Zoomer44


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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...  

Gariguettes Strawberry

Posted: 03/11/2014 at 21:09

They sound delightful  I don't grow them but would be interested to know where you can purchase seeds.

New allotment OMG...

Posted: 03/11/2014 at 20:53

Not sure if this was a marketing ploy but if you wanted the bramley from B & Q you needed two other apples tree's to polinate it from group 4 and of course the other apple tree's they were selling were all group 4.

So unless you already have apple tree's from this group or neighbouring plots have them you need to buy two other apple tree's ... I've now got a mini orchard on the plot ...

New allotment OMG...

Posted: 03/11/2014 at 20:41

There wasn't a great deal of difference although the one's from B &Q did come in their own pots so could have been left in the pots to grow on a little. When I planted these out they were really bare rooted and had only recently been put in the pots because all the compost fell away from the root.

 

Anyone grow globe artichokes...

Posted: 03/11/2014 at 20:33

After saying I wasn't going to grow globe artichokes, several weeks ago I picked up 12 plants from the nearly dead section of a store at a rock bottom bargin price and not really thinking they would grow planted them out, 1 died but the rest have florished.

I'm not sure what to do with them now, will the crowns need protection over winter? Should the leaves be cut back and crowns mulched?

Thanks in advance for your replies... 

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