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Posted: 10/09/2014 at 14:45

When I took on my rather large and neglected allotment on in late spring this year, the initial time investment  was less than I had imagined. It took 3 days to dig and weed, it's 50' x 25', so really you need to see what state it's in first. You'll find that you actually make time to do what you need to do, and the kids will be eager to help and end up wanting to go there more than you, especially if there are lots of tasty treats on offer when they go there.

My kids are teenagers/ young men, but even they will go down and pick veg or right now pick blackberries and raspberries. If you make it fun for the kids you'll have fun yourself and there's no better way of getting them interested if it's fun.

Go for it, you won't regret it.


Posted: 10/09/2014 at 14:34

You can compost the greens but not the pasta or rice. All that will happen if you add the latter is you will attract rats. You can compost cooked food in a hot composter.

Front lawn ideas

Posted: 10/09/2014 at 14:23

Marbeck, I'd dig out a border, about a foot wide, and plant a variety of low growing shrubs. Often people take short cuts when there is no barrier in place, even a low barrier of shrubs gives the trespasser fewer options. The shrubs needn't be thorny or large, a low set of shrubs makes a psychological difference when viewed by the human eye.

Buying now at your local Garden Centre or DIY stores shouldn't be expensive. When choosing look for shrubs that get to 2 -3ft tall with the same spread. Even just planting the very front of the lawn will have an effect. It's a natural instinct to avoid a barrier however small so it probably won't cost the earth either as there are plenty of bargains to be had at this time of year.

What's causing this?

Posted: 10/09/2014 at 14:10

It's probably white rust NG.See the link below to the rhs.

Bramley apples

Posted: 09/09/2014 at 22:46

Bramleys make the best scrumpy cider. An apple press.

Problem with rose flower

Posted: 09/09/2014 at 20:24

Edd I was referring  to James' initial comment on him using a fungal control spray, when it's perfectly healthy, nothing you said or suggested.

Problem with rose flower

Posted: 09/09/2014 at 19:24

James that looks like plain old weather/rain damage. The cool and wet period we had in august has done similar damage to emerging buds in some of my customers gardens. I can't see any mildew damage on the second pictures, so I wouldn't worry too much. Cut the stem back by 6-9 inches and you may get another flower before the frosts come. It doesn't need spraying.

Pruning Cherry laurel

Posted: 08/09/2014 at 23:06

Tough plants, they'll come back stronger than ever, I've pruned them throughout the year and it's made no difference.

swede that grow on their side

Posted: 08/09/2014 at 23:03

Wouldn't worry too much marksman, they'll still grow and taste the same so unless you want prize veg let them get on with it, They look the same in the pan and on the plate when you've chopped them up.

Sub-soil nasties?

Posted: 08/09/2014 at 14:37

I wouldn't worry about the fungi, but I would be worried about planting anything in that soil!. It's full of sand and cement. Nothing will take root in that it will just burn the roots of anything you plant, so I'd remove it all or as much as humanly possible and get fresh topsoil and manure in there before planting anything.

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