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Allotment advice

Posted: 05/10/2014 at 09:43

I don't like covering soil with plastic/carpets or whatever - I think it makes it airless and stagnant and discourages bio-diversity needed for good fertility and soil structure.

 I'd rough dig it now, removing all weed roots etc, and then leave it rough for the winter frosts to break down the clods.

In the meantime get some farmyard manure and stack and cover it in a corner of the plot, and then in February, or as soon afterwards that it's possible to walk on the soil without it all sticking to your boots, then spread the manure and turn it in.  When it's time for spring sowing and planting that should have produced a good friable tilth that you can rake down into a seedbed.

Don't forget to leave an area without manure for growing your root crops (carrots, parsnips etc) as they will fork if grown on freshly manured land.

Good luck with your allotment adventure. Let us know how you get on

Sooty mould

Posted: 05/10/2014 at 09:37

The sooty mould is caused by mould forming on a sugary secretion from aphid.  You can wipe this off with tepid water (using cotton wool, kitchen roll etc).

You'll need to tackle the aphids or it will come back.   I just wipe them off with my finger and thumb - but you need to keep on top of the little critters!

Small retaining wall - ideas welcome

Posted: 05/10/2014 at 09:29

We have used sleepers (a double layer on their sides) to retain a garden bank.  They are laid in a staggered fashion so that joints don't coincide - and they are drilled through with steel reinforcing rods inserted and going into the soil beneath for a couple of feet or so.  They are rock solid.

Low nitrogen lawn fertilizer

Posted: 05/10/2014 at 09:16

Scotts Lawn Builder Autumn Lawn Feed has a good reputation http://greenfingers.com/product_review.asp?dept_id=200722&pf_id=LS5378D&gclid=CLqG1pGJlcECFY_MtAodmicA2g

ID caterpillar please

Posted: 05/10/2014 at 07:59

I agree - sawfly larvae - they're having a go at my Rosa Bonica too

HELLO FORKERS!

Posted: 05/10/2014 at 07:57

Hiya KEF - welcome back   Hope you had a lovely holiday and that your garden hasn't missed you too much!

Baby hedgehog

Posted: 05/10/2014 at 07:56

Some farmers breed lambs at this time of year to produce lamb to eat very early in the spring when the prices are at their highest. 

Some breeds of sheep are better than this than others - there is a breed called the Ile de France which is well-known for being able to produce 3 crops of lambs in 2 years.

vegetables

Posted: 05/10/2014 at 07:31

I would use any Early variety of carrot described as 'stump rooted' - they don't need too much depth.  Chantenay is a good one for pots.

You might find this helpful http://www.thompson-morgan.com/how-to-grow-carrots

Gooseberry Bushes

Posted: 05/10/2014 at 07:24

I would move them any time that the soil is workable between leaf fall and February.  If the new site is well prepared  they'll be fine.

HELLO FORKERS!

Posted: 05/10/2014 at 07:22

Good morning all

Oooh Stacey    - what a bu$$er ((hugs)) x millions - we'll all fight it with you!!!   Grrrrrrrrr   Don't worry about the garden - the wildlife will look after it over the winter and you can sort it in the spring

Temp down outside to 4.6C overnight - I've put the heating on for the first time this autumn.

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