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`empty Plot

Posted: 31/07/2012 at 16:54

on my allotment, I started to create a couple of large new beds - digging up a large area of grass that was on my plot. 

I only got 1/2 way through I have covered the undug bit with plastic to stay on top on the weeds and will just do little bits as and when I can. you might want to take a similar way. Its easy to get over awed by some jobs, so make it easy for your self and  do little bits at a time. 

Spring onions will work for you, as will little turnips.first time I have grown baby turnips and they are now a firm favourite. using in stir fries, curries or sauted

It might be worth trying some runner beans, You might only get a crop for a couple of weeks but normally everyone is sick of beans by the Autumn. 

Dont forget all the chinese cabbages, etc they like growing at this time of year

see what veggie plants your garden centre has for sale, as plants at this stage will do much better. There hopefully  is 8 to 12 weeks  of summer growing left.

You've loads of space though, so you want to get some fruit in there now.

Raspberries, strawberries, rhubarb, currants, black berries etc, If you buy potted plants they will happily be planted now. 

Remember that not everyone always has a great gardening year, we can all get dead buzy or be beaten by the weather, or loose whole rows of stuff to snails or pigeons. somethings work, somethings dont. Smile, have a glass of wine and think about what you might do next year.  

pineapple tops

Posted: 31/07/2012 at 16:38

I am sure Bob Flowerdew has managed to grow them in his polytunnel using a hot bed.  

Climber to cover large wall

Posted: 31/07/2012 at 16:37

yes you can plant it now.

It will need some supporting as well.

As it is such a huge space why not have a couple of things, to extend the flowering period. I have a May Queen Climbing rose in my garden. far too big really for the space. It really wants a massive area to ramble over. Lovely flowers and scent.

The other thing I though of was virgina creeper, it will cover your wall quickly, is self clinging,  although not ever green, the colours of the leaves in the autumn are spectacular. 

Hollyhock Rust

Posted: 31/07/2012 at 16:31

not sure it matters with the rust/rain/cold/snails/slugs/hail stones/wind/vine weevil etc.

Lily beetle on the other hand have hardly made an appearance this year, but neither have most of my lilies  

Are sterile plants any good for wildlife?

Posted: 31/07/2012 at 16:28

I certainly wouldn't pull them out, its a lovely plant and I bet they weren't cheap either. If everything other thin in the garden is benificial to wildlife then a couple of plants wont matter. 

Find a friend that has some foxgloves in their garden and pinch a couple of the old flower spikes and take them back to yours and wang the flower heads around scattering the seeds.  (Now is the perfect tiem to do this) I find this is always much more effective in sowing foxgloves them trying to grow in pots you can always move the baby plants around, or even lift them and pot them til you have worked out where they want to go.

Hollyhock Rust

Posted: 31/07/2012 at 16:18

For the last 4 or 5 years I have had hollyhocks in this spot. I have changed them occassionally. A couple one year the others then next. 

This year I will pull them all out and bin them, can't bear too just yet as dont want to look into downstairs living room. .


are chive rust and hollyhock rust different fungi? As chopped all my chives down yesterday too as they were covered


few things we have grown so far..

Posted: 31/07/2012 at 16:11

Spring onions, dont forget to thin them out

the same with your lettuces 

Always got to grow courgettes, dead easy and loads of fun. same with pumkins and squahes.

a bit late now but for next year grow sweetcorn - you would not beleive the differnce in taste between home grown and shop bought. same for peas. Hardly any of my peas make it home they get eaten there and then at the allotment. you need quite a few of them to get a decent crop but well worth it. 

maybe been too cold for your grapes, they need a nice warm spring to get them going and loads of food.

Most potatoes you've missed by now. im sure I saw a thread on here about which spuds to plant if you wanted some for christmas dinner  

Some pics of my before and after garden

Posted: 31/07/2012 at 15:47

Beautiful, the planting the structure, the hard landscaping, everything, just gorgeous  

only today I was looking at some old photos of my garden and feeling blue as its been such a disaster this year with the rain/snails/massive hail stones/the cold/the rust/. But you have just made me look at the photos of the garden 6 years ago when we moved and and I feel much better now, thank you  

Using nettle & comfrey juice

Posted: 31/07/2012 at 15:41

the comfry soup use just as you would any other feed. Normally as things are begining to flower/set fruit.

don't know much about nettle soup.

I have tried it and the comfry stuff works wonders with courgettes and beans - but only if you can deal with the horrendous smell  

pineapple tops

Posted: 31/07/2012 at 15:38

never had any real success but I was told to wring the top out of the fruit a bit like choking a chicken, place over a glass of water so it starts to form roots and them just pop it in the garden. (This advise comes from my grandma in Queensland - who grows them in her garden I love pineapples as the look so silly growing, just like some one has plonked a pineapple on top of some spikey leaves

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