Archive for the ‘allotment’ Category

This is not houmous !

Saturday, July 1st, 2023

This is not houmous ! I’ve created a weapon of mass destruction!

I’ve been growing organic horseradish on the allotments for over 15 years, and I’ve recently dug it up, and started to prepare it for homemade horseradish sauce!

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What is growing in Andysworld! greenhouse?

Tuesday, May 5th, 2020

At present there seems to be a growing frenzy across the nation – I wonder why? All my usual online seed and greenhouse suppliers are out of stock or stating 28-day delivery lead times, on items!

So a few of you readers, have been sending me photos and telling me what you’ve been growing.

So this has inspired this blog today, to show you What is growing in Andysworld! greenhouse?

I currently do not have any compost, so I’ve had to resort to “Andys Special Blend No.1” – e.g. homemade compost from compost corner!

Have fun, and keep growing….

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Worlds smallest pumpkins!

Thursday, October 3rd, 2019

I’m not quite sure, what happened to trying to grow giant pumpkins this year, looks like I’ve grown the world’s smallest pumpkins!

World's Smallest Pumpkins!

World’s Smallest Pumpkins!

Not very successful, better luck next year, and I’ll start earlier in the year.

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Trying to Grow Giant Pumpkins – 29 July 2019

Monday, July 29th, 2019

This giant pumpkin plant is taking over like a triffid! This spell of rain we’ve had in the past few days, it’s really grown!

It’s started to flower so I’ve been selecting flowers and hand pollinating to get it to fruit.

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Trying to Grow Giant Pumpkins – 26 July 2019

Friday, July 26th, 2019

A few updates as you can see a giant plant!

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Trying to Grow Giant Pumpkins – 1 July 2019

Monday, July 1st, 2019

A few weeks have passed, and they’ve taken, although one of the plants is deformed.

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Trying to Grow Giant Pumpkins – 16 June 2019

Sunday, June 16th, 2019

Time to plant out, a little late in the year really for a giant pumpkin, but I’ve had issues with germination, batches of seeds, and today when planting out we had the heaviest hail storm for years, and I got very wet!

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Trying to Grow Giant Pumpkins – 4 June 2019

Tuesday, June 4th, 2019

I’ve been preparing the location at the allotments to transplant the young plants.







and here are the latest photos of the plants

Giant Pumpkin plants

Giant Pumpkin plants

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To the Allotments and Back

Friday, February 2nd, 2018

A quick flight to the allotments and back…

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Mantis Tiller modification

Monday, June 16th, 2014

A few years ago, based on the recommendations from my Bro’ at Groundscaper, I purchased a Mantis Tiller, it’s brilliant, but I have just one complaint which I think is a design fault, the plastic throttle body, which is built into the carburetor body, keeps snapping off, as this is a weak spot.

The petrol 4-stroke Mantis Tiller uses a Honda GX25 engine, which is common to many petrol operated garden tools. The problem is that Honda do not supply the plastic throttle body as separate part, and you need to purchase a new GX25 carburetor body, price from Mantis UK – £95!

The support man from Mantis, did state, they could be purchased on eBay for £10!

This is the replacement part I purchased from Hong Kong – here, if you look closely at eBay, there are some available with a metal frame here

Originally, I was just going to transfer the plastic frame from the new part to the old part, but it did not fit, so a complete carburetor body swap was required, but before fixing back onto the engine, I made the following mod, to strengthen the plastic throttle attachment (Thanks Mike B. for the suggestion!)

some pictures

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