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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.

New allotment OMG...Part 2...

Posted: 15/04/2016 at 16:47

Hi folks, has anyone sowed any seed direct yet? I have done a few rows if parsnips but the rain has probably washed them away

New allotment OMG...Part 2...

Posted: 11/04/2016 at 17:09

Hi All, been off work for a week and not even looked at a computer! Had a few really good days at my plot, re edged one of my paths in some old 4 x 2" wood I had salvaged and topped up the wood chips. looking good now. Skip was delivered to our site so I chucked some rubbish away and tidied up too. 

Most of my seeds are up and running but I think my compost is spoiling some of the courgette and squash seeds as they have not all germinated. (perhaps I'm being impatient. 

Glad you got some more beds Aster, you are so lucky! 


Talkback: How to grow agapanthus in pots

Posted: 01/04/2016 at 10:58

I leave mine out all year (I'm in Gloucestershire) I have evergreen and deciduous, both are fine. Split them with a spade when they get too pot bound and they flower better!

New allotment OMG...Part 2...

Posted: 01/04/2016 at 10:55

Hi all. Lovely sunny weather here, no snow. Planted some young garlic plants and sowed some beetroots and carrots (under cloches) 

 The guy next door to me with the whole plot he does'nt use was approached by our warden to see if he would split the plot in half. He said no, and has rotivated the lot, so looks very unlikely that I can get any of it now

Our big cedar tree at home is having to be taken down on Wednesday, it died, such a shame to see it go but we will have more sunlight in the garden when its gone.

New allotment OMG...Part 2...

Posted: 24/03/2016 at 15:23

Thats great Scroggin, I got my little green house via the free ads online for £50 delivered but had to put about £70 worth of new glass in, still think it was a bargain, even better if its a freebee!

New allotment OMG...Part 2...

Posted: 24/03/2016 at 12:30

Hi GG, I am amazed your council allowed a plot holder to have a shipping container on his plot, we are only allowed small sheds, a polytunnel or greenhouse. 

Wen to my plot yesterday Moved and replanted strawberries in a new bed and dug over the potato bed ready for planting, soil still very heavy so I ache today!!

On my way there, I noticed someone selling home made bird feeding tables for £10 in solid wood, painted, so I bought one. It looks really nice and the old gentleman that makes them, as something to do in his retirement, was dead chuffed that I stopped to get one!

Have a good holiday GWRS, hope your going somewhere hot!

New allotment OMG...Part 2...

Posted: 21/03/2016 at 12:24

Good idea of the collie line Scroggins. I take my dogs to my plot, made a nice comfy bed in the shed for the older one to lie on, the younger one likes wandering around but she doesnt roam far, so I dont bother tying them up any more.

Didnt go to my plot this weekend, too much to do in the garden. Sowed lots more seeds though, cucumbers and corgettes etc. Will plant my potatoes this weekend as will have more time. Glad the clocks are changing too.

Annoying that some one is taking your pallets GG,  hope you find out who it is!!


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