Latest posts by Zoomer44

New allotment OMG...

Posted: 07/01/2015 at 19:52

Weyplotter - I've a home made potting bench in my GH down one side.

Homebase also sell bare pine wooden shelving units in the household section which I use for staging in the Spring for seed trays, each shelf holds four trays. The four shelved units need a bit cutting off the top though to fit into the GH  They're a lot cheaper than purpose made staging and if stained with wood preserve, will last. 

I also cut one down and made shelving to fit on top of the potting bench. These double up after plants have been planted out and are then put on the floor to lift pots and grow bags off the floor. Happy growing.

We've just had our lottie fee's put up, can't complain though mines up by £3 to £63 but got lots of freebie's on it.

I've got until the end of February to vacate the old plot. Hoping to get there at the weekend.

Garden Journal/Diary

Posted: 06/01/2015 at 19:55

I keep a note book and write in anything to do with gardening I've done that day. Also say what the weathers been like and how long I've spent either in the back garden or on the plot. 

If I've watched a gardening programme I might write in any tips for growing or must have plants. I've just written in a simplified version of a 3yr and 4yr rotation plan for growing veg and there's information about fertilizers, growing spuds,...anything's written in that might be useful.    

There's a section at the back for what has and hasn't grown well that year too. 

Swiss Chard

Posted: 05/01/2015 at 21:58

Another fan, me thinks this is a really under valued veg.

Tried growing it a few times, unsuccessfully, but rainbow chad has done really well this year. I've stopped picking it but the plants are standing up against the hardiest winter veg.  

I read somewhere chad will continue producing for up to 4yrs, no doubt the leaves will be as tuff as old boots but I'm waiting to see what they'll taste like come the spring in their second year

Talkback: How to make a strawberry bed

Posted: 02/01/2015 at 22:21

Hi, Linda, Welcome to the threads...

One plant will only produce 3-5 strawberries. More plants will produce a bigger abundance of strawberries and different varieties produce a crop of strawberries over a longer period of time.

There are varieties which allow for a crop between June and August. I had one variety which cropped twice this yr, in June and then did another show in September.

Bringing plants into your GH at this time of yr will provide you with strawberries in time for Wimbledom.  

Strawberries grow well in the ground but snails can be a problem and there are options, you could consider a snail repelent. Blue pellets are very effective but there are organic pellets which would proterct your strawberries from slugs and snails.

Hope this is helpful...

New allotment OMG...

Posted: 02/01/2015 at 21:13

Went to the allotment today. Picked some veg, last of the leeks and celriac. Feeling a tab bit sore now, dug up at least 6 old fruit bushes on the new plot and loads of rasberry canes.

Fruitcake - 1st earlies are ready to harvest after 10wks, 2nd earlies 13wks and main crop 15-20 wks. 1st and 2nd earlies can be left in longer, I dig up as needed and didn't do main crop last yr on account of blight, we get a lot of alerts here in the NW and did get blight on the allotment fortunatley I'd planted slightly early and my spuds had all flowered when it hit.   

A bed of 1st and 2nd earlies can be harvested by July/August time, ready for winter veg, which can be started off in modules a few weeks before.

 Roy - I'm hoping, nailing plastic to the bottom of pallet fencing will prolong it's life and was going to cover the pallet edging the same. It won't last for ever but if it gets through a couple of yrs I'll be happy.

I've found fennel bulb hard to grow, ever hopefully, will try again, me thinks they need a long growing season, with lots of sun and water.

Can't wait to start sowing seeds and planting, I've seen some pea's at the GC which can be sown in February  

Gardening challenges for 2015

Posted: 01/01/2015 at 18:36

Thanks Hostafan have saved the site for future viewing. Jungleseeds is another good site for tropical looking plants.

New allotment OMG...

Posted: 31/12/2014 at 20:12

GWRS - I've been looking on line and there is a local glass business, I'll check out their prices. B & Q seem the best value at presant though for a full set of glass.  

Will be planning where to grow stuff on the plot over the next few weeks for the coming year, I need to get my head around a 4yr crop rotation because I'm going to be planting more than one group of vegs in an area over the year ... 


seed pellets

Posted: 31/12/2014 at 19:34

Ebay's probably your best bet but you've probably already tried there. 

I've not used them but know someone who has and produced some really healthy looking seedlings.  

Happy New Year Folks!

Posted: 31/12/2014 at 19:11

Ditto...I treat gardening like life...

...and life is like a camera, focus on what's important, capture the good times, develop from the negatives, and if things don't work out, take another shot.

If the garden doesn't do as it's told I'll be taking another shot...

...kindest regards for 2015...   

New allotment OMG...

Posted: 31/12/2014 at 18:57

Do you mean the T&M offer in GW mag...along with the bags you also get some gloves and 5 pks of seed ...  

GWRS do you already have the glass to reglaze your GH....I'm trying to find a stockist to get glass for the one on the plot...

Spuds won't be in our local GC for a couple of weeks. We also have a fair in January but it isn't advertised till the week before. The next nearest fair to us is in Skem but it seems along way to travel just for spuds.  

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