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13 Jan 2018 21:16
It was a lot milder this morning here in Sheffield so I also popped down to the plot and managed to almost complete my second strawberry bed and more paths for wood chipping.
will think about planting some garlic out tomorrow as going to stay dry for the main part and of the day. Will cloche to protect . Didnt get a chance to late last year.
Exciting times! Snow drops, daffodils and crocus all poking their noses up at home in the garden oh and my potted dwarf iris
currently drawing up plans for when to start sowing what seeds come late Feb/March undercover! 😀
09 Jan 2018 21:41
Excited I am! Have a lovely greenhouse at home and can’t wait to get started sowing some seeds! Holding off though for a bit but doing a lot of reading and planning!
still a few more beds to do and the back is being turned into a wild life flower area with pond and bench eventually! Will be looking for lots of advice from all you experience fellow allotmenteer in the very near future......
09 Jan 2018 20:45
Amazing job Gina! Mine is being dug out from scratch after having been left overgrown for a couple of years. I’m more than half way and dreaming of the season to come. Been down every weekend (even in snow) to do something since - last August! Loving every minute. Hope mine looks half as good as yours in years to come. Here is my progress so far...
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17 Dec 2017 09:48
i would appreciate some advice having recently acquired my first allotment. I have completed a couple of beds Where I plan to grow brassicas in. Due to the amount of docks I have had to dig out so far I have read this is a sign soil is getting more acidic. I am about to do ph meter readings, however can I compost these beds then put lime down, or do I lime the bare soil then throw compost or well rotted manure down. Am I too late at this stage of the year?
24 Nov 2017 15:53
Thats great thank you. Yes I am prepared that there won’t be much to see. Just checking if there was any reason not to buy them this late in the year. Perfect, I’ll put them all in My greenhouse since they are all hardy (from crocus) along with my 20 bare root strawberries I’ve just potted up !!
24 Nov 2017 12:57
Can anyone tell me if it is worth buying perennials at this time of year for the offers available or is it best to wait till spring. I have space to overwinter if needed.
27 Oct 2017 12:36
WHt a beautiful sunny autumn day! Lots and fbdigging being done today and wood chipping more paths as I go along.
So much to do and as the clocks go back this weekend, a little less time in the day.....no fear, it’s what I live for weekends for 😂
20 Oct 2017 22:32
Oh dear hope your ok? I’m a radiographer so I understand the pitfalls of limbs in casts!
Im in sunny sheffield and my allotment is part of a huge plot overlooking the gorgeous Peak District . Very blessed.
the shed was a bargain at end of season sales at wickes recently. Amazing what Pinterest and a lick of paint can do! The sorry old shed that came with the plot was lovingly recycled to make my first raised beds....they won’t last bit they got me started while I find some scaffolding boards !😊
20 Oct 2017 20:58
Oh yes there’s plenty of space for more, was thinking myself of putting more on the other side. Would have done three compartments but didn’t want the size of it to take over.
Stupid question but how can you tell if wood had been treated? The wood I used was pallet wood sold by a none profit wood recycling place.
20 Oct 2017 20:21
Sorry that paragraph reads quite rudely 😬
20 Oct 2017 20:19
GReat stuff! Yes same here made sure everything was weighed down before I left today ready for windy weather tomorrow!
been hammering and screwing myself after building my first compost bins with reclaimed wood, very pleased!
Yes I am fortunate enough to have a south facing plot surrounded by hedges. Completely sheltered as the wind goes over the tops! A real suntrap in summer....glad I have water as part of my rent!
20 Oct 2017 20:08
It’s not been easy but it certainly has been some the best and most enjoyable days I’ve experienced! Trying to refrain from rushing and planting into the finished beds. Instead I want to throw on lots of sourced manure and compost and grit for drainage on very clay soil!
Forget xmas I’m looking forward to spring!
20 Oct 2017 19:15
Well it’s been a busy few months after first getting my allotment in August. Head high in weeds with only a delapidated shed, some of you may remember my original photos.
Well im still going strong and have worked nearly half the plot.....every inch by hand.... check out the before and current images.....
10 Oct 2017 22:26
thought I would share my progress at my newly acquired allotment (which I became the proud owner of at the start of August).
The plot had been left empty for at least a year or so and was in a scary, weedy state......
Trying to get as much done before the weather gets worse. It’s been hard but thoroughly enjoyable work...mostly digging And weeding but I’m sure itll be worth it in the end!
22 Sep 2017 22:58
Thank you everyone. Shows how experience is everything. I had read somewhere not to add both together as they 'counteracted' each other somehow but technically they are both organic matterso shouldn't be a problem.
ideally I wanted to aim for a finer tilth on the top layer as opposed to the lumpy manure.
22 Sep 2017 08:14
can anyone advise? I've a new allotment that's needing complete digging over and have recently completed a couple of raised bed. The soil is extremely clay-ey. I have topped one bed with a few inches of 8 month old rotted manure (that still has a bit of straw). Can I further top up over the manure with compost or even topsoil? Is it detrimental to mix both?
I don't plan to plant anything till next spring. I want to ultimately use the no dig method.
all advice greatly appreciated
19 Aug 2017 22:26
Wow, you have truly inspired me. I have just taken on a wild and completely overgrown 300m2 plot and am starting from scratch. Can't wait to see how it may look in a year!
18 Aug 2017 12:29
Unfortunately I think yes it's the dreaded dock but hey that's nature for you! Will do my best to dig out but I'm not expecting perfection!
18 Aug 2017 12:23
Just officially become an allotment holder as of this week after only 5 weeks of waiting! Over the moon. I know I've gotnanjob ahead of me but I love a challenge and being busy! Done lots of research and got lots of advice and know that taking sections at a time is the key. Will definitely keep you all updated on progress.
First job: rebuild / replace this lovely large shed
18 Aug 2017 08:39
Thank you. Thought the same initially but have a handy husband who loves to save money wherever he can!! Greatest challenge will be getting him to start the job. I do like the idea of recycling and patching up as I don't think allotments are meant for you to spend loads of money on. I think the decision will lie with wether the whole thing collapses or not when we try!