Latest posts by Zoomer44

Strawberry Mata

Posted: 28/05/2013 at 19:40

My strawberries and alpine strawberries are grown under gooseberry/currant bushes and neither the garlic or seaweed spray affects the taste, it smells a little when first sprayed but once dry there's no odour.

If you are worried, just wait to pick after rain or water well with a watering can one or two days before.


Greenhouse learner

Posted: 27/05/2013 at 22:24

Wish I was you, how nice to receive a GH as a retirement gift.

You already sound knowledgable with the stuff you are growing, I can't for the life of me get basil to grow in there. How big is the GH and what type of plants do you like.   

MOB rants

Posted: 27/05/2013 at 22:04

GG. It is worrying isn't it.

MOB rants

Posted: 27/05/2013 at 20:51

Just reading the postings and stuff about technology and children.

I've a moan about social network sites, which me thinks, have a lot to answer for. Those who own these sites are making millions, yet make few, if any checks on the people who access them and in some cases, I may be very wrong, but it seems anything goes and if you act as a good parent by limiting your childs access at home, children can go and access the net on someone's mobile phone, in the library or at school!

Strawberry Mata

Posted: 27/05/2013 at 18:57

I used straw, but only once, it was a real chore removing it all at the end of the growing season and it was a haven for slugs when it got wet.  

What's the weather like in your area?

Posted: 27/05/2013 at 18:49

Over the weekend we had two days of sunshine, so planned to plant out courgettes and squash today but it's rained all day. Beginning to think this is not going to be a good year for growing veg. 

Strawberry Mata

Posted: 27/05/2013 at 18:20

The garlic mix, is simply garlic boiled up in a pan of water. I use a couple of bulbs and mash the cloves before putting in the water. Leave it to cool and bottle it up. It keeps for several weeks. You can spray as often or as little as you wish. It doesn't kill the slugs but seems to keep them off plants.

Add a small amount of cooking oil and it kills aphids.

I also make seaweed feed. Drift seaweed collected off the beach ( you aren't allowed to pick it ), makes excellent feed for your vegs and is good as a foilage spray. Fill two big bags full, pierce the bags and drop in a tub of water, leave it to stew for at least six weeks and bottle it up. I water this down to 1/2 litre per watering can for a feed and 50/50 as a spray.    


Brill idea for runnerbeans

Posted: 27/05/2013 at 17:59

A wooden latt is is a long thin rectangular piece of wood similar to the wood used for old wooden clothes props, in fact I think I used an old clothes prop to make the frame.

Strawberry Mata

Posted: 26/05/2013 at 20:10

If you have a 'B and M Bargins' store near you, they sell copper tape in the garden section for £1 or £2. Don't know how effective it is as I've not used copper as a deterrent for slugs. In the early days I used corplus amounts of blue pellets  and after eraidcating huge quantities of slugs/snails now spray with a home made garlic mix or seaweed spray. 

Depends where you grow your strawberries too. If in a patch. I used to put the ripping fruit into jam jars, it speeds up the ripening process and for some reason slugs/snails never ventured into the jars.

Brill idea for runnerbeans

Posted: 26/05/2013 at 19:23

...that's not an arch .....It's similar to the structure though which I'm using for pea's this year except I've used wooden latts instead of a cane rectangle at the top, with two latts secured in the middle of the shorter lengths, which run into the ground by about a ft. The canes attached to the rectangle are crossed in the middle like giant X 's.  

 I have three wide metal arches over the main garden path, growing beans on one side and climbers trained up the other side. The plants meet in the middle creating a canopy.

Unlike a wigwam structure there isn't a mass of all the plants meeting at the top.

Thanks for the tip about loading pics, now where is that lead....

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