Latest posts by Zoomer44

What is this going to be?

Posted: 06/09/2015 at 22:09

Wow what a monster. Sorry, I can't help but I'm sure someone will be long shortly to tell you what it is.

What is this going to be?

Posted: 06/09/2015 at 22:01

You'll need to post a pic, Hollie.


Posted: 06/09/2015 at 21:59

Use the strongest weed killer you can and cover as much of the plant as possible. Most weed killers work on a ration, depending how much you can cover will depend how far it penetrates down into the root.  SBK sounds a good one.

Could you use a ladder against the neighbours wall enabling you to look down on the brambles to get a better coverage.


New allotment OMG...

Posted: 05/09/2015 at 23:20

Good to hear you have managed to get some pallets for your shed Gg, sounds like a good haul. 

Weeding seems an endless task. Part of my plot remained undug untill a few weeks ago. I realised I was just keeping the weeds down with the strimmer and not reallly making any progress, as time was primarily taken keeping the growing area's free from weeds.

Planting has paid dividends though and there is now lots of stuff covering ground on the cultivated part to slow down/stop the weeds. Something has even been leaving holes in the leaves of bindweed

I've started to rough dig the top of the plot, taking out the periennial roots, covering with cardboard, muck and then plastic. I get cardboard from a local corner shop, the muck isn't that well rotted but is delivered by the tonne just outside my gate and by next yr should have been taken in by the worms and rotted down.

On a bonus, went to the plot yesterday to find a tonne of chopped bark had been delivered to the site. There was no sign saying don't take and as I hadn't received an e-mail about it, recovered the bark paths I have. There was a trail of chippings going down the track so I presumed other plot holders were taking it and the council do make random delivery's, one just after Christmas...  

Never a person to miss an opportunity...


Posted: 04/09/2015 at 20:12

On the subject of rats, stuck in traffic today, I looked out of my side window and so a rat in broad day light on th grass verge happily going about it's business.

Now I realise you are never more than 6ft from a rat, or so I'm told but I've never seen one so bold in the middle of a city. 

Petrol strimmer

Posted: 04/09/2015 at 19:59

I have a petrol grass trimmer -  FPGTP25, bought in a winter sale from B&Q last yr, Oct/Nov time, I think I paid £70 for it. It's worth waiting for the sales if you can. 

Fab piece of kit, I use it on the allotment to keep down weeds and trim the grass paths. Light weight and has a detachable head, I'm told you can purchase different heads for it, for instance a hedge trimmer attachment for reaching up high but not seen any of the attachments in store. 

You'll also need to purchase, goggles, petrol, oil, funnel and mixing bottle. B&Q do a starter kit, excluding the petrol, at approx £10. 

For the record, I don't work for B&Q .



Something is eating my tomatoes!

Posted: 04/09/2015 at 19:28

I've had caterpillars from a moth eating my toms, they eat both red and green toms.. The caterpillars aren't unlike cabbage white one's. Keep checking the leaves but also but some white paper around the base of your plant and give the plant a shake, the caterpillars should drop off onto the paper. 

If you are growing in a GH, at the end of the growing season take all plants out, close all doors and vents and use one of those smoke bombs, not sure what their real name is, that should clear any nasties in there and any thing over wintering.

Welcome to the fruit & veg forum

Posted: 02/09/2015 at 23:26

Hi, Ann,

I'd advise just putting 3 spuds in an old compost bag but I purchased some cheap and cheerful spud bags from Wilko's several yrs ago, they've lasted well and you can get away with planting 5 spuds in them. Bob does know his stuff though so I'm not sure now whether planting the extra spuds produced a bigger crop.

Spuds also like seaweed, if you can get some drift seaweed from the beach and mix it in with your compost the spuds will romp away.

For those hard of hearing, with Sky, you can opt for subtitles with some programmes. GW has someone signing in the corner, only know this because I watched one episode after down loading it and a person was signing in the corner, the facility may only be available after the programme has been on real time TV first though or on the repeats

Growing On Shallots & Garlic

Posted: 31/08/2015 at 22:46

This isn't recommended by most growers but I planted a mix of garlic bulbs this yr, one bulb I'd grown, one brought back from France - purchased at a local market,  and another bought at a local grocers claiming it was grown locally.

Grew them for the 1st time on the plot. None developed rust on their leaves, they didn't bolt and all died back before picking. I left them in the ground as long as possible hoping it would improve their size.

I didn't label which were which, but the results - I had small bulbs, golf ball size (no different from any other yr), a few produced seperate bigger cloves which had grown away from the main bulb, I've used one this evening, once the top layer of skin was removed there were two cloves inside.  

Comparison planting sounds a good plan, I was planning to plant out onion sets and shallots this side of winter to trial if they grew bigger than those planted in the spring 

New allotment OMG...

Posted: 30/08/2015 at 23:45

Gg...How brave picking up a frog. Good luck with the pallet search.

Visited the plot today to water the GH and pick some toms, also started to pick mini pop. 

Bulb fennel has bolted, picked a couple of bulbs on my last visit but will cut the leaves, now, when needed,  for cooking and let it go to seed. I love the smell when you brush past them. I've a row of corriander which also produces a fab smell when brushed past.

Pat - I dry chillies in the GH, when most of the fruit has turned red, just cut the whole plant at the stem and hang it upside down, suspended from the roof, was going to try drying some herbs in the same way. Will check out the cost of a drying machine though...

Happy growing.  

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