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New allotment OMG...Part 2...

Posted: 23/03/2017 at 11:45

Hi all, it rained all day yesterday so my plans went to pot.  Got another 8 bags of horse muck down though for my new raised beds, Sowed more sweet peas and some broad beans. Tomatoes are now ready to prick out, looking a bit leggy now not grown chick peas, might give them a try this year.

New allotment OMG...Part 2...

Posted: 20/03/2017 at 12:49

This is my pond in summer,( and my dog Molly)

New allotment OMG...Part 2...

Posted: 20/03/2017 at 12:47

Hi all really chuffed with the pallet collars, spent yesterday afternoon finding a place for them but meant digging up some of my perenials. Will paint them with fence paint on my next trip.this is my little pond Garden Girl. Its a black washing up bowl!

New allotment OMG...Part 2...

Posted: 18/03/2017 at 10:59

Hi Verdun, do you have a long waiting list in your area? As GWRS,s says, its a lot of work to start with but once the main beds are sorted it gets easier.

Found a pile of pallet collars this morning near where I work, will use these as raised beds  

New allotment OMG...Part 2...

Posted: 11/03/2017 at 14:53

Hi all, looking forward to doing a bit more sowing this weekend. My leeks, tomatoes, and Brussel sprouts are staring to come up so bought some more seeds today from the Range (beetroot, sweetcorn, courgette etc)

Garden Girl, I put a few rocks and some pond weed (not sure what type as was given it) in my washing up bowl pond. I have a resident frog! a few of the other plot holders have done the same, one has got a mini diving board !!

Esther3, I was told about the horsetail, not all allotments are cursed with it as it loves wet ground and ours is  a flood plain so it gets very wet at times.

happy gardening

New allotment OMG...Part 2...

Posted: 03/03/2017 at 16:17

Hi BobFlannigon, a few of the guys on our sit have their own rotivators, I never use one, even when I first took over my pot and it resembled Esther3's!! We have a bad case of horsetail on our site and rotivating would make it worse.

Esther, its worth taking the time planning your site first, then  strimming all the grass down and covering it with tarpaulin or cardboard. You can then take your time digging and making paths/raised beds etc. We have mini ponds on our plots (washing up bowls set in the ground) home enough for a few slug munching frogs!

Thanks to Doris, I have a broken green house, the glass flew all round the garden in dangerous shards!My polytunnel got ripped but that was easy to stick with tape

Had a good 4 hour session on Wednesday, weeding, digging and re lined and straightened all my paths, looks a lot neater, even got to mow them too! Can wait to start sowing, too cold here yet.

New allotment OMG...Part 2...

Posted: 21/02/2017 at 12:49

Hi Emma28, why don't you try some wood chippings on your  path. I have a sloping path and got fed up with slipping and twisting my ankles. The wood chip absorbs the moisture and makes it so much easier to walk on as it levels out the ground. Our council arrange to get free chippings from local tree surgeons, or you could arrange it yourself.

New allotment OMG...Part 2...

Posted: 17/02/2017 at 10:11

Garden Girl, I put a bird box up last year and its been nested in, so chuffed! Bit of a shame about the bird flu, press seem to keep it quiet, I only heard about it on Country File.

Got up to my plot to buy eggs on Sunday and check every thing was OK, didn't stay long as it started to rain heavily.

Weather is getting warmer and lighter

New allotment OMG...Part 2...

Posted: 14/02/2017 at 15:19

Hi all, had snow on Sunday, far too cold to do any gardening, so baked a cake instead!!!!,

New allotment OMG...Part 2...

Posted: 10/02/2017 at 09:59

You are amazingly resourceful Garden Girl!!

 Looking forward to a gardening weekend  at home if its not too cold, I've got some plants I need to move. Will start some seed sowing and just bought 3 packs of Charlotte potatoes for chitting.

New people on their plots are making good progress, something new going on each time I go up.

My plot is all dug and manured and waiting to go ! will try and get some sheets of plastic to warm up the soil soon, but other than that, its a waiting game.

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