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Latest posts by Zoomer44

Your eight 'Desert Island Discs' plants

Posted: 30/11/2015 at 22:24
Oranges, strawberrys, coconut and hazel nut trees. An apple tree with loads of grafted varieties on. Foxglove, lilies and blue bells.
Would it be cheating if I took a solar powered kindle instead of a book...

New allotment OMG...

Posted: 30/11/2015 at 17:26
Not sure about the sprouts, I've planted them deep, heeled them in and staked them this yr
The guy on neighbouring plot can grow them, must ask his advice.

Weed wands...

Posted: 30/11/2015 at 17:15
I checked out the one at Homebase and the instructions said it has a safety lock so presumably when the canister is attached it locks on before it can be lit?
It's mainly docks and dandilions I want to keep down, marestail hasn't reached that part of the plot

New allotment OMG...

Posted: 30/11/2015 at 00:03

What a good harvest GWRS. I've leeks and kale which can still be harvested, possibly chad, and celriac still in the ground but not big enough to pick, was going to leave those in and see if they put on any growth in the spring as I don't need the bed for anything until then. 

I've struggled with sprouts and composted all this yr, will try one last time next yr.

Onions, garlic, broccolli, parsley and young garlic chives are all looking good before any major drop in temps or snow. Didn't manage to get in shallots but hoping the bulbs will still be ok to plant out in the spring.

I've a bed of foxglove, transplanted from around the plot which had self seeded, all different sizes, I'm hopeful some may get through the winter. 

Not been to the plot because of the weather...

Happy growing everyone.    

 

Weed wands...

Posted: 29/11/2015 at 23:18

I was thinking of getting one to reduce the need to bend and stoop whilst on the allotment. I have a bad back and have some tools to make things easier. 

I'm not sure about the canisters either jo47 but sometimes needs must, I wasn't sure about a pertrol strimmer but wouldn't be without it now.

Sad day......

Posted: 28/11/2015 at 20:48

I thought so......Verd ... off topic...go straight to the naughty step ...

Sad day......

Posted: 28/11/2015 at 19:55

And the link to gardening, growing flowers or veg please tell Verdun...

New allotment OMG...

Posted: 28/11/2015 at 17:43

When will the rain stop...strong winds are forcast in the NW...it's officially winter on Tuesday...I've a few winter jobs to do and looking forward to Spring...

Called at the plot today to drop off 5 bags of leaves. A real find, whilst at the recycle bank, noticed the wind had blow a pile of leaves, a ft high, behind the containers so returned with some black bags. 

The new plot holder has an area over run with autumn fruiting rasberries, thought I might leave a note on his gate, welcoming him to the allotments and asking if he wants to do a plant swap in Spring. Rasberries for strawberries.   

Pat hasn't posted from Australia for a while, it'll be summer now down under. Hope you are having a good growing season...

Weed wands...

Posted: 28/11/2015 at 16:27

Whilst out today I came across a store selling weed wands and nearly bought it but managed to reframe, thinking I might get a better deal on line.

It turns out there is quite a choice ranging from £9.99 plus and they come using either parasene or butane gas. One in home base is £19.99, which I rather liked because of the curved handle but don't really know which are best.

I want it to burn the weeds on the paths at the allotment.

Any suggestions as to which are best and why, can posters recommend any?

How long do the canisters last?

New allotment OMG...

Posted: 26/11/2015 at 19:50

This is one way of weeding your strawberry patch......

My strawberry patch is quite dense, so gave some plants to another plot holder saying she could have as many as she could dig up and more by accident than design, there is now a freshly dug strip along the side of the patch..... and I dug up more to make a new square bed which can be reached on all four sides...easier to weed...

A new plot holder has taken a plot near mine so thought I'd offer him some free plants in the spring...... well I do have a bad back and the physio has told me not to do anything on the plot which will put a strain on it at present...

Clever planting can keep down the weeds too. I grew squash which weaved it's way below mini pop and grew dwarf beans in the trenches between the corn this yr, still had to do some hand weeding but it was easier, giving more time to dig over the uncultivated part of the plot.

Courgette's and pumkin were grown under the fruit bushes and nasturgum under the fruit tree's. If you can keep down the weeds until the leaves of these plants cover the ground, very little will germinate under them. Bindweed and marestail still grows but alot weaker.  

Good prep, of the soil before planting, and planning now what you want to grow and where, is essential. 

Happy growing...

    

Discussions started by Zoomer44

Re planting fruit tree's...

I planted a plum tree last year in what was the right spot.... 
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Last Post: 04/02/2016 at 21:13

Shredded pine leaves....

Can they be used as a mulch round blueberry bushes. 
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Last Post: 20/01/2016 at 19:01

Weed wands...

Do any posters use them... 
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Last Post: 30/11/2015 at 19:02

Poorly dwarf apple tree

I uncovered a dwarf apple amongst brambles last year.... 
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Last Post: 22/11/2015 at 16:56

Shed of the year...

Did anyone else watch the programme this evening... 
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Last Post: 13/07/2015 at 23:16

Growing globe artichokes...

I'm growing them for the first time... 
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Last Post: 16/06/2015 at 10:41

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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Last Post: 16/05/2015 at 19:35

Growing lillies.

A Q about used compost...  
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Last Post: 20/04/2015 at 11:20

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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Last Post: 13/03/2015 at 01:26

Replanting blueberry bushes...

I've a couple of bushes in pots.... 
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Last Post: 12/02/2015 at 21:24

Advent calendar prize draw...

Has anyone won anything.... 
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Last Post: 26/12/2014 at 19:48

Glode artichokes, over wintering..

Hadn't planned to grow these... 
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Last Post: 03/12/2014 at 06:13

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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Last Post: 23/08/2015 at 15:51

How to pollinate a Bramley apple tree...

I'd like to grow both dessert and culnary apple tree's...  
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Last Post: 02/11/2014 at 17:24

Growing grass paths...

It's just an idea forming... 
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