Latest posts by Zoomer44

B&Q Bargains

Posted: 25/01/2014 at 21:31

After the first day on the allotment was cut short at lunch time due to heavy rain. I bought a pair of wellies from B&Q today, they were nearly half price   

Spud fairs...

Posted: 24/01/2014 at 19:56

If it's raining it looks like the spud fair for me too

Asparagus Peas

Posted: 23/01/2014 at 21:24

Thanks KEF. Luckily I only bought a few seeds cheaply. 

Seems a shame to waste the seeds though. How would you rate them in terms of producing flowers, attracting good guys and possible companion planting to let beasties feed on them instead of the better tasting edible veg. 

Strawberry sticks

Posted: 23/01/2014 at 20:42

 I prefered 'sweet tobacco', not very PC now though

Must have been having a reckless moment when buying seeds... any views on the merits of Purslane and Okra...or are these going the same way as asparagus peas

New allotment OMG...

Posted: 23/01/2014 at 19:55

ginagibbs, there were 34 people on the list I went on a couple of weeks ago so I was expecting a long wait. Then last Saturday received an email asking if I wanted a plot to make an appointment to see one the following day and if someone further up the list wanted the plot I'd choosen then they would take priority. There were 8 vacant plots and only 6 people turned up.

Another site, though has a waiting list of 10yrs.It could be worth trying different sites in your area. Some of the smaller allotments have a slower turn over of plots. The site I'm on has 80 plots and sites come up fairly regular. The treasurer said they have a 50% fall out after the first year.      

Strawberry sticks

Posted: 23/01/2014 at 19:31

Has anyone grown strawberry sticks and what are they like.

I've also bought Tomatillo's for the first time, has anyone grown these... 

Asparagus Peas

Posted: 23/01/2014 at 19:27

I bought some for the first time this year too


Outdoor Cucumbers

Posted: 22/01/2014 at 21:20

I usuyally grow cues in the GH but have bought a trial variety from T&M this year to try outdoors at 99p called Jogger F1 the packet says it grows on the flat or up a trellis/netting support.

Why not try a tried and tested one and something new.  

New allotment OMG...

Posted: 22/01/2014 at 21:05

Thanks again, lots of good advise providing lots of idea's...starting work on the plot doesn't seem so overwelming now...

Deano, those pictures are truely inspiring. Will take some before, during and after pictures... 

The plot hasn't been worked for several years and it's on a slope.I'm thinking, tiered beds. There is no fencing or compost bins, and there are rabbits and squirels which frequent the allotments so I'm searching for pallets for a fence and big  brother has just donated a wheel barrow to the cause. 

I'm gonna go for it with the fruit bushes, I can prepare a site for them and will aim to transplant at the end of February, they will be the initial inspiration to keep going.

Was going to start clearing the bottom of the plot for a shed, placed on a bed of levelled stones and boulders, it will be a place to shelter from the rain and store tools instead of bringing them each time.

I haven't got any wellies yet but Rome wasn't built in a day.

I'm currently hoping it doesn't rain this weekend and searching online for a shed, wellies and how to prune a fruit tree...   


first earlies

Posted: 21/01/2014 at 19:58

I like to try a few different varieties each year but like Red Duke of York and Pentland Javelin as 1st earlies, I've also Wilja as a 2nd early again this year and am trying Mozart as a main. 

Brother's favourites are Golden Wonder, Anna Bell, Maris Peer and Piccasso, he's asked me to get him some from the fair at the weekend not sure whether they are 1st, 2nd or main though.

I've already started chitting, it's a bit early but if they are in the GC 's and shops now, if you wait to buy them, they tend to start growing in their bags whilst on the shelves.

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I planted a plum tree last year in what was the right spot.... 
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Shredded pine leaves....

Can they be used as a mulch round blueberry bushes. 
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Do any posters use them... 
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Did anyone else watch the programme this evening... 
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