Latest posts by NewBoy2

Growing sweet potato

Posted: 08/02/2017 at 10:50

Peel and cut into chip shapes and boil for 15 mins and then fry in olive oil with some chilli powder

!Chilli Sweet Potato Chips " are good

Bird Box

Posted: 08/02/2017 at 10:47

Ive moved it so it faces away from the sun

A blue tit was investigating 2 days ago so I hope he / she can now find it

Its on a fence post 5 foot above the patio with a clear flight path and no over hanging foliage

Thanks friends as usual

Growing sweet potato

Posted: 07/02/2017 at 15:29

Agree with Bob........small tubers grew

However I gave a potatoe to my Community Garden and they grew large ones in their polly tunnel so I suppose me just chucking bought tubers in the ground and hoping was not enough TLC

Bird Box

Posted: 07/02/2017 at 15:26

I have a bird box and it faces South.

A friend says it should be positioned so the sun does not make the chicks over heat and die in Spring / Summer

? Any thoughts please

Edging Tools - University Project Help

Posted: 27/01/2017 at 12:02

Edgers are one of the last tools you use after you have dug and weeded and manured and sown and weeded and harvested and etc etc

Allotmenteers use wooden boards to mark borders

Edgers are more for gardeners than Allotmenteers

University Project - improving gardening tools

Posted: 27/01/2017 at 11:59

Go and ask people at your nearest allotments and take a pen and paper to write down what they say

1.It depends what season it is

   January till February...............Digging and soil preparing time

                                               Chillington Hoe ( Destroyer of Worlds )  and Spade and Forks


   February onwards...................Plant tending

                                                Hoes of different sizes

                                                Hand forks and trowels

                                                Watering cans 

   Anytime.................................Shears for cutting down Green Manure and hedging

                                                Wheel barrows of different sizes




I have had some tools longer that I was married and they are dependable and dont argue !!

2. Not a relevant question

   Its like asking a hospital surgeon what medical instrument he wants to start with

   A Newbie needs whatever he needs for what he wants to do first

3. No ............they all work well  if the  operator works well !!


Good luck                                        

Bee Hotel

Posted: 27/01/2017 at 11:35

I erected a wooden box with the usual bamboo canes 3 years ago

? Do I need to clean out the old soil and gubbins or will the bees do that

Thanks friends

First ever veg plot

Posted: 12/01/2017 at 16:20

On our allotments there are some bordered areas the same height as you that basically "contain " some soil in one area.

Others are 3 boards high up to 2 foot deep where you can grow 18" long parsnips and 12 " long carrots up to and after Christmas

? How big a total area do you have available

First ever veg plot

Posted: 12/01/2017 at 15:22


Your tall is it ?

First ever veg plot

Posted: 11/01/2017 at 18:58

The basic question is to ask yourself  " Why am I doing this "

Save money

Just for fun

Feed the family

So you can eat specific food

Step back a bit and decide where you want to be veggie wise in Summer 2018

There are literally more questions than answers but the main thing is to .............enjoy it !!

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