Zoomer44


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Help...marestail and other nasties...

Posted: 12/07/2016 at 22:27

Two years on I have a much bigger plot now. ..


I find marestail less of a problem than bindweed. I still dig up both by their roots when they appear. Bindweed is now receeding and when weak there's a pest which leaves holes in it's leaves...


I grow mainly in narrow beds and they get a good weeding before being covered with cardboard, muck and then plastic for the winter. Marestail still grows but if dug up when it appears doesn't seem to rob the soil of nutrients preventing veg/fruit from growing where as bindweed will wrap it's vine around them...

Charlotte Potatoes

Posted: 12/07/2016 at 21:09

I don't grow them anymore for that reason, it didn't seem to matter what the weather. I grew them for a few years. There are so many different varieties why not try something different next year...

How do you inspire kids with a love of nature in the garden?

Posted: 10/07/2016 at 00:48

I often invite a friends three children to pick stuff on the allotment. They've been picking fruit and veg in the garden from being able to walk. They picked strawberries and currants last weekend and each has a sunflower growing on the plot.


Picking flowers is always a winner,  toms, beans and peas are popular too. I grow different coloured beans and one of the twins had told her friends but because they hadn't believed her took some into school last year...


They want to build a home for nature so that could become a project in progress...

Beetroot

Posted: 08/07/2016 at 20:38

Looking good, Chris. Only just planted mine out a couple of weeks ago to follow autumn onions.

New allotment OMG...Part 2...

Posted: 08/07/2016 at 20:34

Gg, just got usual stuff in GH. Toms, cues, Aubergine's, peppers and chillies.


Also hyacinth beans, they aren't looking good though with pale leaves and not very big at all. I'm pleased with the chillies, Apache are doing well and some which are going purple, can't remember the variety but think it begins with j.....


Do you show every year GWRS, would welcome any tips...

Foxglove in pots

Posted: 07/07/2016 at 22:28

Just to add, they will need support by way of a cane if growing in a small pot or best kept in a sheltered spot, out of wind if not supported.

Whats wrong with my apple tree?

Posted: 07/07/2016 at 22:20

I have a similar problem on an apple tree. I've picked off the leaves, it's on dwarf stock so relatively easy. 


Can the tree be reinfected next year if there's another tree nearby with the same problem though?

New allotment OMG...Part 2...

Posted: 07/07/2016 at 21:55

Must go to the plot this weekend. I've been to water GH every other day , I''ve come to far now to miss watering. 


Weeds seem to have slowed down after summer equinox so the plan is to weed under veg and fruit which is now growing vigorously. I sowed some rows of radish which have now germinated. Was going to try sowing chard and Pak Choi direct.


Happy growing everyone.

New allotment OMG...Part 2...

Posted: 03/07/2016 at 19:21

Just got back. Don't think there's ll  be much fruit or veg making it  to show. There isn't one straight rubarb stick, the one cue resembles a letter 'c'......  toms not even near going red..,.could go on...


Stuff is either ready now or so small, a miracle growth spurt is needed....... there's always next year ... ...showing is clearly harder than it seems...


Happy growing everyone 

New allotment OMG...Part 2...

Posted: 03/07/2016 at 14:33

 The weathers been alot kinder here. Been away for a few days but plan to go to the plot later to water.


There are some spud varieties resistant to blight, I'm trying Sarpo Mira as a main, for the first time. Orla is supposed to e a blight resistant, 1st early.


Do spuds split for the same reason toms split, they are from the same family?

Discussions started by Zoomer44

Blight in the GH...

I'm happy to be wrong... 
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Blight in the GH...

I'm happy to be wrong... 
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I've found one the size of a football...  
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Asparagus...what now..

I planted about 18 crowns in March..  
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Making compost

 
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Gooseberry pruning...

The bush is heavy with berries.. 
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Fences and covenants...

Are covenants legally binding... 
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Sharpening tools...

Tips welcome... 
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Best site for asparagus...

Multiple choice Q...no ideal site...a case of...best of a bad lot...  
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Growing asparagus...

Any tips... 
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New allotment OMG...Part 2...

Just signed up for a new allotment...OMG...  
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Re planting fruit tree's...

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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Weed wands...

Do any posters use them... 
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