Latest posts by Zoomer44

I've got a new butterfly

Posted: 11/08/2014 at 21:18

hh..my garden's in a built up area of sorts and you wouldn't expect to hear grasshoppers but it's sad we don't hear them when out in the countryside and I've not heard any on the allotment even though there are wildlife area's...

I've got a new butterfly

Posted: 11/08/2014 at 20:52

 just seen the black bug......well...Nutculet there's a challenge...whats' that...  

I've got a new butterfly

Posted: 11/08/2014 at 20:45


hollie hock...I've not heard a grass hopper for years in this country, as a child we would catch then in the fields... go to the South of France and if you need to use the services off the A roads...the noise they make is unbelievable in the summer...   

New allotment OMG...

Posted: 11/08/2014 at 20:26

It's going really well Gardengirl.

 The fence was finished in time to start planting up. I put in raised beds down one side and planted traditionally down the centre on account that Jerusalem artichokes started popping up in the beds and paths, which will all need digging over again to get rid of the tubers  but I've lots of panels made from pallets to finish the raised beds off over winter. The compost area is still an on going project but I was given two black darliks which are full of muck and leaves to use this autumn.

It's been a huge learning curve. I tried lots of different veggies, mainly stuff I've grown at home but on a bigger scale and mostly sown at home, in modules and transplanted. I haven't quite got the goal to sow direct yet. I'm ever so pleased with the bounty though, if someone had said in February I could have grown this much I would have laughed my socks off.

There was a cherry plum tree on the site which had a very sever prune early in the year with branches sawn off, hasn't fruited for years and produced a bumper crop this year, I've just finished making some apple and plum jam

Two weeks ago I took on another half plot, the plan is to grow fruit bushes and tree's on this site....it came with some treasures... ie a shed, a flagged area(although very over grown) a GH with no glass and I found a funny looking long handled tool with two pronges which was fab when used for lifting brambles onto a bonfire. I also unearthed what me thinks is a small apple tree hiding in the brambles. 

There's quite an array of good guys...I've slow worms on both sites, there's been loads of ladybirds...frogs on the new site...lots of bee's and wasps.

...one happy grower...



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.    


Posted: 06/08/2014 at 21:30

Good luck for a nice crop next year

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