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Problem neighbours

Posted: 27/06/2015 at 23:40

Urm... he's a bit thick isn't he? Spraying everywhere to get rid of the flies, when the biggest source of attraction for flies is him himself.. well, they do like poop don't they? And sounds like he's the biggest pile...

Uh-um. Sorry, probably uncalled for but I am getting fed up with folk these days always doing what they please, without considering other people. My neighbour is the same.

He does sound nasty, so may be worth recording your conversation on your phone or something when you first talk to him. It's always worth it when you're not sure of the person you're approaching. Then if he loves his killer fido, perhaps you could mention that it's bad to spray when you've got pets? Does seem pointless tbh, spraying at all. A filter fill of flies is just doing it's job.

Best of luck...


Posted: 27/06/2015 at 09:16

Try a spray? I had loads, caked on thick on my runners at the allotment. Since I have no hose there, I couldn't blast them off with water, so I tried a slightly soapy spray. That method is normally ok, but it didn't work on such a number, so I went out and bought a bug killer.  It worked perfectly, cleared the lot and even tho some are slowly returning, it's a small enough amount to go back to soap.

Or you could wipe them off with your fingers. Not something I can bring myself to do, eww. Yep, am a wimp!

Allotments and creatures.

Posted: 24/06/2015 at 01:06

Top tips G.Magpie, and I shall try some ant powder tomorrow, thanks for that.
And don't worry, I've not told the pesticide police!

onion white rot

Posted: 24/06/2015 at 01:04

Sorry to hear that Barry... it's frustrating for sure. I'm not going to bother this winter, or any onions again at the allotment.  I've not checked the ones I've pulled out properly yet (other than throw away the obviously bad ones) but I think I lost about 2/3rds, possibly more.

Talking to an allotment friend, and she said she was told to boil up garlic and pour the solution onto the ground, the thinking is that the fungus comes up to the top and dies off - having nothing to settle on. I thought it sounded sweet, but a pile of rubbish tbh. Reading that it's a huge problem worldwide, am sure if the solution was that simple, we'd have little rot by now. Oh well, just thought I'd put it out there!

Allotments and creatures.

Posted: 23/06/2015 at 00:54

Cheers for all the top tips and comments, made me smile loads - eeeek, £1 strawberries and £400 eggs.. not to mention looking out for other animals I've not even considered yet! Mind you, as of yesterday I now know what a pea weevil is, as they've taken over from the slugs with destroying my second lot of peas! It's been very educational.

But yes, it is good fun, I love growing lots of tasty veggies for the creatures we share this earth with..    and trying to outwit them in various ways! I hope I just get to taste something at the end. I am also keeping my eyes on skips for wood, wondering if some big warehouses would miss a few wooden pallets if I pinched them,  raiding my partners stash of DIY scraps to build things with.. oh and dreaming of one day maybe having a shed. I have serious shed envy!

I do love it tho, sounds like am moaning, which I am, but hopefully in a more pondering type of way.  It's certainly not what I expected - everyone told me when I took on an allotment last October that it's hard, physical work but I really think that part is a doddle compared to critter war!

Take care folks..

Allotments and creatures.

Posted: 21/06/2015 at 11:48

Oh yes, holidays. You can't go away without coming back to a jungle...

It's certainly not cheap, perhaps next year be better, grins.

Allotments and creatures.

Posted: 21/06/2015 at 10:38

So... thoughts are for first time having an allotment.. Fun and frustrating, hard work but lovely fresh air, and mainly it costs a fortune!!

Expensive weedkiller when my organic digging out approach doesn't work with couch grass, bindweed and thistles.

Having blackfly & slugs on my beans, so I pay out for bug killer when the soap spray fails and three bags of coarse sand for the slugs

Stopping cabbage fly on my cauli's & sprouts, so I pay out for expensive environment mesh & some poles.

Pay out for some fleece for my carrots to stop the flies.

Stopping slugs generally, pay for pellets then building electric boxes around some veggies and having to buy wood, wire and batteries. Copper tape around bottles to protect young plants.

Strawberries, paying out for netting, poles and straw to stop slugs and birds

Not to mention the cost of compost for the clay soil and more to quickly grow and replace the veggies I'd already grown which was eaten by critters.


I think... IF all that's left in the ground works, I may just about break even!


Seems that the work of actually digging out allotments and growing is a breeze compared to the cost and work of keeping every critter away from eating my crops!

Great fun tho

onion white rot

Posted: 21/06/2015 at 10:22

Cheers guys.. Yeah, I was just going to throw away the ones that obviously had white rot. I'll try drying any healthy ones indoors and growing them at home next year. 

Barry, I read that it's in the soil for about 15-20 years, so I suspect your plot should've been unused for a long time to get rid! Mine was empty for two until I took over last autumn. I also read that it's pretty much in all allotments in this country    Such a shame.

onion white rot

Posted: 20/06/2015 at 01:26


I was given a few red onions late autumn and grew them over winter, ready for a June/July harvest. Some of them are looking smashing, huge great things. Some of the smaller ones tho are in a bad way - I noticed yesterday that one had fallen over, out of the ground and I spotted some onion white rot - and the same on one I pulled out today just as I was going home from the allotment.

Sadly, my allotment onion growing days are pretty much over already, as there's little point in losing out every year but I was wondering if the larger onions if seem ok are alright to dry and eat later? Or am I being too fussy?! I am going to go on Sunday and pull the lot up and see if any are ok. I think I read somewhere that I can just air dry them - can I do that indoors as we are due more rainy days here down in Essex over the next week. I kinda like the idea of keeping them out of my garden as I may have a go at growing them at home next time and wouldn't want to give the white rot any opportunity to get in my garden.  Any tips be gratefully received!

deformed tomatoes

Posted: 15/06/2015 at 10:50

I think your dad cooking them really is the main cause, they don't like changes in temp - hot or cold. By all means, repot them but that may cause more stress at the moment, but you could give them a bit of food to improve the compost.  I personally would try and keep them moist (not overwatered which can cause same symptoms of curling) and in a steady temp and let them recover. There's no sign of any other disease or pest on them which is great but also points towards environmental problems.

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