Latest posts by Zoomer44

Best seed compost?

Posted: 09/04/2016 at 20:37

Aldi compost for seedlings - £1.49 a bag. It's good this year, hasn't been in previous years but appears much improved. Retains moisture well and my seedlings are romping away in it. 

New allotment OMG...Part 2...

Posted: 09/04/2016 at 18:56

Went to the plot this morning and started to tidy the strawberry patch, thanks Aster2 you were my motivation, it's been relocated around the fruit bushes  .  

Weeded the herb garden and have learnt, winter savory is a member of the mint family... ...was digging up roots in the old strawberry patch for fun, best planted in pots if anyone is thinking of growing it.

It started to rain so went into the GH to sow more seeds and pot up. 

Bobflannigon - I've 'top hat' and another blueberry bush, can't remember the variety of the second one, both are quite small but produce alot of fruit, birds love them though, so they need netting after they've flowered and while the berry's are green. Best not to prune them for at least two years after buying to allow them to form a good root system and top growth.

New allotment OMG...Part 2...

Posted: 07/04/2016 at 19:36
Went to the plot to water seedlings. Can't believe how quick they've germinated and grown. Nearly half the onion sets in modules have shoots now.

Was going to start hardening off pea's and sweet pea at home ready to take to the plot.

Hope you had a nice holiday GWRS.

Happy growing everyone.

New allotment OMG...Part 2...

Posted: 05/04/2016 at 22:32
Scroggin- what are you going to grow in the GH.

New allotment OMG...Part 2...

Posted: 04/04/2016 at 22:25
I've Sarpo Mira as a main crop, think I'll wait a few more weeks to plant those out.

New allotment OMG...Part 2...

Posted: 04/04/2016 at 22:08
I was some what pessimistic about planting out spuds but quite alot on the allotment have. The guy on the neighbouring plot planted out a couple of weeks ago.

He advised to plant them deep and be prepared to earth up if frost is forecast. A surface frost shouldn't kill them.

I've edged my bets by keeping main crop back though, a blight resistant variety.

New allotment OMG...Part 2...

Posted: 04/04/2016 at 21:33
Aster2, good to hear a lot of your seeds have germinated. I sowed alot in the GH which germinated, I've left the propagator covers on in the hope more come through and to keep the compost moist till I can go again at the weekend.

Was going g to start harde ing off an early pea varety this week.

Planted out 1st and 2nd early spuds at the weekend along with shallots.


Posted: 03/04/2016 at 22:28

It's a lottery, flumpy, you've got to be in it to win it...and be in it everytime to up your chances...

Herb Question

Posted: 03/04/2016 at 20:07

I tend to freeze herbs in cubes but dry corriander seeds and chillies in the kitchen.

Both quite easy. After cutting the corrander plant (it needs to flower and set seed), I hang it in the shed until the leaves die then take leaves off and in order to make sure seeds are really dry, hang clumps tied together in the kitchen. I have a large kitchen though.

Chillies are dried similarly except they are hung up to dry in the GH first before being brought into the kitchen. 

Once dry I put corriander seeds in a glass container and store in a cupboard. Chillies are quite happy threaded through cotton and hung from a rail in the kitchen. I've had chillies stayed good for a couple of yrs. Visitors are often surprised to discover they are real chillies!

New allotment OMG...Part 2...

Posted: 03/04/2016 at 19:29

Hi, rosemummy, you could put your name on several lists and see which comes up first. I put my name on the list of 4 or 5 sites. Some lists go down very quickly. We didn't have a waiting list a few weeks ago and needed to advertise in the local paper, it's now gone up again.

The working party day went well on Saturday. Lot's done and it was an opportunity to meet new plot holders.


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Making compost

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Any tips... 
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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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