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April 2013 Blog Posts (33)

Unidentified spring shrub

Can anybody identify this prolific scented spring flowering shrub it`s close to the beach so obviously like salty air…


Added by david ford on April 30, 2013 at 19:48 — 1 Comment

Really cheesed off over my missing sunflowers

I raised then from seed nurtured and watered them, put them in the cloche to harden off before planting out, forgot to close the lid when I left the plot, discovered this morning all of them gone, the whole plant, not a trace just empty pots, now what animal/bird likes young sunflower plants?

Added by david ford on April 30, 2013 at 17:41 — 6 Comments

Spring Flower

Added by Robert on April 29, 2013 at 23:30 — No Comments

A Quick seed update

   Well this week has all been about sowing seeds and getting things going downIMG_0974 the plot, so I thought I would just give you an update as to where I am and the progress some of my sowings have made. I will start with what’s going on in the greenhouse. The celeriac sown at the beginning of March has come on well I transplanted them into individual cells this week I…


Added by Stacy Drury on April 29, 2013 at 19:13 — No Comments

spuds coming along nicely

The greenhouse potato crop is looking very healthy, even though we haven't yet had a lot of sunshine.

They've been growing away for 10 weeks now so I had a 'furtle' round under the compost and found plenty of small tubers. The biggest was about the size of a…


Added by Colin Robinson on April 28, 2013 at 21:19 — 1 Comment

Bean Day

Added by Robert on April 28, 2013 at 19:30 — No Comments

Allium society?

Is there an allium/onion society in these islands? I can't find one.

Added by Gareth Howell on April 27, 2013 at 12:58 — No Comments

what next? a plague of locusts

This long cold spring has been a bit of a trial for all of us growers but we've had some decent sunshine this week, even if it is still chilly. Plenty to be getting on with so I sowed some beetroot this afternoon. Before I could get them covered with soil the sky darkened, the lightning flashed and then a tremendous hail storm struck. End result: beetroot seeds buried under a layer of ice!…


Added by Colin Robinson on April 26, 2013 at 20:59 — 1 Comment

Getting down to the real nitty gritty

The trouble with only posting once a week at this time of year is that things are happening fast as there is so much to show and talk about - so where to begin?

The improvement in the weather has meant getting off my backside, pulling my finger out and really getting down to the nitty gritty of seed sowing, transplanting and planting out.  All time consuming jobs - and that is on top of trying to get the Rosebank garden into shape, keep the home running smoothly and finding the time…


Added by elaine rickett on April 24, 2013 at 19:14 — 1 Comment

planting potaotes & much more

It’s been a while since my last post, there was not much happening down on plot 58 as it was too wet or covered in snow, the action at the allotment pretty much came to a standstill.

But the last 2 weeks things have been on the up........READ MORE

Added by Stacy Drury on April 24, 2013 at 17:36 — No Comments

Potatoes Planted!

The potatoes are in the ground and raring to go (hopefully). We are currently running about 3 weeks behind previous years at the allotment, and I guess everyone else is in the same boat. The weather in the last week has been not too bad. It has been sufficiently warm enough to warm the soil enough to enable the weeds to make an appearance more…

Added by chocolatelikesnow on April 21, 2013 at 21:46 — No Comments

commitments, commitments..

It's been a while since my last post so in case anyone was wondering if I'd been abducted by aliens or dragged off to some sultan's harem I have to say it was that bane of all It gets in the way of all of our plans, takes us from our beloved plants and forces us to 'look presentable'.

Anyway, with other commitments now mostly out of the way I can get back to where I feel most comfortable and where no-one cares if I've got muck under my finger…


Added by Colin Robinson on April 20, 2013 at 22:24 — No Comments


Thank you all for your replies to my onion enquiries. Sometimes it is just a matter of courage in getting down to the weeding! The cloves segments I planted  2 years ago had formed scapes and split themselves in to about 6 separate plants, which I have now successfully split and replanted in serried rows, about 300 all together.

Not too bad in a slightly shady place and with unfertilized soil; a bit of clay in there for choice. 

The non veggie Allium Moly, very pretty flower…


Added by Gareth Howell on April 20, 2013 at 20:00 — No Comments

The fence panels put to good use


Well after the bad winter we have finally been able to get to the lottie. Some may remember that last year i asked about using…


Added by miriam abbott on April 20, 2013 at 19:00 — No Comments

Nothing sucseeds like sucsess?

The mini heated GH has taught me quite a lot about right and wrong temperatures for successful seed growing.   Now though I am busy splitting garlic seeds that I planted without fertilizer last year, and have splitinto half a dozen seedlings each. I wanted the clove, got the seedlings.

I have put down  a packet of proprietary fertilizer over a total of 12sq.m.  That may provide a better increase,and one with more a real sized garlic clove bulb to it in the autumn. Would I be right in…


Added by Gareth Howell on April 18, 2013 at 13:25 — No Comments

Broad beans, salad leaves and jack-by-the-hedge

April - possibly the busiest month in the gardening calendar.   Sunshine plus warmth equals germination - seedlings are pushing through in the greenhouse eager to face the warmer weather - and who can blame them.  I think it affects us all the same way.  Working outdoors minus coats and scarves and freezing fingers is a joy - if only the wind would drop it would be perfect.…


Added by elaine rickett on April 17, 2013 at 18:40 — 1 Comment

Yay - Garlic and Potatoes in!

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Added by Carrie Gault on April 16, 2013 at 0:52 — No Comments

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