Zoomer44


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Overwintered onions going to seed

Posted: 05/06/2016 at 00:58

I over wintered onions this year for the first time on the plot, planting in the autumn. Here in the NW we had sever flooding.The onions had little growth on them in April and I expected them to bolt so planted up sets as normal for a crop to save this year.


At least half the over wintered crop have tried to produced flower heads, which have been picked off . I've started to harvest larger bulbs and have an early crop of onions which allows my main crop to mature without picking...


To cut to the chase...I'll over winter again for an early crop of onions.

Flaming June

Posted: 05/06/2016 at 00:16

I'm more than pleased with the weather here in the NW. After over 30 days of consecutive rain in the autumn and sever flooding, the sun shine makes a refreshing change.   

Sharpening tools...

Posted: 05/06/2016 at 00:00

Most of my tools...hedge clipper, loppers, hoe..etc... have become very blunt. After, unsuccessfully  searching the net for a local tool sharpener, I've bought a sharpening stone and some oil.


How difficult can it be......harder than I thought... unless I'm doing it wrong...after what seemed like ages, running the stone along hedge shear blades, they seemed no sharper. I must have 6 pairs of secateurs, at least 4 are blunt, I really don't want to buy another pair....   


Tips on sharpening tools, welcome...

New allotment OMG...Part 2...

Posted: 04/06/2016 at 23:44

Another sunny day here in the NW. Went to the plot this morning to water and did some weeding. There's a nettle patch which is looking very lush so will be cutting them back soon to make a nettle brew.


Other plot holders must come in the afternoon or during the week! There was only one other car parked?  It's been getting to hot for me though, so was packing up at 11.30. 


Hope everyone is well.

seed sowing

Posted: 04/06/2016 at 00:22

They look fab, I replanted the one's which sprung up last year into a nursery bed then replanted again in the autumn to their present bed. Ever so easy to weed out the one's you don't want. 

seed sowing

Posted: 03/06/2016 at 00:51

I wait till July to sow biennials for the following year but having said that foxglove seedlings are already germinating and popping up randomly on the allotment.


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I'm out

Posted: 02/06/2016 at 23:54

I haven't read any of the number of threads in respect to the changes but following a PM upgraded my browser and am now able to access this site better. 


Kindest regards and happy growing...

New allotment OMG...Part 2...

Posted: 02/06/2016 at 22:26

Scroggin, trust me...it goes from one extreme to another in the NW. Floods last Winter and no doubt if we get continued sunny weather there'll be calls for a hose pipe ban in the summer......we another sunny day......hope the weather picks up enough for you to plant out..


I've been sowing large seeds on kitchen roll to give them a quick start and to check germination of old seeds. Butternut squash, courgettes, dwarf beans and runner beans have all germinated since the weekend and are ready to pot up.


This 'Q' may have been asked before but which part of the country are you, scroggin?

Runner beans just planted look sick

Posted: 02/06/2016 at 21:11

I posted without seeing the picture, it didn't show on my phone. Having now seen the picture, I'd agree with frost damage, although watering twice a day is excessive.They usually only need further watering after planting out, during prolonged dry spells.

Usernames

Posted: 01/06/2016 at 23:39

I would call myself loomer, when learning to talk couldn't pronounce my real name, being the youngest of five the nickname stuck for yrs. My niece use's 'loomer' on other sites and so I changed the 'l' to a "z', hence zoomer...

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