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New allotment OMG...

Posted: 19/08/2015 at 00:18

Onions and garlic have done well, my garlic was also small but I'm not sure whether people who say they grow big garlic aren't telling a fisherman's tale  because mines always been about as big as golf ball's, possibly slightly bigger in a good year. I seem to recall reading somewhere elephant garlic produces big bulbs but I've never grown it and small garlic does keep well

Green manure sounds a good plan, will try it. I've grown nasturgiums, trained into area's, so as I harvest vegs they provide good ground cover to prevent weed seeds from settling in the soil and germinating. They also attract pests like blackfly, giving ladybirds a good feast and keeping vegs safe from flies. 

Courgette's are doing well but squash, pumkins and gourds not so good. I've gourds still drying from last yr, hug around the plot which are now beginning to rattle in the wind. I'm drying them to paint. 

I'm currently enjoying all the wildlife on the plot. With stuff in flower, there's lots of bee's, wasps. and butterflies. I've trillions of worms. There's also a frog living under black pastic at the top of the plot. Not seen any slow worms on this plot though.   

Happy growing everyone.

New allotment OMG...

Posted: 16/08/2015 at 22:22

GWRS - The plot is such a big one, I wanted to plant up stuff, as ground became clear, and winter veg seemed to be the way to go rather than mulch and cover for Spring.

Already have some leeks in and cleriac. Bought another tray of leeks and have planted them in bunches to grow to pencil size in a nursery bed before planting out in place of spuds. In the spring they'll have been picked and something else can be planted to follow on.

 Have also planted parsley and garlic chives for next  year. Seem to recall rabbits, mice and rats don't like the smell of chives or garlic chives so the plan is to start planting them around the edges of the plot as close to the boundary as possible in rows. So a little bunny the other day, on neighbours plot, just disappearing into his cabbage patch 

When do you plant out onions for next year. I plant garlic late September and plant onions in the Spring but keen to try anything new.   

Took note of my compost area today, leaf mould has reduced to nearly nothing and I'm having trouble getting sufficient brown waste for the other compost heaps     

Outdoor tomatoes and chillies in and out

Posted: 16/08/2015 at 21:36

I'm in Lancs and started picking red tom's last week, yellow tom's this week. Still lot's of green one's on the plants though yet to ripen.

Chillies just starting to go red on one plant and lots of green sweet peppers on another.

Outdoor tomatoes

Posted: 16/08/2015 at 21:26

We've had blight in the NW, my spuds went down with it.

Tom's doing remarkably well though, not many red one's yet but lots of green one's in the GH.

Planted some spare indoor tom's outside. Didn't expect anything from these but they are in flower with tiny green tom's developing 

New allotment OMG...

Posted: 15/08/2015 at 23:43

We get alot of rain in this part of Lancashire so have had to check the forcast to plan when to go to the plot.

Mother nature can't wait to take back what's her's and the weeds haven't yet realised that the shorter days, mean, their time is over, so consequently have been doing alot of weeding. On  a positive note, having stuff with big leaves or  planting ground cover will hopefully prevent weeds from self seeding for next yr.

Planted out some winter veg today, Kale and green sprouting broccili, not so sure I'll get  a crop but it will be a learning curve for planting Winter veg.


Gardens we have visited 2015

Posted: 15/08/2015 at 21:10

I visited Gresgarth Garden last Sunday . It's the home of Arebella Lennox Boyd, a garden designer.

Didn't take any pics, 2nd time I've been though. The garden is set in about 12 acres. On both occassions Arebella was out in the garden. Lovely Lady, very approachable and happy to give gardening advise. You need to recognise her first, first time I visited she was walking around with a trog in her hand weeding. Second time she was pruning with secatars in hand.        

A river runs through the estate and there are three woodland walks.  

If anyone is in the area would reccomend a visit. It's at Caton, Lancashire. Next open day is in September.

New allotment OMG...

Posted: 12/08/2015 at 20:29

Went to the plot today and took more flag stones. 

Picked Tom's, lettuce, my first aubergine, pulled up the onions and have loads of runner beans and dwarf French

As I clear stuff was going to mulch the soil and cover some area's for next Spring.





Posted: 10/08/2015 at 22:28

We've had loads ladybirds keeping the aphid population down 


Posted: 10/08/2015 at 22:25

Lot's of cabbage white ,  not much of anything else but it's been quite wet here in the NW. Just as well it's rained alot because in this part of the NW we are having to boil our water before drinking it. 

Talkback: Growing cucumbers

Posted: 10/08/2015 at 22:12

GWRS, I've had lots of male flowers on all my cucurbits. 

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