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Hester Scott

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Posted: 05/10/2014 at 10:06

Reporting this to your allotment authority first, then the RSPCA.  If you could get some other allotmenteers involved it would have much more punch, threat of publicity etc. .....

Talkback: Leatherjackets in lawns

Posted: 03/10/2014 at 20:07
If you find a lettuce keeling over for no reason and you investigate underneath, you will find the horrible thing. Plenty of digging and turning over the soil is supposed to help there.

Even a micro pond helps!

Posted: 08/09/2014 at 11:59

Can't remember what time of year it was, but I was removing gravel my neighbour's small kids through in the little pond and my hand grasped a cold jumping object!  Not a squeamish person and love frogs, but I did squeal!

Miniature bulbs

Posted: 08/09/2014 at 09:48

I usually put different bulbs in their own pots. Plastic ones are cheap and you can often come across discarded ones. The advantage here is you can bring them to the fore or remove them when over.

Even a micro pond helps!

Posted: 08/09/2014 at 09:38

I see a few frogs on my allotment which is great as the other plot holders scatter slug killer everywhere.

i had a tiny pond at home which I had to get rid of for a house extension. The next spring I noticed a big black heap nearby which turned out to be frogspawn, mostly destroyed by the air. I hadn't realised they have a homing instinct like birds. Poor female frog!  One doesn't realise how affected nature is by our slightest decisions.

best tasting potatoes

Posted: 04/09/2014 at 19:43

All the old timers on these allotments prefer British Queens, and they definitely are good.  Sharpe's express also but not a big yield for me.

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Posted: 31/08/2014 at 23:53

I've been v close to this situation, and know how terrible it is.  Top birds advice above is so good.

it may help to keep in mind also, that while they may plead to be left in their own home, that home may also be lonely and frightening for them tho they will not admit it.  If they go into care there will be a period of adjustment, and then they often feel relieved of the worry and fear and really welcome the security.

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Posted: 30/08/2014 at 23:38

Think we should be serious here.  Why do I have six left handed gardening gloves and no right hands?


Posted: 23/08/2014 at 21:33

That seems definitive.  Thank you Artjak and David.


Posted: 23/08/2014 at 09:20

Said I was stingy, didn't i?  David likes those ready madeup pots from m and s etc.  they look pretty with moss and all, but I think they are reeely dear.  

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For the first time ever I'm considering giving up my allotment, as I have never had a year like it. I must have sown or transplanted peas a... 
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