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Latest posts by ginagibbs

Acer's -need to get conditions perfect

Posted: 10/06/2014 at 11:58

I am good at killing Acers, so dont ask me !!!

new allottment

Posted: 10/06/2014 at 11:56

I am seriously thinking of getting a goat lol

new allottment

Posted: 10/06/2014 at 09:45

Sweated more last night doing a few feet of digging than i ever do at the gym!!

new allottment

Posted: 09/06/2014 at 12:56

Hi GWRS, I will dig it over again in a few weeks, I am hoping the clay consistency will be less cloying and easier to weed.Fingers crossed !!

new allottment

Posted: 09/06/2014 at 12:44

Good idea Steve

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Posted: 09/06/2014 at 11:04

Having strimmed down the the knee high grass/weeds, I have discovered that my newly aquired plot has the heaviest, stickiest clay soil known to man which will not come off a fork!! It slopes down towards a stream so the moisture collects there.  Its impossible to separate the weeds at the moment, so I am roughly digging with a spade and extracting any roots that will separate. I am now covering with a thick layer of well rotted horse manure to let the worms do a bit of work and hopefully change the consistency of the soil to make it more workable.I have covered areas to try and dry out the soil a bit, but am not sure about covering for a long time, will it kill the weeds?

My hubby thinks I am mad taking on such a project,but as I point out to him, we have the same clay soil at home although not as wet ,and our garden looks amazing, so I will not be put off!!!



Favourite gardens to visit?

Posted: 06/06/2014 at 14:55

Just visited Kiftsgate Manor garden near Hidcote ,both are



new allottment

Posted: 06/06/2014 at 14:46

I have all this to look forward to. Just got the keys for my new plot and the grass is knee high. Sadly there is a bit of mares tail in one area so suggestions of how to deal with this would be appreciated. I am collecting a combination of cardboard and black plastic. I noticed some of the other allotmentiers have used tarpaulins, so will use ours aswell. I did read about something called Solarization where you put clear plastic down and seal the sides, has anyone tried this method?

New Allotment

Posted: 02/06/2014 at 09:25

Thanks again, will have to take things a bit steady as the old back wont take too much punishment. I am sure lovely hubby will give a hand. I have got some stuff ready to go in that are in pots in the greenhouse at the moment, so should have something to grow!

New Allotment

Posted: 31/05/2014 at 10:44

Hi Dove, got my own supply, I exercise a friends horse for her, so get as much as I can shove in the boot of the car each time I go riding!! Might be worth seeing if anyone else wants any though as I cant use all of it (they've got 6 horses!).

I walked the dogs past the site last night and it only takes 7 mins by foot from my house.


Discussions started by ginagibbs

Asparagus V Horsetail

Preparation help or advice 
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Bourton House Garden Gloucestershire

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petrol strimmers

recomendations please 
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Rose aid please

No blooms on my ramblers yet 
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New Allotment

What to look for 
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to cut or not to cut

Hardy Fuscia 
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tomato blight

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Name this plant challenge

Can you tell me wha this is? 
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tomato plant pests

tiny white spiders 
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