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Permanent Markers

Posted: 21/07/2012 at 21:28

I use a fine Stabilo permanent marker on plastic labels. Had it a couple of years now,

it rubs off with oven cleaner and a little elbow grease.

Disappointed with strawberries...

Posted: 21/07/2012 at 00:09

Mine is a smalll garden but there are at least 30-40 plants in a narrow strip 1ft by 10ft, they were planted under new currant and  gooseberry bushes.

I get sun from morn to dusk,only limited by fences and the proposed new bed gets a tab bit more sun then where they are now. What I don't want is a plant self seeding and becoming a weed.

Has anyone tried pineberries?

Disappointed with strawberries...

Posted: 20/07/2012 at 22:32

Alina-I'll leave them a little longer before picking to see what they taste like.

Not having runners, how long would a plant maintain a good supply of fruit before needing to be replaced and how do they reproduce, is it by self seeding from flower heads left unpicked or would I need to re-sow.


Posted: 20/07/2012 at 21:55

Welshonion - I don't understand your answer do you mean they need a liquid feed. 

Teresa-I've had pepper/chilli flowers drop off, looking dead, but thought that was due to them not being pollinated. Not had peppers/chillies drop off when they have reached the size of 10p though, always thought at that point I'm onto a winner, providing there's enough time left before cold weather sets in for them to grow and ripen.

Not had a lot of luck with my peppers this year though, they are slow to produce flowers  yet chillies are fairing better and there's fruit beginning to grow   

Disappointed with strawberries...

Posted: 20/07/2012 at 21:23

I've grown the usual strawberries which produce runners for years. You can't eat enough home grown strawberries and I've always had a good tasty crop. 

Thought I'd try alpine one's this year as they don't produce runners and I was looking for a strawberry which was perpetual, so grew a patch from seed. I've had lots of tiny fruit but they taste tarty. Their season though seems to be longer than the runner type varieties and I've had flowers/fruit since about May onward. Having a long season doesn't make up for strawbewrries which taste funny though maybe they are an aquired taste  

This year I've sown white and yellow strawberries for next year with the intention of clearing a veg bed just for strawberries. It seemed like a good idea when the seeds were sown but after tasting the red alpine one's I'm not so sure now.

Advise would be welcome? Has anyone grown white or yellow strawberries? One is supposed to taste of pineapples   

what base is best for a compost bin

Posted: 20/07/2012 at 21:02

My daleks on soil. Never had a problem with mice or rats in there.


Posted: 20/07/2012 at 20:52

Well done to get them to that stage, marble size. Mine have been ever so slow to grow. I've one bought plant which has a large fruit on but the rest, sown at home are just producing large leaves at present

The Edible Garden

Posted: 20/07/2012 at 00:17

Insommnia, It's possibly one which only comes out with the seasons, 4 x's a year as it said spring 2012 in small print in the corner, purchased at Tesoc. The summer one might now be  on sale  

The Edible Garden

Posted: 19/07/2012 at 23:45

Due to the rain and not being able to get out into the garden much, I bought a mag called cookbook for spring 2012, I've loads of cook books but none with heaps of recipe's using home grown stuff, usually they just have the occassional one.

It isn't a mag just for home grown stuff mind but there were lots of recipe's, and very simple one's, which were quick to put together using vegs and herbs grown in the garden. Home made salsa's, omlettes, roasted veg, potato salads, frittata's, ratatouille., veggie bakes and soups.

Talkback: Feeding birds in summer

Posted: 19/07/2012 at 23:13

I usually feed the birds all summer, this year they missed two weeks whilst on holiday but the birds continued to come and seem to have fed on pests and weeds in the garden whilst I was away or it could have been all the rain which kept alot of pests away because there doesn't seem to be much of either this year, loads of spiders and ladybirds though.

Niger, sunflower seeds, bird mix, fat balls and musli are my chosen bird feed, on a tall bird station. I don't put stuff on the ground but ground feeders tend to pick at the lawn and hop amongst the flower beds.     

I get the odd field mouse which the cat usually catches and occassional frog but for some reason the cat ignores these!

Discussions started by Zoomer44

Anyone grow globe artichokes...

After saying I wasn't going to grow them several weeks ago I picked up 12 plants from the nearly dead section of a store.... 
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How to pollinate a Bramley apple tree...

I'd like to grow both dessert and culnary apple tree's...  
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Growing grass paths...

It's just an idea forming... 
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Td immunisations...

I was reading through the infor from the alloment association on the site where I have a plot... 
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'Mile a minute' growing as you watch...

My neighbour has a 'mile as minute' climber growing along the fence... 
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Something has been eating my chillies and toms...

Something has been nibbling at my chillies and toms...  
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Soil like dust...

I've taken over another half plot on the allotment...  
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Q about transplanting fruit bushes...

I've grown some cuttings at home and have some well establishes bushes to transplant.. 
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Last Post: 27/07/2014 at 23:03

Weeds in the GH....

I've inherited a GH with no glass on a new allotment plot... 
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Last Post: 28/07/2014 at 18:54

Little gems...

I've about a dozen Little gem lettuce plants growing in pots.... 
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Last Post: 29/06/2014 at 22:18

Veg seeds to sow now...

Winter veg... 
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Last Post: 28/06/2014 at 22:27

Using mushroom compost...

I've used mushroom compost on one of the beds on the allotment...  
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Last Post: 25/06/2014 at 21:36

It's a tab bit early to ask but...

Whose growing Christmas spuds... 
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Last Post: 19/06/2014 at 22:49

Sweet corn problems...

Seedlings dying.... 
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Last Post: 12/06/2014 at 21:38

Sowing parsnips....

Is it too late to try again.... 
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Last Post: 17/06/2014 at 08:34
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