Zoomer44


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Using mushroom compost...

Posted: 24/06/2014 at 00:42

I've used mushroom compost as a mulch on a brassica bed on the allotment. I'm given to understand lime is added to the compost to stop mushrooms growing so it seemed like a good plan to use as a mulch to stop weeds from growing and ideal for brassica's.

The red cabbage has bolted but me thinks it was due to it being planted to early plus the soil may have been to rich in lime. I've now dug in the compost and plan to grow brussels and kale in the bed...to cut to the chase there is a problem with nightmares tail on my plot.

I didn't want to start another nightmares tail thread but a poster had advised nightmares tail doesn't grow well in limed soil and I've found it hasn't grown at all in that bed. 

Has anyone else found nightmares tail alias horse or mares tail doesn't grow in limed soil?     

nettle feed

Posted: 22/06/2014 at 23:03

Hi,Lindylou.

Seaweed feed contains the primary nutrients - nitrogen, phosphorus and potassium and some trace elements. You can use it on all your veggies including beans. I've found potatoes and toms seem to particularly like it.

Watered down you can also use it as a spray, it's good for foilage.   

What to do with Conifer trunk

Posted: 20/06/2014 at 23:57

Before you decide on a plant...

This evening a friend showed me what they had done to an old tree trunk which was  was slightly smaller in  height than yours. The top 2ft has been carved into an owl and painted in natural colours. It looks ever so effective behind shrubs and at the back of the border.

She got the idea when in a local shop where wooden, hand carved ornaments were being sold and asked the shop keeper if he would carve something into the stump.     

It's a tab bit early to ask but...

Posted: 19/06/2014 at 22:49

The area marked for Christmas spuds on the plot has been planted with leeks this evening, I had more leeks to plant out than I thought so me thinks I'll try again and plant in bags at home for the spuds

Potted Christmas tree

Posted: 19/06/2014 at 00:06

I have a Christmas tree a couple of years old, bought as a tiny tree for the coffee table, it's now about 3ft tall. I couldn't believe mine survived that first year...

All good advise from above, I'd just add, when potting up plant it in a plastic pot and use something light for drainage at the bottom because you'll need to carry it indoors again at Christmas. I've placed the plastic pot whilst outdoors into a nice decorative one.

 

It's a tab bit early to ask but...

Posted: 18/06/2014 at 23:30

Ive tried for a few years growing them in bags, followed the advise and never harvested on Christmas eve for the grand parade on Christmas day, the bag has always been frozen...even after being taken into the GH when frost was expected ...

I vowed never again...but couldn't walk past the Christmas spuds at a local nursery today...so bought 10 Carlingford seed potatoes, it's a 2nd early so if planted out this weekend will be ready by October time but can be left in the ground until the first real ground freezing frost...me thinks November..so not quite a Christmas harvest but the best here...

Is anyone else thinking of growing spuds for Christmas...     

 

Oh no, lily beetles are back!

Posted: 18/06/2014 at 22:43

Nature isn't always kind to growers is it...

gourds

Posted: 18/06/2014 at 22:34

All mine are outside now.

One in the mixed variety, is a climber, the others are growing on the ground. Not in flower yet though and two planted in pots near the fence have been eaten by slugs but the one's planted through weed membrane are doing really well.

  

Oh no, lily beetles are back!

Posted: 17/06/2014 at 22:54

Think this year I'll cut my losses and cut down the three covered in poo, they are all in the same pot.

Oh no, lily beetles are back!

Posted: 16/06/2014 at 22:02

Lillies are one of my favourite flowers and some of mine this year are covered in poo.

If I missed a year growing them, would the beetles go somewhere else or will they just find another plant to lay their larvae on and return in number the year after.

 

Discussions started by Zoomer44

Making compost

 
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Gooseberry pruning...

The bush is heavy with berries.. 
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Fences and covenants...

Are covenants legally binding... 
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Sharpening tools...

Tips welcome... 
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Best site for asparagus...

Multiple choice Q...no ideal site...a case of...best of a bad lot...  
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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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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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