Latest posts by Zoomer44

Talkback: How to grow aubergines

Posted: 12/02/2015 at 19:13

Could be you left them to long on the plant. Aubergines are best picked when they are still glossy looking. Dull coloured fruits are usually bitter.


New Allotment

Posted: 11/02/2015 at 22:35

Looks like we posted together Fc

New Allotment

Posted: 11/02/2015 at 22:34

You might want to join the 'New allotment OMG'... thread, we all started somewhere and there are posters still waiting for plots.

Yours looks like an Aladin's cave with lots of treasures

New allotment OMG...

Posted: 11/02/2015 at 22:16

I've loads of small pots and when these start to run out use toilet rolls for beans and peas, then make pots out of newspaper if I really get short. 

I'm one of those people who believes you can't knock it till you've tried it, you must let us know how the cow pots work out.

Some growers don't like using toilet rolls, they do go mouldy sometimes but I like them because seedlings can grow deeper roots and you can fit more in a seed tray than conventional pots and where space is at a premium, on a window ledge or in the GH they take up less room.      

Replanting blueberry bushes...

Posted: 11/02/2015 at 22:03

I've a couple of blueberry bushes in pots and wanted to replant them into a raised bed which will be built on hard core and stones were an old shed stood.  

I was going to get a couple of bags of acid compost to start the beds but not sure how deep to make the beds or whether they are in a suitable spot on the stones, what would you advise?

...and although the bushes aren't old they haven't produced many berries for a couple of years, so I also want advise as to how to improve the crop. One's called top hat, not sure of the other one.    

Spent Mushroom Compost

Posted: 11/02/2015 at 21:51

Would mushroom compost be ok with brassica's.

The guy on the neighbouring allotment said there could be some clubfoot on my plot and suggested I limed the ground where brassica's are to be planted. He's had the neighbourig plot for over 30 years so what he said probably has some legs. He plants his brassica's in holes filled with soot and lime mixed, has anyone tried this and does it work.

If mushroom compost has lime in it would this be just as good?

New allotment OMG...

Posted: 11/02/2015 at 21:17

I bought some grow pockets, not used them before, there's only 22 in a packet so thought I'd use them to sow things like cues, aubergines, toms, squash and courgettes in, plants which I'm not growing many of.

Cow pots sound like a good plan.

New allotment OMG...

Posted: 10/02/2015 at 20:25

The list shrinks and grows depending on the time of year, Edd, Febs is nearly sorted, in March it will mainly be digging, putting in glass for the GH and hoping and praying I dug up the bramble root's in there so they don't grow amongst the cue's 

Not used paper shreddings in spud trenches before GWRS, let us know how you get on, me was thinking of adding more paper shreddings to the compost heap. I use washed up sea weed to line spud trenches.    

New allotment OMG...

Posted: 09/02/2015 at 21:36

I start a 'to do' list off at the beginning of each month but it doesn't matter if somethings don't get done they just join the next list. I've been meaning to start more garlic off since December  

New allotment OMG...

Posted: 09/02/2015 at 20:48

Fingers crossed you won't loose any chucks to the fox fc, not so sure about the rabbit  keeper though there's one thing keeping them another killing them for the pot.

Well, a week before I can get down to the plot again, already getting withdrawl. Think I'll make a plan this week of when/what to sow and where to plant. 

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Just signed up for a new allotment...OMG...  
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Shredded pine leaves....

Can they be used as a mulch round blueberry bushes. 
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Do any posters use them... 
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Did anyone else watch the programme this evening... 
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