Latest posts by Zoomer44

Potato leaves

Posted: 12/09/2015 at 00:57

All good advise from above and just to add, blight can be a problem for many growers, by planting 1st and 2nd earlies along with main crop spuds you increase your chances of producing a good crop of spuds. The latter keep longer altough I've had 1st and 2nd earlies which are good into December if stored in the dark after being dug up.

I'm happy to be wrong but I'm given to understand high humidity levels  over a three day period are the times when you crop is most at risk. 1st and 2nd earlies mature sooner than main crop and although these can still be caught by blight the spuds underground have grown sufficently to produce a reaonable crop.    

Hope this is helpful when growing spuds next yr

compost bins

Posted: 10/09/2015 at 22:47
I don't put weeds on my compost but dry them out and burn it or take them to the tip.
Grass cuttings go in but not couch grass or any grass with roots still attached.

New allotment OMG...

Posted: 07/09/2015 at 23:28

scoggin, that would have been a challenging walk, Helvellyn, it's the 3rd highest peak in England, the views must have been fab, nice to hear you enjoyed the trip. 

When I was learning to dive, the club used the Lakes as a training ground so I've dived some of the deeper lakes. Not alot to see under the water though  but the drive to different sites were always memerable.

Here's some useless information, there is only one lake in the Lake district, the rest are tarns or waters.

Plan to go to the plot tomorrow.


New allotment OMG...

Posted: 07/09/2015 at 00:03

Lol - GWRS, we do get the occassional week when it doesn't rain here in the NW, not many but the rain it is good for flowers and veg .

I live 30 to 40 mins drive from Kendal/Windermere and have never tired from visiting the Lakes.

Did you visit any gardens scroggins - visited John Ruskins home earlier in the yr. Fab views of Coniston Water and Old Man Of Coniston.

Went with a cousin who has walked most of the Wainwright walks over a period of about 20yrs plus. Some of those can be quite scary, I've a fear of hieghtsand struggle when near to the top of peaks if the path is narrow, so walking the peaks in the Lakes isn't something I find enjoyable. Going up is easier than coming down but on my wish list of things to do is to go walking after the snow this yr with said cousin on a nice sedate walk.

Hope you had a nice week scrogins



What is this going to be?

Posted: 06/09/2015 at 22:09

Wow what a monster. Sorry, I can't help but I'm sure someone will be long shortly to tell you what it is.

What is this going to be?

Posted: 06/09/2015 at 22:01

You'll need to post a pic, Hollie.


Posted: 06/09/2015 at 21:59

Use the strongest weed killer you can and cover as much of the plant as possible. Most weed killers work on a ration, depending how much you can cover will depend how far it penetrates down into the root.  SBK sounds a good one.

Could you use a ladder against the neighbours wall enabling you to look down on the brambles to get a better coverage.


New allotment OMG...

Posted: 05/09/2015 at 23:20

Good to hear you have managed to get some pallets for your shed Gg, sounds like a good haul. 

Weeding seems an endless task. Part of my plot remained undug untill a few weeks ago. I realised I was just keeping the weeds down with the strimmer and not reallly making any progress, as time was primarily taken keeping the growing area's free from weeds.

Planting has paid dividends though and there is now lots of stuff covering ground on the cultivated part to slow down/stop the weeds. Something has even been leaving holes in the leaves of bindweed

I've started to rough dig the top of the plot, taking out the periennial roots, covering with cardboard, muck and then plastic. I get cardboard from a local corner shop, the muck isn't that well rotted but is delivered by the tonne just outside my gate and by next yr should have been taken in by the worms and rotted down.

On a bonus, went to the plot yesterday to find a tonne of chopped bark had been delivered to the site. There was no sign saying don't take and as I hadn't received an e-mail about it, recovered the bark paths I have. There was a trail of chippings going down the track so I presumed other plot holders were taking it and the council do make random delivery's, one just after Christmas...  

Never a person to miss an opportunity...


Posted: 04/09/2015 at 20:12

On the subject of rats, stuck in traffic today, I looked out of my side window and so a rat in broad day light on th grass verge happily going about it's business.

Now I realise you are never more than 6ft from a rat, or so I'm told but I've never seen one so bold in the middle of a city. 

Petrol strimmer

Posted: 04/09/2015 at 19:59

I have a petrol grass trimmer -  FPGTP25, bought in a winter sale from B&Q last yr, Oct/Nov time, I think I paid £70 for it. It's worth waiting for the sales if you can. 

Fab piece of kit, I use it on the allotment to keep down weeds and trim the grass paths. Light weight and has a detachable head, I'm told you can purchase different heads for it, for instance a hedge trimmer attachment for reaching up high but not seen any of the attachments in store. 

You'll also need to purchase, goggles, petrol, oil, funnel and mixing bottle. B&Q do a starter kit, excluding the petrol, at approx £10. 

For the record, I don't work for B&Q .



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