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Posted: 18/08/2012 at 02:17

I grew a variety of sunflowers this year -  Irish eyes, ruby sunset, teddy bear, giant yellow, russian giant and a couple more whose packets have since been thrown away. Height ranging from 1ft to 8ftplus,. They were all a tab bit disappointing considering previous years I've grown giant yellow to 10ft plus.

Teddy bear showed flowers first and are still flowering,Irish eyes and ruby sunset, are flowering,none of the huge one's have grown above the height of the shed though. I'd be inclinded to try again next year due to the weather this, I was so disappointed with the 6ft plus one's. The multi headed one's, providing you dead head them keep producing flowers but the flowers are dead small.       


Posted: 17/08/2012 at 21:55

Hi, Hollie - I use garlic or seaweed spray (along with other stuff) to deter pests like slugs/snails, green/blackfly in the garden only because one year,to much detergent was put into a spray used, in an attempt to kill blackfly on a blossom tree, the tree nearly died, hence, soapy spays aren't used in Zoomers garden any more although washing up water is poured on the floor of the GH  


Posted: 17/08/2012 at 21:18

donutsmrs-mine didn't do well at all. October sown one's, went through the winter and were looking fab in the spring, best I'd ever grown but I had so much other stuff to plant out by mid spring they'd become a tangled mess. Untangled some, but they never really recovered and when the flower stems started to grow curly, as they were grown to cut I gave up, composted them and planted something else in their place.        

May sow them again in October for next year as I've some seeds left but the jury's still out on that one.

Spring Bulbs

Posted: 17/08/2012 at 21:04

Tim-I bought Christmas cards in January, a box of really expensive looking one's at half price  I'm usually writing them out to catch the last post though

Booth's are cashing in on spring bulbs, they had them in earlier this week, worth a look if you grow in small quantities - 3 packs for £5 or roughly 3 for the price of 2.

August in your garden...

Posted: 17/08/2012 at 20:36

LillyL loved your pics, liked the sunflowers mine didn't do nearly as well. Particularly liked the second from last picture.

Hi, Bev. Thanks for sharing your garden. Such alot of plants.

black peppers

Posted: 16/08/2012 at 20:40

Black patchy mould doesn't sound good. Does the mould come off when you run you finger on it?

What's the weather like in your area?

Posted: 16/08/2012 at 20:36

It was a nice day here, well, at least it was this morning. It was fine at tea time too, just enough time to water the GH before a down pour.

Frank-checked for road works on the A66, looks like it's open with some delays so  shall take my chances 

black peppers

Posted: 16/08/2012 at 20:24

Depending on the variety peppers usually go from green to black before they turn red, one of life's wonders

potato sack compost

Posted: 16/08/2012 at 20:21

Chris-depending where you live July/August is the time to plant xmas spuds, plant them any later and the tubers don't have time to grow to a reasonable size before the first frost, earth them up as you would spring planted spuds. I planted mine in July and have started to earth up.


Identification needed

Posted: 15/08/2012 at 21:34

It hasn't worked, thought it would be a link - if you google the above it is a site which asks Q's about the characteristics of the caterpillar then arrives at a number of possibilties with pictures.


Hope it helps.  

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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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's suprising what you can do in a few hours...  
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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... 
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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... 
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Last Post: 24/01/2014 at 20:50

Christmas trees...

Who will be buying a real tree this year... 
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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... 
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Last Post: 06/10/2013 at 20:49
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