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What's the weather like in your area?

Posted: 28/10/2013 at 00:59

Not a trip I'd like to make Farmergedden. Six hours from here in the NW to Aberdeen and slightly longer from Cornwall to Lancashire.

 

What's the weather like in your area?

Posted: 27/10/2013 at 23:58

We've had heavy rain today and it was very windy early evening.

A friend is travelling back to Aberdeen on route from Cornwall, staying this evening. The weathers been very poor down there all week, she's worried about travelling back tomorrow we've checked the forcast but it doesn't seem much better on Tuesday and Wednesday. Gusts of 37, Shap is likely to be the worst place to travel over, it can be pretty bleak even in the summer.

On a positve note, it's looking like I've extra guests for the next few days.

Strawberry variety ideas?.

Posted: 26/10/2013 at 22:40

No probs.

I've also an established patch grown from strawberry plants given about 20yrs ago. They always crop well and produce some big, well flavoured  strawberries. In comparision though, the new one's were better flavoured but slightly smaller, shop bought size.

Honeyoye didn't produce any fruit, but did put out runners, so they've yet to be tried. The other three had excellent flavours, couldn't choose which was the best so planted up a new patch with the runners a few weeks ago.

Happy gardening and good luck with your strawberries next year. 

Preserving, What do you do or planning to do.

Posted: 26/10/2013 at 22:00

My chillies are still drying in the GH. Will try your recipee next year Steve.

Have lots of pickled beetroot though and tomato chutney. There's a freezer full of currants, blueberries and roasted toms.

Picked the last of the peppers today and I've still got aubergines in the GH grown for seed collecting which just keep getting bigger. There's also two bags of spuds yet to be emptied and celeriac was pulled today. Not sure yet what to do with the celeriac, don't recall ever having eaten it before, may have some with Sunday lunch...Zoomer goes off to find a cook book....    

high winds and greenhouses

Posted: 26/10/2013 at 21:39

I usually close everything up but have a cracked pane in the GH which has slipped down leaving a gap, was meaning to get it fixed but haven't, hope the wind doesn't take it.

Strawberry variety ideas?.

Posted: 26/10/2013 at 21:03

The four new one's I tried are - Pagasus, crops June. Cambridge Favourite, crops June. Honeyoye, an early variety and Rhapsody, mid to late variety.

If you can't get down to the allotment to regularly pick them, the problem could be the starwberries are already slightly over ripe when you are able to pick. I've found shop bought starwberries soon go soft and need to be eaten the same day, probably becasuse they've been on the shelves a few days already.

Why not take two containers down to the allotment and put the firmer one's in a seperate container, these should last longer. 

    

 

 

 

I will/I won't grow that again

Posted: 25/10/2013 at 21:04

I wasn't going to grow ornamental gourds again. Last years had loads of foilage but no gourds, this year - Snake gourds, I don't think even made it to the planting out stage or died soon after.  

...but bought some children's seeds at Kew - Russian Dolls - to grow next year...how hard can it be...  

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.

Discussions started by Zoomer44

Soil like dust...

I've taken over another half plot on the allotment...  
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Q about transplanting fruit bushes...

I've grown some cuttings at home and have some well establishes bushes to transplant.. 
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Weeds in the GH....

I've inherited a GH with no glass on a new allotment plot... 
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Little gems...

I've about a dozen Little gem lettuce plants growing in pots.... 
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Veg seeds to sow now...

Winter veg... 
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Using mushroom compost...

I've used mushroom compost on one of the beds on the allotment...  
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It's a tab bit early to ask but...

Whose growing Christmas spuds... 
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Sweet corn problems...

Seedlings dying.... 
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Sowing parsnips....

Is it too late to try again.... 
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Lidl fruit tree's....

Does anyone know the root stock... 
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Apples and pears....

Thinking of purchasing a tree or two... 
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Fruit tree ID...

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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Last Post: 10/05/2014 at 20:03

A vote of confidence....

Just thought I'd share this with fellow posters.... 
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