Zoomer44


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New allotment OMG...Part 2...

Posted: 10/04/2016 at 21:24
Fruitcake, Your seedlings should be fine, the cat knocked my toms off the windowsill one yr, I didn't know what I was growing till the plants set fruit...I'd sown yellow, red, zebra and black that yr..

Only just sown chillies and toms. Bought 6 chilli and 2 sweet pepper plants though, different varieties and some which will grow to 4 or 5ft.

What is your weather like?

Posted: 10/04/2016 at 20:48
T-shirt weather here in the NW, it was lovely and warm in the afternoon. Frosty first thing though.

Chitting spuds

Posted: 09/04/2016 at 23:12

Chris 172. Just seen you pic of spuds chitting on 20-Mar. I've planted out 1st and 2nd earlies (NW), the chits were looking good, purple but were about 2-3 inch high. Going to earth up tomorrow in case of frost.

I've a main crop, still chitting.

How do you store your spuds over winter to keep them looking so good.

starting onions leeks etc from seed,what is the process?

Posted: 09/04/2016 at 22:47

 fidgetbones - I'm told 'mammoth onions' are very palitable, do they taste and are they just as strong as smaller home grown onions. Do they keep well?

Reason for asking - I'm tempted to buy some of their plug plants, to see how they grow on the plot with a view to getting seeds for next year.   

starting onions leeks etc from seed,what is the process?

Posted: 09/04/2016 at 22:14

If you want to grow big veg then you need to start with seed which will mature to big veg.'

W. Robinson and Son' is a local nursery and they grow 'mammoth onions' and the biggest leeks I've ever seen. You can purchase their seeds on line, slightly more expensive than your average onion or leek seeds but worth it if you want huge leeks and  onions the size of cannon balls.   

They 'show' at all the big garden flower shows in the NW and give talks, their onions and leeks win prizes too.  

Best seed compost?

Posted: 09/04/2016 at 20:37

Aldi compost for seedlings - £1.49 a bag. It's good this year, hasn't been in previous years but appears much improved. Retains moisture well and my seedlings are romping away in it. 

New allotment OMG...Part 2...

Posted: 09/04/2016 at 18:56

Went to the plot this morning and started to tidy the strawberry patch, thanks Aster2 you were my motivation, it's been relocated around the fruit bushes  .  

Weeded the herb garden and have learnt, winter savory is a member of the mint family... ...was digging up roots in the old strawberry patch for fun, best planted in pots if anyone is thinking of growing it.

It started to rain so went into the GH to sow more seeds and pot up. 

Bobflannigon - I've 'top hat' and another blueberry bush, can't remember the variety of the second one, both are quite small but produce alot of fruit, birds love them though, so they need netting after they've flowered and while the berry's are green. Best not to prune them for at least two years after buying to allow them to form a good root system and top growth.

New allotment OMG...Part 2...

Posted: 07/04/2016 at 19:36
Went to the plot to water seedlings. Can't believe how quick they've germinated and grown. Nearly half the onion sets in modules have shoots now.

Was going to start hardening off pea's and sweet pea at home ready to take to the plot.

Hope you had a nice holiday GWRS.

Happy growing everyone.

New allotment OMG...Part 2...

Posted: 05/04/2016 at 22:32
Scroggin- what are you going to grow in the GH.

New allotment OMG...Part 2...

Posted: 04/04/2016 at 22:25
I've Sarpo Mira as a main crop, think I'll wait a few more weeks to plant those out.

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New allotment OMG...Part 2...

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Growing lillies.

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