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Potatoes planting through plastic

Posted: 10/05/2017 at 19:37

Hi yes I didn't think it was the potatoes but the digging up of them that cleared. Just thought that the plastic would serve two purposes...as earthing up and as weed supressant.

Potatoes planting through plastic

Posted: 10/05/2017 at 17:41

Thanks for reply Blue Onion. Can I ask how tall you built your beds? Did you put topsoil/multi purpose as the top layer? Just thinking it mught be costly as the beds are quite big size.

Potatoes planting through plastic

Posted: 10/05/2017 at 16:46

Hi we have old lawn we want to turn into a veg patch. I have heard that potatoes can help to 'clean' the ground. Also interested in the 'no dig' idea as we have nearly broken our backs digging our over grown allotment. So...could we plant potaoes into the old lawn (with little or no prep) through black plastic? Thus hopefully killing off the weeds and clearing the ground. I'm thinking I would need slug pellets or nemaslug under the plastic. Only trouble is, it would be difficult for the rain to get to the potatoes. Interested to know if anyone has tried this or am I just mad to even think of it!! Thanks! 

New allotment OMG...Part 2...

Posted: 10/05/2017 at 16:31

Having trouble getting lots of things to germinate, peppers, aubergines and tomatoes. Have re sown most and had some success with the later sowings allbeit erratic. Wonder if it's the cold night temps? Have had them indoors on window sills but resorted to putting them in up my loft room where it is really warm.

New allotment OMG...Part 2...

Posted: 10/05/2017 at 16:27

I think the mice have been eating mine too in th GH! 

Need help/advise on a design for my back garden.

Posted: 08/05/2017 at 19:55

Hi on GW Monty Don planted two roses and a hydranga good for north facing walls. Might be an idea for covering the fencing.

souvenir du dr jamain

madame alfred carriere


hydrangea petiolaris

not sure if they are your thing but apparently they grow well in shade. Nice to have a blank canvas! 

New allotment OMG...Part 2...

Posted: 08/05/2017 at 19:42

Hello can you start broad beans in pots in GH in autumn? Or do they have to go straight in the ground? 

Ailing raspberry plants

Posted: 08/05/2017 at 19:12

Could they have been affected by frost? I had some on my allotment last year and they went brown and died off. I thought it might have been the unusually late frost that we had. They did grow back eventually later in the year though but I lost last summer's crop.

New allotment OMG...Part 2...

Posted: 06/02/2017 at 19:38


Yes we've been thinking that. There's a fellow plot holder who has been there for 30 years who was advising us to do this also. It's better here than our other plot. It was at the bottom of the site which is sloped so all the rain used to collect down there!

Feels like the finding nemo film at the moment...just keep digging...just keep digging! 

New allotment OMG...Part 2...

Posted: 06/02/2017 at 18:37

Hi everyone 

We managed to get to the lotty last weekend and the weekend before to clear half of it and dig. Last weekend was very boggy though.My neighbour at home gave me some rhubarb plants and I planted them at the lotty. But I wondering if that was a good idea...the ground was so wet...my welly sank into and OH had to pull me out! I put the rhubarb plants on top and tried to pile some soil round them so they weren't buried too deep. So now I'm thinking they will either be soggy and rot away or this cold weather will freeze and kill the roots!!

Terry29 that fly tipping is disgraceful...we have a problem with travellers on our local rec doesn't seem to be much the council can do. They have put huge earth mounds to stop them but there's also a gate which 'accidentally' was left unlocked. They even parked up on Bournemouth sea front once! Right on the East cliff.

Yerman..wow that shed looks huge! That would take up half my plot lol!

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