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Posted: 24/03/2013 at 12:46

The recycling thing here has been handled very poorly by the council - for many years after the advent of wheelie-bins we were told that although almost everyone else had them, those of us who live down this lane could not.  The reason was said to be that the lane is too narrow for the lorry.  So, whilst others had their wheelie bins, we still had to leave our waste stuff out on the lane in plastic bags - by 7 am on collection day - and the bags were, of course, raided by foxes and crows/magpies etc long before the council lorry got anywhere near.  Recycled stuff (not glass) was collected on alternate weeks.  We had to take any glass either to a bottle bank or to the local tip ourselves.  Three years ago the council suddenly changed its mind and, although the lorry was the same one and the lane the same width, we were supplied with three wheelie bins per property.  This time we were able to recycle glass too, and this was collected on alternate weeks.

All seemed to be going fine - until last year when it was announced that Everything Was Going to be Changed.  The council said they would collect and recycle the old bins (which to date they have not) and would issue each household with a new wheelie bin, two lidded re-cycling boxes and a "caddy" for waste food which - they say - is going to be turned into bio-fuel.  They won't now allow us to put plastic bags in the re-cycling bins, nor dark-coloured plastic food trays - even though they have the "recyclable"  symbol.  So, I have to take plastic bags "to the nearest large supermarket" but I can recycle (via the new system) mobile phones, computer printer ink cartridges and spectacles.  Some idiot somewhere in the council offices presumably thinks I have loads of those items to recycle each week and don't have any recyclable plastic bags at all..........


So - I now have four wheelie bins, two re-cycling boxes and a "caddy".  My council tax has gone up again.  Wonder why................

The first Gardeners' World

Posted: 24/03/2013 at 12:28

Well said, Dove!

Good Morning - 21 March

Posted: 21/03/2013 at 08:56

Hi Obs - probably going to re-pot/rescue some stuff, firstly the contents of two cube-shaped thingys which have disintegrated due - I suppose - to prolonged soaking rain + frost.  I hadn't expected them (the containers) to be prone to frost damage so was surprised when they simply fell apart a couple of weeks ago.  Made from some sort of plastic-based material I think - look like lead at first glance.............. not so durable tho' !

What to grow on a one acre site?

Posted: 20/03/2013 at 18:39

One acre isn't enough for a horse or pony- and even if the OP's two acres were adjacent (but I think he's implied they aren't) that still wouldn't be enough.  There are - sadly - only too many folks who buy their "Little Princess" (ugh!) a pony without any knowledge or previous experience whatsoever, and I see the results more often than you might think.  Buying just single acre plots isn't always a good idea unless you live nearby and can take advantage of that proximity - however, just because you own a piece of land, it doesn't mean you can always do exactly what you want with it, as an earlier thread this month showed.

The Christmas tree idea is one which does work - and there can be some income  every year because people don't always want a big Christmas tree!  I've noticed that the one or two local growers spend the weekends from mid-November onwards on site and cut the trees as required when a customer turns up - they don't sell to any "middle man" so get the full amount for themselves.  This means that not all the trees are removed each year, leading to the need for some replacements of course, but also to a variety of sizes growing on the site &  which is what the customer often likes to choose from.



What to grow on a one acre site?

Posted: 19/03/2013 at 20:32

I think your idea about Christmas trees is probably the best - I'm guessing you may have seen that people do grow them in that part of the country, with some success.  Growing anything else a fair way from where you live has two disadvantages, as far as I can see. One is that you won't be close by to see what's going on ref possible vandalism/theft etc if you decide to grow fruit/and or vegetables, and the other is that you'd need to factor in any transport & travel costs which could be considerable if you take on anything that needs constant attention.  I think that as far as Christmas trees are concerned, some people do monitor their sites in the weeks leading up to Christmas, as theft is something which, unfortunately, does occur.  You can get battery operated CCTV these days, which might be worth considering, especially as it would only need to be operational for a few weeks in the year.

What about a seperate section for absolute beginers.

Posted: 16/03/2013 at 20:51

Hi Brian - Chica's suggestions could get you started - could you tell us how you first began with your allotment?   Were you the first in your family to do this, or did you copy what your own family had done before?  What's been your favourite thing - what's been the most successful, & have you had any dismal failures?  Is there anything you've tried to grow & then thought "never again"?  What would you sugggest for someone who's just starting out?


There are lots of people who "lurk" on these kind of websites and read the posts before actually joining in - it doesn't mean your advice and suggestions wouldn't be read by loads of people who might be a bit wary of starting to ask questions themselves but would like to hear about what people are doing.

Best and worst

Posted: 15/03/2013 at 13:06

The field beyond is mine too - but I rent it out to my farmer neighbour and he looks after that bit!

Best and worst

Posted: 15/03/2013 at 12:53

Hi Brumbull - no - not thinking of replacing the lawn - the whole garden's about a quarter of an acre, I think.  Never measured it - wouldn't know how to work it out!  I live in what was once the corner of a field - first built on in the l920's and original house replaced in the l960's I think, but altered/extended since then.  No near neighbours - closest are a couple of hundred yards away, so all boundaries are my responsibility too - hedges + post & rail fencing with stock netting to keep the foxes & badgers out.  Doesn't stop the rabbits though, because I can't fix close-mesh wire netting above & below the boundaries due to the difference in level between the garden & surrounding field, which is at a lower level than most of the garden.  Driveway is tarmac & slopes down slightly on to the lane.  So - lawn + shrubbery (mostly) with perennials at the front of the beds + a small raised veg plot which does have netting.  Some  hard surfaced seating area + gravel/shrubs & lots of pots there, which is the only place I can put summer bedding out of reach of the rabbits - but they do stand on their hind legs & love to eat whatever they can reach that's in the pots! 

Best and worst

Posted: 15/03/2013 at 12:15

I'm fighting a losing battle!  have been for years.............  part is shaded by a high hedge, so very mossy.  Very odd shape, so few "long runs" & lots of stop/start/negotiating bends ets.  Trilions of rabbits + resulting damage e.g. bolt holes, latrines etc.  Moles.  Voles.  Their tunnels - which collapse after winter frosts.  Rubbish lawn mower to boot!  Am seriously thinking about paying someone to do it, then I can do all the rest of the stuff, which I enjoy - including tidying-up & weeding.  It takes me about an hour & a half, so what do you reckon I'd have to pay?

Best and worst

Posted: 15/03/2013 at 11:58

Am I the only one who hates mowing the lawn?

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