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Have you seen one?????

Posted: 26/07/2012 at 21:37

Typical isn't it, you go to all that trouble of building a home for out friends and they don't move in 

I have a lovely little bird feeder which you can thread apples through, the birds don't even look at it yet they manage to see currants hidden under leaves on bushes  

Is there anything that can go in now for an autumn crop ?

Posted: 26/07/2012 at 21:07

I sowed some peas on damp kitchen roll a few weeks ago, they have just gone outside in small pots. Didn't manage to sow any seeds last weekend but the grounds been cleared and my xmas spuds have arrived. Also potted up about 30 strawberry plants grown from seed, the white and yellow variety, hoping they'll be ready tp plant out in Sept for next year.    

What's the weather like in your area?

Posted: 26/07/2012 at 20:24

Good luck with making your own. Wallings apple crumble ice cream is to die for and the factory shop is just down the road They have a nursery too, so you can look at the plants whilst chomping on an ice cream, heaven...providing it's not raining. 

We had rain again here.    


Posted: 25/07/2012 at 23:31

As Gary says it's best to leave them, they do die back fairly quickly, some of my earlier flowering one's in pots are begining to die back.

If you do want to lift them in the green, I'd advise putting them in plastic pots full of compost before moving them to a sheltered spot to allow the foilage to die back naturally. If it's fresh compost there should be feed in there for the next 6 weeks allowing the roots to draw in enough nutrients to the bulb for a good show next year.     

Green Manure

Posted: 25/07/2012 at 23:15

Don't give up, do a Monty Don, clear away any vegs which haven't done well, or, lets be honest, after all the rain we've had and no sun, clear away stuff which hasn't done anything, MD's carrots spring to mind  now they made my carrots look like a runaway success.

Go through your seed packets and see which can still be sown in July, you'll be suprised at how much there is. Sun can't be guarenteed but if there is any then you might still get s crop of vegs later on in the growing season.

Brocolli and other brassicas

Posted: 23/07/2012 at 22:26

I planted both Calabrese and brussels in deep holes and they were then earthed up like spuds as the plants grew. The ground around each plant has been well stamped down and impacted. Covering them with netting has kept off butterflies but slugs did get to a few seedlings, I'm hopeful they should produce a reasonable crop though, 'the cups always half full and not half empty'

Slugs have got at my spinach, chad and beetroot, they've also climbed up the runner/french beans poles I'm hopeful the beetroot will be ok although it is littered with holy leaves. There must be thousands of slugs out there, mine are so confident they come out in the daytime.  

I was thinknig of being brutal this weekend, clearing what's unlikely to pick up and sowing more seeds, then covering with cloches overnight to keep in warmth and encourage rapid growth. What do you think of the plan...   

What's the weather like in your area?

Posted: 23/07/2012 at 21:26

Jean, it's been just the same this side of Lancs 

best seed potatoes to grow

Posted: 23/07/2012 at 21:22

Leggi - they are selling out fast. Try 'Simply Seed', they still have some left and the xmas collection has four varieties. 

Brocolli and other brassicas

Posted: 23/07/2012 at 20:50

Calabrese, Marathon is ever so easy to grow from seed, the slugs haven't seen mine yet and it's just begining to show some green heads. The packet says it can still be sown in July. I grew broccoli last year from seedlings donated by a group of students working in the local allotment, a few plants produced an excellent crop, be watchful though caterpillars love them.

Is there anything that can go in now for an autumn crop ?

Posted: 22/07/2012 at 22:24

After watching GW on iplayer tonight and the bit about sowing vegs, check your seed packets and sowing dates, I'm adding to my list of things to sow this week - kohl, swede, carrots and mooli. 

Discussions started by Zoomer44

Little gems...

I've about a dozen Little gem lettuce plants growing in pots.... 
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Veg seeds to sow now...

Winter veg... 
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Using mushroom compost...

I've used mushroom compost on one of the beds on the allotment...  
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It's a tab bit early to ask but...

Whose growing Christmas spuds... 
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Sweet corn problems...

Seedlings dying.... 
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Sowing parsnips....

Is it too late to try again.... 
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Lidl fruit tree's....

Does anyone know the root stock... 
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Apples and pears....

Thinking of purchasing a tree or two... 
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Fruit tree ID...

Can anyone identify this fruit tree... 
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Buy cheap pay twice...

I knew when I bought it I shouldn't have done.. 
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What to grow in vacated veg beds....

I've three raised beds.... 
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A vote of confidence....

Just thought I'd share this with fellow posters.... 
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Last Post: 20/04/2014 at 19:42

Help...marestail and other nasties...

And I thought brambles and rabbits were going to be the biggest problem... 
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Last Post: 03/06/2014 at 08:30

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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Last Post: 25/03/2014 at 09:32
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