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Latest posts by Zoomer44

New allotment OMG...

Posted: 04/02/2015 at 23:49

Aldi's garden stuff usually follows the tree sale. I'd like one of those kneel pads which when turned the other way is a seat


Posted: 04/02/2015 at 21:33

If you want strawberries this year then best buy plants.

There are lots of different varieties. A selection which fruit at different times will prolong your strawberry picking season. Check the ladels when you buy.

June-bearing strawberry varieties usually produce large strawberries over a period of 2 to 3 wks around June time but you can also get early season, midseason, and late season which will prolong your harvest through July.

Then there is everbearing strawberries which aren't but will produce two harvests each year one in Spring and one in late Summer although there are a lot less strawberries in late Summer.   

Grown strawberries for years and bought two plants each of four new and different varieties in 2013, two of which were Cambridge Favourite and Pegasus can't remember the other two. The aim was to prolong the harvest. Would recommend these two, ever so tasty and produce large fruits.

If you opt for alpine strawberries, these varieties produce smaller fruits and don't put out runners but self seed. You can also get white alpine strawberries.       

Wouldn't recommend you grow strawberries with other veg because they will put out runners and like their own bed. Having said that if space is limited they'll quite happily grow under fruit trees and bushes providing it's not too shadey.

Greenhouse book

Posted: 03/02/2015 at 22:37

A good author, some books not too old, I have the Garden to Kitchen Expert which was wrote with Judith Wills...2011 edition, lots of easy recipe's both for cooked and none cooked veg/fruit, all home grown.   

Left handed tools

Posted: 01/02/2015 at 20:11

Prehaps the way doors are hung and the way they open wasn't a good example, I do use both hands to open doors but as a child would reach with my left as it seemed more natural.

In some things we all adapt and opening doors could be one.

I've never had difficulty driving as the hand break and gears are operated by my left hand. It can, at first, be awkward drivng a left hand drive though, as you use your right hand to operate them but it's just as awkward for right handed people, as I've found on trips to France. 

New allotment OMG...

Posted: 01/02/2015 at 19:22

Fruitcake, good luck, nothing ventured nothing gained

Been on the plot today. Built a bonfire and burned the old shed along with lots of roots. Also moved nearly everything I want from the old plot. Just a few herbs, snowdrops and a thornless blackberry to replant.

The next plot holder should get a nice harvest of strawberries, plums and currants this year.

There was also a nice suprise waiting this morning ,a pile of wood chippings had been delivered and the plot holder next door donated a pile of bricks to make paths with   


Seed and plant swap 2015

Posted: 01/02/2015 at 18:54

Kelsbels - I've PM'ed you 

New allotment OMG...

Posted: 01/02/2015 at 00:21

Would need to read the rules again for our site about how much of it should be cultivated and timescales for doing it but me thinks if it hasn't been tended to for 3 months then holders initally get a warning letter.

Our association seems very fair, when first taking on a site, some are very over grown and some sites seen as more challeging than providing you are  improving the site and seen to be making progress, it's ok.

Roy - I have considered early retirement but to young to claim my works pension or take VR, I've a few yrs yet to work 

Mammoth Onion Seedling Die back

Posted: 31/01/2015 at 23:51

I haven't grown onions from seed before, usually just plant sets.

If the seeds were bought from Robinson's try contacting them and asking their advise, I've found them very helpful.   

Left handed tools

Posted: 30/01/2015 at 22:26

We live in a right handed world Alex. 

For instance doors handles are in the wrong place, try opening a door with your left I'm sure you have Alex ...doors should be hung the other way......left handed people adapt...I open doors now with my  right hand but I've had to all my life...   

Most garden tools aren't L or R handed..forks, spades etc, those that are though, can be difficult to use as a left handed person uses right handed tools upside down.

Me thinks GW doing an article on the subject would be interesting

Sorry , can't help with left handed suppliers...I've always used right handed tools...

Broad Beans

Posted: 30/01/2015 at 20:41

If slugs are a problem then put down pellets, you can use either organic or non organic one's. There are also various other methods you can try, I'm sure othere's will be along to tell you how to deal with slugs.   

I once so a programme where a gardener started spraying hosta plants in March with a garlic spray to stop slugs eating them and swore by it.


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