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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

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

Posted: 19/06/2015 at 00:49

I'm sorry Nanny don't have any pics and it's not such an impressive story, chillies and peppers were bought as plants, it's a long story but I've had health problems, I'm recovering from viral encephalitis and meningitis, it came on sudden and when I came out of hospital all my seedlings had died, toms and everything, so I started sowing again towards the end of April, beginning of May. 

Grown Apache 2yrs on the go though, prolific producer and the chillies keep well if dried, I've still loads from last yr. 

strawberry plants

Posted: 17/06/2015 at 20:52

Good advise from Frank.

Also, if you've repotted them and not noticed any grubs in the compost then it's unlikely to be vine weevil, you would have seen them.

Also to add, if you have a number of varieties, different varieties flower at different times, pepetual strawberries flower twice unsually at the beginning of the growing season and again towards the end although the strawberries are smaller and there are fewer of them.    

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

Posted: 16/06/2015 at 21:00

It could be they have become leggy but some varieties do grow tall, I can't recall a couple of mine without going down to the allotment but I'm expecting them to grow to 4-5ft. You could check the varieties you have on the net for expected height. One of my chilli plants is already at least 2ft high and just beginning to flower.   

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