Zoomer44


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Nastursiums

Posted: 04/03/2015 at 20:28

Nasturtium do attract aphids and are sometimes planted as a sacrificial plant, an organic method of protecting other plants from pests in a garden.  

Nasturtium do recover very quickly though, if infested by aphids just pinch off the effected parts and destroy the leaves and stems as they become overrun. Healthy leaves and flowers will soon grow back.

New allotment OMG...

Posted: 04/03/2015 at 19:41

Gg - the new plot holders all looked eager. Had to smile, think they thought I was showing them round because they all jumped off the wall when I got out of the car. Some were in new wellies. They got a talk at the gate from the treasurer before looking round, most had gone within half an hour though. 

Victoria - Farmers often leave bags of muck by the road side to be collected free. Take a few bags from each farm, you'll soon realise which farmers are best to collect from, some only put a couple of inches of muck in the tops of bags and the rest can be straw and bedding.

 

what are you excited about?

Posted: 04/03/2015 at 19:11

My Amazon delivery has been dispatched and should arrive tomorrow. I'm expecting a couple of replacement joints for a plastic GH and two down pipes for a glass GH...I really should get out more.....  

caster oil plant?

Posted: 03/03/2015 at 20:42

Looks like a healthy plant, mine's outside all year and at this time is looking alittle light in colour due to lack of water and being a tad bit pot bound

They are hardy, mines just had snow wiped off it's leaves. Wouldn't recommend putting yours outside though as it will be acustomed to the heat indoors. 

Has yours flowered, be mindful, although nice on the plant the flowers are posionous. A bigger pot will help it's roots develop and you might get extra shoots coming from the base making for a bushier plant.  

leaf mould

Posted: 03/03/2015 at 20:33

I've a friend who bags up leaves too. It's a good arrangment I collect and save them a trip to the tip. Leaves do rot down very quickly though to nearly nothing. Two daleks filled in October are now only half full and the stuff still looks like leaves.

You seem to know alot on the subject Edd, Silly Q but could I mix leaf mould with well rotted compost and perlite, as a potting up mix as I'm thinking it's a way of not having to buy in as much compost to pot up.   

Greenhouse Preparation Advice

Posted: 02/03/2015 at 21:16

I'm confused too. 

I'd be inclined to dig out the beds and refill with fresh compost/soil if they are concrete beds with no drainage but drill holes into the bottom of the concrete and even if the beds are soil based I'd still be inclined to dig out about a foot of soil and replace with a mix of fresh soil and compost to refresh the bed if they are grainy and grey.  

Nastursiums

Posted: 02/03/2015 at 19:40

Just to add, you can eat Nasturtiums, not sure if you can eat all the different varieties but I'm stilll here to tell the tale after eating mine last year

They taste peppery, the flowers are nice, freshly picked on salads and the seeds picked green can be eaten or pickled. l didn't try the leaves as I had leaf miner on some last year.

New allotment OMG...

Posted: 01/03/2015 at 17:19

We've had several inches of snow, so no trip to the plot today.

Put the trimmer together, thought I'd test it on the lawn at the back but will need to wait for the grass to dry out which may not be any time soon 

Hope the weather is better where you are Stagbeetle and you've managed to move your tree's.

New allotment OMG...

Posted: 28/02/2015 at 21:55

Thanks for the links Gg, I can't think of a use for a flat shovel but I'm sure there is one. 

Gave up my old plot at the AGM and today there were lots of potential plot holders waiting at the gate to be shown round the 5 vacant plots. My old plot went first to a couple from New Zealand who have grown stuff before, which was nice.

Bought a petrol grass trimmer today, I thought a bargin as I'll need either a push mower for the grass paths or battery strimmer to keep down the weeds on paths and my thinking was it will do both tasks plus I won't need to keep charging a battery . 

New allotment OMG...

Posted: 26/02/2015 at 20:26

Should be ok if the manure is well rotted.

How much time do other people spend on their plots each week. I can only get down at weekends and go in the morning so I've the afternoon to do other things.

I've more than enough aubergine seeds Fruitcake, you could try the seed swap thread.  

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