Latest posts by AllotmentMax

Moving peony

Posted: 26/03/2014 at 12:27

I found two peony at the allotment, which the previous owner had planted.  They just say deep red peony on the label.  So I have moved them both and planted.  Once is in a pot and the other in the ground.  Both see to be showing good new growth.  Hopefully they will flower this year.


Posted: 23/03/2014 at 19:43

Happy birthday.


Posted: 23/03/2014 at 19:42

We had a similar problem with some cheap compost we bought a couple of years ago, I think it was Homebase or Focus.  However, we just bought 3 bags of Homebase Multi purpose extra and all looks good so far.  It was just to put on the raised beds to top them up and was dug in and mixed well with the existing earth.  Must say, not one foreign object found.


Posted: 23/03/2014 at 19:37

Oh Tracey  - the perennials were good last year, you will just have to grow them on a bit first as they are only small.  Geums were great in particular.


Posted: 23/03/2014 at 19:36

Lovely piggy cake photo.

Managed to get to allotment and weed two raised beds and top them up with new compost.  OH managed to refit the lid of the composter which blew off in the wind last week.  Dug over a small patch.  Tidied up the other strawberry patch. Tulips are out in the corner, lovely yellow, pink and orange.  (Previous occupant planted those)  Have spotted several plants on the newest half of my allotment, delphinium, doronicum, lupins, tulips, and some other yet unidentified plants.

First potatoes went in last week.  Planted peas and covered with fleece last week. Spread manure around the base of raspberries and fruit trees.

Was going to start on the borders in the garden today and reshape them, but the hail put a stop to that.  Spent some time in the greenhouse. 

Made leek and potato soup with home grown leeks this afternoon and then a leek and stilton bake to go with roast dinner tomorrow.  Took some home grown apples out of the freezer as everyone requested a crumble to go with tea tomorrow, may go and pull some rhubarb too.  Yum.

Busy time of year for us all. Still feel we have to be slightly cautious of the cold though as today has turned rather nippier that I though it was going to be.  Brrrr!!

Off to make packed lunches, clean school shoes, watch countryfile (catch up).  Good night all. xx

Garlic Crop

Posted: 23/03/2014 at 19:22

Try starting them off in modules first and then transplanting to the plot once they have established roots.  I did this and it worked really well.

gardeners world

Posted: 23/03/2014 at 19:20
scroggin wrote (see)

Shame that people have to find negatives in everything, there will be a lot of young people with little garden knowledge that will find Carol's section very helpful.

I dont understand the problem Nigel the dog either, many gardeners have dogs and its hardly the Monty and Nigel show.


Well said.  I have no problems watching Nigel.  I really enjoy GW.  I do agree that it's not long enough though.  I think everyone will have differing views as we are all at different stages of our gardening lives/experience.  It would be great if the BBC would consider a wider span of gardening programmes and then hopefully everyone will be happy.

Garden Gallery 2014

Posted: 18/03/2014 at 21:42

Will put a piccie on if it flowers. 

Garden Gallery 2014

Posted: 18/03/2014 at 21:32

Thanks nutcutlet  I'm new to Hellebores so looking forward to the flowers. I have it in a part shaded raised bed near the patio so hope it does ok.

gardeners world presenters

Posted: 18/03/2014 at 21:30

Some good points from everyone re GW. I love it and never miss a show. I love Carol as she's so full of enthusiasm and no matter whos presenting its the gardening info I'm interested in. I find Monty ok. I'm too young to even know who Geoff Hamilton is! Alan T is good, but on love your garden he rarely gets his hands dirty. Beechgrove is full of useful info too. But I have to say there's much to be said for experience on your own allotment/garden and the people around you. It's more relevant to your area and locality. 

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