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New allotment OMG...

Posted: 21/04/2015 at 11:29

Sounds like youll will soon have a production line Fruitcake.

It's shorts weather here today. Germinating trays have been put outside and more seedlings have come up - toms, a courgette, a pumpkin and squash. Still nothing with two leaves though.

I've not split artichokes but bought about 12 plants from the nearly dead section at local GC last year, 4 plants have survived being moved several times from garden to lottie, and on Saturday they were spaced out better. Think there's a random one growing at the top of the plot which I've replanted, I do hope I haven't transplanted  a weed, the leaves did look the same  .

Going to walk up to the plot today to check on the onions and shallots.

Fruit trees - plum and apple

Posted: 20/04/2015 at 16:13

Is the apple tree in the ground or a pot?

There are a number of ways to stop the ants.

I had them on a cherry blossom planted in the ground so put a ring of vasilin, several inches wide around the bark at the bottom, it needs to be wide enough so they can't bridge it and might need replacing over the summer. The ants don't die and will try to bypass the ring by climbing up any neighbouring shrubs or tree's which touch the apple, so these need cutting back. 

The ants will go some place else, mine must have departed the garden as I've never had the same problem on other plants.

If in a pot, ants don't like to much water, I'm given to understand a good dunking in water will get rid of them but others maybe able to help more with this solution.

Fruit trees - plum and apple

Posted: 20/04/2015 at 11:45

I'm no expert but had a plum tree on my last allotment, I'm given to understand two things need to happen for it to fruit. It needs to blossom but a late frost can kill the blossom in which case there will be no fruit. Secondly the blossom needs to be polinated and so bee's need to be encouraged to come. 

Are the branches conjested and crossing over? My tree was in need of a sever prune and so in the autumn it was cut back a third, all the crossed branches taken out and branches I couldn't reach to pick fruit.It was a very sever pruning but produced a pumper crop.

Does your apple tree have ants on or around the stem, these can farm aphids. ,    

Growing lillies.

Posted: 20/04/2015 at 11:20

Thanks Bob. I found them on other plants last year and the one's on the allotment were totally infested.Such a shame they are such lovely flowering plants.

Guess it's back to daily inspections......and the compost is going to the tip, I don't want them flying out of there when I come to take off the lid.

Rogue potatoes - should I encourage them?

Posted: 19/04/2015 at 22:56

Dig it out, you then start with a clean slate rather than having the odd spud growing randomly in veg beds which may not harvest at the same time as spuds and disturb their roots when you dig up the spuds.

Growing lillies.

Posted: 19/04/2015 at 22:12

I grow lillies in pots and last year lilly beetle seemed worse than in previous years. 

This year, my first line of defence was to replace all the compost in the pots with fresh. 

Q is - There's alot of old compost, can it be recycled in a dalek, mine does get very hot, at times you can feel the hot air hit you as the lid is taken off and it will have all summer to rot down. I won't be using the compost as a mulch now until the autumn, will the beasties be killed in a hot bin...  .

Gardening glove suggestions?

Posted: 19/04/2015 at 21:53

Gold leaf are the only gloves endorsed by RHS...

Gardening glove suggestions?

Posted: 19/04/2015 at 21:46

I'd like to know the answer for a good pr of general purpose one's.

I use hard wearing builders gloves for brambles and prickly jobs which does the trick.

Sorry I can't help further.

New allotment OMG...

Posted: 19/04/2015 at 21:27

We've had some lovely warm weather the past two days. Went down to the plot on Saturday, in just three weekends missed, the dandilions were in full growth, now why don't veggies grow so rampant

The GH frame is now secure and shallots/onions/spuds planted out. Under estimated how much room was needed for the spuds. I've another row still to plant.

Spent the afternoon today, relaxing in the backgarden.  

Germination times

Posted: 19/04/2015 at 14:04

I didn't have time to pot them on sooner Welshonion, they grew that quickly, but it would be more advisable to pot them on when the root's smaller.

Discussions started by Zoomer44

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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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