Zoomer44


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New allotment OMG...

Posted: 27/06/2015 at 22:52

The pink gooseberries might be a cooking variety. I picked aload of gooseberries from the bush in the back garden yesterday and stewed them down with a little sugar...ever so nice as a filing in pancakes with ice cream. They also go well, after stewing,  in  smoothie's with strawberries.     

Still way behind here, not much ready to harvest. The first lot of pea's and dwarf french beans are beginning to flower. Chard is ready to start picking leaves off. Swede leaves are riddled with holes but you can see the swede developing now. Red lettuce has also started to grow, slugs haven't found them yet .

Planted out spinach and bulb fennel today after watering stuff in the GH.

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New allotment OMG...

Posted: 25/06/2015 at 23:33

BizzieB know what you mean about paths I plan to have two main path's, one grassed and the other flagged, with narrow paths going across to sperate beds. I'm trying to create a no dig plot.A flagged path allows me to access the bottom of the plot on wet day's to water the GH without slipping, as the plot is on a slope.

Not been down to the plot for a couple of days but will need to go tomorrow to water the GH.       

      

   

Shed of the year...

Posted: 24/06/2015 at 22:58

Did anyone else watch the programme...Flicking through the channels this evening 'Amazing Spaces, shed of the year' caught my eye. I was expecting to switch channels after 5mins... but inspired with what people have done with their sheds watched it all and will sadly set the TV to alert for the remainder of the series...I really should get out more...    

It was 'normal' and 'eco' sheds this evening. The eco sheds stretched your imagination... sheds they were not... My vote for 'normal' was with the guy who had built a shed and made an observatory. 

My vote for 'eco' went to the guy in Scotland who had built a shed from materials sourced within 150 metres. The craftmanship was truely remarkable but the owl won.  

 Being of a practical nature, my  sheds house gardening stuff...what do your sheds house...    

 

New allotment OMG...

Posted: 23/06/2015 at 22:07

Sounds like a bounty of gooseberries you have there, fruitcake. I had one bowl full last week. Grow them at home too and those are looking to be a bumper crop.

Growing squash for the first time along with pumpkin's. The first plants died, me think's due to a late frost but I've planted more. Mine have been slow to grow Ginagibbs, and the earlier leaves went pale and yellowy so I just removed the leaves. The ground was covered in muck last October, I tend to do it in the autmn, one less job in the Spring. Mine are a long way off flowering let alone bearing a crop.  I've also courgettes and a gourd plant. The swan gourds from last year are drying nicely. I've hung them from the pea supports to frighten the birds.

Spuds are along way off yet and 2nd early plants are bigger than the 1st earlies

Did more planting out today, beetroot, lettuse, kale, spinach, basil and gladioli. Also started sowing biennials for next year.

Ginagibbs, Do you think it could have been the flea beetle which caused our broccoli to bolt.  

     

tomatoes

Posted: 22/06/2015 at 22:14

That's a tad bit mean not telling you whether they are bush or cordon, after all, you wouldn't be able to guess their variety having that information. Hope above advise works  

Good luck...

New allotment OMG...

Posted: 21/06/2015 at 20:14

Everyone seems to have been busy.

Went to the plot yesterday and today. Strawberries not ready yet on the plot but picked my first from the patch at home Planted out beetroot, more chard, spinach, corriander, pumkin. I have to go every two to three days now to keep stuff watered in the GH. The glass is in and it's planted up, still some room though for the late seedlimngs at home, if they'll only just grow quicker

Broccoli has bolted so I've pulled it all out, think I'll put kale in it's place.

It's the longest day today, on a positive note the weeds will slow down now as the light reduces and vegs will start speeding up without the competition.  

Pepper plants growing really tall - should I pinch the top?

Posted: 20/06/2015 at 23:21

Nanny Beach, the garden and allotment have been an excellent resource in my recovery.

Are you eating your home grown fruit and veg yet?

Posted: 19/06/2015 at 21:07

Picked and ate my first globe artichoke last week, ever so tasty, gooseberries are now being picked and there is one red strawberry on a plant in the back garden with the promise of lots more to come

   

Will my daffs come through if I lay gravel or slate around my shrubs?

Posted: 19/06/2015 at 20:34

I have bluebells growing through gravel in the front garden, doesn't seem to cause them any problems and the weeds don't grow It is only a small area though, wouldn't recommend covering a large area with gravel without a weed membrane underneath.

Plants can be grown through a weed membrane though, if when you lay the membrane plan where your plants will be, cut holes through the cloth plant up then gravel ther area.

Baby birds

Posted: 19/06/2015 at 20:26

I've had birds nesting in the boundary hedge. One pair are currently building their nest. I'm suprised at how much stuff they can carry in their beaks.

About a month ago there was a robin on the allotment which would sit about a ft away and watch me weeding, ever so tame

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