- I live in Lancashire and like to spend time in the garden and on the allotment. Love growing my own veg and flowers from seed and never seem to tire of seeing plants grow from tiny beginnings
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3 days ago at 21:43
Gg. Hope the judges liked the garden.
Cucumber soup sounds good. I made broad bean soup with a glut and runner beans may start to go the same way.
You can't beat a bowl of home made soup. My father used to make pea and ham soup to die for...😀
The shed has gone up next door, it's not been built that much further into his plot.... but does let in some light.
3 days ago at 19:09
I managed to e-mail one of the committee members, someone has spoken to the guy about his shed and he's going to move it further on to his plot. Good result...👍
13 Aug 2017 22:37
There are small rust spots on the leaves of my pear and cherry trees, neither have produced any fruit. They were only planted in the autumn so wasn't expecting fruit this yr.
Should I be worried about the spots and my other fruit trees...
13 Aug 2017 22:24
It"s a double doored shed, at least 6 by 6.
I've tried e-mailing the committee but the mail keeps bouncing back. The plants will be in total shade, they already compete with a huge birch tree on the other side.
I'm sure he hasn't realised it will block the light.
13 Aug 2017 21:19
Everyone sounds busy, some good harvests, not sure if my 2nd earliest had blight or just died back naturally. They had flowered. I've taken all the foilage off, will dig them up later in the week.
Collected about 45 flag Stones off my brother yesterday. The guy on next plot helped, we used his van so he got enough for a shed base. Noticed today he is going to put it right up against the fence blocking all the light off some of my fruit bushes...😟..not sure what to do about that...
I donated some slabs to the committee too, for a bar-b-cue area and kept about a dozen.
10 Aug 2017 22:37
I would suggest getting a selection of books.
Dr D.G.Hessayan books are good.
Aura Garden Guides are good too, I'd recommend the Herbs, propagation and gardens for Wildlife books.
If you want to go organic Bob Flowerdews book, Organic garden basics is a good starting point .
07 Aug 2017 23:42
I've beans, kale chillies, peppers, cougettes and toms harvesting well at present.
Was going to sow some kale for winter pickings. Is it too late to sow biennials for next year?
07 Aug 2017 13:30
Aldi have fruit bushes in, currants,blueberry, raspberries, grapes, cobiberry and blackberries. £1 79 each.
Have you had a good harvest of onions and shallots, scroggin. I was pleased with mine, garlic was mixed, some large bulbs some small.
05 Aug 2017 21:01
GWRS. Enjoy Tenby and Lamphey
Cut an armful of flowers today.Gladioli, dahlias and sunflowers.
Wish I'd done more repeat sowing, zoomer makes a mental note to do this next yr. Beds are beginning to empty.
Spent most of my time chatting to other plot holders today. Took 8 bags of weeds to tip. Hoping to go to plot in morning.
01 Aug 2017 23:33
Ginagibbs. Could be slugs in the spuds.
Been lucky here, no blight this yr and toms are romping away in GH.
Courgettes just starting to bear fruit.
Silly Question, but can currants be dried and how is it done. Was going to try jelly and jam but there's only so much jam you can make and eat...😀
30 Jul 2017 23:07
Gg, let us know how you get on at next weeks show.
I had a productive time on the plot today, got lots of jobs done.
I've been clearing spent flowers. Any suggestions as to what to sow to fill gaps, I was thinking lettuce and radish.
Moved leeks from a nursery bed to main winter bed. Ever so pleased with spud crop.
Didn't rain until 3ish...,😀
30 Jul 2017 00:34
I'd never sharpened anything till this yr, would just buy a new sharp tool.
I had 8prs of blunt secateurs...how difficult can it be to sharpen then...me thought...not that difficult. ..
An oilstone and oil works well, for large tools I use a file.
Some tools aren't made to be dismantled so I use linseed oil to lubricate the joints.
29 Jul 2017 23:59
It's forecast rain here tomorrow. Hope the weather stays fine for you GWRS.
Picked my first toms today. I've loads of chillies, some are beginning to turn red.
Got lots of weeding done. Cues are abit behind only planted them up in GH this week.
29 Jul 2017 19:46
Glad it was helpful, it was written some time ago...
16 Jul 2017 11:59
Well done GWRS.
I got two 2nds and a 3rd, but only entered 9 classes and two of those were cakes.
There were a lot of entries for the cake sections. Thought my lemon drizzle cake was worthy of a place, definitely robbed there...😀
14 Jul 2017 21:09
Nothing like a good down pour to kick start growth
Just been to set out veg for the show tomorrow. Didn't enter currants or strawberries, and had been marked down for mangtout instead of onions so couldn't enter onions but the competition looked high for the onion and shallot section.
13 Jul 2017 07:23
Gg thank you, some good pics, really helpful.
11 Jul 2017 15:13
I'm entering currants, gooseberries, strawberries, onions, garlic, shallots, beans, peas, rubbarb....
11 Jul 2017 11:30
Nowhere near ready for show on Saturday. Stuff either small or getting over ripe.
I've help on Friday to pick stuff, but no idea how to show it. The plan is to take pics for next year and if it's not looking good Friday just to enter cakes for that section
04 Jul 2017 21:31
They could be loganberries I've been picking them since mid June. Is the plant thornless.