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Latest posts by Zoomer44

Planting First Earley Potatoes

Posted: 12/03/2014 at 21:52

We had a frost this morning and I was scaping frost of the car wind screen yesterday, me thinks I'll wait a little longer before planting out, it's tempting though. 

Baby corn confusion

Posted: 11/03/2014 at 23:45

I've grown sweetcorn and am trying a mini pop variety this year which can be grown in rows rather than in a rectangle, this variety doesn't need wind polination which is why they can be grown in rows. It's an F1 variety called minipop bought from moreveg - online, for 20 seeds.

Mini pop needs to be picked early. I've picked big sweetcorn early in the past and it's edible but needs to be picked before the grains swell and when the tassels just show. I'm hoping for at least, 6 - 8 cobs per plant based on experience of growing big sweetcorn but expect more mini pops per plant, not a huge amount and if you only have four plants, you may need to consider growing more plants.

Value branded compost V branded names

Posted: 11/03/2014 at 22:33

Angela, with a good mix even a black darlik can get hot in the summer.

Pallets

Posted: 09/03/2014 at 21:15

WOW, you did well Grdengirl, to get the nails out of the blocks.

Tried the brick method today, it's slightly easier, the flag stone I was using broke though . Looking forward to seeing the pics of your finished project

lovely day

Posted: 08/03/2014 at 21:10

Lovely day, spent it on the allotment, got loads done, I've about 5 projects running at the same time, so when I got fed up with one moved onto the next. 

Saw my first dandilion, when you've dug up brambles though, they don't seem to pose the same challenge but it was a reminder to cover half the plot over again with plastic.

How long do bulbs take to sprout?

Posted: 07/03/2014 at 20:46

Gladioli and ,lillies will shoot when the time is right and the soil warms up, neither flower till July/Aug/Sept time.

Lillies are hardy and can be left in the ground or pots through winter so no probs planting now, I'll be repotting mine in pots and putting some in the GH for an early show.

It's still too cold for gladioli to put out shoots possibly not till May.

Ask Alan

Posted: 07/03/2014 at 20:24

cotty,

There is a flower site, possibly a rose one where you can get them named after someone special...for a small fee. I've tried googling for it but can't find the site. I wanted a flower called mum or dad and someone pointed me in the right direction, prehaps it wasn't on this forum as no one has responded to your Q. I was on an old GW type forum before it shut down, so it could have been there.

There are lots of roses through named after peoples first name   

Ask Alan

Posted: 06/03/2014 at 22:03

I enjoy the changing seasons, each one brings it's own special joy, Spring when plants are just awakening, Summer when everything seems lush and in bloom, Autumn is a time to harvest the fruit and veg of your labour, a time to witness leaves changing colour before winter arrives. Winter brings it's own special joy when birds are enticed into the garden to feed and bathe, the small time gardeners way of giving back to mother nature and 'peace de le resistance' against the decline in the bird population.

My Q for Alan would be what joys does he get and witness in the garden from the changing seasons?

Mussel shell uses

Posted: 05/03/2014 at 21:41

obelixx...I've a picket line of ladybirds now demanding better living accommodation...

planting potatoes and onion sets

Posted: 05/03/2014 at 21:26

Hi, Nan,

Maybe you should have paid more attention  but not to worry, I'm sure your dad would be pleased to know you are caring for the garden because you enjoyed the produce and want to carry on a tradition. 

I can't answer your Q as I live in the NW and planting out times are different for your area which is further up North but there are some Scottish growers who probably could.   

Discussions started by Zoomer44

Slug solution....

I found a slow worm on the plot today. 
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Last Post: 02/04/2014 at 21:38

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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Last Post: 25/03/2014 at 09:32

A differnt Q about Lily Beetle...

Want to use the spent compost from lilies grown in pots elsewhere... 
Replies: 6    Views: 134
Last Post: 25/03/2014 at 21:54

What do rabbits not eat...

There's an area at the bottom of the plot which will not be enclosed...  
Replies: 13    Views: 305
Last Post: 23/03/2014 at 21:57

Clearing brambles...

There were brambles down one side of the allotment... 
Replies: 13    Views: 743
Last Post: 19/02/2014 at 20:46

Rabbit's on the allotment and other Q's...

Firstly, advise needed to build a rabbit proof fence. 
Replies: 21    Views: 683
Last Post: 19/02/2014 at 21:17

First day on the allotment...

The first day was stopped at half time due to rain...  
Replies: 28    Views: 816
Last Post: 04/02/2014 at 21:15

Strawberry sticks

Has anyone grown these... 
Replies: 9    Views: 218
Last Post: 23/01/2014 at 20:42

New allotment OMG...

I've just signed up for an allotment... 
Replies: 39    Views: 1132
Last Post: 15/03/2014 at 09:56

Spud fairs...

It's that time of year again when thoughts turn to which spuds to grow... 
Replies: 34    Views: 1193
Last Post: 24/01/2014 at 20:50

Christmas trees...

Who will be buying a real tree this year... 
Replies: 47    Views: 1154
Last Post: 29/11/2013 at 16:18

GH tom bed...

The soil/compost was changed this year...  
Replies: 4    Views: 2252
Last Post: 11/11/2013 at 20:54

Wild life...

Has anyone been watching Autumnwatch...  
Replies: 18    Views: 4150
Last Post: 06/11/2013 at 21:41

Saving bean seeds...

This was a new venture last year... 
Replies: 8    Views: 455
Last Post: 06/10/2013 at 20:49

Self seeding foxglove...

I was a tab bit slow in collecting seeds from foxglove...  
Replies: 10    Views: 542
Last Post: 07/10/2013 at 23:12
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