of fresh seed for that  

But a section for sale stuff/and or swap shop and maybe a notice board, detailing allotment open days, garden shows, etc might be of interest in your area.

Too much cement in flower bed

Posted: 06/08/2012 at 23:55

please dont use Ivy, it will take over and you'll spend your life trying to get rid of it.


You could get OH to take out some of the concrete


Posted: 03/08/2012 at 23:22

still haven't eaten a single bean or tomato this year Mostof my onions bolted

Its all been a bit rubbish this year

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When Best to liquid feed in the rain!!!

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My Calla actually can!!!

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