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Ladybirds

Posted: 03/07/2015 at 21:34

I've seen loads of ladybirds on the allotment and some in the back garden. I've not had a huge problem with  aphids either this year, there's been some on currant bushes and some in the GH on chillies/peppers but not to the point the plants have been smoothered in them.                

Celeriac

Posted: 03/07/2015 at 00:04

Celeriac needs a long growing season. I grew them for the first time last year and it was possibly October or later before they were ready to start picking. The top leaves grew but the edible part seemed to take forever to swell. They did evetually grow slightly smaller to those bought in supermarkets before I started to harvest them.

Sowed them mid April this year, in modules and the seedlings are still only just over a couple of inches tall with roots just begining to poke through the bottom of the modules but looking healthy.

They were slow to germinate but me thinks they are a veg well worth growing, harvested at a time when very little else is available.

Good luck, patience is a virtue

Starting out...

Posted: 02/07/2015 at 23:12

Firstly you do sound like you know what you are doing by making a good start, with books, visiting shows, getting advise etc...

Providing the manure is well rotted down after digging in you can plant up. I'd be inclined to leave it a couple of weeks but you would certainly be able to plant up before early Autumn to allow your plants to take root before Winter sets in.   

New allotment OMG...

Posted: 30/06/2015 at 21:23

Went to the plot to water plants in the GH today, it's been really hot, what a difference warm weather makes, everything is now growing much quicker. Chillies and peppers have flowers on and there are some green toms. No flowers on cues yet. 

Leeks are almost ready to be moved into their final spot.

I've not been able to do alot of digging on account of my back but have kept the weeds down at the top of the plot by strimming, would really recommend a petrol strimmer. They can be expensive but I got mine half price, I think just after Christmas, it's light weight and takes about 10mins to keep on top of the weeds on the uncultivated part of the plot and strim a grass path I grew.      

STRAWBERRYS

Posted: 30/06/2015 at 20:05

After just picking 3 strawberries last week, the bowl was over flowing today with loads still to pick, surprising what one day of sun shine can do.

Don't worry Boater it just means you'll be eating strawberries later when all ours have gone  

Shed of the year...

Posted: 29/06/2015 at 21:28

Just watched it on iplayer. There were three winners for me in the historical section. 

Allotment Rental

Posted: 28/06/2015 at 22:13

More information is needed. How many plots do you want and for what reason do you want more?

Initially I put my name down on allotment sites locally, with lists still open, and since obtaining my current site have been offered viewings of plots on other sites but turned them down as I' happy with the size of the plot I have. 

 

 

Shed of the year...

Posted: 28/06/2015 at 21:33

Missed the programme tonight, Zoomer kicks herself, not turned the TV on today..

I liked the train shed too, especially when they turned off the lights, the fairground was truely inspiring, it was a labour of love.

Planting immediately after potatoes

Posted: 28/06/2015 at 21:08

Also if you like flowers now is the window for biennial flower sowing. You could use it as a nursery bed for them. Parsley can also be sown now for next year, all good winter cover for the ground too  

Planting immediately after potatoes

Posted: 28/06/2015 at 20:57

If you use a crop rotation plan then you'd be best planting brassica's which follow spuds. Idea spot for winter vegs - broccoli, kale, swede,, you may still get a crop with kohl rabi and radish are quick to grow. 

I sow in modules rather than take my chances with sulgs eating the seedlings, seeds sown in the ground though will germinate at this time of year.  .

Don't put manure in the ground for brassica's, you will be planting up to soon for it to have been taken into the soil. Someone else maybe able to answer your Q about mixing some fertilizer into the soil first, I prefer to water on a home made fertilizer each week.    

Discussions started by Zoomer44

Shed of the year...

Did anyone else watch the programme this evening... 
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Last Post: 13/07/2015 at 23:16

Growing globe artichokes...

I'm growing them for the first time... 
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Last Post: 16/06/2015 at 10:41

Currant bushes ...should I be worried...

New shoots on my currant bushes are bubbly. The bubbles are orange/brown making the leaves start to shrivel... 
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Last Post: 16/05/2015 at 19:35

Growing lillies.

A Q about used compost...  
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Last Post: 20/04/2015 at 11:20

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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Last Post: 13/03/2015 at 01:26

Replanting blueberry bushes...

I've a couple of bushes in pots.... 
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Last Post: 12/02/2015 at 21:24

Advent calendar prize draw...

Has anyone won anything.... 
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Last Post: 26/12/2014 at 19:48

Glode artichokes, over wintering..

Hadn't planned to grow these... 
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Last Post: 03/12/2014 at 06:13

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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Last Post: 05/11/2014 at 21:17

How to pollinate a Bramley apple tree...

I'd like to grow both dessert and culnary apple tree's...  
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Last Post: 02/11/2014 at 17:24

Growing grass paths...

It's just an idea forming... 
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Last Post: 24/09/2014 at 21:31

Td immunisations...

I was reading through the infor from the alloment association on the site where I have a plot... 
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Last Post: 16/09/2014 at 09:38

'Mile a minute' growing as you watch...

My neighbour has a 'mile as minute' climber growing along the fence... 
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Last Post: 12/09/2014 at 10:44

Something has been eating my chillies and toms...

Something has been nibbling at my chillies and toms...  
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Last Post: 05/09/2014 at 00:11

Soil like dust...

I've taken over another half plot on the allotment...  
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Last Post: 02/08/2014 at 22:49
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