Zoomer44


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garden pest attacking my baby plants

Posted: 16/05/2014 at 19:26

Would a mulch of seaweed stop slugs, if left unwashed the salt remains on it. I use seaweed as a mulch in pots, there isn't sufficient salt to harm the plants and can't say I've had a major problem with slugs eating those plants.

I also spray with a home made seaweed feed, doesn't kill them, they go and eat something else  but it keeps the pests at bay.   

Fence Colour Dilemma

Posted: 16/05/2014 at 18:32

I always think it's a case of personnal choice what colour people paint their fence, colour fashions change though and it's not always easy to paint over a colour you decide you nolonger like or get the same shade again. 

I always stick to the same deep brown, flowers in the borders brighten it up. Never had a problem getting the same colour each year and can often pick it up in a sale.

Having said that the shed is a shade of green/jade and I can't get the same colour to paint it again.     

What veg are you growing this year?

Posted: 15/05/2014 at 20:30

I'm impressed with what everyone's growing, what a good thread, little of a lot is my thinking then if something doesn't grow well the disapointment is over shadowed by the successes.

Nin - wow, how big is your house, I've been limited this year starting stuff off indoors as friends came to stay over Easter, usually the back bedroom is full of seedlings, it's been a real juggling act, sowing later in the GH. I've had to really cut down on the number of plants for the GH.

The allotment has been a priority this year, it's so different in terms of the number of different veggies and amounts you can grow, than growing in a limited space in the back garden although I've loved growing stuff in bags, pots and in the back garden beds...  

What veg are you growing this year?

Posted: 14/05/2014 at 23:46

First year on the allotment so rotation has gone out of the window, I'm planting up as an area becomes clear, so here goes -

Spuds - 1st and 2nd earlies. Main crop if I don't run out of room and can dig the bottom of the plot this weekend. 

Onions, shallots, garlic, swede, mooli, parsnips, red/black currants, gooseberry, garden peas, mangtout, red cabbage, purple sprouting, radish, strawberries, raspberries - these are already planted out. Mooli and parsnips just sown and another batch of radish.  

Waiting to be planted out - courgettes, squash, beetroot, brussels, leeks, celeriac(Monach, it's a non nobbly variety).

Sown swish chad, bulb fennel, sweetcorn(mini pop), runner and french beans(a variety of colours, some dwarf) Nothing up yet though

GH - toms, cues, chillies, aubergines, basil.

Hoping to grow salad stuff and strawberries at home, along with the usual currants/gooseberries. Aspargus will have to wait till next year...the bed is already half full with flowers.

Probably missed some...        

 

     

Frost

Posted: 14/05/2014 at 21:49

I'm in the NW and planting out at the end of May. After nurturing the plants from seed leaving them a couple more weeks makes sense I'll be keeping some plants in reserve though as I've more than needed.

You can stagger planting out, plant some at the end of May and further plants mid June.  

Help...marestail and other nasties...

Posted: 13/05/2014 at 20:10

I'm ready to try roundup again on the bindweed. I started to grow some up canes but it's growing up the fence now. Must have dug out miles of roots.

Nightmares tail doesn't seem as bad on my plot as on the neighbouring one's but I've been digging out those roots too, the one's missed seem to die if exposed on top of the soil. It's never far below the surface though.

Buried treasure

Posted: 12/05/2014 at 20:53

I dug up a golf ball today on the allotment. Had a chuckle to myself thinking of plot holders gone by, this guy must have gone down on the allotment to practice his swing... 

Growing chilies

Posted: 12/05/2014 at 13:35

Good luck and happy growing

Beetroot problems...

Posted: 12/05/2014 at 13:21

I start most of my veg off in modules apart from the one's with a tapering root, in part due to having previously grown in a small space. As you harvest stuff you have something to take it's place which is already part grown. 

I've not planted out beetroot yet but have at least forty seedlings ready. I'm being over cautious and watching what other plot holders do. Most seem to sow straight into the ground though, I've not plucked up the courage yet, it looks harder to do than modules and back breaking stuff. 

Boltardy is usually fairly hardy, I've not known the leaves go purple but it sounds like they are coming through. Good luck...    

Raspberry suckers

Posted: 12/05/2014 at 12:56

Raspberries have shallow roots which grow close to the surface, having just planted some autumn fruiting plants I was advised to put a barrier going into the ground around the bed deep enough so the roots don't pass underneath it. The plant will still produce suckers but hopefully these will come up inside the barrier and remain in the raspberry bed. 

The roots don't seem to grow down more than a spade deep ( I've just dug up an area on the allotment full of suckers). Not sure what you could use to make the barrier, I have some roof tiles which I was going to push into the ground length ways.

  

Discussions started by Zoomer44

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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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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