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Latest posts by Zoomer44

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.

Seeds are up

Posted: 13/01/2013 at 21:49

My success rate for anything sown in January or February is zero Plants germinate but once  out of the heated propagator they keel over and die, it's clearly to cold for them in the spare bedroom but short of putting on the central heating 24hr 7 I usually wait until at least March before sowing anything.

I've geraniums doing well in the kitchen though (they haven't died yet) and plan to sow aubergines in February this year. Any help with keeping stuff alive would be most helpful. I've antirrhinum which can be sown now   

Seed swap

Posted: 13/01/2013 at 21:22

Without going through everyone's postings I'm not sure what's currently being swapped.

I've spare tom seeds, saved last year, if anyone is interested, nothing exciting  - Alisa Craig, Red Pear, Xmas Grape, Money Maker and Golden Sunrise.

Chillie seeds - Apache, Cayenne and Jalapeno. 1st two grew well last year, one plant produces enough chillies to last till next harvest.

I've heaps of annual flower seeds, freebie's from magazines.

I'd like some dahlia seeds, please.

What veggies are you planning on growing 2013?

Posted: 13/01/2013 at 20:14

Probably beetroot, onions, garlic, french/runner beans and peas, salad stuff, spinach and chad. Kohl, will try carrots again, courgette's, squash and brussels, I'm sure I've other seeds, nearly forgot - spuds.. 

In the GH it's going to be cues, toms, chillies, peppers, aubergines and I've some yard long beans which need warmth.

Rhubarb, strawberries, gooseberries, blueberries and currants which were mainly eaten by birds last year or failed to fruit, hoping for more success this time around.  

what do you think is the best make of bird food you have bought?

Posted: 13/01/2013 at 19:29

I do the same as Chicky and also look out for bargain bird food in local stores. Making  your own fat balls is a good idea, with seeds the birds are currently eating in the garden at any one time. Aldi also do a fruity muesli which goes down well here and mixes well in fat balls. You would need to check the label though if using other brands of muesli to make sure they are bird friendly.

Last year I grew sunflowers and fed the seeds to the birds over winter. 

What we are doing this week

Posted: 13/01/2013 at 16:15

Sam. Try 'The Garden Superstore' on line. Their pots are ever so reasonably priced, they sell light and heavy weight one's. 10cm square one's are only 75p. Smaller pots start at 11 or 13p each and if you buy in bulk the P & P is bearable.   

Has anyone got any snow yet?

Posted: 13/01/2013 at 16:01

It's been snowing here in Lancashire for most of the afternoon, not heavy though and it isn't sticking.  

What we are doing this week

Posted: 13/01/2013 at 15:56

It's snowing here.

I went to the GC today, their half price sale wasn't up to much, there were only Christmas decorations left.  I bought a couple of dahlias, some onion sets and some spuds to chit.    

What's the weather like in your area?

Posted: 13/01/2013 at 15:47

It's been snowing here in the NW for most of the afternoon, it's not particularly heavy though and isn't sticking. There's more forecast for tomorrow.

So much for cycling, I've been out to the GC instead and bought some more garlic, the garlic planted in November isn't showing any shoots.

Discussions started by Zoomer44

Help...marestail and other nasties...

And I thought brambles and rabbits were going to be the biggest problem... 
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Last Post: Yesterday at 21:36

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... 
Replies: 9    Views: 221
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: 1202
Last Post: 24/01/2014 at 20:50

Christmas trees...

Who will be buying a real tree this year... 
Replies: 47    Views: 1163
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... 
Replies: 8    Views: 459
Last Post: 06/10/2013 at 20:49
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