Zoomer44


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Which company to order seeds and plants from...

Posted: 11/01/2015 at 22:47

Are you buying veg or flower seeds?

I tend to get flower seeds free with magazines, Mr Fothergill seeds are fine, their veg seeds are slightly cheaper than T & M, can't comment on delivery if purchased on line. 

Moreveg and heritage seeds are good. I've also used jungle seeds for more unusal varieties. If you want to grow huge onions, mammoth onions is the place to buy from, the nursery is naf, no frills but it has been around for over 150yrs old. I heard them talk at Tatton Flower Show and their show bench was excellent. They sell a lot of veg seeds for show. 

I cheated and purchased some chilli plants from them last year and wasn't disappointed. Their plants produced chilli's way ahead of my sown from seed plants.

 

Regular contributers.

Posted: 11/01/2015 at 00:31

I remember a programme called 'Why Don't you Swtich Off your TV and Go and Do Something Less Boring Instead'...thing is...first...you needed to switch on to watch the programme to benefit from it.      

Gardening is one of my hobbies, which friends and family benefit from, we've had many a warm summer day or evening, sat in the garden, talking and spending time together, either after a bar-b-cue, cooking a meal or just chatting ...and...as an added bonus they've taken cut flowers home. Their children know about herbs, have eaten fresh fruit and veg, can pick their own, and can't wait for the strawberry season to start.            

I expanded this year and aquired an allotment. If anyone has ever taken on an overgrown plot it's no easy task. Even the most fittest amongst us knows when they've dug over an area. Apart from the benefits of growing your own, it's been like a green gym, I've met like minded people, even bumped into some at national gardening events, local growing nurserys and GC's...

...I could go on...the point is...switch on...like TV  all those years ago...the inertnet opens up a whole new media for people to gain knowledge and communicate with like minded people...dip your toe in the water..take what you want or need rather than focus on how often a poster has posted.

plum tree or pear tree?!

Posted: 07/01/2015 at 20:38

And homebase are selling cherry tree's for £10....

Crop rotation

Posted: 07/01/2015 at 20:26

Don't see why you can't plant two different groups in one bed just mark a line were the divide is.

I'm happy to be wrong but you can plant alliums in either group but once you start either a 3yr or 4yr plan you need to follow them on with the next group in that rotation plan.

There's a good explanation on the RHS website which on their 3yr plan puts legumes, alliums and roots in the same group and on the 4 year plan alliums are with roots and legumes have their own group.

Hope that helps...

Took the plunge, tips welcome!

Posted: 07/01/2015 at 19:55

Dove - I'm a she

New allotment OMG...

Posted: 07/01/2015 at 19:52

Weyplotter - I've a home made potting bench in my GH down one side.

Homebase also sell bare pine wooden shelving units in the household section which I use for staging in the Spring for seed trays, each shelf holds four trays. The four shelved units need a bit cutting off the top though to fit into the GH  They're a lot cheaper than purpose made staging and if stained with wood preserve, will last. 

I also cut one down and made shelving to fit on top of the potting bench. These double up after plants have been planted out and are then put on the floor to lift pots and grow bags off the floor. Happy growing.

We've just had our lottie fee's put up, can't complain though mines up by £3 to £63 but got lots of freebie's on it.

I've got until the end of February to vacate the old plot. Hoping to get there at the weekend.

Garden Journal/Diary

Posted: 06/01/2015 at 19:55

I keep a note book and write in anything to do with gardening I've done that day. Also say what the weathers been like and how long I've spent either in the back garden or on the plot. 

If I've watched a gardening programme I might write in any tips for growing or must have plants. I've just written in a simplified version of a 3yr and 4yr rotation plan for growing veg and there's information about fertilizers, growing spuds,...anything's written in that might be useful.    

There's a section at the back for what has and hasn't grown well that year too. 

Swiss Chard

Posted: 05/01/2015 at 21:58

Another fan, me thinks this is a really under valued veg.

Tried growing it a few times, unsuccessfully, but rainbow chad has done really well this year. I've stopped picking it but the plants are standing up against the hardiest winter veg.  

I read somewhere chad will continue producing for up to 4yrs, no doubt the leaves will be as tuff as old boots but I'm waiting to see what they'll taste like come the spring in their second year

Talkback: How to make a strawberry bed

Posted: 02/01/2015 at 22:21

Hi, Linda, Welcome to the threads...

One plant will only produce 3-5 strawberries. More plants will produce a bigger abundance of strawberries and different varieties produce a crop of strawberries over a longer period of time.

There are varieties which allow for a crop between June and August. I had one variety which cropped twice this yr, in June and then did another show in September.

Bringing plants into your GH at this time of yr will provide you with strawberries in time for Wimbledom.  

Strawberries grow well in the ground but snails can be a problem and there are options, you could consider a snail repelent. Blue pellets are very effective but there are organic pellets which would proterct your strawberries from slugs and snails.

Hope this is helpful...

New allotment OMG...

Posted: 02/01/2015 at 21:13

Went to the allotment today. Picked some veg, last of the leeks and celriac. Feeling a tab bit sore now, dug up at least 6 old fruit bushes on the new plot and loads of rasberry canes.

Fruitcake - 1st earlies are ready to harvest after 10wks, 2nd earlies 13wks and main crop 15-20 wks. 1st and 2nd earlies can be left in longer, I dig up as needed and didn't do main crop last yr on account of blight, we get a lot of alerts here in the NW and did get blight on the allotment fortunatley I'd planted slightly early and my spuds had all flowered when it hit.   

A bed of 1st and 2nd earlies can be harvested by July/August time, ready for winter veg, which can be started off in modules a few weeks before.

 Roy - I'm hoping, nailing plastic to the bottom of pallet fencing will prolong it's life and was going to cover the pallet edging the same. It won't last for ever but if it gets through a couple of yrs I'll be happy.

I've found fennel bulb hard to grow, ever hopefully, will try again, me thinks they need a long growing season, with lots of sun and water.

Can't wait to start sowing seeds and planting, I've seen some pea's at the GC which can be sown in February  

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