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Latest posts by Zoomer44

What's the weather like in your area?

Posted: 18/01/2013 at 19:50

A light covering of snow here in the NW, we seem to have escaped the worst but it's

-1 tonight and snow forecast for the weekend.  Swept the paths back and front this evening.

Best tasting cherry tomatoes

Posted: 16/01/2013 at 21:28

Did anyone try Maskotka last year and if so how do you rate them, I've some seeds but didn't sow them. .

Best Base for Greenhouse?

Posted: 16/01/2013 at 21:19

My GH is mounted on paving. Inside it's paved on one side, with a gravel path down the centre and a bed to the other side. There's ample room at the top and near the door to have plants growing in buckets either side of the bed on the paving. 

The paved side means I can have a potting bench the length of the GH, which stands on a hard surface and can store pots underneath. At the height of the growing season the bench houses pots of low growing veg like chillies, peppers and aubergines.

I grow direct in the bed and the soil does need to be changed although I also grow in bottomless pots so just change the top few inches. Never had a problem with pests getting into the GH through the bed but as blairs pointed out GH does get damp over winter, hadn't realised it was the soil causing the damp and this could be a problem if your GH is made from wood.

Composting and wormery

Posted: 16/01/2013 at 20:38

There was an article last year in The GW mag telling you how to make a wormery, didn't look that difficult.

It's one of my projects for this year. I've three polystirene freezer box's, free from a local nursery, didn't get round to making one last year and by October decided it was too late to try.    

Seed swap

Posted: 16/01/2013 at 20:13

Thanks, Gardengirl, yours are ready to go, will send tomorrow. 

Seed swap

Posted: 15/01/2013 at 22:21

Hi, Gardengirl.

I've sent my address and a list of annuals, I've more spare seeds but need to check the packets to see which are annuals. 

Chilli heat

Posted: 14/01/2013 at 23:45

Depends what you consider hot, people have different tolerance levels. I don't pick chillies from the plant to use in cooking whilst growing but wait till ripe and dry them, as I'm usually still using the previous years dried chillies which last a year or more if dried ripe. I grew Apache and Ceyenne in 2011 and they kept really well but only the deep red one's should be kept and they were hot... 

Mine are grown in pots in the GH. Apache and Cayenne did really well again in 2012. They aren't hot whilst still green but if picked when red taste hotter the nearer to the stem and are eye watering when dried.    

I stand chilli pots in gravel trays, water from below and have gravel on the surface of the pot to reduce water evaporation.

Allotment Heavy clay heavy mud

Posted: 13/01/2013 at 23:51

Now, particularly before a frost, isn't the best time to dig over veg beds in prepararton for spring planting and unless you know what the weeds are, rotivating the area would break up the weed roots and spread them over a larger area.

It sounds like you are able to do heavy work and are keen to prepare the allotment for spring planting. There are different ways of approaching this and I'm happy to be wrong. but you could strim off the weeds and cover the area with either old carpet or black plastic.  This will serve two purposes, it will restrict the growth of weeds and warm up the soil come spring.

Depending where you live, late March would be a better time to start preparing your soil for spring planting.

You've missed the autumn window when veg growers would add fertilizer to beds and it's a matter of preference, some growers wait till March to add fertilizer. Clay soil benefits from adding humus to the soil by way of manure. Manure needs to be well rotted though before it can be added to your veg beds, in autum it can be obtained free from local farmers and then needs to be stored for several months to break down, an alternative would be mushroom compost but this would need to be double dug in, to improve the soil and you would need to wait until March time.

Not sure if I've answered your question but others maybe able to help further.

Which spuds to get...

Posted: 13/01/2013 at 22:34

There's such a big choice I decided on some tried and tested varieties with a couple of new one's.

1st earlies are Pentland Javelin and Winston. Charlotte seems popular though but I find the skins come off when cooked unless steamed.

2nd earlies Estima and Wilja. Wilja are nice and creamy when mashed.

Main crop,Desire.

I've still to go to the local potato fair but with only two spare growing bags and Red Duke of York a favourite, was going to go for another main crop to fill the last bag. The local nursey's here are selling seed potatoes per lb which has worked out at 10 to 12p each.    

Which varieties are you guys choosing...

Has anyone got any snow yet?

Posted: 13/01/2013 at 22:07

It's stopped snowing here now and stuck in all the wrong places like on the GH and  in flower beds The gritters are out in force and as a precuation the car's been moved off the hill and around the corner.

Don't want to be the bringer of bad news Jo but I suspect it's on it's way to Manchester unless it's moving up the country in which case, Rain and Frank will get it.

Discussions started by Zoomer44

Slug solution....

I found a slow worm on the plot today. 
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Last Post: 02/04/2014 at 21:38

Every so pleased...first plants will go in at the weekend...

After much hard work and several weekends later...it's suprising what you can do in a few hours...  
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Last Post: 25/03/2014 at 09:32

A differnt Q about Lily Beetle...

Want to use the spent compost from lilies grown in pots elsewhere... 
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Last Post: 25/03/2014 at 21:54

What do rabbits not eat...

There's an area at the bottom of the plot which will not be enclosed...  
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Last Post: 23/03/2014 at 21:57

Clearing brambles...

There were brambles down one side of the allotment... 
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Last Post: 19/02/2014 at 20:46

Rabbit's on the allotment and other Q's...

Firstly, advise needed to build a rabbit proof fence. 
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Last Post: 19/02/2014 at 21:17

First day on the allotment...

The first day was stopped at half time due to rain...  
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Last Post: 04/02/2014 at 21:15

Strawberry sticks

Has anyone grown these... 
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Last Post: 23/01/2014 at 20:42

New allotment OMG...

I've just signed up for an allotment... 
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Last Post: 15/03/2014 at 09:56

Spud fairs...

It's that time of year again when thoughts turn to which spuds to grow... 
Replies: 34    Views: 1189
Last Post: 24/01/2014 at 20:50

Christmas trees...

Who will be buying a real tree this year... 
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Last Post: 29/11/2013 at 16:18

GH tom bed...

The soil/compost was changed this year...  
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Last Post: 11/11/2013 at 20:54

Wild life...

Has anyone been watching Autumnwatch...  
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Last Post: 06/11/2013 at 21:41

Saving bean seeds...

This was a new venture last year... 
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Last Post: 06/10/2013 at 20:49

Self seeding foxglove...

I was a tab bit slow in collecting seeds from foxglove...  
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Last Post: 07/10/2013 at 23:12
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