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Allotment Garden: Vegetable, Fruit and Herb Gardening on an Allotment, General Gardening Help and Advice

Allotment Garden: Vegetable, Fruit and Herb Gardening on an Allotment, General Gardening Help and Advice
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Snails/RHS Gardening Snails are so abundant in gardens that some damage has to be tolerated. They cannot be eradicated so target control measures on protecting the more vulnerable plants, such as hostas, seedlings, vegetables and soft young shoots on herbaceous plants. Non-chemical control There are various measures you can take: Transplant sturdy plantlets grown on in pots, rather than young vulnerable seedlings. Chemical control Following the manufactures instructions Scatter slug pellets thinly around vulnerable plants, such as seedlings, vegetables and young shoots on herbaceous plants. Most plants, once established, will tolerate some slug damage and control measures can be discontinued.. Download Pesticides for gardeners (Adobe Acrobat pdf document outlining pesticides available to gardeners)

Dubai Veg Growers How to Control Flea Beetles in the Organic Garden Description Many species of flea beetles are found throughout the United States. They are small jumping insects (similar in appearance to fleas) commonly found in home gardens early in the growing season. Adults are small (1/10 inch long), shiny, dark brown or black beetles with large hind legs that allow them to jump when disturbed. Note: Flea beetles transmit viral and bacterial diseases. Life Cycle Adults overwinter in the soil or garden debris and become active in the spring, feeding on host plants as new growth appears. Flea Beetle Control Remove garden trash and plow or roto-till under weeds to reduce overwintering sites. Tip: Trap crops, such as mustard and radish, can be planted near garden areas to draw pests away. Recommended Products Photo Credit: Charles L.

Acorn Community, Egalitarian Intentional Community in Virginia, Feminist Anarchist Communist Get Rid of Slugs & Snails ~ Slug Off Varieties - Rooster is the most widely grown potato in Ireland and is available all year round. The variety has red skin with yellow flesh. The good skin finish and uniform shape with shallow eyes makes it easy to peel. The texture allows it to have a wide range of uses such as boiling,steaming,baking,roasting and chipping.Rooster is also easier to cook than other floury varieties. Kerr’s Pink are a traditional maincrop variety. This is a very tasty traditional Irish potato and the most floury potato variety available. Traditionally Golden Wonder is available from October/November through to June. Cultra has a white skin with pink eyes and a cream flesh.It is probably the most popular home grown white potato in the country.The potato is slightly waxier in texture with a good skin finish.The variety is suitable for baking,boiling steaming and roasting. Karlena is a white alternative to Rooster and Kerrs pink.It has similar cooking characteristics and end uses and is exclusive to Superquinn.

Vegetables: watering/RHS Gardening All vegetables need adequate supplies of water. Vegetables need varying amounts of water depending on the stage in their life, the type of plant and the texture of the soil. For a general guide, the following may help: Freshly sown seed and young vegetable plants need adequate water. Water the seed drill before sowing. Which crops need watering when? The amount of water needed by the crop depends on which part of the plant is eaten. Legumes Broad beans and peas need lots of water at flowering time in order for pods to set and, again, two weeks after flowering begins. Stem vegetables Celery, celeriac and Florence fennel need water during growth. Curcubits Courgettes need constant moisture all the way through to harvest. Fruiting crops Aubergines, sweet corn and tomatoes all need watering well to aid establishment and also at throughout the flowering and fruiting period Leafy crops Cabbages, chard, lettuce and all salad crops, need water at every stage of growth. Root crops Vegetables in containers

A garden gate in 5 EASY steps! | Joy 2 Journey I am not sure when or where I learned to make gates but … they are so very easy! This gate literally took me a half hour from start to finish … once I assembled my materials. Measure the width of your opening and subtract an inch. Figure out how tall you want your gate to be. Subtract a foot. * I wanted mine to be 4 feet tall to match the height of the fence so I subtracted a foot and made my frame 3 feet tall. Assemble your materials … 2 X 4′s to make the frame 1 X 4′s for the gate slats My work space is outside where I have plenty of room to move around! In order to make your frame SQUARE you need to make sure that your diagonal measurements are the same. ie. 45 inches both ways (whatever your measurement is) * If you don’t have your diagonal measurements the same … your gate will be lopsided and not fit in the opening. Seriously, this is the step that takes the most time, as this is the MOST important. The diagonal board is a 2X4 but for this gate I did not have a left over 2X4. I used 2 – 2X2′s.

How To Make A Picket Fence Gate in about 30 Minutes | Make: DIY Projects, How-Tos, Electronics, Crafts and Ideas for Makers Step #1: Getting Started PrevNext There is a bit of timber cutting to do, but as with most projects you'll tackle in timber, it's unavoidable. You can either make use of a mitre saw, if you're lucky enough to have one, or just go old school and use a handsaw. We'll begin by cutting the two ledges; these are the two horizontal rails that the front uprights, or pickets, will be fixed to. It's a simple case of just cutting them square to the required length of 30 inches (762mm). Step #2: Cutting The Pickets That was simple enough and now we'll move on to cutting the pickets of the gate. For the size of gate I'm going to make, we're going to need 7 of these, so first, cut these square to 36 inches (915mm) long. Step #3: Finishing Cutting The Pickets Next, we'll get the pickets cut with two 45 degree angles on the top to give them the traditional picket-gate type look. Step #4: Putting The Picket Gate Together Step #5: Positioning The Ledges Step #6: Positioning The Pickets Step #7: A Temporary Fix

Alys Fowler: making liquid feed from comfrey A long, hard winter has done the garden some good, for there is a certain vigour this year. However, vegetables that like a long season are playing catch-up. A late start shaved off valuable weeks of growing, and reaching September's harvest will require extra work. These plants will need steady watering and feeding if their growth is not to be checked, particularly if they are pot-grown. Most shop-bought compost has six to eight weeks' worth of food in the mix, so anything planted in it will be running out of nutrients about now. A liquid feed is best: slow-release fertilisers such as pellets or granules must be incorporated early in the season to have time to work. There are many liquid feeds; synthetic ones will give your plants an instant glow but are costly. Common comfrey (Symphytum officinale) self-seeds and can become invasive, so it's worth hunting down 'Bocking 14', a variety of Russian comfrey (Symphytum x uplandicum) that is bred to be sterile. Comfrey is happy in the shade.