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New allotment OMG...Part 2...

Posted: 29/07/2016 at 12:49

Hi GWRS, alls well thanks. Courgettes that are not doing that well are in the bed where I had spuds. Had to take spuds out pronto as we had blight. Dug it over and added horse muck but its been quite dry although I have watered them. They did look a bit better yesterday, it might be that they need to settle in? Had a good crop off the other bed though. 

I have jerusalem artichokes too, quite like the flowers and the taste of the roots but take forever to peel!

New allotment OMG...Part 2...

Posted: 28/07/2016 at 10:49

Hope your injuries get better GG! We are not allowed bonfires during summer months here.

I use an arch like yours GWRS to train some apple trees over. Still short at the moment though. 

Getting lots of squash, I have 2 beds and one is doing much better than the other, not sure why.

New allotment OMG...Part 2...

Posted: 23/07/2016 at 13:57

Hi all, back from a 2 week break, mainly spent in the garden, or on the plot, so had a great time and got a lot done, especially in the garden, as we had a 100 yr old cedar removed a few months ago  so had to level the ground and get rid of loads of chippings etc. Garden now in full sun though so thats a bonus, and a good excuse to make new flower beds.

Plot is looking great, had plenty of beetroot, a few peas (that make it home!!) soft fruits and courgettes. a few spuds had blight so dug them all up to rescue what I could. All the other produce needs a little longer to fatten up.

Great day you must have had GWRS, never done a veg show. Will be interesting to see if I get another prize for best allotment this year (been keeping it extra neat 

Happy weekend everyone

New allotment OMG...Part 2...

Posted: 02/07/2016 at 15:53

Ahhhhhhggg.... we have potato blight!!! got to the plot last night having been away 2 days and there is a warning sign on the gate. Had to dig up all my tatties as its spread to mine. I am not surprised, this weather is perfect blight conditions

I'm off work now for 2 weeks so hoping this weather is going to warm up properly too, its like winter here! 

Happy gardening folks!

New allotment OMG...Part 2...

Posted: 27/06/2016 at 14:53

Hi fruitcake, just found this thread again a few days ago too!!

seem to be dodging the rain lately, saves watering though. Made a new raised bed in the poly tunnel yesterday, at lease it was a good excuse to be undercover. Planted some toms in it. all looking ship shape now!

My spuds look as though something has made holes in the leaves, so hoping the tubers are ok.

Eating a punnet of strawberries at my desk that I picked yesterday!

New allotment OMG...Part 2...

Posted: 24/06/2016 at 09:41

All nice and dry now at the plot after all that rain. Potatoes have flowers on so should be ready to harvest soon. I have harvested my over  wintered onions a bit early as I needed the space and they looked almost ready to go. I  have filled the bed with squash and sweetcorn now. Peas are forming at last and I have had strawberrys most days (straw under them makes such a difference!). Harvested most of my cabbages as they were getting eaten by slugs. made a batch of Sauerkraut and some coleslaw.  Have a good weekend everyone 

New allotment OMG...Part 2...

Posted: 06/05/2016 at 15:48

Hi all,Wow what great weather. Plot is looking great, cabbages are hearing up and ate the first of my over wintered leeks and had some rhubarb too. Not much sign of the carrots I sowed, recon they rotted during the wet spell we had a while ago.  

Dalias coming up here too Zoomer, just planted loads of lupins that I sowed last year.

Planning on making a big kitchen garden at home now we have had a very large dead cedar tree removed. Garden is now in full sun, but I want to divide it with a hedge of some sort and do a pottager style garden beyond. (always seem to have a project on the horizon!!)

Have a lovely weekend folks

New allotment OMG...Part 2...

Posted: 26/04/2016 at 11:32

Hi Garden Girl. Yes covering the ground and cutting a slit in to plant courgettes and melon should work too. if you only have to have 50% cultivated,you could strim and mow half of it to make a lawn, add some planters and a garden bench etc..!!! 

Spuds in bags in the polytunnel are now up and have  a crop of Mizzuma now. When the seedlings are up and planted out, I will get some more raised beds put in the PT to plant the tomatoes in. Allotment Association secretary,,told me where to get free pallet collars locally, where they are more than happy to give them away for free and they make great raised beds!

New allotment OMG...Part 2...

Posted: 22/04/2016 at 16:19

Caral, your pictures are lovely. you have made great progress for 1 yr. I like the use of arches, I have one that I am growing 2 small apple trees up, will get another for sweet peas. Whereabouts are you in the UK, scenery looks familiar?

GG, so sorry to hear you got a letter! I had a phone call from our council this week asking if I'd paid my rent (I paid it in January!!) 

if you are struggling to get digging done, you could cover the ground with cardboard and compost or tarpaulin  and grow squash as they take up lots of room We were advised to use this method by the council when starting up.



New allotment OMG...Part 2...

Posted: 21/04/2016 at 13:53

Hi all. Full steam ahead at our site. Water is on and its busy most days and evenings. Some of my radishes and turnips I sowed direct are already up now, just waiting for stuff grown under cover to grow on a bit. Planted some peas that I had growing in drain pipe, however its being eaten by something so have covered with netting. Slug pellets are a must Aster2 !!(or stale beer)

Have started a mammoth task of clearing the wasteland to the side of the main path through the site, purely voluntary, but it looks such a mess and my neighbour keeps throwing his junk over it.  I thought if it was planted up, like some other people have done, it could look nice . 

GWRS, what type of rose arch are you using, we have the metal ones and they are not really strong enough for climbing roses, so I think we will have to build some wooden ones around it for support.

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