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Green manures without the digging ?

Posted: Yesterday at 16:14

I thought that you could just cut the tops off and compost them letting the roots rot down in the soil or pull them out wholesale and compost them.

BBC -entertainment or education?

Posted: 30/08/2015 at 16:17

I saw one of the "handmade" series some chap making a chair no fancy tools just knowhow, it didn't need any talking because that sort of skill takes years to learn very entertaining to watch all the same.

colored marks on potato leaves

Posted: 30/08/2015 at 12:19

I wish my potato leaves looked so good as they do, I think that I might spray mine with baking soda next year as I believe that it gives them a boost of some element that they are missing although I don't think that it makes much difference to the final crop.

compost heap discoveries

Posted: 30/08/2015 at 11:37

I discovered a wasps nest under construction in one of mine several years ago so luckily I was able to disrupt their nest building before it got out of hand and became a nuisance. Just the other day I lifted the lid on one of my compost bins on the allotment and disturbed a mouse which ran around and around before escaping down a hole in the half composted material, usually I give short shrift to mice but as it was on the allotment and I already knew that mice regularly live in the compost bins I let it get on with life but I do wish that they would stop eating the worms as the compost would decompose much better if it was full of worms.

A shady greenhouse?

Posted: 30/08/2015 at 11:27

I have been asking myself the very same question as I would love a greenhouse in my garden which sadly faces north meaning that from the middle of November until the middle of February it gets no sun at all. I do have a greenhouse on the allotment but it would be so much better to have one in the garden where I could potter all day. I do have a couple of plastic greenhouses which I get the most from and have enjoyed having but the benefits of a proper greenhouse with room to move around in would be better especially during spring when I’m growing plants for the allotment taking up loads of room and going leggy on the windowsills . Even though the garden faces North the area where I would site the greenhouse will get direct sunlight in the spring and autumn for six to eight hours a day and in the summer for ten or more hours. My garden isn't that big so a six by four greenhouse would be the biggest that I could have without taking up too much room and looking silly, I'm still undecided whether to get one or not so I'll ponder some more.

Butternut squash- but no sign of fruit

Posted: 27/08/2015 at 17:58

Do you have flowers on the plants? I have two plants and one has a large butternut squash on it but that's it, there are plenty of flowers but the only other one that set withered and died. I grew butternut squash last year and had loads on one plant but I did notice then that they grow very quickly once the flowers have set. It could be this cooler wet weather that is affecting the fruit set.

Isn't the internet great

Posted: 27/08/2015 at 15:48

http://s4.gardenersworld.com/uploads/images/original/88610.jpg?width=272&height=350&mode=max

 This is it I don't think that its the same as yours.

Isn't the internet great

Posted: 26/08/2015 at 17:15

Just happened to notice a small brown moth resting on the outside of the window it looked quite exotic with feather like antenna more akin to a bat, as I had no idea what it was I looked it up on the trusty internet and found that it is a Rusty Tussock Moth or Vapoura, not rare but interesting all the same.

Flippin' pigeons

Posted: 26/08/2015 at 14:58

A couple of people on the allotment have kites which look like birds of prey they hang from long poles and fly up in quite light winds they look very effective but there are still wood pigeons on other plots.

Bag lady

Posted: 26/08/2015 at 14:50

My wife and I visited New York a few years ago and decided to visit the Tiffany store on 5th avenue I was a bit sheepish as I thought that we looked well down at heel to visit somewhere like that but found that the assistant couldn't have been more friendly or helpful, I doubt that for one minute she thought that we were millionaires incognito and said that we could browse as long as we liked. I doubt that many up market stores in London would have the same attitude but who knows they may be just as friendly.

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Isn't the internet great

Rusty Tussock Moth 
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Thompson and Morgan

Great Service 
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storing carrots in sand

any tips 
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Thuja blight

conifer not well 
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allotments are all caterpillars bad?

orange and black caterpillars 
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A quick question for Allotmenteers?

Allotments used to be for growing food but they are much more than that now. 
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mantis tiller

is it worth the cost 
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ridge and greenhouse cucumbers

is it possible 
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