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Latest posts by Leggi

Apple trees

Posted: 01/10/2012 at 21:38

It's the generally cold wet summer Terry, a lot of plants have been confused by it.

To raspberry or not to raspberry?

Posted: 01/10/2012 at 19:02

As you have a clay, wet (I assume with the summer we've just had), soil I'd try growing them either in large pots (as Geoff suggests) or in raised beds. Raspberries don't really need a lot of organic matter mixed in, but they absolutely hate their roots sitting in a wet trench.

Also be careful not to plant the stems too deep, it's not necessary to plant them below the soil level you bought them with, and dig the trench a foot to 18 inches wide so the roots have plenty of room to spread out.

If you want to try something which isn't quite as fussy then you could plant blackberries which will tolerate a wetter soil to a certain extent.


Herb infestation

Posted: 01/10/2012 at 18:48

I think it's probably mealybugs that are a common pest with plants kept indoors.

Allotment finds

Posted: 30/09/2012 at 13:40

Why on earth was/is there so much stuff burried on your land Berghill?

I've looked through the maps going back to 1859 and it appears there hasn't been anything built on the land during that time, there's a farm house nearby, but it's still there now, and the land up until the 60's was wooded and then became used for agriculture. I'm guessing that the things we've been digging up have come from backfill on the plot from other residential building areas which surround it.

The next thing I'll do is contact local history groups to see if they're interested in taking a look at the bit and bobs. 

(Sorry for the late reply but my laptop died this week )

Thousands of bees on allotment

Posted: 30/09/2012 at 13:23

I'm wondering (like Dove) if perhaps there's a dry covered area that they've saught out for a home, perhaps something like a covered compost heap that hasn't been moved in a while?

I'd take the advice above and start contacting local wildlife groups as I'm sure they'd be interested and quick to help you out, rather than waiting for pest control.

Thousands of bees on allotment

Posted: 29/09/2012 at 19:18

What an interesting problem, has the local authority officer had a look yet?


Allotment finds

Posted: 24/09/2012 at 12:04

Thanks for the advice, I feel silly for not thinking of a local museum myself.

Mummy, the spoon is not very old as it's an early form of electroplate, unfortunately. I hope once you've battled your way through the brambles you find wonderful things in your garden though.

Gary, thanks for the link I'll have a look in a minute and report back. We've been sieving the soil to break up large lumps of clay and remove countless flints to a depth of about 18 inches, the bits of pottery and that are all kind of by-products of trying to sort the soil out. I agree with you that it's most likely to all be from the Victorian era apart from quite a lot of pieces of Kent peg tiles and a few small unglazed terracotta pieces.

We have asked the locals but the area the allotment is in is relatively new to housing having grown in to a commuter town for London, little remains of the small villages the towns swamped, and those who remember the area as it was are sadly very rare.

Allotment finds

Posted: 23/09/2012 at 23:17

I'm not really sure where to put this (or even if it should be on here at all to be honest) but I have no idea where to start.

We've had an allotment for two months so far (formerly a farmer's field and pretty much a new plot) and we've spent ages digging and improving the soil in a third of it (about 20 foot by 20). In that time we've dug up quite a lot of terracotta, ceramics, bone, glass and even a WWII service uniform badge.

This pot's about 4-5 inches deep with various bits and bobs.


And this is the most interesting little piece of pottery so far.

I've tried looking for old maps of the area and trying to research what various bits of pot might be and how old they are but am not having much luck. I know there has been an army base nearby as well as a decoy airfield during the war, but my searches for more information (including local history sites) has drawn a blank.

I'm hoping some knowlegeable chap or chapess might be able to identify the second pic, or have some suggestions on how I could find out more about what we've been digging up.



Can anything be started now for next spring/summer?

Posted: 23/09/2012 at 14:14

Autumn varieties of broad beans, onion sets, garlic, lettuce can all be started now to plant out during this autumn. Some varieties of peas too if you have a cold frame or a green house for the winter. Cabbages if you can buy young plants from a local garden centre or nursery should still be ok.

I'm sure there are more that I'm missing too.

Fork Handles

Posted: 23/09/2012 at 12:55

Geoff, great to see young Paulo in goal for the Saints yesterday and of course your first win.

I'm planning on being very lazy today and doing as little as possible


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