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too late?

Posted: 25/06/2014 at 21:22

As long as they aren't Giant Russian  you should get some flowers...try putting them in a spot which gets most sun.

maximising greenhouse space.

Posted: 24/06/2014 at 21:47

I do the same as hogweed, plus I grow aubergines and this year for the first time some Okra and tomatillo plants. Toms and cues are in the bed on one side and everything else is in pots either on the staging or round the sides.

There's quite alot of room on the staging at present as the plants haven't filled out yet. Veg/flower seedlings are in trays outside.

I do have shelving up until about April/May for seedling trays but take it out when the seedlings have grown and can be put outside.

Using mushroom compost...

Posted: 24/06/2014 at 21:21

Another poster referred to it as nightmares tail on a previous thread, which I liked too

I double dug a bed in April with mushroom compost, covered the bed with a  weed membrane, then planted strawberries and autumn raspberry canes through it. The only weeds which have come through the holes have been bindweed and annuals. Strawberries are romping away but the raspberries died...

Was thinking of doing the same after the onions and shallots are harvested but probably won't know until next year if it works...

 

  

Using mushroom compost...

Posted: 24/06/2014 at 00:42

I've used mushroom compost as a mulch on a brassica bed on the allotment. I'm given to understand lime is added to the compost to stop mushrooms growing so it seemed like a good plan to use as a mulch to stop weeds from growing and ideal for brassica's.

The red cabbage has bolted but me thinks it was due to it being planted to early plus the soil may have been to rich in lime. I've now dug in the compost and plan to grow brussels and kale in the bed...to cut to the chase there is a problem with nightmares tail on my plot.

I didn't want to start another nightmares tail thread but a poster had advised nightmares tail doesn't grow well in limed soil and I've found it hasn't grown at all in that bed. 

Has anyone else found nightmares tail alias horse or mares tail doesn't grow in limed soil?     

nettle feed

Posted: 22/06/2014 at 23:03

Hi,Lindylou.

Seaweed feed contains the primary nutrients - nitrogen, phosphorus and potassium and some trace elements. You can use it on all your veggies including beans. I've found potatoes and toms seem to particularly like it.

Watered down you can also use it as a spray, it's good for foilage.   

What to do with Conifer trunk

Posted: 20/06/2014 at 23:57

Before you decide on a plant...

This evening a friend showed me what they had done to an old tree trunk which was  was slightly smaller in  height than yours. The top 2ft has been carved into an owl and painted in natural colours. It looks ever so effective behind shrubs and at the back of the border.

She got the idea when in a local shop where wooden, hand carved ornaments were being sold and asked the shop keeper if he would carve something into the stump.     

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

Posted: 19/06/2014 at 22:49

The area marked for Christmas spuds on the plot has been planted with leeks this evening, I had more leeks to plant out than I thought so me thinks I'll try again and plant in bags at home for the spuds

Potted Christmas tree

Posted: 19/06/2014 at 00:06

I have a Christmas tree a couple of years old, bought as a tiny tree for the coffee table, it's now about 3ft tall. I couldn't believe mine survived that first year...

All good advise from above, I'd just add, when potting up plant it in a plastic pot and use something light for drainage at the bottom because you'll need to carry it indoors again at Christmas. I've placed the plastic pot whilst outdoors into a nice decorative one.

 

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

Posted: 18/06/2014 at 23:30

Ive tried for a few years growing them in bags, followed the advise and never harvested on Christmas eve for the grand parade on Christmas day, the bag has always been frozen...even after being taken into the GH when frost was expected ...

I vowed never again...but couldn't walk past the Christmas spuds at a local nursery today...so bought 10 Carlingford seed potatoes, it's a 2nd early so if planted out this weekend will be ready by October time but can be left in the ground until the first real ground freezing frost...me thinks November..so not quite a Christmas harvest but the best here...

Is anyone else thinking of growing spuds for Christmas...     

 

Oh no, lily beetles are back!

Posted: 18/06/2014 at 22:43

Nature isn't always kind to growers is it...

Discussions started by Zoomer44

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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Shredded pine leaves....

Can they be used as a mulch round blueberry bushes. 
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Weed wands...

Do any posters use them... 
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Poorly dwarf apple tree

I uncovered a dwarf apple amongst brambles last year.... 
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Shed of the year...

Did anyone else watch the programme this evening... 
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Growing globe artichokes...

I'm growing them for the first time... 
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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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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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Replanting blueberry bushes...

I've a couple of bushes in pots.... 
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Advent calendar prize draw...

Has anyone won anything.... 
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Glode artichokes, over wintering..

Hadn't planned to grow these... 
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