Zoomer44


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Help...marestail and other nasties...

Posted: 19/04/2014 at 20:48

And I thought brambles and rabbits were going to be the biggest problem on the allotment ...but over the past week bindweed and marestail has started to grow in the part I've yet to dig over.

I've been digging out bindweed roots along with brambles for weeks and noticed some black roots, which have come out too - I've realised this is marestail , there have also been loads of unidentifed tubers which have been dug up, they are long and nobbly with tiny white thread roots, I've dug out most of these but a few have come up in the raised beds. 

Q- how do I to get rid of bindweed and marestail?

I've read the thread  talking about marestail and it seems best solution is just to keep pulling it out  

Q - Does roundup really work? I painted it on neat in cuts made on the bark of two tree stumps, several weeks ago and one has shoots starting to produce leaves      

Q- how can I kill the tree stumps.

On a positive note another slow worm came out to bask in the sun today whilst I was digging over the plot  

 

Planting First Earley Potatoes

Posted: 19/04/2014 at 20:01

Planted out 1st earlies a couple of weeks ago and they are just coming through. One lot of 2nd earlies went out today and I'm hoping to get main crop planted next weekend.

It's certainly a lot easier growing in bags. The soil on my allotment hasn't been worked for several years so it's packed solid and boy does it dry out quickly, the ridge of soil for the 1st earlies to earth up with was dried and cracked this weekend after just a few days sunshine, is this normal?    

Wildflower seeds

Posted: 10/04/2014 at 23:51

I thought about sowing a wild flower mix on the boundary of my allotment but when I looked at the prices and didn't know how much seed would be needed decided to make my own mix of flowers from free magazine seeds. 

I've opted for bee friendly one's, some ground cover others slightly taller but nothing really big which would need support. I then looked at when each could be sown and opted for those which can be sown direct. It might not be a wild flower mix but no messing with fridges and stuff...

        

Potatoe Shoots Up or Down

Posted: 10/04/2014 at 23:00

Don't think it really matters Orchid Lady but I usually plant them with the most shoots on top.

What cucumber are people growing this year?

Posted: 09/04/2014 at 21:15

I'm growing Marketmore, I cheated this year and bought four plants from Aldi

Tomatoes - in or out

Posted: 09/04/2014 at 21:06

Hi, Frank, the weather thread has not been the same without you, nice to have you back. 

raspberry progress ...

Posted: 08/04/2014 at 21:05

I'm hoping they can be transplanted.

Raspberries are shallow rooting if you put a barrier in the ground around then,which is deep enough, this prevents the roots from migrating into a veg bed.

Pallets

Posted: 08/04/2014 at 20:52

Like your planter GG...you must have an electric saw to make cuts like that  and the cold frame No expert is fab. 

Haven't got pics but I've made a fence at the bottom of the plot, some raised beds and I've some really rough pallets for a compost area. I've started on a two seater seat too with a half pallet but that's a project in progress...

raspberry progress ...

Posted: 08/04/2014 at 20:17

What an interesting thread. I was thinking of getting some autumn fruiting raspberries but haven't dug over the part of the plot where they are to be planted. I'm thinknig they could be planted in pots and then transplanted later...   

Sunflowers

Posted: 08/04/2014 at 20:07

I noticed this evening in the GH a sunflower seed had germinated in a gravel tray...and here I am buying seed compost for them ...

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Whose growing Christmas spuds... 
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Sowing parsnips....

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Apples and pears....

Thinking of purchasing a tree or two... 
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