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Latest posts by Zoomer44

Oh no, lily beetles are back!

Posted: 22/05/2014 at 21:25

Found loads of beetles yesterday on lillies planted on the allotment a few weeks ago. Really don't know where they have come from, I bought new bulbs as I didn't want to bring beetles onto the allotment from my garden. Used new compost in bottomless pots sunk in the ground. No one else seems to grow them nearby either......  

 

Carrots & Parsnips in Manured Beds

Posted: 22/05/2014 at 21:16

Parsnips can take time to show, I've just sown White gem and the packet says 14 - 32 days to germinate. Would have thought yours would have germinated by now though... 

Help...marestail and other nasties...

Posted: 22/05/2014 at 20:38

Bumped up for clare...

Getting rid of Bindweed

Posted: 22/05/2014 at 20:36

Hi, clare, welcome to the forum.

I asked a similar Q several weeks ago, I'll bump up the thread it's titled - Help...marestail and other nasties... 

Training up canes is one way of killing it, I used roundup on some a few days ago which had grown about 2ft. Ever so pleased with the result, the bindweed is already begining to go brown. I painted it on, there's a risk of killing other plants if you spray. Better to do it when rain isn;t forcast too...

Fruit tree ID...

Posted: 21/05/2014 at 12:26

That explains why I couldn't find it .

Thank you, looks like both allotmenteers were right, will look forward to the cherries ripening. 

Fruit tree ID...

Posted: 21/05/2014 at 00:12

You guy's never fail to amaze me how quick a plant is identified...

The link Dove shows a more mature fruit so will try to check out a tree with smaller fruit, these are more cylindical rather than round...it is likely to be plum... the guy on the allotment who said it was plum seems to only grow fruit tree's and bushes...     

 Will check out sherry plums...thank you...  

Fruit tree ID...

Posted: 20/05/2014 at 21:46

I don't have any pictures and the tree hasn't fruited for sometime. It was a poorly neglected tree, covered in dead bindweed and brambles in Frebruary but after some TLC and after branches being cut off,  it produced white blossoms at the beginning of April. I hoped it was apple, a frost took the blossoms though later that month and there didn't appear to be any devloping fruit.

This evening I noticed lots of tiny green hard fruits about the size of marbles, some bigger, on the tree. A guy on the allotment thinks it's plum but someone else thought cherry. I have a cherry blossom tree in the back garden and don't think it's cherry as me thinks the leaves would be similar.

Sorry, not alot to go on but any suggestions as to what it is....    

leaves turning white

Posted: 18/05/2014 at 22:04

Good advise from fb - Also look to see what's growing well in your neighbours gardens, if they don't have oranges and lemons there could be good reason.

Also can you save rain water to use, you could be in a particularly hot spot in Spain with very little rain but it might be possible to rig up a butt which catches rain from the house roof. My brothers neighbour in South France does that as they are on a metre, when it rains, it's usually torrential and the butts fill up quite quickly.  

Rabbits...

Posted: 18/05/2014 at 21:48

Chicken wire bought in small lengths is expensive but bought in 50m lengths it's alot cheaper. I bought 50m x 1m with 25mm holes for about £40 on line with free P & P in a sale. Posts purchased from a wood merchants are a fraction of the cost of those in GC's.  I needed 20, the whole fence around the allotment cost less than £80.

When you consider the fence will be there for a good number of years, it's a good investment in unspoiled veg.

The rabbits on our allotments are so braizen they can be seen running around on the track up the centre of the plots some mornings.  

Rabbits...

Posted: 18/05/2014 at 21:31

A good rabbit proof fence would be your first line of defence, one were the chicken wire is buried under ground and then turned outward to stop them burrowing under.

A terrier would be another good choice if you like dogs. You don't mention mice, now they don't like onions and garlic or the smell of FBB so surrounding your plot with either or would in part deter mice although you can't plant onions/garlic each year in the same spot. 

Fox's like the smell of FBB and go after rabbits. A sprinkling of FBB would be another good choice, attract a fox to kill the rabbits, unless it's an urban fox which has adapted to eat stuff from bins most will leave your veg alone, I maybe wrong on this latter point though?    

Also try planting some stuff which rabbits don't eat, it's my understanding they leave fruit bushes alone and rubarb.

Apart from the fence, I'm trying out some of the above stuff this year on a new allotment for the first time so can't speak from experience. The information was gained from reading books and stuff on the internet, someone else maybe able to offer better advise...   

Discussions started by Zoomer44

Little gems...

I've about a dozen Little gem lettuce plants growing in pots.... 
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Last Post: 29/06/2014 at 22:18

Veg seeds to sow now...

Winter veg... 
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Last Post: 28/06/2014 at 22:27

Using mushroom compost...

I've used mushroom compost on one of the beds on the allotment...  
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Last Post: 25/06/2014 at 21:36

It's a tab bit early to ask but...

Whose growing Christmas spuds... 
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Last Post: 19/06/2014 at 22:49

Sweet corn problems...

Seedlings dying.... 
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Last Post: 12/06/2014 at 21:38

Sowing parsnips....

Is it too late to try again.... 
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Last Post: 17/06/2014 at 08:34

Lidl fruit tree's....

Does anyone know the root stock... 
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Last Post: 01/07/2014 at 22:42

Apples and pears....

Thinking of purchasing a tree or two... 
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Last Post: 23/05/2014 at 19:58

Fruit tree ID...

Can anyone identify this fruit tree... 
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Last Post: 21/05/2014 at 12:26

Buy cheap pay twice...

I knew when I bought it I shouldn't have done.. 
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Last Post: 19/05/2014 at 11:20

What to grow in vacated veg beds....

I've three raised beds.... 
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Last Post: 10/05/2014 at 20:03

A vote of confidence....

Just thought I'd share this with fellow posters.... 
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Last Post: 20/04/2014 at 19:42

Help...marestail and other nasties...

And I thought brambles and rabbits were going to be the biggest problem... 
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Last Post: 03/06/2014 at 08:30

Slug solution....

I found a slow worm on the plot today. 
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Last Post: 02/04/2014 at 21:38

Every so pleased...first plants will go in at the weekend...

After much hard work and several weekends later...it's suprising what you can do in a few hours...  
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Last Post: 25/03/2014 at 09:32
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