Latest posts by NewBoy2

A New Allotment - Hints and Tips?

Posted: 12/06/2016 at 13:53

The Newbies that we can see that will not stay the course usually show these early signs !!

1. Checking of mobile phones

2.Driving their cars to the plot and blocking the hauling way for others

3.Installing of tables and chairs and sun awnings and play slides

They miss the point of being An Allotmenteer  and cant shake off the Outside World

I truly hope you settle in ASAP and can feel those shoulders dropping and meeting the many friends you will make.

Having a plot means you dont Lose The Plot as the pace of nature is very good at stress busting and encouraging tranquility

I try to achieve stuff at each visit  but its usually Talking 60% and Working 30% and not knowing where the other 10% goes 

Good Luck 

A New Allotment - Hints and Tips?

Posted: 11/06/2016 at 14:13

Get a blank sheet of paper and  sit down with a glass of whine and write down

1. What do you want to eat from your plot

2. When will it be ready

3.Which suppliers to use

4.When to buy the seeds or young plants

5.Learn what they like and dont like

6.learn what to add to they soil......................manure

7.Concentrate on one bit of the plot

Main thing is dont listen to anyone as none of us really know what is best but its easy to give advice !!!

Good luck

Insect bites

Posted: 11/06/2016 at 14:08

I get bitten by spiders which leave a small red spot that produces watery fluid when squeezed and once it then caused a 2 inch circle of solid matter under the skin which lasted 2 weeks

Had to get some strong meds to disperse it

I now where trousers tucked into jeans or just shorts so they dont get trapped and bite me

New Deep Raised bed

Posted: 11/06/2016 at 14:01


Many thanks

We do volunteering work at our Community Garden at the end of the allotments as above  and one of our weekly " visitors " likes to water my plot. Its extremely rewarding for me and it helps increase their self esteem and enable them to start relationships with us. Im sure this happens in lots of CG s and its an alternative to the usual "prescriptions " of our NHS.......sorry bit political there

Our CG is a centre of peace and kindness which is not always found outside the boundary

New Deep Raised bed

Posted: 06/06/2016 at 12:31

An Update....if you are interested

I originally made a RB 5 foot long and 2 scaf boards tall and filled it with compost from our Community Garden

The level of compst dropped and it had weeds 

I built a new RB from scaf boards and made it 3 boards deep and just 4 foot wide and filled it with alternate layers of manure and brand new seived soil that I got from the local GC

The carrots and parsnips and beets and radish are thriving and no weeds or slugs

It cost about £200 all told but its a pleasure to see

This is not boasting on my behalf but merely passing a sucess story to share

Sweet Pepper Plants - In or Out

Posted: 06/06/2016 at 11:51

I have some N Napia pepper plants that are doing well and are @ 9 inches tall

They have just a couple of caterpillar grubs and a few aphids which i remove evry morning

? Are they best left Indoors or put out and watered with a wc

Wildflower Meadow

Posted: 06/06/2016 at 11:46

I sowed a 3 foot by 3 foot area at home with a packet of seeds provided from mysmall  local GC nad the area  contains some rubble and chippings and the seeds are germinating after 10 days

I think they must have collected the seeds from their existing stock as it was not from a recognised seller

height of Strawbs

Posted: 06/06/2016 at 11:41

My existing strawberry plants both on the allotment and at home were @ 6 inches tall last season but are well over 12 inches already with some flowers just appearing

? Any suggestions as to why the difference this season Friends

New Red Currant Plant

Posted: 03/06/2016 at 12:01


Dont laugh but you can get Ladybirds thru the they dont fly in formation up the front path ...........that you can release on the bush to breed and eat all the aphids

They will then move on to other parts of the garden and continue to flourish

New Red Currant Plant

Posted: 03/06/2016 at 10:22


I know that blue berries need special attention and soil and I wondered if red BERRIES were in the same variety

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