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October 2011 Blog Posts (42)

No smoke without fire

Why don't people have garden bonfires any more - see more of this post at

Added by elaine rickett on October 31, 2011 at 21:14 — No Comments

Roll on next spring

Well, that's is then summertime is officialy over  - see more of this post at

Added by elaine rickett on October 31, 2011 at 21:12 — No Comments

Garlic & Onion Sets Planted

Last weekend I took the opportunity to get out onto the balcony and started planting the over wintering Garlic and Onion Sets. First I did a little tidying up, mainly getting rid of all the Aubergine plants, which I've given up on, I ended up with a lot of flowers, but no Aubergines themselves. I also potted up the Serrano Chili plant and the Pepper (Sweet) plant that I had in the large tub hanging over the balcony, so once it gets a bit colder I can take these indoors.…


Added by TheLittleBalcony on October 31, 2011 at 11:24 — No Comments

The Big Winter Clean Up

The first to go was the Baby Sweetcorn stalks; these did get pulled out as soon as the Sweetcorn was picked. Moneymaker and Gardeners Delight Tomato plants, which were starting to look a bit on the dead side, along with the Courgette plants were next, I only ever got one Courgette in the end, but next year I'll hopefully get a better crop. After that went the Aubergine plants, now they did flower a lot but much to my disappointment, no much else, like the Courgettes I will have another go next… Continue

Added by TheLittleBalcony on October 31, 2011 at 11:23 — No Comments

Mange Tout

I do love a bit of Mange Tout, although I think of Del Boy every time I say it.
















It was a wonderful surprise to come back from a half term break to a wonderful crop.



Added by Garden Posts on October 30, 2011 at 17:50 — 1 Comment

A Glazed Look

The final trial and tribulations of erecting my 10'x8' greenhouse

If you are thinking of getting one and putting up yourself, I highly recommend taking a look and ensuring you fully appreciate the work involved


A Glazed Look

Added by Blicky on October 30, 2011 at 14:25 — No Comments

Book review and local walk

Two posts today over on my blog here

Added by Donna C on October 24, 2011 at 16:11 — No Comments

Preserves: Easy Tomato Chutney

As I still have a lot of Tomatoes left to eat, I wanted to make some sort of a Chutney and as I've never made this before, I started to do some research into the many different types that can be made, when I came across the below recipe on the 'Good to Know Recipes' website:

Easy Tomato Chutney

1kg (2¼lb) Ripe Tomatoes of any variety or size…


Added by TheLittleBalcony on October 24, 2011 at 12:19 — No Comments


The trials and tribulations of erecting a greenhouse

I thought this would have been easy but the frame is finally up after a whole day



Added by Blicky on October 23, 2011 at 13:00 — No Comments

Autumn is sort of here

I've been busy with lots of things but the tomatoes keep coming... more at the valegrower

Added by Matt Richmond on October 23, 2011 at 10:04 — No Comments

winter salads

The veg. plot now has a few bare patches where crops have been lifted but there’s still plenty out there to put towards a meal.  The container grown salad crops have been moved into the greenhouse to give some protection from the weather.


Here are radishes, various types…


Added by Colin Robinson on October 22, 2011 at 22:00 — 3 Comments

Are you plagued by whitefly?

Most years we get some whitefly on the allotment but this year there seems to have been a plague of biblical proportions. Every plot seems to have been affected and they are not just going for the usual suspects - brassicas but seem to be attacking anything that is green - even my courgettes have been affected. I understand that the whitefly can also spread diseases from plant to plant. I know that some people on the allotment have tried spraying with propriatory insectacides that are supposed… Continue

Added by Jonathan Torne on October 22, 2011 at 20:39 — 4 Comments

Pumpkin vs Squash


hugs :) xx

Added by Carrie Gault on October 21, 2011 at 23:40 — No Comments

Busy, Busy, Busy

Busy few months here!! Have a few new additions, couple of hens (Pease and Pudding), the ducks (Margo and Barbara) and awaiting another hen this weekend!! It was going to be sent to the farm in the sky and I couldn't see that happen, so went on a rescue mission!!

First signs of frost this morning, does anyone have any suggestions as to what I can cover my planter with so the veg doesn't get killed off??

All the toms and grapes picked from the greenhouse and it's looking pretty…


Added by Victoria Stewart on October 20, 2011 at 22:36 — No Comments

I'm getting a bit overwhelmed

Read my blog post here

Added by Donna C on October 20, 2011 at 13:52 — No Comments

No liposuction required.......


New blog post here

Added by Donna C on October 18, 2011 at 14:28 — 1 Comment

The End of the Tomatoes

October is now with us and I've been busy collecting all the remaining Gardeners Delight and Moneymaker Tomatoes I've been growing over the summer. Due to the lovely hot spell we had at the end of September, the last of the Tomatoes I though wouldn't ripen, have and last weekend I spent sometime pulling all the plants out which have now started to die away. Leaving room for the Garlic and Onions to be planted.…


Added by TheLittleBalcony on October 17, 2011 at 9:57 — 2 Comments

Re-potting Strawberry Runners

Over the last few months I've been carefully looking after the Strawberry Runners, that were taken from the mother plant. These have come on very well and after checking their roots, which had developed really really well, it was time to re-pot and store away for the winter.

I took some 30cm pots and added each of the four developed Strawberry Runners into these with multi-purpose compost, then watered. They are now ready to be placed in the Mini Greenhouse over winter.…


Added by TheLittleBalcony on October 17, 2011 at 9:56 — No Comments

Preserves: Infused Oils

Creating Oil Preserves has always been something I love to do, but this can be a very sensitive area, as I've read that flavored Oils should only be kept for a certain amount of time, so normally I only create small amounts that I use within a few days. Having recently purchased the book 'Preserves: River Cottage Handbook No.2', by Pam Corbin, I found some great tips and ways to keep Oils for longer,… Continue

Added by TheLittleBalcony on October 17, 2011 at 9:55 — 1 Comment

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