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  1. SD ive heard it’s under watering or sparrows pulling them - the two major problems with bean flowers....must be birds?? cucamelons are fab plants. I grew them a couple of years ago. Sort of crunchy like cucumber but more citrus/limey...I gave my friend some seeds as a present and she had obsessed with her plants😂 I’ve picked peas this week and lots of lettuce and radishes. Beetroot doing well and more seedlings in plugs to go in tomorrow - Boldor, a yellow variety I like. Sweetcorn is massive as is uchiki kuri and Anna Swartz squash plants...fruit is starting to set now. Bennings green squash is also doing well! Turnips and swede looking nice and leafy but no sign of roots yet.... Spent two hours weeding yesterday and my back wasn’t happy so day off today. Will get more done tomorrow...
  2. Pop them in vinegar - just like capers... my plot has gone mad....squash plants are reaching for the heavens as most have been tied to get them to go up...sweetcorn is 3‘ high and doing well. Even the parsnips i planted in March 🙄 Are finally a few inches tall. however, I am so chuffed with my cauliflowers....1st time growing them -
  3. I went down to the allotment at 7.45 this morning as seen to be waking up earlier each day...the squash plants are liking the warmth! ‘Anna Swartz’ Has quadrupled in size this week! Carrots are ok apart from the weeds but need them to grow taller before I risk weeding. The other 2 rows of carrots have done nothing for 6 weeks so I’ll dig them over and replant seeds there... The beetroot seeds I planted on Friday and watered, then covered with guttering are all up😱😀👍🏻 The soil around them is still damp so going to use this method for the carrots!
  4. That peony is Sarah Bernhardt and it smells like a rose! It’s beautiful! I do cut a few stems for the house...😀😀
  5. Well the beetroot i planted at the end of March is finally up 🙄pity really as I have around 50 cells at home all planted with beetroot and are all doing well. Finally seen the parsnip seedlings!! It’s a constant battle with the watering at the moment. There are 2 water troughs at the allotment, connected to the mains, but a bit of a walk for me. I use 25 litre bottles to fill up from the troughs and carry them to my 3 water butts, but it’s hard going.... i covered one raised bed with cardboard and then compost. It needs much less watering than the other beds. Will be doing them all that way this year. Following Charles Dowding‘s advice and loving his YouTube videos. I’ve also learnt to cell plant lots of seeds every few weeks to fill gaps...something im hopeless at, but seeing as I’m forloughed and probably being made redundant in June, I have the time 😀 squashes are loving the warmth and doing well too! My peony is stunning!!
  6. Sorry, I have no control over the bare bones of the forum...just admin to zap spammers when reported or lock/edit posts etc... Best to email James@omlet.co.uk with forum issues please 😀👍🏻
  7. This week everything has gone mad. My uchiki kuri (8 seeds🙄) are all forming true leaves as are all the other squashes...ive double checked and it’s 18 squash plants... 😂 Sweetcorn is 3” high, carrots have just germinated and a few of the beetroot I showed 2 weeks ago. The soil is so dry and I’ll be glad if it does finally rain today.... runners, broad, borlotti and French beans are all up too. The peas are taking forever. They were old seed and the harvest mice on the plot love them so that could be why..... I managed to get some broccoli and cauliflower seedlings so have potted those into bigger pots...just need to find room for them.
  8. Well I popped down today to lift the mesh for a few hours and all seems well. I’m so relieved 😂 now I need to work out where to eventually plant 15 squash plants...!! 🙄 all wrapped up again tonight....
  9. Well I stupidly left the greenhouse door open last night and a few squash seedlings are not looking good....didn’t realise the wind would be so cold... everything wrapped up in enviromesh now as I can’t find my fleece 🙄
  10. I drenched the drills and sowed peas (kelvendon wonder?) 2 weeks ago and they have only just peeped through the soil. Another batch I soaked overnight and they are up in 5 days....could be the heat or just coincidence? i usually have a pit of peas on my kitchen windows sill for pea shoots and they come up quickly but my kitchen is always warm due to the rayburn. 😀 Nearly all my squashes are up! Pattison blanc, Bennings Green, Uchiki kuri, sunburst, Anna Swartz and Grillers mix....I have way too many plants now....🙄
  11. Thanks everyone! It’s better than the other option - redundancy.... another couple of hours at the plot yesterday. 2 more 1/2 beds weeded and ready for planting! Got some more carrots seeds in and 2 more rows of beetroot❤️ Plus more peas! The greenhouse is doing well - all my sunflowers are up but the 13 pots of squash seeds are slow to germinate, but getting there. I must learn to stop digging in the pots to check for a root 😝 Im on the hunt for leeks seeds and have posted on the allotment fb page so fingers crossed...couldn’t find them in the shops anywhere and won’t got out looking now.... Patricia, what do you need? I have so many packs of seeds....could post to you?
  12. Well I found out via sky news 🙄 that the company is furloughing most of us. Received my email 2 days later so I’m off officially until the 1st of June... and then only working 12 days that month.....so.... my allotment will be looking fabulous!! 😂😂 I’ve been going down every day this week so far...weeding and planting seeds in the greenhouse. It’s been really nice. I’ll need to eat the veg as I’ll be so poor come summer 🙄
  13. Managed to get 3 more wheel barrows of chippings laid before the pile ran dry. Tigerella tomato seeds planted and some calendula - just a couple of trays in the green house. Back to work today for 6 days but then have 11 days off. A quick trip to Germany with dad for 5 days but I’ll get some more seeds in at some point...
  14. Huge lover of Franchi seeds. Their borlotti beans are lovely and never had a problem with any of their squash/pumpkin seeds. Still eating the last few onions that cake from Dobbies. Samt remember the type -stur something? i spent 2 1/2 hours just doing the paths with wood chippings yesterday. Sadly they were piled high at the farthest point from my plot, but the wheel barrow helped 😉 Covered a large bed with cardboard, cut back half the autumn raspberries and pruned the blackcurrant bushes - a bit late but such is life. The crab apple I planted for my mum 5 years ago needs a decent prune, but I left my saw at home 🙄 Will do it this week. Really ought to paint the shed....purple I think this time? The water butts need moving (again) and one is pushing against the shed and has caused water damage. The last time I moved it, I fractured my wrist so will be extra careful this time. 🙄
  15. Well it’s that time of year again when I wish I’d spent more time tidying up last year!! I did sow a bed of rye grass to keep down weeds and act as green manure. Plus one bed was covered with plastic, but I have 7 beds full of weeds and practically no bark chippings left as paths....it’s going to be a slog getting it right again. Someone at the allotment has arranged a wood chipping delivery for us all to use...arrived yesterday so I need to get down there quickly before it’s all used. Sadly it’s at the other end of the allotment to me, but I have a new wheelbarrow to shift it. 😀👍🏻 Now, do I bust a gut and break my back getting it all in order on my 6 days off or take it slow and steady and get frustrated? 😂😂

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