Zoomer44


Latest posts by Zoomer44

Sharpening tools...

Posted: 05/06/2016 at 00:00

Most of my tools...hedge clipper, loppers, hoe..etc... have become very blunt. After, unsuccessfully  searching the net for a local tool sharpener, I've bought a sharpening stone and some oil.


How difficult can it be......harder than I thought... unless I'm doing it wrong...after what seemed like ages, running the stone along hedge shear blades, they seemed no sharper. I must have 6 pairs of secateurs, at least 4 are blunt, I really don't want to buy another pair....   


Tips on sharpening tools, welcome...

New allotment OMG...Part 2...

Posted: 04/06/2016 at 23:44

Another sunny day here in the NW. Went to the plot this morning to water and did some weeding. There's a nettle patch which is looking very lush so will be cutting them back soon to make a nettle brew.


Other plot holders must come in the afternoon or during the week! There was only one other car parked?  It's been getting to hot for me though, so was packing up at 11.30. 


Hope everyone is well.

seed sowing

Posted: 04/06/2016 at 00:22

They look fab, I replanted the one's which sprung up last year into a nursery bed then replanted again in the autumn to their present bed. Ever so easy to weed out the one's you don't want. 

seed sowing

Posted: 03/06/2016 at 00:51

I wait till July to sow biennials for the following year but having said that foxglove seedlings are already germinating and popping up randomly on the allotment.


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New allotment OMG...Part 2...

Posted: 02/06/2016 at 22:26

Scroggin, trust me...it goes from one extreme to another in the NW. Floods last Winter and no doubt if we get continued sunny weather there'll be calls for a hose pipe ban in the summer......we another sunny day......hope the weather picks up enough for you to plant out..


I've been sowing large seeds on kitchen roll to give them a quick start and to check germination of old seeds. Butternut squash, courgettes, dwarf beans and runner beans have all germinated since the weekend and are ready to pot up.


This 'Q' may have been asked before but which part of the country are you, scroggin?

Runner beans just planted look sick

Posted: 02/06/2016 at 21:11

I posted without seeing the picture, it didn't show on my phone. Having now seen the picture, I'd agree with frost damage, although watering twice a day is excessive.They usually only need further watering after planting out, during prolonged dry spells.

Usernames

Posted: 01/06/2016 at 23:39

I would call myself loomer, when learning to talk couldn't pronounce my real name, being the youngest of five the nickname stuck for yrs. My niece use's 'loomer' on other sites and so I changed the 'l' to a "z', hence zoomer...

Runner beans just planted look sick

Posted: 01/06/2016 at 22:49

If planted in the ground they should only need to be watered when planted out, you are over watering. 

New allotment OMG...Part 2...

Posted: 01/06/2016 at 22:44

We didn't get forecast rain, it's been warm and sunny here in the NW, needed to water GH each day. 

New allotment OMG...Part 2...

Posted: 30/05/2016 at 22:06

Checked out sites to get the trimmer repaired/serviced, there looks to be one locally......as a remedial measure I covered an area at the top of the plot with black plastic and when I got to the plot today someone had trimmed the grass paths on the plot......I feel some seeds and chocs winging their way... 


I gave a lot of seedlings away before my jollies as there was no time to plant them all out and when one guy, today, returned the seed trays he gave me three pumpkin seedlings- Chinese Lantern, not sure how big they grow but one's been planted to grow under fruit bushes and the other two, to follow on from autumn planted onions which are ready to start harvesting.


We've had sun all weekend here in Lancashire. It's forecast rain tomorrow which is good news, I'm back at work and the plot will get a good water.  


Happy growing everyone...  

Discussions started by Zoomer44

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I'm happy to be wrong... 
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Wasp nests.....

I've found one the size of a football...  
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Asparagus...what now..

I planted about 18 crowns in March..  
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Advertising ...

I tend to whiz past the advertising... 
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Making compost

 
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The bush is heavy with berries.. 
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Fences and covenants...

Are covenants legally binding... 
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Sharpening tools...

Tips welcome... 
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Best site for asparagus...

Multiple choice Q...no ideal site...a case of...best of a bad lot...  
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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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