Latest posts by Zoomer44

What smells, good or bad, evoke memories

Posted: 08/11/2014 at 18:54

Buzzie - There was a shop in Kendal which sold air freshner which smelt of freshly baked bread, if you were sellnig your house the label recommended you sprayed it before potential buyers arrived 

Talkback: How to make leaf mould

Posted: 07/11/2014 at 18:58

I usually get mine from the park but last year when driving past a house were the guy was bagging up leaves, stopped to ask if I could have them, he was more than happy to load them into the car. 

He was doing the same thing last weekend so collected 8 bags and a further 6 this evening...

What smells, good or bad, evoke memories

Posted: 07/11/2014 at 18:45

I like the smell of petrol - for no particular reason and also the smell of tomatoes when you brush past the leaves in the GH.

...freshly cut grass and and the smell in the air after heavy rain which you only seem to get in the summer on a warm day...


New allotment OMG...

Posted: 05/11/2014 at 22:20

Woo2 - I did some research on line, talked to other allotmenteers who grew fruit tree's on their plots and ordered fruit tree growers catalogues.

Pomana fruits Autumn cataloge is a good one to get, the prices are what you would expect to pay in a nursery or Garden Centre (all a tad bit expensive) but they sell a wide variety of fruit tree's and provide good advise, at the beginning of the sections on fruit tree's about different growing groups and which varieties fit into these different groups is noted when you read about the different varieties., so you don't need to purchase from them but gain knowledge about which tree's fit which group.

Allotmenteers told me fruit tree's would become unbelievably cheaper when the planting season window opened.

I also started a thread and asked other growers on GW how to pollinate a Bramley and which were the better varieties...

Hope this isn't too long winded and helpful...

Pictures missing

Posted: 05/11/2014 at 21:22

 I noticed everyone's pics were missing too...apart from the blue top and brown haired variety...I don't really look like that and blue isn't my colour... 

Anyone grow globe artichokes...

Posted: 05/11/2014 at 21:17

I'm in the NW and they are in the ground.

Think I will try mulching them, it won't do any harm if checked for slugs and I've some straw which would probably do nicely.   

Always read the label!

Posted: 05/11/2014 at 21:01

I sowed parsnips on the allotment this year, they took so long to germinate, the area was soon covered in weeds.

Not having grown parsnips before, thought one of the unidentfied weeds were parsnip seedlings,so for several weeks cultivated weeds until another allotmenteer pointed out my error, I'd pulled up the parsnips thinking they were weeds

blackberries and strawberries

Posted: 05/11/2014 at 20:47

I tend to fill gaps with other plants and planted onions, shallots and garlic in a currant bed this year as the fruit bushes were only in their second yr of growth and weren't expected to produce any fruit. I had a good legume crop and the fruit tree's are a healthy size ready for a crop next yr.

I've planted strawberries around new cuttings this year to produce fruit next.

If space is at a premium, give it a try, an open, bare bed is only going to attract weeds and if it doesn't work out well, straweberries are easily transplanted elsewhere.  

New allotment OMG...

Posted: 05/11/2014 at 19:59

I can't get to post pictures Gg, I've tried but never been successful.

Know the feeling Fruitcake. I can't get down to the allotment until Saturday. It's a working party day. We are putting in a seating area, cycle racks, doing a bit of tree cutting and having a bonfire. One of the tree's at the top of my plot is on the list so I'm hoping to get some straight branches for path edging.

Nice pics Gg , some of the plots on our allotments are really untidy and over grown, I really don't know how they get away with it.

What size of container for potatoes

Posted: 03/11/2014 at 21:57

I grew spuds in bags for about five yrs before growing on an allotment for the first time this yr. 

In respect to 1st and 2nd earlies the only difference I've found is spuds may grow bigger on a plot than in bags but you are more in control of pests by growing in bags and as regards amount per plant I'd say it's about the same although you possibly get smaller spuds.  

Can't advise on pot sizes but you don't get the same depth in pots to allow the spuds to grow as you would in spud grow bags...bags can be bought cheaply from places like Wilko's. Providing you empty the sacks after harvest and store over winter they last indefinately.  

My brother grows in pots and recylce containers, we compared harvests and he didn't get the same return as those grown in bags.  

I'd advise you grow in grow bags and plant five seed spuds per bag...  

Discussions started by Zoomer44

Asparagus...what now..

I planted about 18 crowns in March..  
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Advertising ...

I tend to whiz past the advertising... 
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Making compost

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Gooseberry pruning...

The bush is heavy with berries.. 
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Fences and covenants...

Are covenants legally binding... 
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Sharpening tools...

Tips welcome... 
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Best site for asparagus...

Multiple choice Q...no ideal site...a case of...best of a bad lot...  
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Growing asparagus...

Any tips... 
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New allotment OMG...Part 2...

Just signed up for a new allotment...OMG...  
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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
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