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Latest posts by Zoomer44

horsetail weed

Posted: 21/07/2012 at 22:30

We have a weed getting perilously close to the back gate. The leaves look like morning glory but it flowers white. I've watched it over several years growing round the allotment at the back. The allotmenteers put up a fence around the allotment and it started off on the far side, it's now travelled at least 100yds on this fence and is now 6ft from the back gate

A friend has horsetail in her garden, she tried alsorts to get rid and now just keeps pulling them up as they appear in the veg bed, eachtime trying to get as much of the root as she can. 



Posted: 21/07/2012 at 22:12

Went out today and discovered some marble sized fruit on a plant I'd sown, ever so exciting, how big should they get before they can be picked, the plants themselves aren't very big, prehaps 1.1/2ft tall, tops.

What's the weather like in your area?

Posted: 21/07/2012 at 21:45

The promised  summer did not arrive, if the sun was up there it didn't manage to get through the cloud, it's been fairly warm with no rain though. Dcovered a couple of aubergines on plants in the GH, first time I've had fruit, last year they were sown too late.

Permanent Markers

Posted: 21/07/2012 at 21:28

I use a fine Stabilo permanent marker on plastic labels. Had it a couple of years now,

it rubs off with oven cleaner and a little elbow grease.

Disappointed with strawberries...

Posted: 21/07/2012 at 00:09

Mine is a smalll garden but there are at least 30-40 plants in a narrow strip 1ft by 10ft, they were planted under new currant and  gooseberry bushes.

I get sun from morn to dusk,only limited by fences and the proposed new bed gets a tab bit more sun then where they are now. What I don't want is a plant self seeding and becoming a weed.

Has anyone tried pineberries?

Disappointed with strawberries...

Posted: 20/07/2012 at 22:32

Alina-I'll leave them a little longer before picking to see what they taste like.

Not having runners, how long would a plant maintain a good supply of fruit before needing to be replaced and how do they reproduce, is it by self seeding from flower heads left unpicked or would I need to re-sow.


Posted: 20/07/2012 at 21:55

Welshonion - I don't understand your answer do you mean they need a liquid feed. 

Teresa-I've had pepper/chilli flowers drop off, looking dead, but thought that was due to them not being pollinated. Not had peppers/chillies drop off when they have reached the size of 10p though, always thought at that point I'm onto a winner, providing there's enough time left before cold weather sets in for them to grow and ripen.

Not had a lot of luck with my peppers this year though, they are slow to produce flowers  yet chillies are fairing better and there's fruit beginning to grow   

Disappointed with strawberries...

Posted: 20/07/2012 at 21:23

I've grown the usual strawberries which produce runners for years. You can't eat enough home grown strawberries and I've always had a good tasty crop. 

Thought I'd try alpine one's this year as they don't produce runners and I was looking for a strawberry which was perpetual, so grew a patch from seed. I've had lots of tiny fruit but they taste tarty. Their season though seems to be longer than the runner type varieties and I've had flowers/fruit since about May onward. Having a long season doesn't make up for strawbewrries which taste funny though maybe they are an aquired taste  

This year I've sown white and yellow strawberries for next year with the intention of clearing a veg bed just for strawberries. It seemed like a good idea when the seeds were sown but after tasting the red alpine one's I'm not so sure now.

Advise would be welcome? Has anyone grown white or yellow strawberries? One is supposed to taste of pineapples   

what base is best for a compost bin

Posted: 20/07/2012 at 21:02

My daleks on soil. Never had a problem with mice or rats in there.


Posted: 20/07/2012 at 20:52

Well done to get them to that stage, marble size. Mine have been ever so slow to grow. I've one bought plant which has a large fruit on but the rest, sown at home are just producing large leaves at present

Discussions started by Zoomer44

Slug solution....

I found a slow worm on the plot today. 
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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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What do rabbits not eat...

There's an area at the bottom of the plot which will not be enclosed...  
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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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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

Self seeding foxglove...

I was a tab bit slow in collecting seeds from foxglove...  
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Last Post: 07/10/2013 at 23:12
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