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New allotment OMG...

Posted: 19/01/2014 at 17:34

Hi Zoomer, how exciting!  I think you're doing the right thing by thinking about it and planning before you start - no point in moving lots of heavy things only to have to move them again later!  Once you have a plan I would tackle each section separately, do that section really well and dig out every bit of root.  That way you will quickly start to see results rather than viewing it as one huge pile of work to do every time you think about it.   Using the stones/rocks to help drainage or as a base for a shed seems sensible to me.  For paths I would suggest laying weed membrane first and then covering with bark or whatever else you decide upon.

Rhubarb

Posted: 19/01/2014 at 17:22

Hi Wayne, it's the mild weather - it will slow down when the expected cold spell comes along.  However, if it has been there for many years it would benefit from being divided and now is a good time to do that.  If you want more plants and/or a better crop, there's advice on dividing and forcing it here:

http://www.bbc.co.uk/gardening/basics/techniques/growfruitandveg_growingrhubarb1.shtml

and here:

https://apps.rhs.org.uk/advicesearch/Profile.aspx?pid=544

You wouldn't want to force a newly planted section but would be OK to force an established clump - it just gives you a slightly earlier crop really.

 

Cost of bird food

Posted: 19/01/2014 at 17:00

Hi Lancashire Lass, It's a bit random whether a thread gets picked-up and depends on how busy the forum is - I'm sure it's nothing to do with you! 

One thing which might help is to remember to press Enter after you paste a link in, otherwise it doesn't work and readers have to copy & paste it from within the message into their browser address bar - something which some members might struggle with.

My feeders haven't been getting much attention from the birds lately (and from before I changed seed so it's not the mix) - I'm not sure whether it's because there is plenty of natural food about, the prolonged wet spell has proved fatal for many birds or I have a sparrow hawk hanging around again!

HELLO FORKERS!

Posted: 19/01/2014 at 14:40

Fidget, there are curfews for that sort of thing - no noisy machinery or other noisy work between 7pm and 7am allowed here.  Times might vary locally so you could check with your local authority. 

Query

Posted: 19/01/2014 at 14:34

In an ideal world you would grow them separately as cucumbers prefer a high humidity and tomatoes prefer low humidity.  The reason for this is that tomatoes are prone to fungal diseases which are promoted by high humidity and can spread rapidly under such conditions, which is why we try and grow them quite dry and not over-water them.  Cucumbers on the other hand are prone to spider-mite which love hot, dry conditions so we try and grow these plants in very humid conditions which spider-mite don't like.

In reality, most of us only have one greenhouse so grow them together and, if unlucky enough to get a disease or pest problem, are unable to control it well to the detriment of one crop or the other.  I much prefer tomatoes to cucumbers so when spider-mite descends on my cuc's, they are sacrificed.  Unfortunately that happened every year for several years so I have stopped growing them for the last 2 years and am hoping that has cleared-up any over-wintering mites (there are no effective sprays, organic or otherwise to fully control a bad infestation.)

It's not until you get a disease/pest problem that you appreciate the facts about their different growing conditions!

 

Talkback: How to protect plants in winter

Posted: 19/01/2014 at 13:37

Hi SamJP, those clips only work on standard greenhouses which have a slot in the aluminium frame sections.  The slots are there to accommodate the heads of small bolts which hold the frame together and aren't present on mini-greenhouses.  For those I'd try tie-wraps like these:

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Cable_tie

You can tighten one around a frame tube and push the 'spare' end of the tie through the bubble wrap, then slide the ratchet end of another tie over the end you pushed through the bubble wrap to hold it in place.  You can even get releasable ties so they can be re-used - normal ones would need cutting off when you remove the bubble wrap.

 

Chrysanthemums

Posted: 18/01/2014 at 21:31

I would probably use 8 inch (20cm) pots and choose ones with large holes in the bottom as you want the roots to grow through those into the soil of the bed (so don't use crocks at the bottom of the pots.)  They would need re-potting each spring with fresh compost before they are put out into the bed otherwise they would become pot-bound in the second year as well as running short on nutrients.  I'd also mix-in some fish, blood and bone to the compost when you do the re-potting - they are greedy plants and need a lot of food to do their best.  The RHS have some cultivation advice here:

http://apps.rhs.org.uk/advicesearch/Profile.aspx?pid=813

 

HELLO FORKERS!

Posted: 18/01/2014 at 17:39

Hi all, took advantage of a dry afternoon (at last!) to catch-up with some shredding - got about 2 cubic metres worth of ivy, grapevine and hawthorn prunings through which have been piled up since Christmas!  So nice to be able to do something in the garden.

Cost of bird food

Posted: 18/01/2014 at 15:10

Nut, the J&J seed mix includes quite large raisins so you may want to check they won't block your feeders - easy to pick out by hand though which I do and put those onto my bird table for the blackbirds (who love 'em. )

French beans

Posted: 18/01/2014 at 15:02

Far, far too early Anne!  They can't stand low temperatures or any degree of frost so you don't really want to sow French beans until all danger of frost has passed.  They grow quickly if not checked by cold but cold-stunted plants never do well and later sowing always do much better than plants so affected.

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