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Latest posts by Zoomer44

Tulip Bulbs

Posted: 14/06/2013 at 21:31

The general advise regarding tulips is to start a fresh each year. Some varieties might grow back but most don't., sad, because mine this time were the best ever, with really good stems and blooms.   

What's the weather like in your area?

Posted: 14/06/2013 at 20:55

Almost two days of rain. Was beginning to think there might have been a hose pipe ban here if the sunshine had lasted till the weekend.

Hope it's dry tomorrow. Off to a local summer fair to see big trucks, steam trains  and other fun things for children. Think there's even a lawn mower race, the ticket was a gift, really looking forward to it  

 

growing brassicas

Posted: 13/06/2013 at 23:05

Happy growing Leggi. I grow similar to you .

I end up with lots of spare plants because I grow for a small space and sow more than needed.

I gave a colleague at work some spare bean and calabrese plants yesterday , He's in charge of the lawn and fence painting, his OH  is in charge of their allotment. It was nice when he came in today and said OH was ever so pleased with the plants and instead of planting in their back garden will be taking them down to their alloment.             

Bolting onions....

Posted: 13/06/2013 at 21:56

I've a bed of red and white onions, some have started to produce flower stems so I took off the heads,  the bulbs aren't very big and the plants are beginning to bolt.

I've also a pot of leeks with no home at present, they are healthy looking and some about half the thickness of pencils.

To cut to the chase, should I pull up half the onions which may not produce a very good crop and take my chances with leeks or will the onions be ok and produce the dreamed of big bulbs...  

Advise welcome...

Garlic

Posted: 13/06/2013 at 21:40

figrat - My garlic developed rust last year, it didn't seen to affect the harvest, the bulbs may have been a little smaller but they've stored well and I still have some bulbs left. Don't plant garlic/onions/leeks in the same spot next year but I'm sure you already knew that.

My garlics beginning to bolt, advise welcome.  

what to grow

Posted: 13/06/2013 at 00:30

Beetroot and chad can be sown in modules now to plant out later, you'll get a smaller crop though. Radish, spring onion and salad leaves. Swede and turnip can be sown now in modules to plant out later for an over winter crop.

Strawberry seeds for a crop next year.

If you like growing flowers, biennials can be started off from seed in July to be planted out in September or October. Most say sow in September but I find this too late if you want a plant which will stand up to snow. I used one of my veg beds after cropping, as a nursery bed last year for biennials, foxglove, bellis and sweet william all did well. Bee's love them. They can be transplanted into your flower beds once the ground has defrosted and before you feed the soil for your veggies. Hollyhock and wall flower are also biennials.

Used as companion plants they attract the good guys into your plot early in the growing seaon. I had bee's in the garden soon after the bellis flowered and noticed one out today buzzing round the foxglove.         

growing brassicas

Posted: 12/06/2013 at 23:33

I have quite loose soil in shallow beds and find with calabrese and sprouts they grow better if planted in a shallow trough firmed in with your foot around the base and then earthed up as they grow.

They then develop a deep root system which prevents them rocking to much in wind. Both will bolt if rocketed by the wind, burying down about 6'  for sprouts is about sufficent.  

What's the weather like in your area?

Posted: 12/06/2013 at 23:07

It's rained here in the NW, on and off for most of the day. Garden got a good soak, it was fine when I got home so sowed more seeds. 

Help needed to create a new garden

Posted: 10/06/2013 at 23:08

Just to add to all the good advise and if you want a garden which is four seasons, consider evergreens which bring colour during winter months, there's nothing nicer if you wrap up warm than to sit on the patio on a crisp, sunny winter's day.

What's the weather like in your area?

Posted: 10/06/2013 at 22:29

Hot and sunny again here in the NW, how much longer will it last . 

Everything in the garden has put on growth and looking lush so on the strength of that I've sown more veggies and was thinking of starting next years strawberries off.

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... 
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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...  
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Last Post: 23/03/2014 at 21:57

Clearing brambles...

There were brambles down one side of the allotment... 
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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. 
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Last Post: 19/02/2014 at 21:17

First day on the allotment...

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

Strawberry sticks

Has anyone grown these... 
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Last Post: 23/01/2014 at 20:42

New allotment OMG...

I've just signed up for an allotment... 
Replies: 39    Views: 1139
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: 1198
Last Post: 24/01/2014 at 20:50

Christmas trees...

Who will be buying a real tree this year... 
Replies: 47    Views: 1157
Last Post: 29/11/2013 at 16:18

GH tom bed...

The soil/compost was changed this year...  
Replies: 4    Views: 2263
Last Post: 11/11/2013 at 20:54

Wild life...

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

Saving bean seeds...

This was a new venture last year... 
Replies: 8    Views: 456
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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