Victoria Sponge

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Vic's Allotment Adventures

Posted: 15/08/2017 at 19:03

Hi Iain, thanks for your response.

The pots were Maris Peer and I'd been given them by a colleague which is partly why I was determined not to leave any for the mean folks at my previous allotment. Moving them would not have been ideal, I wondered also about lack of water in the first few weeks after replanting. I have to say the foliage looked normal, or at least like the potatoes on the other plots.

I'll do a bit of research for next year, choose the varieties and look after them better

Plant identification

Posted: 13/08/2017 at 19:12

It's nicer than the things I find growing in my garden

Plant identification

Posted: 13/08/2017 at 18:46

I'll take a stab at campanula, can't be more specific though

Vic's Allotment Adventures

Posted: 13/08/2017 at 15:16

First visit in a fortnight, been away and working and stuff.

Harvested my potatoes, some were just stems and had no potatoes, does anyone know why? I did dig the seed pots up after they had started growing and moved them to my new allotment but some plants were okayish.

 Not very economical to only get this many so I'll have to get better

Some of my onions are looking okay, some still quite small, but I've deduced that is a water thing as they are on a slope, will leave them for a few weeks.

Did lots of weeding today and threw them into the last open trench, lots of mozzie lavae in there Also moved some of the clay slop heap which was starting to solidify. I chucked buckwheat seeds on the clay layers I left to dry out and that seems to have germinated, or something has so I distributed the rest of the seed on the other clay flats. I don't know if it will help break it up or not but it was a free packet.

Harvested some red opium poppy seeds and a spider, put it in the garden, should probably chuck the seeds out now too while they're fresh, but not sure where I want them yet.

Tried a few ripening blackberries and rasps, Loch Maree and Joan J, very nice Got some plums, I think Vic on the tree that came with the plot but they are too high up. This winter I will clear around the base, there are multiple currants and a rhubarb patch (which bolted) all around the base and I'm sure they will do better seperated.

Next weekend I'll do more weeding and prep the area for some more onion sets. Will plant the new bargain basement rasps I bought from B&Q, hope they are as nice as the Joan J.

Garden Gallery 2017

Posted: 13/08/2017 at 08:20

Fab pictures guys

Love the yellow rose from Johnny and colourful borders from steve greenfingers.

Very tempted by raisingirl's crocosmia bicolour but the garden is full

Anyone done any gardening today - version 3

Posted: 12/08/2017 at 18:06

Does anyone else's garden go absolutely nuts the second your back is turned?

Garden is a weedy overgrown mess, so perhaps should have weeded and chopped things but was in more of a planning mood today🤔

Moved some plants today to prepare for the winter garden-works. Normally I wouldn't be able to move stuff in Aug as the ground is too hard but as it has rained everyday this summer I was able to make a start. 

Last weekend I offloaded 5 clumps of daylillies onto my sister creating space for some things I've had sat in pots, an aster (?) Calliope, a patrinia scab and some crocosmia lucifer and persicaria orangefield scraps which I had popped in the same pot the other year, had to rip them apart, bit dry and overcrammed

Rescued a little knapweed which seemed to be getting over grown by a big fast growing weed then realised it was the same plant, different leaves, replanted it like a hero

Fruit Preserving Books

Posted: 12/08/2017 at 11:17

Smashing guys, thank you

I will do some research and report back. I thought I'd get some advice as I don't want to end up with a book of wrong-climate fruit - I'll only be preserving things I can grow myself.

Sorted alphabetically sounds like a good idea too.

Many thanks

Fruit Preserving Books

Posted: 12/08/2017 at 07:59

Morning all,

I started preserving fruit last year, pears I had a glut of, and this year I have a lot of Pink Glow crab apples I'd like to do something with.

Can anyone recommend a book (physical book format preferred) on how to preserve various UK fruit? I know I can freeze most things but preserving, making jams and wines etc would be more fun. 

Any ideas appreciated

Rain. Rain more rain and slugs

Posted: 03/08/2017 at 07:15

I think it's been a good year for snails, it's rained here pretty much every week for months, I only came close once to emptying the waterbutts.

I admit to having a fondness for snails, if I find one in the garden bin I chuck it back in the border. My containers are wrecked though and there are even snails in the hanging basket 

Maybe in with a chance

Posted: 30/07/2017 at 12:59

I've voted.

Just so folks know you have to put in your email address, confirm you are not a robot when the screen darkens and confirm your vote from an email sent to you before it registers.

Good luck Jacqueline.😊

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