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Editing posts?

Posted: 20/10/2013 at 22:00

I miss the edit button too LF, just have to be careful what you post, spell check isn't there either and my spelling isn't the best...looks like yours isn't either

Whar makes me happy in the autumn?

Posted: 20/10/2013 at 21:47

PP I find the Lanashire/Yorkshire routes on the motorway a tab bit windy and open, so opt for the A routes when driving to places like Barnoldswick or Blackburn.

Know what you mean though, some fabulous places to visit, have driven past Clitheroe loads of times but visited last weekend for the first time, we went round the castle with the intention of walking along the river after lunch but didn't have time. A good time was had by all...

Whar makes me happy in the autumn?

Posted: 20/10/2013 at 21:09

Chicky...know what you mean...colleagues look at me, like I've lapsed into Madrine Chinese, if I say I like driving home in day light to see the changing leaves at this time of year...clocks change soon and it'll all be missed...

Statues OR Ornaments

Posted: 20/10/2013 at 20:29

Thank's you guys for your kind words, and no probs, KEF... you weren't to know. She was a lot older than both myself and the vet realised...she sat on the patio on Thursday...but her legs went on Friday...bless her little cotton socks...she had a good life...chasing pigeons and birds in the garden ...catching mice...enough said...

Planting Potatoes

Posted: 20/10/2013 at 20:00

All good advise above from experienced allotmenteers, not sure how my advise would translate onto an alloment but hope it does. Have tried main crop in veg beds in the back garden

I grow in bags mainly and try to keep some spuds back in March/Arpil to plant in May to prolong the harvest. Spuds are happy to chit for a few months if you keep them in the right conditions. I've bought spuds in January from spud fairs and started chitting right away but not planted some out till May.  

A lot of growers rate Charlotte but I don't, never had a good crop and found they don't cook well.  Grown several different varities, there's heaps to try but this year kept some in their bags after the foilage died back. Dug up a 2nd early - wilja last week and the spuds were fine. I've still two bags of spring grown spuds to harvest and don't buy spuds from about late June through to December.

The problem with growing Christmas spuds is when you come to harvest in December and this is why they can't be grown on an allotment, you can't dig them up, the ground is frozen. Last yr mine were put in an unheated GH and the bags froze, they were fine in February when the bags had defrosted.

Spuds will only grow for the length of time nature intended, so spuds planted in July for Christmas -1st and 2nd earlies -  the foilage will have died back well before December and I wouldn't waste my space in the GH for Christmas spuds any more but would put them in a place which is frost free like garage or basement.

In answer to your last Q, how many spuds do you need to plant, depends on how many spuds you eat 

Oak tree seedling

Posted: 20/10/2013 at 17:43

Sounds a good idea to grow an oak as a bonsai, Old timer2.

Love your apple tree grown from a pip Forester2.

bamboo

Posted: 20/10/2013 at 17:36

Bamboo can be a real thug, it puts out under ground roots which can go through walls, mine migrated into next doors garden. I agree with Verdun try glyphosate but also after cutting down pour it into the cut bamboo stems. Each time a new shoot appears try to pull it up with as much root as you can.

Good luck.

compost heap

Posted: 20/10/2013 at 17:20

Much the same as above. I have three compost area's. 1st is a black darlek, it's in some shade by a fence but can get unbelievably hot. I've 3 boxes of leaf mould which usually rots down to 2 boxes, in some shade and a bin full of manure which is in full sun but takes the longest to rot down.

Mine don't generate much heat at this time of year but apart from the leaf mould are full of worms breaking the matter down.  

As Dovefromabove say's it's getting the mix right and ensuring there's enough air in there.   

Statues OR Ornaments

Posted: 20/10/2013 at 17:05

I've a statue of a cat. It's to remind me where my first cat is buried, kinda seemed disrepsectful to keep digging her up every time I mulched. The ashes are long gone now but the statue remains.

Current cat went to 'Rainbow Bridge' on Friday, she's in the front garden, she won't be disturbed there, it's gravelled over. All told it was a sad day in the garden yesterday, there was no Garfield waiting at the bottom of the stairs or to walk up the garden path with

 

Oak tree seedling

Posted: 19/10/2013 at 20:23

ok.

Discussions started by Zoomer44

Anyone grow globe artichokes...

After saying I wasn't going to grow them several weeks ago I picked up 12 plants from the nearly dead section of a store.... 
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How to pollinate a Bramley apple tree...

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Growing grass paths...

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Td immunisations...

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'Mile a minute' growing as you watch...

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Something has been eating my chillies and toms...

Something has been nibbling at my chillies and toms...  
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Soil like dust...

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Q about transplanting fruit bushes...

I've grown some cuttings at home and have some well establishes bushes to transplant.. 
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Weeds in the GH....

I've inherited a GH with no glass on a new allotment plot... 
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Little gems...

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Veg seeds to sow now...

Winter veg... 
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Using mushroom compost...

I've used mushroom compost on one of the beds on the allotment...  
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It's a tab bit early to ask but...

Whose growing Christmas spuds... 
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Sweet corn problems...

Seedlings dying.... 
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Sowing parsnips....

Is it too late to try again.... 
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