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Posted: 22/08/2014 at 12:44

I have grown them in my greenhouse this year 1st time. I quite like them but no one else in the family seem to. They are nice in a salad like cucumber.

New allotment OMG...

Posted: 22/08/2014 at 12:41

ohh not heard of clay breaker pellets will google them


New allotment OMG...

Posted: 22/08/2014 at 11:50

Hi Garden Girl. I have got a before photo so I will take a now photo next time I go.My plot was knee high grass and weeds to start with as no one had grown on it for about 2 years.  The weeds have been horrendous and as the soil is heavy clay, it takes a good few hours to dig and sort through a small area at a time, however I have free access to horse manure and I put sack loads on once its dug over. This is making a second digging much easier and the worms do a good job too!

The shed costs £10 per year and you have to pay a £12 deposit for a gate key. We have a toilet too and a key is £5. The guy next to me bought his own shed (got it free) as his had fallen to pieces. He started a few weeks after me and is doing a great job, he now even has chickens (he caught me talking to them last night!!

New allotment OMG...

Posted: 21/08/2014 at 14:37

Hi GG my 1/2 plot cost £50 per year plus £10 for a shed, however I have it free until January as it was so overgrown.

I try and get there about 4 evenings or afternoons a week and spend a couple of hours digging or weeding etc

Gardening Buddy.

Posted: 19/08/2014 at 17:22

These are my 2 gardening buddies, Louis and molly. Been on here before but couldnt resist. Nearly got me thrown off the allotment for invading other plots so now have to be tied up (not as much fun!)


Dogs and toxic plants

Posted: 14/08/2014 at 17:06

My 2 lovely cavaliers only eat long grass (and toast!, they will do anything for toast )  They also pick off and eat blackberries if they are low enough.They  love rolling in fox poo, which stinks to high heaven, and to prove even further that they are not just a "lap" dog breed, regularly catch (but not Kill) rabbits, pheasants, ducks and mice!lol

New allotment OMG...

Posted: 12/08/2014 at 17:11

Hi Zoomer44, just reading your post and noticed I put a remark on that I was still on the waiting list. Well, finally got my plot in June and like you, its on a slope and completely over grown but full of weeds and horse tail. I have covered half with tarpaulin/cardboard etc to deal with later and have dug 2 large beds that I have filled with assorted veg. Its going to take a few years adding manure and digging to get the soil clear but that's half the fun. No need to go to the gym!!

We have had peas, beans,tomato ,spuds and fruit. My neighbour has blackcurrant bushes they dont want so I have picked them and made jam and will transplant them to my plot. I have also bough some raspberrys to go in. I was lucky to get a shed and I have installed my walk in fabric green house, put up a few hanging baskets etc and planted some marigolds for a bit of colour. Its amazing how quickly you can transform your patch! Good luck with yours, hope you are enjoying it as much


petrol strimmers

Posted: 05/08/2014 at 09:28

Thanks for all the comments, Battery one sounds interesting, any one else had experience of using one. How long do the batteries last I wonder? AWB would be interested to hear how you got on with the screwfix combi cutter too.

Best ways of preserving beetroot

Posted: 01/08/2014 at 16:07

No not yet Forester, only bought them, but am saving up all my beetroots in the fridge at the moment to try it out this weekent. You can do it with any root veg ie parsnips etc

Best ways of preserving beetroot

Posted: 01/08/2014 at 15:03

beetroot crisps Yum

Discussions started by ginagibbs

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Preparation help or advice 
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petrol strimmers

recomendations please 
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Rose aid please

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to cut or not to cut

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tomato blight

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Can you tell me wha this is? 
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