Latest posts by cotty1000

Allotment diary.

Posted: 16/11/2017 at 17:38

The greenhouses are slowly coming together, thanks to my parents. I haven't been down for a few weeks but my parents have been putting me to shame.

I am currently behind on my garden pots, so I'm concentrating on taking out all my summer plants and putting in spring bulbs.

I will get back to it next week before work. Hopefully I can work 3 hours a day before work constructing the greenhouses and marking out the pathways. The forecast seems mild for next week 

Allotment diary.

Posted: 27/10/2017 at 19:39

I do have a plan in mind. I am going to erect the greenhouses without glass and then place where I think is ideal. I will then mark out areas for path and borders and can see then from a logistical and orientational point of view which is best.

Then over the winter I will write down what seeds I have got(as I have been given so many)and plan my sowing calendar for next year with another plan on what will go where. I will trial the three sisters and inter cropping. I will then write down my results for experience.

Allotment diary.

Posted: 27/10/2017 at 07:41

I am going to put up bird feeders as I love listening to bird song whilst I am outdoors. But then I have concerns that I will be encouraging the wrong birds into my allotment or worse,rodents.

Allotment diary.

Posted: 26/10/2017 at 05:19

Wow! I hope my plot looks as good as both of yours.

I am going to start to build the greenhouses soon and see where they look good. I will mark everything out with pegs and twine then put my paths and greenhouse bases down. I have got lots of paving slabs to law down,so my muscles will be bulging when I am finished!

Allotment diary.

Posted: 25/10/2017 at 13:08

All the turf is up now. Just trying to level it off as it is all over the place. As I go along I am taking out more roots and plenty of stones. It is very time consuming.

Allotment diary.

Posted: 19/10/2017 at 22:39

I am not finding it a chore. I actually look forward to going down there and everyday during my break in work I am reading fruit and veg books.

I do want it done as quickly as possible though, can't imagine erecting greenhouses in the cold is fun.But I have my garden to attend to as well so I should try and relax about it.

I will try to post more photos but my phone won't let me.

Allotment diary.

Posted: 19/10/2017 at 20:22

Making good progress. Nearly all of the turf has been lifted.

I have been a bit distracted though with potting up 40 strawberry plants that I got from d t browns, which were on offer in the latest gardeners world magazine.

Can't wait to lift the last of the turf up as I am getting bitten by all the red ants that occupy the land.

Seed and Plant Swap 2017

Posted: 06/10/2017 at 21:35

What colour Lyn as there are some wonderful ones?

Any of my seeds interest you?

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Posted: 06/10/2017 at 21:31

You are right. Gardeners are so helpful and thoughtful and it is such an amazing past time that you just want to share it with everyone.

I have got lots of books but there will be lots more of collective years of experience on here.

Allotment diary.

Posted: 06/10/2017 at 20:41

It is going well so far GWRS, but i feel like I could have done a bit more.

My parents have been brilliant. They have just retired and they are enjoying going down there with the dog and chopping things down and going to the tip as it is keeping them active.

But I work shifts and sometimes 7 days a week. I have got two gorgeous girls (6&10),and two miniature schnauzers and a disabled wife, so getting the time to go down is difficult. It will get better as I am gradually changing my lifestyle and will do at least 3 hours before work this week. 

I am really excited about it and I think my enthusiasm has caught on to a few people. My wife and children want to get involved but it is the wrong time of year and wrong type of work. Sowing and harvesting is more fun than digging and chopping!

I have bought 20 strawberry plants with the recent offer in the magazine so can't wait for them.

I recently went to Wilkinsons and got lots of seed at 75% off! So proud.

I am getting there, gradually. But I will continue to update you all.

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