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New allotment OMG...

Posted: 15/08/2015 at 23:43

We get alot of rain in this part of Lancashire so have had to check the forcast to plan when to go to the plot.

Mother nature can't wait to take back what's her's and the weeds haven't yet realised that the shorter days, mean, their time is over, so consequently have been doing alot of weeding. On  a positive note, having stuff with big leaves or  planting ground cover will hopefully prevent weeds from self seeding for next yr.

Planted out some winter veg today, Kale and green sprouting broccili, not so sure I'll get  a crop but it will be a learning curve for planting Winter veg.

 

Gardens we have visited 2015

Posted: 15/08/2015 at 21:10

I visited Gresgarth Garden last Sunday . It's the home of Arebella Lennox Boyd, a garden designer.

Didn't take any pics, 2nd time I've been though. The garden is set in about 12 acres. On both occassions Arebella was out in the garden. Lovely Lady, very approachable and happy to give gardening advise. You need to recognise her first, first time I visited she was walking around with a trog in her hand weeding. Second time she was pruning with secatars in hand.        

A river runs through the estate and there are three woodland walks.  

If anyone is in the area would reccomend a visit. It's at Caton, Lancashire. Next open day is in September.

New allotment OMG...

Posted: 12/08/2015 at 20:29

Went to the plot today and took more flag stones. 

Picked Tom's, lettuce, my first aubergine, pulled up the onions and have loads of runner beans and dwarf French

As I clear stuff was going to mulch the soil and cover some area's for next Spring.

 

 

 

Butterflies

Posted: 10/08/2015 at 22:28

We've had loads ladybirds keeping the aphid population down 

Butterflies

Posted: 10/08/2015 at 22:25

Lot's of cabbage white ,  not much of anything else but it's been quite wet here in the NW. Just as well it's rained alot because in this part of the NW we are having to boil our water before drinking it. 

Talkback: Growing cucumbers

Posted: 10/08/2015 at 22:12

GWRS, I've had lots of male flowers on all my cucurbits. 

New allotment OMG...

Posted: 10/08/2015 at 22:05

Hope you win a prize Ginagibbs. Let us know how you get on  

Went to Gresgarth Hall open garden day yesterday. The garden of Arebella Lennox Boyd, love the way she has grown her fruit tree's in the veg garden.

Went to water the GH on plot. Picked some Tom's and courgette's. Lots of runner beans now. 

Looking to start a business and need advice

Posted: 09/08/2015 at 23:35

A guy I work with reduced his hours to become self-employed as a gardener, not alot of work over winter though so he is a handyman during the Winter period and has improved his skills taking night classes in things like plumbing. He's applied for VR.

Another friend has qualifications in horticulture and works self-employed on three gardens in the Lake district, full time throughout the year. I think it was a position he applied fo and the owners aren't able to maintain the garden.

To cut to the chase, have you considered doing something else to fill the gap over winter period or maintaining one/ two gardens during the prosperous months and accepting during the less prosperous months you would have a regular income in maintaining these.

Anyone grow globe artichokes...

Posted: 09/08/2015 at 09:35

I've 6 plants which survived winter but not all grown fruit this yr. One was ready to crop late June. I picked when they were just slightly bigger then golf ball size. I'm leaving what is left to flower.

 

They were still very tender inside after steaming and the centre wasn't really hairy but tender green. A sharp knife is needed  to top and tail before cooking and scissors to snip the tips.

I'd advise to pick when small.

Talkback: Growing cucumbers

Posted: 08/08/2015 at 20:57

If developing cues are going yellow then fall off the plant it's likely they were not pollinated properly or the plant is not able to carry the number of fruit that have set. 

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Something has been nibbling at my chillies and toms...  
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Soil like dust...

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