Zoomer44


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Premature potato furtling...

Posted: 08/06/2013 at 22:25

I find the norms a heaped colander full. sometimes the colander is over flowing, when harvested to full term, from 5 spuds planted in spud bags. Your tiddly spuds given a few more weeks would have grown a lot more.

Spuds aren't ready until the foliage starts to die back, usually this is after they flower but some varieties I've grown haven't flowered.

If impatient, you can dip your hand in the bag and have a feel about to pick out some big spuds but I wouldn't advise it until the foliage is dieing back as you could damage the under grounds roots running to the spuds.

When the spuds are ready you can leave them in the bag and just pick the  amount you need.     

Sprinklers

Posted: 08/06/2013 at 22:06

 lol  , clearly people weren't reading the label fidgetbones.

I have a new man in my life

Posted: 08/06/2013 at 21:48

 What a coincidence, I have a late uncle with the same name.. makes a mental note to tell aunt when next seen....didn't read your message,Verdun 

Now Bill was a real life charmer. I would say the new man in your life gets a thumbs up from me.

Yellow sticky fly traps

Posted: 08/06/2013 at 21:32

I agree with marshmello. I get a lot of tiny spiders in the GH which don't harm the plants but seem to keep the beastie population down.

What's the weather like in your area?

Posted: 08/06/2013 at 21:20

In the NW it was hot and sunny, not a cloud in sight all day. Must have been at least 24C.  

Ericaceous Compost Recommendations

Posted: 06/06/2013 at 23:23

I'm trying Humax, ericaceous compost this year, now I'm no expert on plants which like ericaceous compost as an azalea I've had for years, has never really grown much and neither have the two blueberry plants I have but I'm hopeful with Humax.

It's texture is just like any other 'good' compost, black and crumbly, previous ericaceous compost I've used has been very gritty and the plants haven't thrived, not knowing what ericaceous compost should look like I thought this the norm  but this year the azalea has loads of buds on as does the 'top hat' blueberry bush.

I'm hoping for blueberry muffins if I can get to them before the birds .      

Dahlias..an unintended trial

Posted: 06/06/2013 at 00:28

I've found growing dahlias far easier to grow from seed rather than tubers.

The seed grown one's have produced cracking tubers after flowering, which stored well over winter but most have never grown again in spring. This year I bought two new tubers...and...only one sprouted.

The tubers which sprouted are in pots and romping away, seeded ones still fairly small, but outside in pots and I'm confident they'll produce some cracking flowers.

Excellent trial Ww. Pots in GH, seems like a good plan for my seed grown dahlias, or putting in a sheltered spot at the end of this year.

A Stroll in my garden

Posted: 05/06/2013 at 23:23

Thanks for sharing your pics, liked the tipsy pots, what a good idea, might work with strawberries too.

Best tasting early peas

Posted: 05/06/2013 at 22:36

My early sowings either didn't germinate or were slow. Before resigning myself to just growing beans this year I tried one more sowing about mid April and have a dozen or so, pea's early and sugar snap planted out. Mangetout have been dismal this year.

I would say it's been the cold weather. If you recall we had a warm Easter last year, I had pea's early planted out by then and they were romping away by June.     

Hello I'm a Lily Beetle, come and get me!

Posted: 05/06/2013 at 22:20

 There I was thinknig how lucky am I just to have seen four beetles, so the rest must be hiding, it'll be gloves on and a full scale search over the weekend.  

Discussions started by Zoomer44

Making compost

 
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The bush is heavy with berries.. 
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Are covenants legally binding... 
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Sharpening tools...

Tips welcome... 
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Growing asparagus...

Any tips... 
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New allotment OMG...Part 2...

Just signed up for a new allotment...OMG...  
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Re planting fruit tree's...

I planted a plum tree last year in what was the right spot.... 
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Shredded pine leaves....

Can they be used as a mulch round blueberry bushes. 
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Weed wands...

Do any posters use them... 
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Poorly dwarf apple tree

I uncovered a dwarf apple amongst brambles last year.... 
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Shed of the year...

Did anyone else watch the programme this evening... 
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Growing globe artichokes...

I'm growing them for the first time... 
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Currant bushes ...should I be worried...

New shoots on my currant bushes are bubbly. The bubbles are orange/brown making the leaves start to shrivel... 
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Growing lillies.

A Q about used compost...  
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