Zoomer44


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Liming effect on slugs?

Posted: 24/08/2015 at 23:43

Not sure how effective lime is but I'm going to try ground coffee beans next season. I've already started adding some to the compost heap as a brown layer.

I try to be organic but use blue pellets for slugs and snails . After visiting the Southport Flower Show and talking to a group of experienced allotmenteers have decided to give ground coffee beans a try. Their advise, if planting veg in rows was to lay it in between the rows, slugs and snails apparently don't like crossing over ground coffee beans. 

The allotmenteers were spot on, in identifying what was eating my tom's in the GH, I thought slugs and snails, but no, it was the caterpillar of a moth which only eats the fruit and not the leaves. I found the caterpillars today    

sweetcorn

Posted: 23/08/2015 at 22:10

I'm growing mini pop, two beds planted 4wks apart. The 1st bed has grown in a dome, the plants must have followed the sun. The plants at the side are about 4ft tall and the one's in the middle must be 6ft, I'm 5ft8, they are beginning to flower at the top with some cobs devloping so me thinks I can start picking as mini pop doesn't need to be pollinated and are picked small.

I've planted squash to weave in and out at the bottom of the plants down one side and dwarf french beans in between down the other side. It's a narrow bed and the beans are within reach from the side to pick.

 It certainly keeps down the weeds and there's 3 crops in one area. Couldn't get my head arounds planting beans to climb up the plants as you'd need to leave enough room between rows to walk.

Composting

Posted: 23/08/2015 at 21:35

You'd probably need a lot of citrus peel for it to have an impact on the ph of the compost. I have a lot of pine needles in with leaf mould but the plants which are mulched with it are ok.

You should be ok with composting tom leaves providing they haven't had blight in which case burn them.     

Garlic what varieties and where do I buy

Posted: 22/08/2015 at 21:42

Stands for Garden Centre

How much to charge...

Posted: 21/08/2015 at 00:31

Ask yourself how many people are likely to be there with a pond in their garden and do you want to take the plants home if you can't sell them, will they be destined for the compost heap?  . . 

I don't know the cost of pond plants, don;t have a pond but everyone likes to feel they have got a bargin.  Why not decide on a price and offer 2 for the price of 1, or buy one get another half price.  

New allotment OMG...

Posted: 19/08/2015 at 00:18

Onions and garlic have done well, my garlic was also small but I'm not sure whether people who say they grow big garlic aren't telling a fisherman's tale  because mines always been about as big as golf ball's, possibly slightly bigger in a good year. I seem to recall reading somewhere elephant garlic produces big bulbs but I've never grown it and small garlic does keep well

Green manure sounds a good plan, will try it. I've grown nasturgiums, trained into area's, so as I harvest vegs they provide good ground cover to prevent weed seeds from settling in the soil and germinating. They also attract pests like blackfly, giving ladybirds a good feast and keeping vegs safe from flies. 

Courgette's are doing well but squash, pumkins and gourds not so good. I've gourds still drying from last yr, hug around the plot which are now beginning to rattle in the wind. I'm drying them to paint. 

I'm currently enjoying all the wildlife on the plot. With stuff in flower, there's lots of bee's, wasps. and butterflies. I've trillions of worms. There's also a frog living under black pastic at the top of the plot. Not seen any slow worms on this plot though.   

Happy growing everyone.

New allotment OMG...

Posted: 16/08/2015 at 22:22

GWRS - The plot is such a big one, I wanted to plant up stuff, as ground became clear, and winter veg seemed to be the way to go rather than mulch and cover for Spring.

Already have some leeks in and cleriac. Bought another tray of leeks and have planted them in bunches to grow to pencil size in a nursery bed before planting out in place of spuds. In the spring they'll have been picked and something else can be planted to follow on.

 Have also planted parsley and garlic chives for next  year. Seem to recall rabbits, mice and rats don't like the smell of chives or garlic chives so the plan is to start planting them around the edges of the plot as close to the boundary as possible in rows. So a little bunny the other day, on neighbours plot, just disappearing into his cabbage patch 

When do you plant out onions for next year. I plant garlic late September and plant onions in the Spring but keen to try anything new.   

Took note of my compost area today, leaf mould has reduced to nearly nothing and I'm having trouble getting sufficient brown waste for the other compost heaps     

Outdoor tomatoes and chillies in and out

Posted: 16/08/2015 at 21:36

I'm in Lancs and started picking red tom's last week, yellow tom's this week. Still lot's of green one's on the plants though yet to ripen.

Chillies just starting to go red on one plant and lots of green sweet peppers on another.

Outdoor tomatoes

Posted: 16/08/2015 at 21:26

We've had blight in the NW, my spuds went down with it.

Tom's doing remarkably well though, not many red one's yet but lots of green one's in the GH.

Planted some spare indoor tom's outside. Didn't expect anything from these but they are in flower with tiny green tom's developing 

New allotment OMG...

Posted: 15/08/2015 at 23:43

We get alot of rain in this part of Lancashire so have had to check the forcast to plan when to go to the plot.

Mother nature can't wait to take back what's her's and the weeds haven't yet realised that the shorter days, mean, their time is over, so consequently have been doing alot of weeding. On  a positive note, having stuff with big leaves or  planting ground cover will hopefully prevent weeds from self seeding for next yr.

Planted out some winter veg today, Kale and green sprouting broccili, not so sure I'll get  a crop but it will be a learning curve for planting Winter veg.

 

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