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New allotment OMG...Part 2...

Posted: 22/04/2016 at 07:18


Sorry I seem to be struggling to hyperlink it. 

New allotment OMG...Part 2...

Posted: 22/04/2016 at 07:13

Forgive me, but just have to share some piccies - you know the ones -  the before, the inbetween and the after.  

New allotment OMG...Part 2...

Posted: 22/04/2016 at 07:02

Hello again, its that most exciting time.
This time last year I started on my first ever allotment but I have finally finished! Yay! - Its only taken a year of really hard graft but its complete and I'm so excited for the coming season.
I'm trying Square Foot Gardening this year and have spent the winter planning meticulously in front of a roaring fire and a glass of wine - purely for inspiration purposes of course.    
But really pleased how everything is coming along and I'm trying a few new things this year, such as salsify and scorzonera, lemon cucumbers and cucamelons and hoping to grow a summer squashes (tromboncino and red kuri) vertically.
Its all too exciting!   
Are there any new things that you are trying this year?     

Home made organic way to kill aphids

Posted: 22/04/2016 at 06:36

Well said Obelixx, washing up liquid (eco or otherwise) used as an insecticide is a big No-No for me. Whilst it does kill aphids it kills everything else too, creating a boom bust cycle.
I'm encouraging a few aphids (but keeping a close eye on them) at the moment as this will attract aphid eating ladybirds and encourage them to lay their larvae. If we kill off the aphids this early in spring there won't be anything for the ladybirds to eat, so will just go elsewhere to lay.



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. 

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