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Latest posts by Zoomer44

Strawberry variety ideas?.

Posted: 25/10/2013 at 20:32

I grew four new varieties this year, will post there names tomorrow, if they still have their labels, it's too dark to go out now.

I tend to eat mine on the day picked but these were firm strawberries so would have thought they'd last a day or two. Can't say I've grown a strawberry which didn't taste nice

Alpine strawberries are an aquired taste though. I grew white strawberries this year but left them on the plant too long so they were a bit soft.

Gardening Book ideas for Christmas

Posted: 24/10/2013 at 21:28

Propagation by Aura Garden Guides is a good one. Cheap, at less that £5 it covers a range of plants in respect to propagation, also has several growing charts for seeds from veg to annuals, biennials, perennials and houseplants.  

I find it a good reference book, just been reading about hardwood cuttings again and when to take them.

I've also Herbs in the same series but there's well over a dozen different guides.

Autumn colour

Posted: 23/10/2013 at 21:09

David, Enjoy your day in the Lakes, I'm sure you'll get some fabulous pictures. Lovely place to visit in all the seasons.

What's the weather like in your area?

Posted: 23/10/2013 at 21:00

Dry this morning but rain for most of the afternoon.

Some mornings it's been a tad bit cold here, noticed the dahlias starting to go over today.

Cold frames and greenhouses

Posted: 21/10/2013 at 22:14

Hi, Garden Girl,

I've oftern thought what was the difference and like you have limited space, from advise given there's little difference and in part it's about personnal preference. 

I started off with a plastic four shelved GH, it was cheap and cheerful, good for growing stuff on and ideal for a few tom plants and if I didn't have green fingers little lost.

A  cold frame to me is something which sits on the ground with no shelves in it, although you can get stand up ones, which have shelving, but are expensive. If you can build one like HH then that's fab.  

Turned out, me thinks I do have green fingers and now have a GH but still have the reliable plastic four shelved GH and really rate them but would like a nice cold frame to replace the plasic GH  as it's become a permanent feature. .   

What's the weather like in your area?

Posted: 21/10/2013 at 20:52

It's been dull and wet here and the forcast doesn't get any better for the rest of the week.

Can't get out in the garden now during the week as it's dark when I get home but have saved up some jobs which can be done in the GH this weekend.

 

    

No dig gardening

Posted: 21/10/2013 at 20:21

I did something similar to obelixx, on one of the beds last yr.

Read somewhere courgettes like well manured soil so covered one bed about this time with some rotted down manure, covered the ground with a weed membrain instead of cardboard, weighted down with stones and when it was time, cut crosses in the fabric and planted out the courgettes. They romped away all summer, no weeds or pests not even mildew on the leaves, just but slug pellets on the membrain so no slugs either.

Best crop of courgettes I've ever had.

It's now planted up with a new strawberry patch and has bienniels in. Didn't need to weed just turned it over with a hand fork.        

No dig gardening

Posted: 21/10/2013 at 00:02

Forgot to say the beds are no more than 1mtre wide and never walked on so the soil isn't compact.  

No dig gardening

Posted: 20/10/2013 at 23:56

I follow the no dig principle. Once the veg beds were made, which did involve double digging initially and soil sieving, I now put a layer of mulch or fretiliser on beds in the autumn, depending what is to be grown in the bed, this could be well rotted horse muck, leaf mould or a bed with nothing on. Worms have time to drag the compost into the soil and by spring, after snow, the beds are looking black and healthy. A fork over is sufficient to dig in anything left on the surface.    

I've three veg beds and try to use a rotation system but space is limited and in practice this doesn't always go to plan as I stagger and repeat plant through the growing season.

I hoe regularly and don't let weeds take a hold in the beds, weeds tend to come up easy pezzie on a good bed with mulch or muck providing enough room is left between plants to hoe.   

Carrots and parsnips don't do well in no dig soil as they need depth to grow. I've a portable raised bed for mouli which I like to grow, it's about a ft deep and is refilled each year with used compost from spud bags freshed up with new stuff and can be moved around the beds. 

over wintering garlic - what should it be doing?

Posted: 20/10/2013 at 23:13

Don't worry when it snows either, garlic needs at least 30 days of frost to split into cloves and just when you think it's died,in March garlic starts to grow again.

Plant the clove so it's covered by soil though, I start garlic off in modules and plant out those which have started shooting and/or have roots coming out of the bottom of the pot.

Happy gardening.

Discussions started by Zoomer44

Little gems...

I've about a dozen Little gem lettuce plants growing in pots.... 
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Winter veg... 
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Can anyone identify this fruit tree... 
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Buy cheap pay twice...

I knew when I bought it I shouldn't have done.. 
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What to grow in vacated veg beds....

I've three raised beds.... 
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A vote of confidence....

Just thought I'd share this with fellow posters.... 
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Help...marestail and other nasties...

And I thought brambles and rabbits were going to be the biggest problem... 
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Slug solution....

I found a slow worm on the plot today. 
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Every so pleased...first plants will go in at the weekend...

After much hard work and several weekends later...it's suprising what you can do in a few hours...  
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