Latest posts by Zoomer44

Making compost

Posted: 25/06/2016 at 23:31

I've always been able to make pretty good compost in a reliable darleck at home but it's proving more difficult on the plot. 

I'm producing more green stuff to compost then brown. I've 6 darlecks, a pallet bay and a leaf bay. 

How do other posters compensate for the lack of brown stuff.

What is your weather like?

Posted: 25/06/2016 at 23:06

Hope the damage isn't too bad, Scroggin, we are still getting over flooding in the autumn. Some shops are still closed in the town centre.

What is your weather like?

Posted: 25/06/2016 at 22:29

It was hot and sunny in Cumbria, until late afternoon. Had a lovely day at Rydal Mount, used the 2 for 1 card before going on to Dove Cottage.

New allotment OMG...Part 2...

Posted: 25/06/2016 at 18:15

Had a nice day visiting Rydal Mount and Dove Cottage. The gardens were nice. 

Just been to the plot to water and pick some veg. I've started to harvest spuds. Tasted a chilli grown in the GH, it was really hot and they aren't ripe yet...

New allotment OMG...Part 2...

Posted: 23/06/2016 at 21:52

Wish we had rain, another hot day, water butts are evaporating and one bed is cracking 

Went after work today to plant out some pumpkin and butternut squash, they are every so tiny but will fair better in the ground than in modules. Mini pop is doing well, I'm doing 'the three sisters so planted French beans to climb up some plants and dwarf beans around the edges.

Noticed apples forming on one of my trees. It must have blossomed  and set fruit whilst I was away.

New allotment OMG...Part 2...

Posted: 19/06/2016 at 18:49

What a nice selection of flowers, Gg.

Only went to the plot to water the GH and as it was raining, weeded the pots. Mares-tail grows in there. Last year I covered the beds  with cardboard and muck,and this year thinking it had moved out just planted in bottomless pots with some pots on a staging table. Will be going back to cardboard and muck next year.

Picked my first lettuce, it was too wet to harvest anything else, Zoomer makes a mental note to check the weather forecast and best time to harvest veg/fruit for the coming week .

Gooseberry pruning...

Posted: 19/06/2016 at 17:50

I usually pick half, the dilemma is that there's never been so much fruit on, as to weigh the branches down to the ground, the branches might snap? 

Gooseberry pruning...

Posted: 18/06/2016 at 22:07

I've a couple of gooseberry bushes grown from cuttings which, as they've grown have been pruned, to get a goblet shape.

They are in their 3rd year now and have lots of berries on, which are pulling the young branches down to ground level. Not sure what to do with them, should I stake up the young branches...prune...pick half the crop and hope the branches spring back up....

Thank you for your responses in advance... 

GW Live

Posted: 18/06/2016 at 21:08

Leadfarmer. It was a lot quieter than the Southport and Tatton Park shows I've been too but a lot bigger than both. We put it down to being quiet because it was a weekday.   

The friend I went with thinks gardening is like watching paint dry, I sold the trip to her on the basis she would enjoy the Goodfood Show and it didn't disappoint, the celbs were out in force, with book signings, talks and audiences...Paul Rankin was selling bread on a stall...Would have liked to have gone again today as the hairy bikers were there. Unfortunately the gardening celbs fell on stony ground, my friend had only heard of Alan T and has only watched GW on TV once...which was last Friday..    

The out door garden section was a bit of a whirl wind tour for me. Thought said friend was going to break into a jog, to get out, when I suggested we just walked down one side of the floral hall..but we spent more time looking at the gardens and had a drink in Witherspoons before getting the train home .       . 

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New allotment OMG...Part 2...

Posted: 18/06/2016 at 20:36

rosemummy, better still if you have some black plastic. You could try asking your brother to strip, it may impress the association but I'd be inclined to ask him to do something more practical like strim the plot    

Been to the plot today, did some weeding and planting out. The plot is beginning to fill out with veg now, providing lots of ground cover to keep down the weeds. Harvested rubarb, strawberries, spinach, mangetout, potatoes, globe artichokes, onions and some herbs.

Went to Gardeners World Live on Friday. Came home with a scarecrow and lots of seeds. It was a lovely day out.  

Gg, I'm being very optimistic about showing stuff, for instance courgettes which I'd like to show only have about four leaves on them, will they be ready by 15/16th July , gooseberries are ready to pick now, will some be OK to leave on the plant till then and I'd struggle to find 3 sticks of rubarb, straight and the same length LOL. It's all good fun though .

Discussions started by Zoomer44

Chillies & peppers

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Rust spots on fruit trees...

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Cherry trees...

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Good hygiene...

Cleaning garden tools.... 
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Blight in the GH...

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I've found one the size of a football...  
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Asparagus...what now..

I planted about 18 crowns in March..  
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Advertising ...

I tend to whiz past the advertising... 
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Making compost

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Gooseberry pruning...

The bush is heavy with berries.. 
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Fences and covenants...

Are covenants legally binding... 
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