Zoomer44


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Killer in action

Posted: 12/06/2014 at 21:58

DorsetUK - I'm given to understand there a quite a few different British ladybirds..do all Ladybird larvae look the same...

Killer in action

Posted: 12/06/2014 at 21:51

Nature doing it's bit - problems is some people don't know what ladybird larvae look like and mistake it for a beastie...I was in that gang until some kind poster, many moons ago put me in the know...now even more people know having seen your pic...

Sweet corn problems...

Posted: 12/06/2014 at 21:38

Checked and watered the plants this evening to find another plant is starting to go grey. Sorry didn't say in my first post but the other two seedlings went grey first before going brown.

They weren't hardened off totally in the shade, that area of the garden is in some shade early morning and late afternoon. I could understand them getting burnt if left in the GH but they've been outdoors and although it's been warm, most days have been over cast or it's rained apart from today, which has been sunny and hot.  

 

Sowing parsnips....

Posted: 12/06/2014 at 16:35

Think I'll also leave the parsnips a while longer, I've nothing big enough ready to go out yet. They were dated so will check when sown.

Sweet corn problems...

Posted: 12/06/2014 at 15:01

We've had a couple of sunny days so I'm going to check on them this evening and give a good water. Fingers crossed they'll be ok.

Sweet corn problems...

Posted: 11/06/2014 at 23:58

I had 15 healthy seedlings, doing well in the GH and potted them up because it was to early to plant out and their roots were growing through the bottom of the modules.

After a week, due to the recent warm weather, I started to moved them in and out of the GH to harden off. Within 24 hours one seedling turned brown from the centre of it's leaves...it has withered and died. A 2nd one has followed. I've planted the others out on the allotment, they still look healthy but smaller than other's planted out by allotmenteers. 

Q is...I'm hoping the two seedlings withered and died due to hardening off...or are the other plants going to wither and die too...due to a virus or other nastie...    

Sowing parsnips....

Posted: 11/06/2014 at 23:06

Parsnips were sown on the allotment several weeks ago, I made a hole filled it with compost then planted two seeds in each station. It's difficult now, to know if they've germinated because of all the tiny weeds growing in the compost.

Was thinking of digging the area over and trying again but this time putting a jam jar over the seeds so at least the spot where they were planted is marked or is it too late to sow parsnips....  

The difficulty is parsnip seedlings look like annual weed seedlings...

1st & 2nd Earlies

Posted: 11/06/2014 at 22:15

As KEF says spuds do store better in paper bags or hessian sacks. I tend not to grow enough for them to last till April, ate the last of mine in January and the last bag was emptied in October.

I still have some 2nd earlies chitting from January this year as there wasn't enough room to plant them out.

1st & 2nd Earlies

Posted: 10/06/2014 at 23:27

I grew spuds in bags for several years and would by now be delving into the bags to see if they were big enough for eating but grew them on an allotment for the first time this year.

It's ever so tempting to start digging up, my first earlies are at the same stage as yours although some haven't flowered yet. The second earlies are also beginning to flower......

Start digging one plant up at a time at the beginning of a row, that's my plan this weekend and if happy with the size I was going to dig up a full row, they store well in the ground and in bags after harvesting...that's if kept in the dark and don't start sprouting for a couple of months, 1st and 2nd earlies won't store like main crop though... 

Nasturtium leaves yellowing

Posted: 10/06/2014 at 21:50

To add....pick off the yellowing leaves, I've had the same problem. It's nothing to worry about.  

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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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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Shredded pine leaves....

Can they be used as a mulch round blueberry bushes. 
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Weed wands...

Do any posters use them... 
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Poorly dwarf apple tree

I uncovered a dwarf apple amongst brambles last year.... 
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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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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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