NewBoy2


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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


https://www.rhs.org.uk/advice/profile?PID=375


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

http://bugs.adrianthysse.com/wp-content/uploads/2012/10/Newfoundland-170-of-1818.jpg


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 astronaut........it 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 !!  

Mint leaves

Posted: 21/07/2016 at 11:57

I have pulled up a min t plant as they get every where


? What can I use the leaves for


I have dried them in the conservatory

slugs

Posted: 12/07/2016 at 11:18

https://www.rhs.org.uk/advice/profile?PID=653

Follow On 4 Onions/Garlic/Shallots

Posted: 10/07/2016 at 13:22

Thank you


I have some Moonlight runner beans,, Pak Choi , Radish and Bakana Chinese Salad Cabbage which I think may be OK 

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