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07/09/2012 at 22:12

Tiles would have cracked under the weight of the enormous marrow I found yesterday - it was a tiny courgette when I last looked . It's now making rum in a corner of the kitchen

Surprising success of the summer = florence some lovely bulbs with good foliage...never thought it would grow properly in the hills.

Anyway....winter crops - thinking about trying broad beans and peas as well as onions - anyone has success with these crops over winter?

Edited: 07/09/2012 at 22:14
09/09/2012 at 19:48

I've done OK with the greenhouse stuff, salad, toms & cuecumbers. Strawbs gave a reasonable picking too.

Carrots aren't great, but I'll do a load of soup & it won;t matter that they're all a daft shape or split.

Spud question though. Again. Dug up the first 2 plants & there's something really magical about the soil comming up with these globes of yumminess in there.. About half of them have little holes, a few mm in diameter that go into the spud. nothing seems to be in the bottom of them, they're just there. what might it be &  how do I stop it for next year?

02/10/2012 at 16:40

Not really allotment related, but I'll ask anyway.

Has anyone been out picking sloes ( for gin obv.) recently? I tried this afternoon at one of my favourite spots and found none at all - not one. I did find enough bullaces (similar but bigger) to make it worth making a brew.

I'm no later than I've been in recent years - was it jus a bad year?

02/10/2012 at 20:10
Not sure about sloes and bullaces but Initial sightings suggest a decent damson crop - they also make excellent gin/vodka...
A piece of orange peel in with the damsons adds stg too
06/05/2013 at 18:28

So, it's finally Spring and after being so far behind I think I've managed to catch up this weekend.

Beds are all cleared and topped up with soil improver/top soil. 

Spuds, strawberries, spinach, carrots, beetroot, onions, parsnip, shallots, turnips, radish and salad are in.  Runner beans, chillis, tarragon, courgettes, cucumbers are in seed trays in the greenhouse. 

Gooseberries are flowering, Raspberries are starting to grow, currants are flowering and blueberries plus rhubarb are finally out of the greenhouse.


06/05/2013 at 20:23

Happychap, did you have any time for a run this w/e!

 Rhubarb almost ready for its first picking.

Had to weed the strawberry plot last week, so don't expect any soon.

Lots of onions showing their heads above ground, no sign of the spuds tho.

06/05/2013 at 21:54

Rhubarb took over several weeks ago. Not sure how much more rhubarb crumble I can take. 

Looked at my tom plants today and they are quite large already. need to sort them asap.

Been repotting my shrubs, weeding and top dressing today along with the annual patio clean.

Nurse Ratched    pirate
15/07/2015 at 09:57

Resurrecting this thread to ask if anyone has success growing butternut squash?

We have no problem growing pumpkins here (south of Scotland) so I figured I'd give squash a try.  Unfortunately, our lovely healthy butternut plants were trashed by something (beasties? weather?) while we were on holiday a couple of weeks ago, and only one has survived.

The rest of the garden is going ok, and a sunny windowsill has produced lots of chillies and the peppers are coming along nicely

15/07/2015 at 15:15

Good to see the return of this thread .

I have an allotment, full size plot, to the South of Glasgow. Been on it for almost one year after upgrading from a quarter plot on the same site. It was a total jungle, abandoned for years and full of junk.....when you apply for a plot on any allotment what they don't tell you is how bad some of these sites get!

Butternut squash - I have one plant in a pot, but it is in the polytunnel not outside. It was very slow to start and was getting eaten by some bug or other, but this has stopped now that I have put it in a watering tray (maybe the bugs / slugs cannot swim?). It has perked up a bit and is producing new growth. They do need a lot of water apparently.

Just back from a few hours weeding and watering, dug some new potatoes and looks like the raspberry bushes are going to produce a bumper crop this year .

15/07/2015 at 17:43

Tigerspaw, dug up some new pots yesterday, still a bit small, need another 2 weeks

before pulling up the rest.

The sweet corn looks well after a slow start, hope to have a bumper crop this year.

Planted a load of sunflower seeds around the shed hoping to cover the shed.

Turned out they were miniature flowers only grew to 2ft in height.


15/07/2015 at 17:46

I think slug damage is the biggest problem I've  had growing any of the squashes. Until the plant is well established slugs seem to be able to kill them off. Try using slug pellets, if you've no objection to them.

I've had more success with Festival, or even Crown Prince,  than Butternut down here in the deep south.



Nurse Ratched    pirate
15/07/2015 at 18:11

Thanks folks.  I don't think getting enough water should be a problem, outdoors in Scotland in the summer .  It may well have been slugs, there seems to be a bumper crop of them this year.  
I'm toying with the idea of having a wee pond* to attract some frogs and toads to munch on the slugs.


*that's a small pond, not one filled with wee

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