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Posted: 26/01/2016 at 06:21

Hello Rosie, yes, I have sown early peas - meteror', sweetpeas, and calendula.  

New allotment OMG...

Posted: 19/01/2016 at 13:03

Hello again, 
My allotment was frozen solid this morning, so couldn't do much except admire the frost in the sunshine.



Having a go at a cut flower patch...

Posted: 05/07/2015 at 14:29

I know what you mean about not cutting Gardengirl. The only thing I'm putting into vases are Cosmos and Sweetpeas, and that only because of if you don't remove, you lose.   


Overwintering strawberries

Posted: 05/07/2015 at 11:07

Hi Watery, the plants that I inherited on my plot are at least 4 or maybe 5 years old, so too old to take runners. Which I believe ideally should be taken from 1 year old plants
I home them at home too, in pots and baskets, and will leave them overwinter, last year they gave the most stunning display of autumn colour.  


Overwintering strawberries

Posted: 05/07/2015 at 08:04

I need to replace my strawberry plants on my (new) allotment, but the new planned patch is full of couch grass at the moment,needing a green manure on it and lots of muck to improve the soil before I can think of planting anything there.

If I purchased strawberry plants now could I continue potting them up? Perhaps overwinter them in the greenhouse (like I have with perennials) in order to have nice large plants, ready to go into my newly prepared strawberry patch next Spring?

What do you think? Will my idea work? 

Is it a 'good' year for aphids, greenfly & blackfly?

Posted: 25/06/2015 at 08:08

On second thoughts, it seems using neem oil is illegal in the UK. 

Is it a 'good' year for aphids, greenfly & blackfly?

Posted: 25/06/2015 at 08:03

Jealous of all you folk that aren't suffering this year, even at the allotment yesterday, I found them on the cucumber plants.

I will try the neem oil Nicola.     

Is it a 'good' year for aphids, greenfly & blackfly?

Posted: 25/06/2015 at 07:59

reetpetite not sure about blackfly and ants, but I know that ants 'milk' aphids for the sticky stuff they excrete, so will protect them from predators. Perhaps its a similar principle? 


Is it a 'good' year for aphids, greenfly & blackfly?

Posted: 23/06/2015 at 12:28
Same here Katherine. I wonder if it's because it's been so dry?

Is it a 'good' year for aphids, greenfly & blackfly?

Posted: 23/06/2015 at 10:46

Hello all, this year I've been patting myself on the back at having kept the slugs at bay with strategically placed slug pellets and copper tape. Yet, the bane of my life are aphids, greenfly and blackfly they are just everywhere!  
Has anyone else found this year a 'bumper' year for these pests? And what can one do to curb and beat the colonies of them without resorting to insecticides?   

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Overwintering strawberries

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What's wrong with my tomato plant? :(

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Yay! I have an allotment, but has been badly neglected.,,Help!:(

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Friend or Foe?

ID of seedlings 
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Best Grasses for screening?

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A new bed. Yay!

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Bare roots perennials - can I put them straight in the border?

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Hardy Annuals

Favourites for autumn direct sowing.  
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When is the best time to plant out the varying bulbs?

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Two plants that I need IDing.

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What's plant to use that is similar to perfoliate alexanders?

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Received 48 perennial plugs, but what do I do next?

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Lupins, can I move them now?

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How do you take cuttings from plants?

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