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Vermiculite or Perlite

Posted: 26/08/2015 at 22:54

I use both but only use perlite if the plant is going to spend it's life in a pot and mix it in with the compost when potting up so would not mix it with a sowing  medium. . 

Vermiculite when sprinkled on the surface, absorbs moisture it looks darker when damp and prevents excessive water from damaging the stems of new  seedlings. After seeds have germinated you only need to sprinkle it around the stems of seedlings when potting up.

Happy sowing

New allotment OMG...

Posted: 26/08/2015 at 21:57

Pat - I don't grow enough stuff to justify the cost of a dehydrating machine, might consider a press though next year depending on how well my apple tree's do. There isn't a crop this year but they were only planted last October.

Two pear tree's look dead with no leaves but when the bark is scrapped it's sappy underneath the bark.

GWRS think I have bunnies which visit the plot as I keep finding random spuds dotted around the plot just on top of the soil. Dug all my spuds up, so unless the neighbouring plot holders are throwing them over the fence  something else must be dropping them. 

Found a dead mouse on the flag stones last time I visited the plot. It's still there, can't bring myself to move it. I'm ok with anything which crawls and isn't any bigger than a thumb nail but don't do mice

New allotment OMG...

Posted: 25/08/2015 at 23:51

Gardengirl, you are an inspiration regarding uses for pallets.

I source pallets from a local business park when needed, it's mainly a storage park and each warehouse keeps their used pallets outside. I ask each time before I take. Most have two piles of pallets and they are happy for the broken one's to be taken. Sometimes the broken one's don't appear to be broken but I've taken them when the guy's are sat outside having a tea break and been helped to load up the car.  

To cut to the chase - if you have a similar park near you - you'll find the supplier's to the warehouses use the same pallets.  

New allotment OMG...

Posted: 25/08/2015 at 23:32

Not posted for a while, just catching up on everyone's postings.

Like the little pond, I have two frogs on the plot, one is currently  living under black plastic sheeting.

I've been trying to get some winter onions, shallots and garlic to plant out in September/October. Not found any at a reasonable price though.

Went to Southport Flower Show on Friday. Checked out the competion vegs. The giant veg section was truely inspiring and way out of my league but some of the other classes looked achievable for next yr...I grow enough toms to find six the same size and currants to find enough bunches which are uniform in size

Spent most of the afternoon at the plot on Sunday. Got lots done and took home a huge bounty of veg and flowers. Freezer is now full so I'm venturing onto making jams, chutney's, relishes, cordials, drying and storing fresh...anything which does not need to be frozen.

Had bulb fennel for the first time with Sunday Roast.    

Liming effect on slugs?

Posted: 24/08/2015 at 23:43

Not sure how effective lime is but I'm going to try ground coffee beans next season. I've already started adding some to the compost heap as a brown layer.

I try to be organic but use blue pellets for slugs and snails . After visiting the Southport Flower Show and talking to a group of experienced allotmenteers have decided to give ground coffee beans a try. Their advise, if planting veg in rows was to lay it in between the rows, slugs and snails apparently don't like crossing over ground coffee beans. 

The allotmenteers were spot on, in identifying what was eating my tom's in the GH, I thought slugs and snails, but no, it was the caterpillar of a moth which only eats the fruit and not the leaves. I found the caterpillars today    

sweetcorn

Posted: 23/08/2015 at 22:10

I'm growing mini pop, two beds planted 4wks apart. The 1st bed has grown in a dome, the plants must have followed the sun. The plants at the side are about 4ft tall and the one's in the middle must be 6ft, I'm 5ft8, they are beginning to flower at the top with some cobs devloping so me thinks I can start picking as mini pop doesn't need to be pollinated and are picked small.

I've planted squash to weave in and out at the bottom of the plants down one side and dwarf french beans in between down the other side. It's a narrow bed and the beans are within reach from the side to pick.

 It certainly keeps down the weeds and there's 3 crops in one area. Couldn't get my head arounds planting beans to climb up the plants as you'd need to leave enough room between rows to walk.

Composting

Posted: 23/08/2015 at 21:35

You'd probably need a lot of citrus peel for it to have an impact on the ph of the compost. I have a lot of pine needles in with leaf mould but the plants which are mulched with it are ok.

You should be ok with composting tom leaves providing they haven't had blight in which case burn them.     

Garlic what varieties and where do I buy

Posted: 22/08/2015 at 21:42

Stands for Garden Centre

How much to charge...

Posted: 21/08/2015 at 00:31

Ask yourself how many people are likely to be there with a pond in their garden and do you want to take the plants home if you can't sell them, will they be destined for the compost heap?  . . 

I don't know the cost of pond plants, don;t have a pond but everyone likes to feel they have got a bargin.  Why not decide on a price and offer 2 for the price of 1, or buy one get another half price.  

New allotment OMG...

Posted: 19/08/2015 at 00:18

Onions and garlic have done well, my garlic was also small but I'm not sure whether people who say they grow big garlic aren't telling a fisherman's tale  because mines always been about as big as golf ball's, possibly slightly bigger in a good year. I seem to recall reading somewhere elephant garlic produces big bulbs but I've never grown it and small garlic does keep well

Green manure sounds a good plan, will try it. I've grown nasturgiums, trained into area's, so as I harvest vegs they provide good ground cover to prevent weed seeds from settling in the soil and germinating. They also attract pests like blackfly, giving ladybirds a good feast and keeping vegs safe from flies. 

Courgette's are doing well but squash, pumkins and gourds not so good. I've gourds still drying from last yr, hug around the plot which are now beginning to rattle in the wind. I'm drying them to paint. 

I'm currently enjoying all the wildlife on the plot. With stuff in flower, there's lots of bee's, wasps. and butterflies. I've trillions of worms. There's also a frog living under black pastic at the top of the plot. Not seen any slow worms on this plot though.   

Happy growing everyone.

Discussions started by Zoomer44

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Hadn't planned to grow these... 
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Anyone grow globe artichokes...

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Growing grass paths...

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