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Veg seeds to sow now...

Posted: 27/06/2014 at 22:48

This will be the first time I've tried winter veg, was too late last year, I'm harevesting some stuff early to make room on the plot for winter veg.

Hope you do well with carrots BB2, I always struggled to grow them in the back garden so haven't tried them on the allotment.  

I harvested my swedes this week to make room for winter veg, it was a white French variety planted out early which didn't bolt. The swedes are tender but a good size.

Most of my onions and shallots are bolting but I'm still harvesting them. They were planted out early and I have a problem with nightmares tail and bindweed on the allotment so their roots have been constantly disturbed due to digging out weeds this year.   


Posted: 26/06/2014 at 22:09

The compost area made from pallets is coming along, not quite finished yet though, as I didn't have any compost to put in it, it slipped down the list of things to do.


Veg seeds to sow now...

Posted: 25/06/2014 at 22:03

I found the article in GW mag about sowing winter veg and filling gaps with catch crops helpful in the July issue.

I'm gonna have loads of gaps and spaces come the end of July after spuds, onions, garlic and shallots are dug up. Brussels only went out last week and I've kale in modules which can go out soon, these are taking the place of bolted red cabbage...

Was going to sow chad, cauli, kohl rabi, turnip and mooli as winter veg and bienniel flowers to fill veg beds which become vacant later in the season. 

What's everyone else sowing...








Using mushroom compost...

Posted: 25/06/2014 at 21:36

I wasn't too upset about the raspberries, after they were planted I realised they were in the wrong spot - right across the middle of the plot  so it was possibly a blessing in disguise..

I've used mushroom compost in the back garden alot and it's relatively cheap if home made compost runs out. It was put around currant bushes a couple of years ago and I've had a bumper crop two years running. 


too late?

Posted: 25/06/2014 at 21:22

As long as they aren't Giant Russian  you should get some flowers...try putting them in a spot which gets most sun.

maximising greenhouse space.

Posted: 24/06/2014 at 21:47

I do the same as hogweed, plus I grow aubergines and this year for the first time some Okra and tomatillo plants. Toms and cues are in the bed on one side and everything else is in pots either on the staging or round the sides.

There's quite alot of room on the staging at present as the plants haven't filled out yet. Veg/flower seedlings are in trays outside.

I do have shelving up until about April/May for seedling trays but take it out when the seedlings have grown and can be put outside.

Using mushroom compost...

Posted: 24/06/2014 at 21:21

Another poster referred to it as nightmares tail on a previous thread, which I liked too

I double dug a bed in April with mushroom compost, covered the bed with a  weed membrane, then planted strawberries and autumn raspberry canes through it. The only weeds which have come through the holes have been bindweed and annuals. Strawberries are romping away but the raspberries died...

Was thinking of doing the same after the onions and shallots are harvested but probably won't know until next year if it works...



Using mushroom compost...

Posted: 24/06/2014 at 00:42

I've used mushroom compost as a mulch on a brassica bed on the allotment. I'm given to understand lime is added to the compost to stop mushrooms growing so it seemed like a good plan to use as a mulch to stop weeds from growing and ideal for brassica's.

The red cabbage has bolted but me thinks it was due to it being planted to early plus the soil may have been to rich in lime. I've now dug in the compost and plan to grow brussels and kale in the cut to the chase there is a problem with nightmares tail on my plot.

I didn't want to start another nightmares tail thread but a poster had advised nightmares tail doesn't grow well in limed soil and I've found it hasn't grown at all in that bed. 

Has anyone else found nightmares tail alias horse or mares tail doesn't grow in limed soil?     

nettle feed

Posted: 22/06/2014 at 23:03


Seaweed feed contains the primary nutrients - nitrogen, phosphorus and potassium and some trace elements. You can use it on all your veggies including beans. I've found potatoes and toms seem to particularly like it.

Watered down you can also use it as a spray, it's good for foilage.   

What to do with Conifer trunk

Posted: 20/06/2014 at 23:57

Before you decide on a plant...

This evening a friend showed me what they had done to an old tree trunk which was  was slightly smaller in  height than yours. The top 2ft has been carved into an owl and painted in natural colours. It looks ever so effective behind shrubs and at the back of the border.

She got the idea when in a local shop where wooden, hand carved ornaments were being sold and asked the shop keeper if he would carve something into the stump.     

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