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Posted: 17/07/2012 at 20:21

1st earlies are the one's to get to plant for xmas as they are the quickest to grow to harvest. You need to look sharp though as most are selling out and buying on line means P&P.  

What's the weather like in your area?

Posted: 16/07/2012 at 23:31

Probably the prospect of rain, Frank, they were livid...  

Tatton park any good

Posted: 16/07/2012 at 23:14

I'm so envious, never been to a garden show before and checked Tatton Park out after reading this thread. Couldn't persuade anyone to pay out the price of entry... gardening isn't everyones interest...and it's only an hour down the M6 from here...   

Big brother and OH would have gone but they're in Rochdale for the weekend...

slug slime

Posted: 16/07/2012 at 22:24

Wear gloves - I lob mine into the allotment behind the house, on the basis there are far more tastier leaves there than in my garden so assume they don't want to sliver back across a cobbled back street 

My new project. Where do I start!

Posted: 16/07/2012 at 22:00

Lots of good idea's given, I'd be inclined to get rid of the post, growing plants up it is a good adea but if you dig the soil up from around the post you'll eventually come to a ball of concrete, push it over and bury it in a rasied bed to the side, only you who will ever know it's there.

Lift the flags and extend the patio area to allow for table and chairs. After land scaping the garden you'll want to sit back with Jess and enjoy it, what better way than having tea in the garden on a warm sunny evening and surveying all the hard work with Jess playing on the lawn. Any spare flags can be used to create a path. Children love drawing on them with chalks and rain washes it all away. 

The brick wall would look good with trellis and climbing plants. If putting up a trellis, baton it to the wall to allow plants to weave themselves behind the trellis. Aldi do a bag of 3 climbers for £5, not sure when but me thinks it's about September/October time.

Next I'd paint the fence it's a personnal choice, colour but I'd go for the darker browns, it doesn't date and once the plants start to grow colour won't matter.

Happy gardening.            

What's the weather like in your area?

Posted: 16/07/2012 at 21:30

We went to the wild boar park at Chipping on Saturday, Jo, excellent day out for small children, the rain stayed off but with dark clouds rolling over head most of the day.   

I grew alpine strawberries from seed sown last year and am a tab bit disappointed with their size and taste. 

We had heavy rain most of the morning and afternoon with a brief spell of dry weather about lunch time, just long enough to pop out for a sandwich.     


Talkback: Growing cucumbers

Posted: 16/07/2012 at 21:07

I'm using home made liquid seaweed to feed stuff in the GH everything seems to be growing well apart from chillies and peppers, they are still way behind and I've only one aubergine plant in flower with a single fruit.

I read somewhere, used as a spray on outdoor plants, liquid seaweed wards off slugs and snails. Not sure if this has worked but there was certainly less damage earlier on in the year from slugs and snails.


Posted: 16/07/2012 at 20:56

...and it's it's not always the quantity but the quality which matters...I usually just over fill a large colander per bag, this year I'm leaving them in the bags and just dipping in, hoping the marble sized one's will grow larger. 


Posted: 15/07/2012 at 22:39

Let us know how your King Edwards fair, I've not tried that one. 50p is a good price, potato fairs are a good place to buy tubers,usually at competitive prices...

I left mine in longer this time before starting to harvest, tried to wait till the leaves died but didn't quite manage that. 

May try xmas spuds again, nows the time to plant. Last year the bags froze solid and couldn't be dug up till February  


Posted: 15/07/2012 at 21:10

Geof - I plant 5/6 tubers to one spud bag and expect to get 3 to 4 times more spuds, with a lot more larger one's. I may have been lucky in previous years with the varieties but believe me, that's not a good harvest. If the haulm is still lush and green, leaving them in a couple more weeks makes all the difference in size, less marble too.

Just had Red Duke of York for tea, it was pot luck dipping into the bag but every spud was as big as your larger one's. One of the nice things about having them so fresh is they don't need peeling, the skins just rub off.       

Discussions started by Zoomer44

Q about transplanting fruit bushes...

I've grown some cuttings at home and have some well establishes bushes to transplant.. 
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Weeds in the GH....

I've inherited a GH with no glass on a new allotment plot... 
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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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Help...marestail and other nasties...

And I thought brambles and rabbits were going to be the biggest problem... 
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