Latest posts by Zoomer44

Well I'll be pickled!

Posted: 02/08/2014 at 18:49

I'm still eating pickled beetroot from last year.I use either pickling vinegar or distilled vinegar and only pickle it a year at a time. Providing the beetroot is totally covered and your jars are sterilised it should be ok for at least a year.

I keep mine in a cool cupboard in the kitchen  but if you have an outdoor storage place, like a garage it would be a better option.

Gooseberry Bushes

Posted: 02/08/2014 at 00:45

If planted out as new this year aim to cut out any branches growing inward.  What you want growing next year is a plant which grows and allows lots of air to flow through the centre.

Just prune off the tops of other branches this year, it will take at least 2 yrs for your new plant to come into it's prime, taking this year as yr 1.

Soil like dust...

Posted: 01/08/2014 at 22:08

All good advise, thank you. Having just dug over half a plot earlier this year, I didn't want to face digging over another, but there's no easy way. 

Rain is forcast over the weekend so plan to remove the plastic tomorrow morning, hopefully the rain will soften the ground a little for it to be dug over. 

Rough digging, covering with well rotted muck and a double dig trench to see whats there sounds like a good plan. Frank - there is the biggest pile of muck I have ever seen at the gate of the allotments...10ft from the plot...

Boater - no kidding, I watched a guy using a rotavator earlier this year, he said it can be just as hard in terms of hard work, as digging over the plot and I don't have a rotavator.

Covering with cardboard sounds a good plan but I don't have access to the amount needed but now plan to cover some sections of the plot with cardboard.

Thanks again you guy's, advise welcome, it is a real boost when you arrive at a plot and don't know where to start....     

Soil like dust...

Posted: 31/07/2014 at 22:48

I've taken over another half plot on the allotment. it's the bottom section of a full plot...the plan is to grow friut bushes, some dwarf fruit tree's and low maintance crops...ie...rubarb...etc...might even grow a grape vine in the GH which is yet to get glass and the weed problem in there addressed...

To cut to the chase half the plot has been covered by black plastic, I've lifted it to see what's under there. There are little, if no roots showing but the soil on the edges is like dust and just a couple of ft in the soil is dried out, cracked and compact.

Not sure what to do next, should I just pull the cover off and let the rain get to it or is there poor drainage, ie is water just running straight down the plot. We are forcast rain everyday next week...

There are very little worms in the soil I've dug. It does have slow worms on site at the bottom though and I came across a frog at the side of the plot where the grounds been uncovered.

Music in the Garden

Posted: 31/07/2014 at 21:57

LOL... Yevie.

I like listening to the sounds of mother nature but frequently listen to one neighbour repeatedly telling off her son, the fence is just slightly to high to see what he's doing that is naughty. He's ever such a nice polite little boy too, I always get a thank you when his ball is returned and he had to wait two weeks whilst I was on my jollies. He always says hello and remembers my name, I can't forget his, it's repeated on a daily basis

Couldn't for the life of me tell you his sisters name who seems to do no wrong but repeatedly gets him into trouble, bless his little cotton socks. 

Each Sunday I have to listen to the other neighbour playing gramaphone music 3pm to 5pm...creature of habit...why he can't close his door I'll never know, quite liked it at first but after all these years I must have listened to his entire collection several times over.

Bare legs on privet hedge

Posted: 31/07/2014 at 21:15


I cut my hedge to have bare legs at the bottom for a while. If you want to keep the height, it isn't totally necessary to reduce the height, if you trim back any growth on the bare legs two to three times each year it will grow back although it does take a couple of years for it to return back to a lush hedge.

Cuttings also take well. These can be taken in the autumn but again take a couple of years to grow to a size when they can be planted out to fill gaps.

The hedge will also respond well to a good mulch of well rotted muck either in the autumn or spring to encourage growth.

Pernission to speak SIR!

Posted: 29/07/2014 at 22:11

Tales of the Unexpected had me looking under the bed...


Pernission to speak SIR!

Posted: 29/07/2014 at 22:06

David - LOL- could that be why you like gardening and realise compost is so good for the soil...

As for sterilised milk it tasted like it had been on the shelf for 6mths.

...looking back, it's hard to believe we've lived this long...riding in cars with no seat belts or air bags...no childproof lids on medicine bottles or safety gates at the bottom of the stairs...riding a bike with no helmet...

Leaving home in the morning to play out all day, as long as we were back when the streetlights came on...No mobile phones and with no one able to reach us all day, unthinkable now...

If you got into trouble at school, your actions were your own, consequences were expected. The idea of a parent bailing you out was unthinkable and getting a letter sent home was possibly the closest a child came to staring death in the face. Parents sided with school ... imagine that!

How did we survive out childhoods...


Pernission to speak SIR!

Posted: 29/07/2014 at 20:42

What was that horrid milk called which came with a metal top on, it was around, at about the time camp coffee was popular, another horrid drink...No...I don't think I'd want to go back to the good old days. 


Neighbour garden issues

Posted: 28/07/2014 at 23:34

Hi, you also have my sympathy.

Just a couple of points, being disabled or having a bad back is not a reason for not replacing a fence or contacting the council re-vermin infestation. How many able bodied people call in other people to replace their fence! I called in other people to replace the top of my fence and to put concrete posts on the side fencing.

Being disabled they may have access to other services through Social Care but not want to ask for help believing they are coping. They could also enlist the help from family and freinds in maintaining the garden area.

I don't want to sound harsh or distract from your main point which is a gardening issue but would advise not to make it a disability issue if you are contacting the council, stay with the gardening issues.        

I have very fond memories of trying to do wheelies in my mothers wheel chair and climbing steps in a wheel chair before ramps were invented...

I'll get my coat....

Discussions started by Zoomer44

Chillies & peppers

Replies: 3    Views: 391
Last Post: 02/10/2017 at 21:36

Rust spots on fruit trees...

Replies: 0    Views: 211
Last Post: 13/08/2017 at 22:37

Mile a minute plant...

I've lost the will to fight neighbours planting... 
Replies: 5    Views: 774
Last Post: 28/06/2017 at 21:28

Fruit or vegetable...

What is a chilli... 
Replies: 2    Views: 314
Last Post: 17/06/2017 at 07:46

Black spot on sunflowers...

Replies: 3    Views: 339
Last Post: 16/06/2017 at 21:37

Cherry trees...

Blossomed to early and flowers taken by frost..  
Replies: 3    Views: 411
Last Post: 27/05/2017 at 22:57

Good hygiene...

Cleaning garden tools.... 
Replies: 13    Views: 941
Last Post: 22/02/2017 at 10:15

Blight in the GH...

I'm happy to be wrong... 
Replies: 2    Views: 645
Last Post: 04/12/2016 at 20:15

Blight in the GH...

I'm happy to be wrong... 
Replies: 0    Views: 440
Last Post: 04/12/2016 at 18:25

Wasp nests.....

I've found one the size of a football...  
Replies: 20    Views: 1929
Last Post: 24/09/2016 at 21:46

Asparagus...what now..

I planted about 18 crowns in March..  
Replies: 7    Views: 728
Last Post: 21/08/2016 at 23:07

Advertising ...

I tend to whiz past the advertising... 
Replies: 10    Views: 861
Last Post: 11/08/2016 at 13:30

Making compost

Replies: 10    Views: 1246
Last Post: 29/06/2016 at 22:05

Gooseberry pruning...

The bush is heavy with berries.. 
Replies: 3    Views: 700
Last Post: 20/06/2016 at 13:10

Fences and covenants...

Are covenants legally binding... 
Replies: 12    Views: 2139
Last Post: 09/06/2016 at 15:31
1 to 15 of 99 threads