Latest posts by Zoomer44

Planting Potatoes

Posted: 20/10/2013 at 20:00

All good advise above from experienced allotmenteers, not sure how my advise would translate onto an alloment but hope it does. Have tried main crop in veg beds in the back garden

I grow in bags mainly and try to keep some spuds back in March/Arpil to plant in May to prolong the harvest. Spuds are happy to chit for a few months if you keep them in the right conditions. I've bought spuds in January from spud fairs and started chitting right away but not planted some out till May.  

A lot of growers rate Charlotte but I don't, never had a good crop and found they don't cook well.  Grown several different varities, there's heaps to try but this year kept some in their bags after the foilage died back. Dug up a 2nd early - wilja last week and the spuds were fine. I've still two bags of spring grown spuds to harvest and don't buy spuds from about late June through to December.

The problem with growing Christmas spuds is when you come to harvest in December and this is why they can't be grown on an allotment, you can't dig them up, the ground is frozen. Last yr mine were put in an unheated GH and the bags froze, they were fine in February when the bags had defrosted.

Spuds will only grow for the length of time nature intended, so spuds planted in July for Christmas -1st and 2nd earlies -  the foilage will have died back well before December and I wouldn't waste my space in the GH for Christmas spuds any more but would put them in a place which is frost free like garage or basement.

In answer to your last Q, how many spuds do you need to plant, depends on how many spuds you eat 

Oak tree seedling

Posted: 20/10/2013 at 17:43

Sounds a good idea to grow an oak as a bonsai, Old timer2.

Love your apple tree grown from a pip Forester2.


Posted: 20/10/2013 at 17:36

Bamboo can be a real thug, it puts out under ground roots which can go through walls, mine migrated into next doors garden. I agree with Verdun try glyphosate but also after cutting down pour it into the cut bamboo stems. Each time a new shoot appears try to pull it up with as much root as you can.

Good luck.

compost heap

Posted: 20/10/2013 at 17:20

Much the same as above. I have three compost area's. 1st is a black darlek, it's in some shade by a fence but can get unbelievably hot. I've 3 boxes of leaf mould which usually rots down to 2 boxes, in some shade and a bin full of manure which is in full sun but takes the longest to rot down.

Mine don't generate much heat at this time of year but apart from the leaf mould are full of worms breaking the matter down.  

As Dovefromabove say's it's getting the mix right and ensuring there's enough air in there.   

Statues OR Ornaments

Posted: 20/10/2013 at 17:05

I've a statue of a cat. It's to remind me where my first cat is buried, kinda seemed disrepsectful to keep digging her up every time I mulched. The ashes are long gone now but the statue remains.

Current cat went to 'Rainbow Bridge' on Friday, she's in the front garden, she won't be disturbed there, it's gravelled over. All told it was a sad day in the garden yesterday, there was no Garfield waiting at the bottom of the stairs or to walk up the garden path with


Oak tree seedling

Posted: 19/10/2013 at 20:23


Oak tree seedling

Posted: 19/10/2013 at 18:20

On the topic of oak tree's I collected some nuts, if that's what they are called, whilst visiting a garden, they were falling on my head whilst sat under a tree, it was ever so hard not to bring some home and so I have four after choosing the best.

How do you sow and germinate them? I don't want a tree in the garden but would like to start one off in a pot.

Whar makes me happy in the autumn?

Posted: 19/10/2013 at 18:10

I like walks in the park, the autumn colours on tree's are fabulous there. Soon be time to collect leaves. It's always a good feeling when the GH is cleaned, the shed tidy, beds mulched and bulbs planted.  

Know what you mean about the sea, star gaze lily, if you ever have the opportunity to dive in the sea it's amazing how rough it can seem on top and so calm at the bottom. We lived next to the sea when I was a teenager, you could see it from my bedroom window. Used to walk the dog on the beach almost everyday. Woke up one morning after a high tide and the beach was washed up on the road with a sailing boat in the garden opposite . Sea defences have improved a lot since then.

something in the air

Posted: 14/10/2013 at 22:04

 II'll miss you too...

seed share

Posted: 14/10/2013 at 21:07

holli hock. If you have any false sunflower seeds left, they would be nice. I'll PM you.

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