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TV programme - GW - 09 November 2012

Posted: 11/11/2012 at 12:39

did i hear a touch of sarcasm there Soto


Posted: 10/11/2012 at 21:08

Hi all, can anyone advise me on useing wood ash, i have a few buckets of good quality ash and the coming year for the allotment is just  the basic vegetables, i know not to use it on shrubs  but are there any common veg that dont like it im growing spuds,peas,beans,colly,onions,(rhubarb),raddish parsnips etc,any help please,do i dig it in or just top it , good luck


Water butts

Posted: 10/11/2012 at 14:34

Hi Gill, if you have any dairy farmers local ask them if they have any of the large blue didinfectant tubbs they use, as they are non returnable, they should be glad for you to have them,some times for a few pounds, sometimes free, we on the allotments all use them here in Wales, and its quite easy to couple up as many as you want  i actually use 4 with one tap in  the end one,and a hose fits easy if you want it, use  BQ joining packs or diy,it, plumers mate if you like on the joints  stops any drips, it so easy we usually stand them on breeze blocks or old pallets,

good luck Alan4711


Posted: 08/11/2012 at 09:44

very nice pics many thanks for that, allhappening next summer then

good luck Alan

Help me please

Posted: 05/11/2012 at 10:13

Hi Lain,this year we took over an allotment for the first time,before this it was an exposed, high open field and lieraly full of creeping buttercup, bindweed and everything else we didnt want, we decided to  remove the top inch or so with a hired turfer ,then we dug over a bit at a time and removed every bit of weed and root,very hard work but this was in the summer time , it was dry and  quite warm which helped make it ok, ,,but now its all done we have completely easy controled raised beds almost weed free, so hard work yes but its the only way forward believe me, the advise your getting from the forum is good dont skimp do it once and do it well,if we had to we would do it again the same way, another tip is if you are getting manure delevered get twice the amount you think you need  and save half on a tarpolene for a couple of years covered up,the result s are wonderfull talk to the older allotmenteers,if your lucky you might get Paliasglide to advise you he,s good at allotments if you have any milking farms near look for the big blue disinfectant tubs they use , they make wonderfull water butts

Good Luck   Alan4711

Hi Newbie here

Posted: 03/11/2012 at 12:36

Hi AL, me too not on top of the class at grammer, or useing this infernal machine,and completely brand new to our first allotment,this  gerdeners world is the best thing i joined for years,daft questions iv asked many times,had some really good advise from the ordinary person to the older experts and its all for free, good luck


Winter hanging baskets

Posted: 03/11/2012 at 12:27

Hi Kat1123 we had the same wind conditions this year, in the end i used  short cutain wires and hooks ,hooked into the bottom of the baskets and hooked onto the shed where we hang them, the ivy grew along it so not too abvious, it did save the baskets from getting damaged cheers. 

Gardeners' World hibernating

Posted: 03/11/2012 at 11:57

almost every visit up the allotment in the last good few weeks iv been on mi tod, nobody in sight and iv come to  love it, iv named the allotment as a 2 allotment,, it seems a lot of people agree? they find it 2wet ,2hot,2cold,2busy,2hard, they really don't know what there missing ,Wellies on, mug of coffee, sat in front of mi little pond planning  for next year, nature allover the place,absolute heaven,   but must get some welly inserts my feet are starting to feel the cold a bit even with mi thermal socks  on, so good luck all and as i speak the suns gone and rain has arrived

good luck all



Posted: 03/11/2012 at 11:38

now I'm going to suggest that next year all the people who cant have that little extra laying in can meet  up my allotment for coffee biscuits and a load of manuring,it would be a great help to me and i,ll see you all in an hour,no shirking now !!

the impossible i think

Posted: 03/11/2012 at 11:31

lily your getting good at this  spiders from Soto  and trads ficus pumila this is all just what we need ,dont have to get the drill out now, a good start to Saturday and the sun has started to show after a load of Rainagainandagain, and Kate loves themhows that for a result cheers folks


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