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Latest posts by ginagibbs

Horsetail on allotment

Posted: 06/02/2015 at 09:28

Watch the film on youtube, its very thorough

Horsetail on allotment

Posted: 05/02/2015 at 17:24

Hi  again Clare, I have just watched on youtube a very interesting informative film on Horsetail. It contains a high percentage of Silica which is great for skin, acne, wrinkles, used as a hair conditioner,  aides bone density etc. Its also good for urinary and kidney conditions like gout etc. They suggest making a tea out of young horsetail plants. Might give it a go to get rid of a few wrinkles !!

On another site, a gardener used it as I suggested above,  but also to prevent tomato blight and powdery mildew on courgettes etc. Boil plants for 20 mins and add a cup full to 2 gallons of water and spray your plants. its not all bad then !!

Horsetail on allotment

Posted: 05/02/2015 at 16:11

Hi Clare, you can also boil the stems, diluted makes an effective anti fungal spray for your roses (according to Jo Swift in his allotment book) 

We have it on our allotments unfortunately. Those plots that are the most cultivated and looked after dont seem to have as much as the neglected ones, so I live in hope!!


Bargain Buy of 2015

Posted: 03/02/2015 at 16:06

just been to The Range and picked up a packet of seeds for 50p that have

chinese cabbage, aubergine, little gem lettuce, lemon basil, dill and pot basis seeds.


New allotment OMG...

Posted: 03/02/2015 at 09:49

We have snow too now

Ed what are you supposed to do with the Bicarbonate of soda?

Bargain Buy of 2015

Posted: 03/02/2015 at 09:33

Hi Nut, try Homebase for grit. Got some nice palms there too, marked down to half price recently.

New allotment OMG...

Posted: 02/02/2015 at 17:17

 went to my plot yesterday to cover some of the beds with black polythene,( its re cycled plastic wrapping from the carpets that get delivered at my work.)in the hope this will warm up the soil ready for planting.

Sowed my first lot of seeds, just some giant leeks for now, will do some more over the coming weeks, but cant do too many at this time of year as the greenhouse is too cold and I leave my seed trays on the kitchen floor near the french doors !

Got new wellies too this year (they are green GG!!)

New allotment OMG...

Posted: 22/01/2015 at 17:15

Ohh Edd, you are naughty!!

Mexican feather grass

Posted: 22/01/2015 at 15:45

wow Edd!!!

New allotment OMG...

Posted: 22/01/2015 at 15:43


Went up to my plot yesterday, laid some black sheeting over i of the beds to start warming it up, not going to sow any seeds until Feb/March this year. Got my seed potatoes ready to chit. Cant wait till the spring

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