Zoomer44


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guess who's hiding in my compost bin

Posted: 10/08/2014 at 21:22

There are slow worms at the bottom of my allotment, they look like small snakes but are legless lizzards. I can't bring myself to pick them up to move yet. They like compost area's, being under black plastic, logs etc, due to the heat, snakes are possibly the same. 

If disturbed, I leave them to find somewhere else to shelter. Slow worms keep the slug population down  but also eat worms.

Are you finding this is a poor season?

Posted: 10/08/2014 at 20:53

Good growing season here in the NW. I started on a new half allotment in Feb, stuff has grown far better than in the back garden. I've just had a bumper crop of cherry plums and the tree hadn't produced anything for a couple of years.

We had blight but my spuds were 1st and 2nd earlies so despite this did well. Pea's were nibbled by pea weevil but went on to give a good crop. Courgettes doing well and for the first time gourds are doing well, I've loads of swan shaped ones.

Only things which stand out as not doing well were parsnips, they took that long to come up I couldn't see parsnips for weeds. Mooli didn't do well either. There could be more stuff but the good out shone the bad.

Toms have been slow to go red in the GH but the cues, chillies and aubergines are doing well.  

It's also been a good year for slow worms, Ive seen some at the bottom of my plot and although I've had some slug damage to plants not as much as in the back garden. There's been lots of ladybirds here too and little blackfly.

Mystery Caterpillar

Posted: 09/08/2014 at 21:11

I spotted an orange and black striped caterpillar on my new plot the other day, any idea's what that was  

Brambles, Ivy and Nettles

Posted: 09/08/2014 at 21:01

Looks like we posted at the same time Buddyboy

Brambles, Ivy and Nettles

Posted: 09/08/2014 at 20:59

I try to be organic but do think there is a place in some situations, when non organic methods are called for and clearing half an acre of brambles and nettles is one of those situations in my book. Half an acre sounds alot of land to dig over

There is a weedkiller which farmers use to clear fields but I'm sorry I don't know what it's called. It can be purchased in farm supply stores in small quantities. I don't think you'd find it at your local GC. It's apparently very effective and starts taking effect within days.   

I'm probably wrong but don't think it can be purchased for domestic use but if your plot is agricultural land that would be different.

Sorry, not very helpful, but I'm sure someone will be long shortly to give a better answer.    

Strawberries

Posted: 06/08/2014 at 21:30

Good luck for a nice crop next year

Get if off your chest.

Posted: 06/08/2014 at 21:22

Can I have a rant about my neighbours 'mile a min plant', don't know it's real name but it's so invasive, this year he has stopped pruning the top. I can keep it down on my side of the fence in sections but it's grown up the neighbours house and over my shed where I can't reach to cut and is now growing around the satalite dish, I'm struggling to get a reception for some channels

It's also now growing over his out building and into the back street.

Can I apply a weed killer on the section in my garden.

Would members be interested?

Posted: 06/08/2014 at 21:02

Mike just get on and do it, you don't need posters permission, you'll soon know if posters are interested as it will promote discussion, if it doesn't lets not have an inquest into why no one posted on the thread or why they did .

 

What the experts get wrong

Posted: 06/08/2014 at 20:50

Me thinks it's a matter of different growers taste.

I usually start picking veg small because I'm keen to start eating what I've grown. If I wait too long there's a glut. Wouldn't say there's a huge amount of difference in taste but then most stuff get's something else added when cooked. Even roasted veggies get drizzled with a little olive oil.

For me, different coloured veggie's add to the pleasure of growing my own and often can't be bought in the shops. 

Different coloured beans are easier to see on the plant - yellow, purple and red/cream - they all turn green when cooked and they all taste good.   .

White strawberries are best picked early as it's difficult to know when to pick them, leave them to late and they go seedy.

I also grew a mixed seed bag of radish this year in white, yellow, red and purple in between spud rows, they were picked early before the foilage of the spuds hid  them. They tasted better than bigger radish, ever so peppery.  

A mixed beetroot pack of seeds grew red, orange and white/red when sliced, didn't notice much difference in taste though.

White tubular swede is very nice and not at all difficult to peel if picked young, the biggest was about the size of a hand. The smaller swedes had not been nibbled by soil pests either so sometimes there are benefits from picking early.

Strawberries

Posted: 05/08/2014 at 22:43

Hi, AEE,

Are you growing them in pots or the ground. It's a tad bit easier if in the ground, the new plants nearer the mother plant are your best one's and can be pegged into the ground to root and then once rooted the runner cut and the new plant grows.

If in pots, the runners trail down the pot and can't be pegged into the ground, there are things you can do in this case.

Need a bit more information about whether they are being grown in pots or the ground

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