Zoomer44


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Best compost for 2015

Posted: 10/03/2015 at 21:00

Thought I'd start as new compost thread. 2013 from what I recall wasn't a particularly good year for compost, here's hoping 2015 will be much improved.

I usually get a few bags for pots around ther garden. Which compost are posters recommending and what would you recommend as a seed compost. Haven't bought any yet for this year...

whats best?

Posted: 09/03/2015 at 21:45

I grow lillies in flower buckets which are kept in a sheltered spot until florishing and then the plastic pots are put into terracotta one's and placed around the garden. After flowering the plastic pots go back to the sheltered spot. 

For the past few years lily beetle has been a problem so I've been repotting the bulbs into fresh compost, now is the time to do that and then some plastic pots will go into the GH and some outside, by May all the pots are outside.

I've found this produces a longer flowering period, with the GH one's flowering first.     

What is my mystery bulb thats growing....

Posted: 09/03/2015 at 21:28

I'm in Lancashire and the tulips are coming up. Some dwarf daffs in the back garden are in flower and we had snow two weeks ago. 

New allotment OMG...

Posted: 09/03/2015 at 21:18

It's tempting to get stuff in the ground, but too early for spuds. The RHS website says it's OK to plant onion sets, shallots and garlic now, a part from garlic I'm going to wait till April, less chance of losing stuff to a late frost .   

Been going through my seeds to see which can be sown now, because I'm in the NW I sow stuff a month later than what it says on the packet. I've leeks and celeriac which can be sown from February onwards and then nearly everything can be sown from March onwards, you'd need a windowledge the length of a football pitch will need to be selective...

Your polly tunnel sounds mint Ginagibbs...ever so envious...  

Robinsons is a no frills nursery and anyone travelling miles must be a tad bit disappointed when they get there but they are ever so good with advise. Amongst other stuff they grow lots of different chilli varieties and their onions are second to none. They had a spud fair in February with over 40 different varieties. If anyone wants to visit I can give post codes for other GC and local nurseries worthy of a visit

A sad day

Posted: 08/03/2015 at 14:50

Sorry to hear you are giving up your allotment but on the plus side you can spend more time at home in your garden and as you probably know there's lots of stuff which can be grown in amoungst the flowers.   

When is the best time to sow strawberries in the UK?

Posted: 08/03/2015 at 14:40

The white strawberries, I grew a few years were also pineberries not sure if you can get red pineberries.

They did have a slight taste of pineapple, the problem I found the first year was knowing when they were ripe to pick. They go seedy if left on the plant too long and they are alpine strawberries which self seed so if you don't want hundreds of them growing, the fruit needs to be picked. 

I wasn't over keen on the taste and the fruit is small so don't grow them now.   

New allotment OMG...

Posted: 08/03/2015 at 14:25

Started seed sowing yesterday. Am trialing some of those little grow pockets. They don't swell up as big as I thought they would and I was expecting them to expand. 

Been to Robinson's today the mammoth onion growers. Their onions are a tab bit expensive so bought some more chilli, pepper and aurbergine seeds. Was going to grow these with cues in the allotment GH, it's currently glassless though so that's a job to do. The varieties are tall plants so I'm hopnig for a big crop and a lush GH come July 

Your shed sounds a bargin.     

Ever been had ??

Posted: 08/03/2015 at 14:08

They've been replanted and looking well in their new home, I may start a collection though after seeing yours.  

Ever been had ??

Posted: 08/03/2015 at 13:48

Having seen the picture, hope you aren't too disappointed now Runnybeak, it's lovely, knocks the socks of the snowdrops I dug up.

Stealing or foraging?

Posted: 08/03/2015 at 13:41

I agree stealling flowers and plants from peoples gardens is wrong.

Many years ago I heard of someone prosecuted for collecting coal from the railway line I think it was called 'theft by finding' apparently if reasonable steps aren't taken to find out who owns something it is stealling but what would reasonable steps be? Would knocking on a farmers door to find they are not in, be reasonasble steps before foraging on their land or if a farmer said yes and you mistakenly went onto the neighbouring farmers land.

How many of us were encouraged to pick wild flowers as children whilst out in the country, were we unwitingly being encouraged by our parents to steal 

            

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