Zoomer44


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First day on the allotment...

Posted: 02/02/2014 at 18:56

Thanks Gg, went yesterday morning before it started raining and again today. Feel as though I've made a good start.  

The ground under the brambles is like black gold, and under the plastic, although compact and full of roots near the surface, that too is easily forked over so once the plots cleared I'm hoping for a good allotment....and what a find....discovered a dismantled polytunnel frame under the brambles and stones

Raspberries

Posted: 31/01/2014 at 20:07

I'd like to grow autumn fruiting raspberries. So can't asnswer your Q Cherry3 but by contributing to the tread it will come up in followed threads 

new for old sprouted potatoes

Posted: 31/01/2014 at 19:59

I'm with fidget...but you take your chances. Seed bought spuds really aren't that expensive and at 15 to 20p per spud with a reasonable yield do you really want to take a chance.

With a seed bought spud you do have some idea of their resistance against stuff like blight and scab.   

Gardening by the Moon

Posted: 31/01/2014 at 19:29

 I have some cauli seeds but it says on the packert not to sow till May, it's a winter variety, will there be another time to sow them or do you just get the chance to sow seeds once  

Strawberry Plants

Posted: 30/01/2014 at 21:18

If you only have the one plant Clarington, wait till the weather warms up and repot into a largish pot, let it grow and fruit but don't pick and it will self seed in the pot for the following year, you can then plant the new plants where ever you like.

I love strawberries they grow for Britian in my garden, I'm always amazed that although the leaves might get nibbled by pests the fruit is always left alone. Introduced some new varieties last year as my original strawberries are grown from stock given over 20 yrs ago and I wanted stuff which fruited at different times. 

You can eat your own strawberries in May for wimbledon if forced in the GH    

    

New allotment OMG...

Posted: 30/01/2014 at 19:45

 so where would you get pallet collars from, I haven't seen them before Deanos posted those pics...

When do slugs wake up?

Posted: 30/01/2014 at 19:21

I use egg shells in the GH bed and in pots outdoors, I'm convinced it works and even if it doesn't it gives me a sense of satisfaction and if nothing else the calcium is good for the plants .

I also start using a garlic spray around hostas early in March and use a home made seaweed spray from mid summer. Mulch pots with washed up seaweed too. It has a little sea salt in it which slugs don't like and if all else fails rely on a sprinkling of blue pellets.

The GH bed is also mulched with seaweed a couple of time during the growing season and there's never been slugs in there.  

New allotment OMG...

Posted: 29/01/2014 at 21:22

Will check out Rick van man's allotment video.

I keep driving past places where there are lots of pallets, haven't plucked up the courage yet to stop and ask if they would like me to take some away for them.Two pallets have been donated to the cause but more needed for a compost area.

Strawberry Plants

Posted: 29/01/2014 at 20:58

Chris, Alpine strawberries don't produce runners as they reproduce by self seeding from the unpicked strawberries.

Pineberries, a white strawberry which tastes like pineapple don't produce runners either. They also self seed if the berries aren't picked.   

Gardening by the Moon

Posted: 28/01/2014 at 21:34

No probs TN, biofreaks doing it by the moon for the first time, there could be others who have grown that way since Adam was a lad but we can learn from each other...

Sometimes urban legends need to be tested...the number of gardeners that go out by torch light to catch slugs in the belief they are making a difference was squashed last week for me when I read there are hundreds in the soil just waiting to replace them..so killing 12 slugs in a night isn't going to have a huge impact on the grand scheme of things but if it increases the feel good factor gardeners will continue to do it...I'll get my coat... 

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