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I wish someone would invent....

Posted: 26/01/2015 at 21:30

Keep a packet of wet wipes handy too, a good wipe around each nail is enough to get rid of the still wet soil.

Seed and plant swap 2015

Posted: 26/01/2015 at 21:18

Thank you Victoria received your seeds today

Anyone done any gardening today?

Posted: 25/01/2015 at 18:25

I went to B&Q today to get some clips to secure the frame of a plastic GH and came away with 3 packets of module trays and a packet of growing pockets, fortunatly there were no plants in the nearly dead section.

Horsetail on allotment

Posted: 25/01/2015 at 16:17

Don't give up, these things are sent to try us, no easy answer.

You can still grow stuff in the bed, hoeing whilst effect on annual weeds isn't for horsetail as you'll just cut off the top and leave the root in the ground. Digging up the root is one of the best.  When they regrow dig them up as soon as seen, by the time they open up they will have spawned.

There are weed killers but most kill a plant based on the ration of above ground foilage and below ground root. If you are lucky you may kill it off in one area only for it to pop up somewhere else. If you decide to try a weed killer it's always advisable to use it when the weed is actively growing too and with horetail to use gloves to apply it rather than spray.    

New allotment OMG...

Posted: 25/01/2015 at 15:51

Gg I've 1st and 2nd earlies...Arron Pilott, Pentland Javelin, Wilja and Maris Peer. Red Duke of York are nice but not seen any locally yet.

Can't wait to start sowing but am going to try and wait till March for veg as later sowings usually catch up...Chillies and aubergines may get sown at the end of Feb  though...

Succession planting sounds like a good plan fruitcake..this year I was going to mark on a calender when veg is sown and when to sow next batch, possibly every four weeks.

Crop rotation is on the agenda too, can't decide whether to do a 3 or 4 year plan.

Aubergine - too early

Posted: 25/01/2015 at 15:15

Aubergines do need a long growing season and despite what it says's on the packet it could be a tab bit early yet and it depends where you live, I usually wait till the end of Feb begining of March. I'm in the NW though. I've a french variety this year and the packet says sow between January and April.    

New allotment OMG...

Posted: 24/01/2015 at 17:52

Been on the plot today.

Took down an old shed before it fell down. Found the floor was being held up with 6 rusty tins. I kept putting my feet through the floor as the roof and sides came down.

We had blight on the allotment last year, it started on the plot next to mine, the guy didn't cut off the foilage so it went through everyone's plots like a bush fire. 1st and 2nd earlies put on a good show though, they're planted earlier than main crop and have usually done their bit underground by the time blight strikes.

Seed spuds all bought and chitting in the back bedroom...that's not to say...I might get some more... 

Seed and plant swap 2015

Posted: 23/01/2015 at 21:48

Free to good home-

Toms - Moneymaker.


Seed and plant swap 2015

Posted: 23/01/2015 at 21:33

Thank you Perki received the seeds today. Yours and NGCARDS are in the post 

anyone started growing their chili peppers yet?

Posted: 23/01/2015 at 21:14

I saved one plant from last year which has a green chilli onthe plants not looking in the best of health and if it gets through Feb I'll be pleased as it'll have a fighting chance of growing into it's second year.

Was going to wait till the end of Feb begining of March to sow but also plan to cheat and buy in some small plants of different varieties..      

Discussions started by Zoomer44

Shed of the year...

Did anyone else watch the programme this evening... 
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Growing globe artichokes...

I'm growing them for the first time... 
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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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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: 23/08/2015 at 15:51

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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