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Shed of the year...

Posted: 28/06/2015 at 21:33

Missed the programme tonight, Zoomer kicks herself, not turned the TV on today..

I liked the train shed too, especially when they turned off the lights, the fairground was truely inspiring, it was a labour of love.

Planting immediately after potatoes

Posted: 28/06/2015 at 21:08

Also if you like flowers now is the window for biennial flower sowing. You could use it as a nursery bed for them. Parsley can also be sown now for next year, all good winter cover for the ground too  

Planting immediately after potatoes

Posted: 28/06/2015 at 20:57

If you use a crop rotation plan then you'd be best planting brassica's which follow spuds. Idea spot for winter vegs - broccoli, kale, swede,, you may still get a crop with kohl rabi and radish are quick to grow. 

I sow in modules rather than take my chances with sulgs eating the seedlings, seeds sown in the ground though will germinate at this time of year.  .

Don't put manure in the ground for brassica's, you will be planting up to soon for it to have been taken into the soil. Someone else maybe able to answer your Q about mixing some fertilizer into the soil first, I prefer to water on a home made fertilizer each week.    

Growing Tomatoes Up String

Posted: 28/06/2015 at 20:36

After attaching your twine to something above the plant you plant the tom on the bottom end of the twine.

New allotment OMG...

Posted: 27/06/2015 at 22:52

The pink gooseberries might be a cooking variety. I picked aload of gooseberries from the bush in the back garden yesterday and stewed them down with a little sugar...ever so nice as a filing in pancakes with ice cream. They also go well, after stewing,  in  smoothie's with strawberries.     

Still way behind here, not much ready to harvest. The first lot of pea's and dwarf french beans are beginning to flower. Chard is ready to start picking leaves off. Swede leaves are riddled with holes but you can see the swede developing now. Red lettuce has also started to grow, slugs haven't found them yet .

Planted out spinach and bulb fennel today after watering stuff in the GH.


New allotment OMG...

Posted: 25/06/2015 at 23:33

BizzieB know what you mean about paths I plan to have two main path's, one grassed and the other flagged, with narrow paths going across to sperate beds. I'm trying to create a no dig plot.A flagged path allows me to access the bottom of the plot on wet day's to water the GH without slipping, as the plot is on a slope.

Not been down to the plot for a couple of days but will need to go tomorrow to water the GH.       



Shed of the year...

Posted: 24/06/2015 at 22:58

Did anyone else watch the programme...Flicking through the channels this evening 'Amazing Spaces, shed of the year' caught my eye. I was expecting to switch channels after 5mins... but inspired with what people have done with their sheds watched it all and will sadly set the TV to alert for the remainder of the series...I really should get out more...    

It was 'normal' and 'eco' sheds this evening. The eco sheds stretched your imagination... sheds they were not... My vote for 'normal' was with the guy who had built a shed and made an observatory. 

My vote for 'eco' went to the guy in Scotland who had built a shed from materials sourced within 150 metres. The craftmanship was truely remarkable but the owl won.  

 Being of a practical nature, my  sheds house gardening stuff...what do your sheds house...    


New allotment OMG...

Posted: 23/06/2015 at 22:07

Sounds like a bounty of gooseberries you have there, fruitcake. I had one bowl full last week. Grow them at home too and those are looking to be a bumper crop.

Growing squash for the first time along with pumpkin's. The first plants died, me think's due to a late frost but I've planted more. Mine have been slow to grow Ginagibbs, and the earlier leaves went pale and yellowy so I just removed the leaves. The ground was covered in muck last October, I tend to do it in the autmn, one less job in the Spring. Mine are a long way off flowering let alone bearing a crop.  I've also courgettes and a gourd plant. The swan gourds from last year are drying nicely. I've hung them from the pea supports to frighten the birds.

Spuds are along way off yet and 2nd early plants are bigger than the 1st earlies

Did more planting out today, beetroot, lettuse, kale, spinach, basil and gladioli. Also started sowing biennials for next year.

Ginagibbs, Do you think it could have been the flea beetle which caused our broccoli to bolt.  



Posted: 22/06/2015 at 22:14

That's a tad bit mean not telling you whether they are bush or cordon, after all, you wouldn't be able to guess their variety having that information. Hope above advise works  

Good luck...

New allotment OMG...

Posted: 21/06/2015 at 20:14

Everyone seems to have been busy.

Went to the plot yesterday and today. Strawberries not ready yet on the plot but picked my first from the patch at home Planted out beetroot, more chard, spinach, corriander, pumkin. I have to go every two to three days now to keep stuff watered in the GH. The glass is in and it's planted up, still some room though for the late seedlimngs at home, if they'll only just grow quicker

Broccoli has bolted so I've pulled it all out, think I'll put kale in it's place.

It's the longest day today, on a positive note the weeds will slow down now as the light reduces and vegs will start speeding up without the competition.  

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