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Too many slugs

Not happy – come back from hols to discover the slugs have been busy with my beans. I have now resorted to slug pellets. Yuk, but necessary. Some of my courgettes are very yellow too. Not too sure what the problem is with that yet. I’m going to plant more beans.

On the positive, the rhubarb is looking a lot better, and the peas are on their way. ­čÖé


Allotment catch up

As we’ve been away I’ve fallen behind a bit on my allotment posts. So this is a bit of a round up ­čÖé .

Firstly I got hold of some collapsable raised beds from Primrose for the beans. I have hung a climbing net from the scaffold poles left by the previous occupants, so they would have something to climb up. The sweetcorn has also gone in. And some Globe Artichokes. Oh and I’ve put the tagetes┬áin between the beans to ward of black fly.

Mick also gave me some savoy cabbages so I’ve put those in with the other brassicas.

In the garden I’ve been potting on, with quite a bit more to go.

I was feeling very smug.

Mmm – not so smug now! When I next went to put in my replacement raspberry canes (Tulameen), I discovered that all my Butternut squash, and half my pumpkins had been eaten by the slugs ­čś« .

I have protected the pumpkins with cloches for now, and got some copper tape to see I can could limit the damage. I also ordered some firmer copper bands which will stand up on their own and are reusable (but much more expensive). Anyway – enough for now, but more soon.




Allotment update

Here are the latest pics from the allotment. The frost wasn’t much appreciated by the mange tout – I tried to put fleece over them but they still seem to have been affected. The normal peas are ok. It’s a mystery.

Meanwhile only some of my raspberry canes have come up – the Glen Ample (which admittedly I bought reduced in the garden centre in approx November) have not sprouted at all (grr). I have also lost my Xenia Gooseberry for unknown reasons. But some of the rasps have taken ­čÖé and there are still 2 gooseberry bushes, plus the blackcurrant which all seem ok.┬áThe Rhubarb is not totally happy either, in spite of all the manure / compost I put in before I planted them. I hope they recover.

I’ve started to put the net onto the fruit cage, but might try to redo it, as I think I might need to split the net at the corners so I can roll it up when it’s not in use (still pondering┬áthat one).

As the ground is totally awful I’ve bought another raised bed, which is inexplicably┬áa different size from the others, despite just reordering on Amazon. However, it’s slightly deeper so probably it’s going to be ok. I just need to fill it with the last of the compost mix.

Keep On Going (More Seeds)

(Sorry for delay in posting this, I’ve been away!)

Ok, you might be bored of my seed planting lists by now, but this is my aid memoire, so I have to keep going ­čśë .


  • Dwarf French Bean – Borlotto Di Vigevano Nano / Safari
  • Fennel – Florence Finale (but really old so not expecitng much)
  • Cucumber – Marketmore
  • French Climbing Bean – Bird’s Egg / Monte Cristo / Monte Gusto /┬áCarminat
  • Purple Sprouting Broccoli – Red Arrow
  • Sweetcorn – Snobaby (mini type) / Rising Sun


  • Honesty
  • Nigella – African Bride
  • Teasel (no success last year – trying again)
  • Mini Lobata (love this with flower petals red to yellow, aka Spanish Flag)
  • Rudbeckia – Cherry Brandy
  • Achilea – Summer Berries
  • Italian Bugloss – Blue

Still to go in:

  • Plenty – more lists soon…

Plus a frond of bleeding heart, and some of my earlier plantings coming along.