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Reap what you sow


by Jane Moore

I think I've talked Paul, my partner, into giving me a hand, with the old "as you sow, so shall you reap" reminder that if he wants a garage full of produce come the autumn, we'd better get it all in the ground now.


Me in my allotmentWhat an odd summer we're having. I'm behind after not daring to sow a thing in April as I knew I wouldn't be able to keep them watered enough in those scorching temperatures. Then May hit us with lots of rain and wind so all the slugs and weeds I was expecting a month before got going with a vengeance. And Lizzy, my fellow allotmenteer, is off in Madagascar for a month (lucky girl) leaving me to try and catch up. I think I've talked Paul, my partner, into giving me a hand, with the old "as you sow, so shall you reap" reminder that if he wants a garage full of produce come the autumn, we'd better get it all in the ground now.

We've got all the spuds in - we're growing lots of different ones this year in an effort to spread the harvesting so we get lots of new potatoes through the season. I can't remember all the varieties off the top of my head but the list includes: Annabelle, Charlotte, Picasso, Golden Wonder and Red Duke of York. Impressive hey?! We're also growing a long keeper to store over winter - we've always forgotten about that in previous years and it's so good to eat your own potatoes for Christmas dinner. Of course the seasoned allotmenteers on my site like Ron next door know all this but every generation has to find out for themselves, don't they?



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Gardeners' World Web User 16/07/2007 at 10:33

I notice your raised beds are similar to my 3M x 3M bed in my garden and I too battle with slugs. Even after nematode applications and regular night-time garden sorties to catch them, last night I found 20 or so of the critters but not in my raised beds. The defence in part I am sure is due to copper piping attached all around the edge. So, the 20-30 types of vegetables I'm growing this year are safe-ish. One night I did find a brave slug stretching more than double it's body length over the piping to my young pea plants but not getting right inside the defence!

Gardeners' World Web User 17/07/2007 at 12:01

I too used to have such a problem with slugs, but I think I have beaten them at last. I lash on loads of Vaseline all roung the edge of the pots, fence work etc and NO they cannot get up due to being so slippy (shame isn't it). I look forward to hearing if it works for you too. Best of luck!!!

Gardeners' World Web User 17/07/2007 at 12:45

I am a new allotment owner and have managed to get a late crop going in a couple of raised beds that were already in my plot. I have had tomato plants growing under a cloche for the past few weeks in a brick raised bed. When I took the cloche off yesterday I noticed an ant nest. As a new gardener I am not quite sure how to deal with the problem. Can anyone help with some advice?

Gardeners' World Web User 20/07/2007 at 21:20

One recommendation for Luplily (if ants aren't affecting the roots of the plants?). You could leave them be as they do no real harm and are food for some birds including green woodpeckers, and actually quite fascinating to watch coming and going. I've managed to move one ant colony on by keeping the area of their nest more moist as they prefer drier conditions and sandy soils.

Gardeners' World Web User 22/10/2007 at 21:34

Hi. I need help I have just got my first alottment and I need some advice on what to do now. its the end of October what would be the best veg to plant now?

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