cotty1000


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Allotment diary.

Posted: 20/09/2017 at 14:10

To manure or not manure, that is the question? 

Allotment diary.

Posted: 19/09/2017 at 20:48

I think my dad is worried about the smell. I have told him that rotted manure doesn't smell.

Allotment diary.

Posted: 19/09/2017 at 20:05

I went up to the allotment today with my parents and discussed a plan of action. We had a look at the soil and it looks really good as it has been fallow for years.


Now here is my issue. My dad is adamant that it doesn't need any manure, but my opinion is that if we are getting rid of the top growth then rotivating it, we will need to suppress any new plant growth from the roots left in. Am I right in thinking this?

Allotment diary.

Posted: 19/09/2017 at 12:51

So basically the sand and cement is dry?!


But it forms a solid base?


I like the idea of rotivating it in the soil.


My mum and dad have just retired and want to keep fit and active so it has gone from myself deciding what to do to three of us debating. Which I don't mind. It is good to have ideas to discuss.


I am meeting them later for a plan of action.

Allotment diary.

Posted: 18/09/2017 at 22:38


These slabs are going to go under the greenhouses as their base. I was tempted to level the ground and put the slabs down then the greenhouses on top. But I am concerned about it moving and the glass being under pressure.


What is the best method of laying down the slabs? Do I need a trip to my local builders yard for some sand and cement? If so what is the process?

Allotment diary.

Posted: 18/09/2017 at 17:27

I have raised beds and water butts. I have access to braken to add to the compost.


I am excited 

Allotment diary.

Posted: 18/09/2017 at 16:12

I have access to a rotivator but didn't think to use it because of the potential to make the weed situation worse.


So this is what I think I will do.


Rotivate the land. Take out any big clumps of roots or weeds. Cover with cardboard. Spread with manure. Measure and plan the area. lay down slabs for path and for the base for greenhouses. Plan beds with fruit and veg and do research. Buy bare root blueberries and Apple trees. Enjoy Christmas!


Does this sound like a good plan?

Last edited: 18 September 2017 16:13:09

Allotment diary.

Posted: 18/09/2017 at 12:59

This is my land. It needs a bit of work.


I am going to start with the back breaking job of lifting the turf up. It is full of nettles and grass. 


My idea is to lift off the top surface then smother in manure. I fear that if I use a rotivator I will be propagating all the nettles roots as well as the grass.


Is my theory right? As my dad has said not to use manure. But if I don't I am bound to get lots of weeds.


Then I intend to mark it all out for beds and place the greenhouses east to west.

Allotment diary.

Posted: 18/09/2017 at 12:54

Allotment diary.

Posted: 18/09/2017 at 12:47

I have recently acquired some land that needs a lot of work doing to it. I am hoping to construct a framework before Christmas so I can jump right in next year.


Trouble is I have never done anything like this before,owned greenhouses or grown my own, so it will be a steep learning curve.


I hope to share it with you and ask for your expert advice too.

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