NewBoy2


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First time allotmenter

Posted: 12/06/2017 at 09:18

Mary370


The paper sounds like a brilliant idea


You look like a night owl    3.34 am

First time allotmenter

Posted: 10/06/2017 at 12:47

Chose a couple of 6 foot x 6 foot areas and dig them over to remove ALL of the weeds which you can then plant with veg


Same for the RBs


The rest cut the weeds down to stubble with sheers or a strimer  and cover in NEW black plastic and bricks to keep it down


After a few months the weeds will be starved of sunlight and then you can easily dig them ALL up in October


Read up on how weed seeds hide and then germinate and then you will know The Enemy


This will cost you some money but it will prove to you that you  are serious on a long term plot


Or you can spray the lot with weed killer but its best to check with neighbours 


Please see my post of June 5th

First time allotmenter

Posted: 05/06/2017 at 15:55

To be kind to yourself perhaps you could ask yourself the following questions that we all thought about eventually


Why do you want a plot


       To relax


       To feed your family


       To save money on vegs


       To get back to nature and de stress


What is the size in feet


What are the plots next to you like


Are they all as "challenging " as yours


How many hours per day / week / month can you do


Is there vandalism on the site

Hard uneven garden

Posted: 04/06/2017 at 19:33

I think the points are


1. How much does it annoy you and your family


2.Do you want to spend money rectifying it


3.Would you could consider digging some area up for a veg patch for the child's education


? How big is the area................you would have to replace about 12 " of the depth with top soil which is expensive..............http://www.topsoilshop.co.uk/topsoil-calculator


I should get the child some knee pads !


Good luck Irfan2

Phacelia??

Posted: 04/06/2017 at 16:56

http://www.foxleas.com/make-a-bee-hotel.asp


I have built one at my home and at my allotment and at the hospital I vollie at


The children are captivated when the holes are blocked up with soil and they imagine how big the baby bees are and .......etc....etc   their eyes literally SHINE with light


The mental health patients are also interested at the hospital in their garden

Hard uneven garden

Posted: 04/06/2017 at 15:05

Normally developers tend to bury a lot of "stuff " under a garden as its cheaper than paying £230 per skip to take it away


It may pay you to ask neighbours of their experiences of trying to "use "their gardens


You can dig up a square of turf near the edge of your garden and have a look down to 18" to see what you have inherited


Normally a lawn should not be "uneven rocky difficult to walk on " as its only soil and grass seed !!


You would not expect to have stones under a newly laid carpet !!


In my garden where the previous owner had a greenhouse and I have dug down 18" to find bricks , half bricks and rubble that they used for a solid base


" I was told by the developer it may take a year or so for the soil underneath to fully establish itself and make the garden softer to walk on "


Soil compacts as you walk on it so in theory it will only get firmer


? What do you want from your garden.


Let us know what you do please

Phacelia??

Posted: 04/06/2017 at 14:48

Im sure its the same all over the UK but on our allotments in Bristol there is a constant HUMMMM of bees............its just magical

Phacelia??

Posted: 04/06/2017 at 13:16

Its worth growing phacelia just for the bees as with a chart you can identify the different types


Its good to educate the children who are our future Allotmenteers !!


https://bumblebeeconservation.org/about-bees/identification/common-bumblebees/


Its the best of the Green Manures in my opinion

Blue Piping

Posted: 04/06/2017 at 13:07

I have found some in a skip and know that some Allotmenteers use it to protect their veg from pigeons by adding netting


? How do you secure it into the ground as its only slightly flexible

Last edited: 04 June 2017 13:08:28

Leaking Wooden Bird Bath

Posted: 31/05/2017 at 16:47

I have a Leaking Wooden Bird Bath which has developed a split about 1/4 " wide and some 2 " long and the water is leaking out


? Any suggestions as to what I can use to cure this

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