Zoomer44


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Place your bets....

Posted: 19/04/2016 at 20:53

I'm in the NW and planted spuds out afew weeks ago. Sunflowers have gone under cloches and pea's are taking their chances. I've nothing else hardy enough to go out yet, they were looking good this evening though despite a couple of cold nights.

I've had to sow most things in the GH and as it's on the allotment can't get down there everyday so the door has been left open at night. Seedlings are doing remarkably well considering we've has some hot days and cold nights.     

New allotment OMG...Part 2...

Posted: 17/04/2016 at 20:14
Surprising how quickly you run out of space.

I'm not sown courgettes, squash and pumpkin yet, there won't be room for them to have their own spot so thought I'd grow them under fruit tree's and the gooseberry bushes.

I'm going to grow dwarf beans and squash with sweetcorn, it worked well last year.

Planted five asparagus crowns this morning but have another twelve to put in.

New allotment OMG...Part 2...

Posted: 16/04/2016 at 19:03

I tend to reapply for some plants as slugs and snails just won't leave them alone, for instance lettuce and they also eat flower heads. They ate all my tulip heads last year. Usually by mid summer I forget and then just reapply near plants that are being nibbled.  

I'm going to keep the plot, the property I'm buying is about 10mins drive away, it is cycleable but at the top of a steep hill.

New allotment OMG...Part 2...

Posted: 16/04/2016 at 08:33
I try to be organic but slugs have beaten me, I use pellets on the plot but in the GH seem to get away with using gravel in tray's to stand pots and egg shells in the pots.

Best site for asparagus...

Posted: 16/04/2016 at 08:28
2, it is then. I'm going g to plant them later.

Best site for asparagus...

Posted: 15/04/2016 at 21:34

Thanks ice, for your quick reply.

Marestail is a problem over the entire plot.  Black plastic on 3 will have brought the maretail roots to the surface and I can dig out as much as possible but me thinks it is a perennial which will continue to be a problem in all three sites.     

   

Best site for asparagus...

Posted: 15/04/2016 at 21:13

Just received 12 crowns and read the growing distructions which say 'soil prep is vital. Remove all perennial weeds/large stones. Dig in well rotted muck or compost. The site should be open and sunny'.

This is a multiple choice Q...  

I've three possible sites, none ideal....

1.The old strawberry patch, most of the weeds were dug out last year but there were random bramble shoots popping up in it last year and I'm still finding marestail roots. No bindweed but couch grass is still popping up near the fence. Open and sunny, no big stones. 

2...Site of sweetcorn last year, last plot holder must have dumped none recycables here as it is littered with bits of plastic bags and flakey white paint bits, I managed to get most of it out last year but worms keep pushing more of it to the surface, soil could be sieved though before planting. No big stones, open and sunny site.

3. This site has been covered with black plastic all winter after being dug over, weeded and a thick cover of muck put on in October. No big stones, open and sunny site.Sounds the best site but was by far the worst to clear, had very old fruit bushes in,a thicket of rashberry canes, brambles, marestail, bindweed, couch grass and nothing has been cultivated in this area for years...so don't know what will grow back in terms of perennial weeds... 

Q is...which site would be the best to plant asparagus in...

New allotment OMG...Part 2...

Posted: 15/04/2016 at 18:49
Haven't started any seeds direct yet but am going to plant out onions this weekend if it stay's dry.

Asparagus crowns arrived today so plan to plant them out too.

Late summer/autumn bulbs

Posted: 13/04/2016 at 21:17

Gladioli flower about August/September time if planted now.

New allotment OMG...Part 2...

Posted: 13/04/2016 at 20:58

This year because the house is up for sale I've waited to sow as much as possible in the GH, hence a sowing plan.

I didn't think it would be a good selling point, if the back bedroom looked like a mini nursery with seedlings and germinating seeds taking up every available space which gets light...... 

Chillies and peppers are strategically placed around the house in nice pots when I know a viewer is coming, otherwise they are on the windowsill in the kitchen ...  

The GH on the plot, on the other hand, is rapidly filling, even though I'm at risk of losing stuff if we get a frost. Went this evening to check on them and water, think I've lost some seedlings (brussels) to a frost yesterday morning but on balance most seem to be doing ok. I've sown everything a month after the earliest date it's said on the seed packet though and most are early varieties.

Good to hear you have more space to grow Aster2. 

Discussions started by Zoomer44

Making compost

 
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Gooseberry pruning...

The bush is heavy with berries.. 
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Last Post: 20/06/2016 at 13:10

Fences and covenants...

Are covenants legally binding... 
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Last Post: 09/06/2016 at 15:31

Sharpening tools...

Tips welcome... 
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Last Post: 16/06/2016 at 13:29

Best site for asparagus...

Multiple choice Q...no ideal site...a case of...best of a bad lot...  
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Last Post: 23/04/2016 at 22:11

Growing asparagus...

Any tips... 
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Last Post: 15/03/2016 at 09:52

New allotment OMG...Part 2...

Just signed up for a new allotment...OMG...  
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Last Post: Yesterday at 21:32

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

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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Last Post: 20/04/2015 at 11:20
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