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Lesley, Cardiff


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New to allotments - need advice on clearing and planting

Posted: 02/08/2014 at 12:39

Hi fellow Cardiff allotmenteer - agree with everyone's comments - approach it in sections rather than tackle the whole plot.  Also when you clear an area, try and edge it with planking to keep a clean edge and stop the weeds/grass creeping back into the cultivated areas.  Took on my allotment 5 years ago and it was totally overgrown, but within a year it was productive and worth all the effort.  I am sure your fellow gardeners will soon be giving you surplus plants to get you started as well

Good luck.

Duckweed Eradication - Any experiences?

Posted: 02/08/2014 at 12:34

Thanks everyone, think I will buy a bigger net and keep scooping it out - at least the water is clear and there is no blanket weed.

Duckweed Eradication - Any experiences?

Posted: 01/08/2014 at 14:27

I am sure that anyone out there with a pond knows all about duckweed - bit like a dog, it's not just for Christmas!  I usually scoop it off the surface on a regular basis and add it to the compost bin but this is only a stop gap and it never really reduces the amount of weed.  I have recently become aware of products (specifically Ecopond) that claim to rid your pond of the weed if used in the Autumn months - has anyone used any of these products and do they work.

Or any other suggestions would be appreciated.

topdressing lawns

Posted: 19/02/2014 at 12:24

For the last few years we have used the Symbio products - not the cheapest but well worth it.  Lots of compliments on our lawns, and they withstand plenty of traffic during NGS open days.  Here is the link

http://www.symbio.co.uk/product/81.aspx

fruit cage advice please

Posted: 22/10/2013 at 13:58

We have an aluminium fruit cage on the allotment (supplied by Two Wests) and it has lasted well.  One tip - make sure that the roof is removable - we have configured ours so that the net has a long batten at each end, it can be rolled up and taken off over winter, otherwise too much snow on the roof netting makes the whole thing sag and distorts the whole fruit cage.  You need to attach the roof netting with a few zippies but they are easy to cut/remove to take the netting off.

Must have natives?

Posted: 21/10/2013 at 11:31

My personal favourites for planting at the hedge base are primroses, violets and snowdrops.

Gardeners Freebies (for the cost of postage.)

Posted: 17/09/2013 at 13:55

Sometimes with a bit of nurture they are a real bargain - just bringing on a half price bargain pack of 72 perennials (Thompson & Morgan) and I have 119 plants to plant out next year - most of the very small modules had more than one seedling ...

Gardeners world

Posted: 16/09/2013 at 12:49

I agree - very thin on content and nothing new.  Bring back Toby and Alys!

veg plot edging

Posted: 29/08/2013 at 13:14

Try the Linkabord product, although it might be expensive if you need a lot, although it looks good and weathers well (I have some 6+ years old and colour is still good) - on my allotment I have edged the 4 plots with tanelised timber 8" and this lasts well.

where-did-everyone-get-there-veg-seeds-from-this-year

Posted: 16/08/2013 at 12:17

Can recommend Kings Seeds - especially if you are in a club/allotment seed scheme when the price is discounted

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