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blackberries blackberries everywhere

Posted: 02/05/2015 at 21:59

Using a spade rather than a fork for digging out the crown is easier. You'll find the spade cuts through some of the roots making it easier to lever out the crown.

If you can dig out the main crown of the brambles the battles nearly won. Any regrowth from roots left in the ground, if caught whilst they are a few inches high can easily be dug out with a small hand trowel.

Frosted potato shoots

Posted: 01/05/2015 at 20:41

As the shoots show keep earthing them up, this should give some protection until fear of last frost is past.  

Too late to plant my "early" potatoes ???

Posted: 01/05/2015 at 20:28

I'm happy to be wrong but couldn't 1st/2nd earlies be planted up to July/August providing the spuds are ok. Spuds kept for a while do start to shrivel up and go past their best, however for a Christmas crop spuds are planted in July/August in bags and the foilage dies back following the first frost, well before Christmas, but they usually keep if left in the compost.

In theory 1st/2nd earlies planted 12 weeks before the first frost should produce a crop. I ate the last of the earlies in December, cropped in July/August last yr.

You aren't wasting your time jo45, go ahead and plant.

Zoomers thinking she might go and get more 1st earlies to plant for a late crop. What are other posters views.

Best year for Rhubarb?

Posted: 01/05/2015 at 19:39

Had rubarb sponge and cream for pud this evening, ever so nice.

I also have it stewed with yogurt. Didn't put sugar in the second stewed batch and it tasted just as good. I read in one cook book the redder your rubarb the less sugar is needed.   

Over Wintered Dahlias

Posted: 01/05/2015 at 19:20

I'm in the NW - potted mine up about a week or so ago and put them in the GH. Some have tiny shoots.

As a back up I bought 6 small plants, £2.99, just couldn't walk past them at the GC. After being potted up they are doing really well, a couple have flower buds.

my first produce

Posted: 30/04/2015 at 18:57

Brill, Ice.'

No reason why you can't sow toms now, they may harvest a little later than seeds sown earlier though. I sowed toms on 10th April and although tiny, they have their second leaves. As a back up, small tom plants are reasonably priced. I bought four plants at 1.19 each and they are a ft plus tall now.  

New allotment OMG...

Posted: 30/04/2015 at 18:25

Thank you ginagibbs, I've sent a PM. 

Gg - Good news - you can stay at the top of the list. This plot looks to have less bumps and a shed. Being near the access road is also useful if you need to bring on anything heavy, why not make a list of the pro's and con's for each site.

Our plots are all different sizes, then there are half plots and full one's. How big is a rod in feet?

New allotment OMG...

Posted: 29/04/2015 at 21:24

GWRS - Happy birthday for tomorrow, hope you have a nice time in Tenby.

Gg -hope you get  a better choice next time, it must be difficult if only one plot is available at any one time. I had a few plots to choose from and they were all over grown, presenting different challenges. Sometimes, you just need togo for it and  dip your toe in the water.

Our allotments only allow you to turn down two then you have to go for the third or reapply. Good luck

Started picking rubarb from the back garden, not enough for a pie yet so stewed it and had some with greek yoghurt, going down to the plot tomorrow to see how it's faring there.    

New allotment OMG...

Posted: 28/04/2015 at 22:18

I've worked out how I can show you guy's pics of my old and new plot. Will someone let me e-mail one or two as atttachments then post them on this thread, I don't have any now pics but can take some next time I'm on the plot. 

I've just been looking through the pics I have of my old plot, taken from January to about September time last year...can't beleive the change.  

New allotment OMG...

Posted: 28/04/2015 at 12:28

That's good news Ginagibbs. It would be great if you got part of it. The holder at the top of my plot got his marching orders last October, he was given a week or two to clear off what he wanted. 

Discussions started by Zoomer44

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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Did anyone else watch the programme this evening... 
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Growing lillies.

A Q about used compost...  
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Best compost for 2015

Thought I start as new compost thread. 2013 from what I recall wasn't a particularly good year for compost,  
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Replanting blueberry bushes...

I've a couple of bushes in pots.... 
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Advent calendar prize draw...

Has anyone won anything.... 
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Glode artichokes, over wintering..

Hadn't planned to grow these... 
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Anyone grow globe artichokes...

After saying I wasn't going to grow them several weeks ago I picked up 12 plants from the nearly dead section of a store.... 
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How to pollinate a Bramley apple tree...

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Growing grass paths...

It's just an idea forming... 
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