Zoomer44


Latest posts by Zoomer44

Ladybirds

Posted: 03/07/2015 at 21:34

I've seen loads of ladybirds on the allotment and some in the back garden. I've not had a huge problem with  aphids either this year, there's been some on currant bushes and some in the GH on chillies/peppers but not to the point the plants have been smoothered in them.                

Celeriac

Posted: 03/07/2015 at 00:04

Celeriac needs a long growing season. I grew them for the first time last year and it was possibly October or later before they were ready to start picking. The top leaves grew but the edible part seemed to take forever to swell. They did evetually grow slightly smaller to those bought in supermarkets before I started to harvest them.

Sowed them mid April this year, in modules and the seedlings are still only just over a couple of inches tall with roots just begining to poke through the bottom of the modules but looking healthy.

They were slow to germinate but me thinks they are a veg well worth growing, harvested at a time when very little else is available.

Good luck, patience is a virtue

Starting out...

Posted: 02/07/2015 at 23:12

Firstly you do sound like you know what you are doing by making a good start, with books, visiting shows, getting advise etc...

Providing the manure is well rotted down after digging in you can plant up. I'd be inclined to leave it a couple of weeks but you would certainly be able to plant up before early Autumn to allow your plants to take root before Winter sets in.   

New allotment OMG...

Posted: 30/06/2015 at 21:23

Went to the plot to water plants in the GH today, it's been really hot, what a difference warm weather makes, everything is now growing much quicker. Chillies and peppers have flowers on and there are some green toms. No flowers on cues yet. 

Leeks are almost ready to be moved into their final spot.

I've not been able to do alot of digging on account of my back but have kept the weeds down at the top of the plot by strimming, would really recommend a petrol strimmer. They can be expensive but I got mine half price, I think just after Christmas, it's light weight and takes about 10mins to keep on top of the weeds on the uncultivated part of the plot and strim a grass path I grew.      

STRAWBERRYS

Posted: 30/06/2015 at 20:05

After just picking 3 strawberries last week, the bowl was over flowing today with loads still to pick, surprising what one day of sun shine can do.

Don't worry Boater it just means you'll be eating strawberries later when all ours have gone  

Shed of the year...

Posted: 29/06/2015 at 21:28

Just watched it on iplayer. There were three winners for me in the historical section. 

Allotment Rental

Posted: 28/06/2015 at 22:13

More information is needed. How many plots do you want and for what reason do you want more?

Initially I put my name down on allotment sites locally, with lists still open, and since obtaining my current site have been offered viewings of plots on other sites but turned them down as I' happy with the size of the plot I have. 

 

 

Shed of the year...

Posted: 28/06/2015 at 21:33

Missed the programme tonight, Zoomer kicks herself, not turned the TV on today..

I liked the train shed too, especially when they turned off the lights, the fairground was truely inspiring, it was a labour of love.

Planting immediately after potatoes

Posted: 28/06/2015 at 21:08

Also if you like flowers now is the window for biennial flower sowing. You could use it as a nursery bed for them. Parsley can also be sown now for next year, all good winter cover for the ground too  

Planting immediately after potatoes

Posted: 28/06/2015 at 20:57

If you use a crop rotation plan then you'd be best planting brassica's which follow spuds. Idea spot for winter vegs - broccoli, kale, swede,, you may still get a crop with kohl rabi and radish are quick to grow. 

I sow in modules rather than take my chances with sulgs eating the seedlings, seeds sown in the ground though will germinate at this time of year.  .

Don't put manure in the ground for brassica's, you will be planting up to soon for it to have been taken into the soil. Someone else maybe able to answer your Q about mixing some fertilizer into the soil first, I prefer to water on a home made fertilizer each week.    

Discussions started by Zoomer44

Mile a minute plant...

I've lost the will to fight neighbours planting... 
Replies: 5    Views: 392
Last Post: 28/06/2017 at 21:28

Fruit or vegetable...

What is a chilli... 
Replies: 2    Views: 185
Last Post: 17/06/2017 at 07:46

Black spot on sunflowers...

 
Replies: 3    Views: 166
Last Post: 16/06/2017 at 21:37

Cherry trees...

Blossomed to early and flowers taken by frost..  
Replies: 3    Views: 249
Last Post: 27/05/2017 at 22:57

Good hygiene...

Cleaning garden tools.... 
Replies: 13    Views: 757
Last Post: 22/02/2017 at 10:15

Blight in the GH...

I'm happy to be wrong... 
Replies: 2    Views: 535
Last Post: 04/12/2016 at 20:15

Blight in the GH...

I'm happy to be wrong... 
Replies: 0    Views: 354
Last Post: 04/12/2016 at 18:25

Wasp nests.....

I've found one the size of a football...  
Replies: 20    Views: 1443
Last Post: 24/09/2016 at 21:46

Asparagus...what now..

I planted about 18 crowns in March..  
Replies: 7    Views: 604
Last Post: 21/08/2016 at 23:07

Advertising ...

I tend to whiz past the advertising... 
Replies: 10    Views: 746
Last Post: 11/08/2016 at 13:30

Making compost

 
Replies: 10    Views: 1040
Last Post: 29/06/2016 at 22:05

Gooseberry pruning...

The bush is heavy with berries.. 
Replies: 3    Views: 584
Last Post: 20/06/2016 at 13:10

Fences and covenants...

Are covenants legally binding... 
Replies: 12    Views: 1460
Last Post: 09/06/2016 at 15:31

Sharpening tools...

Tips welcome... 
Replies: 14    Views: 1078
Last Post: 16/06/2016 at 13:29

Best site for asparagus...

Multiple choice Q...no ideal site...a case of...best of a bad lot...  
Replies: 9    Views: 764
Last Post: 23/04/2016 at 22:11
1 to 15 of 97 threads