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Latest posts by Zoomer44

Will my daffs come through if I lay gravel or slate around my shrubs?

Posted: 19/06/2015 at 20:34

I have bluebells growing through gravel in the front garden, doesn't seem to cause them any problems and the weeds don't grow It is only a small area though, wouldn't recommend covering a large area with gravel without a weed membrane underneath.

Plants can be grown through a weed membrane though, if when you lay the membrane plan where your plants will be, cut holes through the cloth plant up then gravel ther area.

Baby birds

Posted: 19/06/2015 at 20:26

I've had birds nesting in the boundary hedge. One pair are currently building their nest. I'm suprised at how much stuff they can carry in their beaks.

About a month ago there was a robin on the allotment which would sit about a ft away and watch me weeding, ever so tame

Pepper plants growing really tall - should I pinch the top?

Posted: 19/06/2015 at 00:49

I'm sorry Nanny don't have any pics and it's not such an impressive story, chillies and peppers were bought as plants, it's a long story but I've had health problems, I'm recovering from viral encephalitis and meningitis, it came on sudden and when I came out of hospital all my seedlings had died, toms and everything, so I started sowing again towards the end of April, beginning of May. 

Grown Apache 2yrs on the go though, prolific producer and the chillies keep well if dried, I've still loads from last yr. 

strawberry plants

Posted: 17/06/2015 at 20:52

Good advise from Frank.

Also, if you've repotted them and not noticed any grubs in the compost then it's unlikely to be vine weevil, you would have seen them.

Also to add, if you have a number of varieties, different varieties flower at different times, pepetual strawberries flower twice unsually at the beginning of the growing season and again towards the end although the strawberries are smaller and there are fewer of them.    

Pepper plants growing really tall - should I pinch the top?

Posted: 16/06/2015 at 21:00

It could be they have become leggy but some varieties do grow tall, I can't recall a couple of mine without going down to the allotment but I'm expecting them to grow to 4-5ft. You could check the varieties you have on the net for expected height. One of my chilli plants is already at least 2ft high and just beginning to flower.   

Growing globe artichokes...

Posted: 14/06/2015 at 19:40

Just eaten my first one this evening. It was nice, simply done in the steamer and then steeped in butter. Next time I'll take more of the outer scales off and trim the top more.

Thanks Joyce, hadn't thought to save side shoots. The leaves are curling under on the biggest plant, should I be worried. I haven't fed them yet but am using a nettle feed this yr, they are planted in ground which was manured last September. Are they plants just happy to grow without to much TLC.   

Agree about the foilage and flowerhead.

New allotment OMG...

Posted: 13/06/2015 at 19:08

Checked out flea beetle, Ginagibbs, and that's what they look to be, hopefully as the plants grow they'll leave them alone. 

Pea's were nibbled by pea weevil but the seedlings are now bigger and have got through it. Pea weevils are now moved to nibbling the beans, I guess not all pests are distructive to the point where plants die which is reasuring

Gg- I was thinking more of why do we bother putting up netting, the fruit bushes and strawberries won't be netted. I'm hopnig there'll be enough fruit for both the wildlife and myself

Spent the afternoon at home potting up seedlings to small for planting out. 

weather warning

Posted: 13/06/2015 at 18:54

Didn't appear to have rained here last night and although cloudy it's been lovely and warm all day.

Growing globe artichokes...

Posted: 12/06/2015 at 21:11

Bumping up...are Lizzy and I the only posters who grow globe artichokes

weather warning

Posted: 12/06/2015 at 20:01

Just a few spots of rain here, white clouds above and no wind. Everything's gone back in the GH though, I'm taking no chances.

Recommend Wallings Ice Cream Dove, 40 flavours to choose from, my favourite is apple crumble

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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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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Replanting blueberry bushes...

I've a couple of bushes in pots.... 
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Advent calendar prize draw...

Has anyone won anything.... 
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Glode artichokes, over wintering..

Hadn't planned to grow these... 
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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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How to pollinate a Bramley apple tree...

I'd like to grow both dessert and culnary apple tree's...  
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Growing grass paths...

It's just an idea forming... 
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Td immunisations...

I was reading through the infor from the alloment association on the site where I have a plot... 
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'Mile a minute' growing as you watch...

My neighbour has a 'mile as minute' climber growing along the fence... 
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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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