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fruit and veg

Posted: 03/10/2014 at 20:36

Don't forget to leave an area free from manure for growing your root veg as they will fork if they are grown in freshly manured soil.   Also onions are better grown on land that has been manured for the previous crop - time to work out your crop rotation.

fruit and veg

Posted: 03/10/2014 at 20:31

As it should already be well-rotted down, I would stack the dung with a plastic sheet over it for the winter - this will stop the rain washing nutrients out. 

I would then rough dig the allotment and leave it for the wind, rain and frost to break up, then in February or as soon afterwards that you can get on the land without it sticking to your boots I'd spread the manure and turn the soil over.  If the weather is kind it will then soon be ready to rake down into a fine tilth for seed sowing and planting.

I'm assuming that all the pooh is from herbivores - you don't want any tiger pooh on your allotment.

Tomato gro-bag compost

Posted: 03/10/2014 at 20:07

That's a shame Ann.    We've not noticed a lack of insects and this has been the best year ever for tomatoes for us too - we're in Norfolk.  The plants succumbed to blight eventually, but not until almost all the very heavy crop was ripe

A couple of questions for Uni

Posted: 03/10/2014 at 19:42

Gulzar - make sure you come back and show us your graduation picture

Has any one made a gardening cake before

Posted: 03/10/2014 at 19:41

That really is a lovely cake


Posted: 03/10/2014 at 16:37

Hello folks - I'm home

OH has run out of hedgehog banquet mix, so I'd better prepare some more, and make a parsley sauce to go with the gammon steaks for supper - baksun

Crab Apple Jelly

Posted: 03/10/2014 at 16:18

I agree - John Downie is the best crab apple for jelly

Dry Australian Tree Fern?

Posted: 03/10/2014 at 16:16

If I hadn't zoomed in on your picture and seen that you were using Cuprinol Fence Care, I'd have suspected the damage could have been caused by fumes from creosote-based fence paint.

However, Cuprinol is described as being safe for plants, so I can only think that you're correct in your suspicion that the dry weather is the cause of the damage.

Strictly 2014

Posted: 03/10/2014 at 16:07


Trip to Cambridge University Botanical Garden 11th October

Posted: 03/10/2014 at 16:06

Bumpity bump 

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