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Latest posts by Zoomer44

Strawberry beds

Posted: 12/03/2014 at 23:53

 I'd be a tad bit reluctant to eat strawberries which had had bird poo on them too.

Raised veg beds - how to build?

Posted: 12/03/2014 at 22:18

Can't beat BB's approach but I used two approaches, in the back garden made raised beds with treated decking planks, they've last about 5 yrs and will need replacing next year.

On the alottment I'm making raised beds out of broken down pallets, no cutting they are simply the width of a pallet and some either one length or two pallet lengths, with stakes in the corners and a wood preserve on the wood.

Thanks to BB I now know how to make the paths and use up the plastic originally covering the plot.  

Planting First Earley Potatoes

Posted: 12/03/2014 at 21:52

We had a frost this morning and I was scaping frost of the car wind screen yesterday, me thinks I'll wait a little longer before planting out, it's tempting though. 

Baby corn confusion

Posted: 11/03/2014 at 23:45

I've grown sweetcorn and am trying a mini pop variety this year which can be grown in rows rather than in a rectangle, this variety doesn't need wind polination which is why they can be grown in rows. It's an F1 variety called minipop bought from moreveg - online, for 20 seeds.

Mini pop needs to be picked early. I've picked big sweetcorn early in the past and it's edible but needs to be picked before the grains swell and when the tassels just show. I'm hoping for at least, 6 - 8 cobs per plant based on experience of growing big sweetcorn but expect more mini pops per plant, not a huge amount and if you only have four plants, you may need to consider growing more plants.

Value branded compost V branded names

Posted: 11/03/2014 at 22:33

Angela, with a good mix even a black darlik can get hot in the summer.

Pallets

Posted: 09/03/2014 at 21:15

WOW, you did well Grdengirl, to get the nails out of the blocks.

Tried the brick method today, it's slightly easier, the flag stone I was using broke though . Looking forward to seeing the pics of your finished project

lovely day

Posted: 08/03/2014 at 21:10

Lovely day, spent it on the allotment, got loads done, I've about 5 projects running at the same time, so when I got fed up with one moved onto the next. 

Saw my first dandilion, when you've dug up brambles though, they don't seem to pose the same challenge but it was a reminder to cover half the plot over again with plastic.

How long do bulbs take to sprout?

Posted: 07/03/2014 at 20:46

Gladioli and ,lillies will shoot when the time is right and the soil warms up, neither flower till July/Aug/Sept time.

Lillies are hardy and can be left in the ground or pots through winter so no probs planting now, I'll be repotting mine in pots and putting some in the GH for an early show.

It's still too cold for gladioli to put out shoots possibly not till May.

Ask Alan

Posted: 07/03/2014 at 20:24

cotty,

There is a flower site, possibly a rose one where you can get them named after someone special...for a small fee. I've tried googling for it but can't find the site. I wanted a flower called mum or dad and someone pointed me in the right direction, prehaps it wasn't on this forum as no one has responded to your Q. I was on an old GW type forum before it shut down, so it could have been there.

There are lots of roses through named after peoples first name   

Ask Alan

Posted: 06/03/2014 at 22:03

I enjoy the changing seasons, each one brings it's own special joy, Spring when plants are just awakening, Summer when everything seems lush and in bloom, Autumn is a time to harvest the fruit and veg of your labour, a time to witness leaves changing colour before winter arrives. Winter brings it's own special joy when birds are enticed into the garden to feed and bathe, the small time gardeners way of giving back to mother nature and 'peace de le resistance' against the decline in the bird population.

My Q for Alan would be what joys does he get and witness in the garden from the changing seasons?

Discussions started by Zoomer44

Shed of the year...

Did anyone else watch the programme this evening... 
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Growing globe artichokes...

I'm growing them for the first time... 
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Currant bushes ...should I be worried...

New shoots on my currant bushes are bubbly. The bubbles are orange/brown making the leaves start to shrivel... 
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Growing lillies.

A Q about used compost...  
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Best compost for 2015

Thought I start as new compost thread. 2013 from what I recall wasn't a particularly good year for compost,  
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Replanting blueberry bushes...

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Advent calendar prize draw...

Has anyone won anything.... 
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Glode artichokes, over wintering..

Hadn't planned to grow these... 
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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...

I'd like to grow both dessert and culnary apple tree's...  
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Growing grass paths...

It's just an idea forming... 
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Td immunisations...

I was reading through the infor from the alloment association on the site where I have a plot... 
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'Mile a minute' growing as you watch...

My neighbour has a 'mile as minute' climber growing along the fence... 
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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...

I've taken over another half plot on the allotment...  
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