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Is gardening good for the soul?

Posted: 21/08/2016 at 17:56

Ive just shown a 6 year old girl ( with her Mum in attendance )  the difference between a brandling worm and the normal ones and how one goes up and down and one goes sideways and what is in horse manure and where slugs live and etc etc !!

The look of wonder on her face was very pleasing for me and it maybe that that has a lasting affect (effect ? ) on her future

Anyone of us could have had that F2F so Im not boasting

She now knows that not all vegetables are grown in supermarkets

I hated gardening until I retired and thankfully make different mistakes every year.

Is gardening good for the soul?

Posted: 20/08/2016 at 16:38

My friend had a mental health "issue " some three years ago and says it was the only thing that kept him alive and helped him to combat the NHS drugs he was given . He took himself off them and is 98% better by "using" the allotment as a stability device in crude terms

I work with educational adults all day on a Wednesday as below and it gradually helps us to "draw them out " of themselves over a period of months

When one of the young adults recently started a conversation it was excitedly but  quietly passed all around the group in minutes

Such pleasure to us and of course starts / assists them back into society.

No mobile phones .or interweb or TV any where to be seen Just soil green plants and smelly manure !!

Scary Spiders on The Allotment

Posted: 20/08/2016 at 16:29

Good point nutcutlet and I will bear that in mind in future

Scary Spiders on The Allotment

Posted: 20/08/2016 at 16:22

I was intrigued by it as all the other spiders run away and hide and this one gripped the stem of the mint and I had to cut the steam and carefully liberate it as well but this time into the safety of the hedge.

I was not sure if it was predatory to bees as I have a bee hotel nearby.

Yes it is all part of life and beautiful in its own right Ladybird and Nut

Another beautiful sight was watching our allotment sparrow hawk launch itself from a tall tree and disappear to get its breakfast further down the plots...amazing

Raised beds

Posted: 20/08/2016 at 16:14

Funky Cat 1

I dont think that top soil will depreciate over a few months as it should have been "grown " and sieved by the producer.

Call the supplier and if they give you a satisfactory response about the quality then you can make an informed decision

The soil I bought was slightly orangery red in colour and was free of all stones and organic material

I made a RB 2 years ago and added compost from our allotment and it sank by 50% in a year and I am just adding 20 bags of TS next week

I made another RB 1 year ago and added alternate layers of horse manure and new top soil from the GC. Its 30 inches deep

I sowed beetroot and parsnips and carrots and they have all done well

20 " long parsnips by end of July and loads of carrots all straight and free from carrot fly

good luck FC

Scary Spiders on The Allotment

Posted: 20/08/2016 at 15:59

Found one of these on a mint plant attached to a bee which I liberated.

Orrible looking thing !!

Mint leaves

Posted: 21/07/2016 at 16:30

Thanks Lou12.............just realised I need a wife to train me in this !!

Planning the Plot

Posted: 21/07/2016 at 16:28

I think I will retrain as an must be easier

Just been to a couple of meditation classes but could not agree NOT to hate slugs. The leader was a bit miffed re the slugs  but I suppose all humans , some politicians and men with beards is a start on my journey to enlightenment !!

tree overhanging my property?? what can i do

Posted: 21/07/2016 at 12:08

Have a " Quiet " word with a solicitor friend

When I studied English Law when I was boring and worked in a bank this was given as a case study and it involves ( I think ) the law of Trespass

Planning the Plot

Posted: 21/07/2016 at 12:04

I am half way though my 4th season and now I know every thing !!!!!

I did a plan and divided my Plot  into 3 areas and started the magical  journey of Seasonal Rotation as well as planting / sowing just what I thought I would eat 

However only Area 3 which has had onions , shallots and garlic since October has been utilised

The brassica Area 1 has a few scruffy cabages and caulies and the Area 2 has some potatoes.

Overall I have only used about 2/3 rds of the Plot

I thought being an Allotmenteer was supposed to be easy !!

I suppose this is a confessional more than an achievement post !!  

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