Latest posts by Zoomer44


Posted: 08/04/2014 at 20:07

I noticed this evening in the GH a sunflower seed had germinated in a gravel tray...and here I am buying seed compost for them ...


Posted: 06/04/2014 at 18:47

Depends where you live Tootles, I'm in the NW and if mine had germinated in an unheated GH, I'd harden them off and plant out, you can always put some fleece over them if it's forcast frost.  


Posted: 05/04/2014 at 21:26

Sowed mine last weekend, moonwalker came up first. I always have trouble with dwarf sunflowers germinating, this years no exception, only one has popped it's head up.    

How is the Potato planting going for you?

Posted: 03/04/2014 at 22:35

I usually grow mine in bags but wanted to plant them all on the allotment this year. How far apart should they be planted. 

How is the Potato planting going for you?

Posted: 03/04/2014 at 22:27

Every so impressed. I only started digging over the spud area last weekend, hoping to get some in this weekend.

Get if off your chest.

Posted: 02/04/2014 at 22:49

Clari you have just made my blood boil,  It's been nearly thirty years since my mother died and I would never be so rude as to be disrespectful to anyone in a wheel chair.

What has happened to you was just so preventable.

Very different circumstances but she was wheel chair bound not through a car accident but through illness. Her speech began to fail before finally she could only communicate by actions. Even now I get so angry if people speak to the person pushing a wheel chair, like the person in the chair doesn't exist or people can be really patronising, I can't get my head around that.   

I have fond memories of being allowed to play on my mothers wheel chair.

One game was an obstacle course, if we were good she would let us play the game which was to get from the front door to the back in the quickest time but time points were added if you knocked a wall or door which had to be opened whilst you were sitting down in the wheeel chair. To make it harder there would be obstacles put in the way and if your feet touched the floor that incurred more time points.

I remember popping mothers tyres when unsupervised we put drawing pins down as the obstacle .



Slug solution....

Posted: 02/04/2014 at 20:59

I have a picture of the slow worm saved in my word documents, if anyone wants to see it you'll have to tell me how to put it on the forum. I've never done this before.

Ever so excited, it was sent via e-mail from the neighbouring plot holders to the allotment association who forwarded it on.



Slug solution....

Posted: 01/04/2014 at 20:48

One thing I've found, an allotment, it's alot different from growing stuff in the back garden and I've bearly started. There's far more wildlife, zillions of ladybirds and different varieties of butterflies. Lots of good guys to keep down the pests. 

Leaving untidy area's as natural habitats is a nice prospect. The nettles can be used to make feed and I'll wait to see if any more slow worms appear from the stone pile.

Slug solution....

Posted: 31/03/2014 at 22:25

I thought I was rather lucky too...apparently the hybinate and may have woken up due to the warm weather, it was nice and warm here on Sunday.

The site hasn't been touched for a couple of years and at the bottom is a huge pile of stones, rotting wood, old carpet with brambles and roots growing through which is probably where they are living but it covers nearly 1/3 of the site.. 

I'll need to re think what I'm going to do with the area now, I was going to clear it, make a compost area and plant rubarb, possibly fruit bushes and flowers but prehaps now need to think about how to leave it untamed but useful. Suggestions welcome, one point though the committee inspects your site monthly and newbies are on a probationary period if you don't show sufficient progress then you get a warning...

Should I ask their advice... I don't want other allotmenteers thinking they can rehouse them though...  

Slug solution....

Posted: 30/03/2014 at 22:55

There's probably a small army of slugs on the plot although I've not seen any yet, not even in the stone pile but if there are slow worms they'll be keeping the population under control.


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