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fallen leaves

Posted: 19/11/2012 at 13:14

Zoomer44 ,Saturday i collected 8 bags of fallen leaves in 40 mins had 6 people stop to chat and ask what i did with them it was a nice rewarding Saturday ,ill do same in the week,unforunatly inTenby they use one of those big hoover type road cleaners  and then burn them at a cost of thousands of pounds, crazy they could drop them off at out allotments site any timegood luck


Blasted squirrels!

Posted: 19/11/2012 at 13:05

Hi Boo, i don't know if this will work for your bulbs but it worked  for my grandad with his  peas etc and i noticed some people on this G/W were doing it  as well, we rub the peas,bulbs etc in a lightly covered  paraffin rag(grandad used to soak them for a minute or so)  it doesn't harm the peas as its only on the outer case which is left as the growing process begins,our main prob was mice and squirrels eating everything till i remembered the old paraffin trick which I'm glad to say works nicely hope this might help  Alan from sunny Tenby joke its force 5 and soaking





Posted: 13/11/2012 at 15:25

last year 3 or 4 actualy lost there roofs and a couple then collasped they told me when we took on the allotment,hence the shortened scaffold poles hammered in with mooring rope over to the other side and tied down to the water butts,hope it works



Posted: 13/11/2012 at 15:02

Lee have a look in your local charity shops they are usually full with a wide range of gardening books all  for next to nothing

Kate Alans missis!! hes up the allotment  tying down the shed,,  very windy in south Wales believe  u me Kate.

TV programme - GW - 09 November 2012

Posted: 12/11/2012 at 22:58

talking of 6 foot fences iv just joined the fence people,that wont help hedgehogs in any way that i can think of, Why because  iv just purchased my last and permanent house to retire in, here in Tenby South Wales ,I'm an allotmenteer and support wild life with as large a pond as I'm allowed here and we are planning on bird feeders ,hedgehog houses and anything else we can do to help wild life including all the plants that help and with a little help bee hives,But these so called cat lovers who let their cats roam wild all day anywhere they want,and leave their  Mess all over other peoples gardens including mine day after day, really should think again if dogs did it on there gardens they would be the first to complain, and iv heard all the rubbish excuses they talk before, the bill for fencing off my property to stop other peoples cats using my garden as a toilet is now over £100 to fence it off and that don't help any wildlife does it NO cat owners know nothing about wildlife or being neighborly  no  its not the animals fault ,its the owners So now i have no hedghogs to enjoy or help no wonder they are becoming extint ,i used to have slow worms also but the cats play with them then kill them,So are we allowed to let our dogs roam free No so why  cats and please dont give me all that sloppy silly cat lovers stuff i was reading on this site,half of the owners have 2or 3 or more and do cats mess in there own back yard No its in soneone elses

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

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