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How do I deter/ catch thieves from my allotment

Posted: 27/05/2016 at 17:37

Further musings., One could I suppose, have a tape loop that played every 20 minutes, saying softly that 'Jesus is watching'.

How do I deter/ catch thieves from my allotment

Posted: 27/05/2016 at 11:16

Even if one does put up CCTV and all that paraphernalia, with e'en a memory card FILLED with proof, clear identification and all that, the police are as much use as a choccy tea pot. They don't want to know. Bloody useless !

I may be tempting fate here, but, I have been 'done ' three times by idiots and each time, they have proved to be as brainless as a lab rat. They smashed open my shed door, missed all the good stuff and trundled off with a small box of rusty tools, and left a scene of destruction which I cleaned up in 10 minutes. I now have two heavy padlocks on the double doors of our shed, another padlock on the lotty gate, extension bars with wire mesh on top of the gate, and an 'eye' in a place that someone might hide to watch. This 'eye, I printed out from the computer, and I have had NO intruders since. The 'eye' seems to bring on a feeling of 'unease' and they leave me alone now.


Posted: 26/04/2016 at 21:21

It has been said that I often talk a load of manure, but here goes anyway. Yesterday, between showers of rain, snow, hail and high cold wind, SWMBO and I went to a nearby stables and collected a couple of hundredweight of finest kind' manure. It was well rotted, light and friable, and smelled like HONEY it was so sweet ! And, it was still warm, with a nice population of worms in it. I piled into my new compost/manure heap and as soon as the arctic blasts subdue, shall go and get ANOTHER three cwt. of the nectar of the gods. I sometimes mix fresh stuff with garden clippings, grass cuttings and wood ash , leaves and wotnot. All grist to the Gods of the lotty. No rush to use it, I sometimes just go up to it and take a deep breath of pure country ! I feel like a KING of all I survey when I do this.

Ahhhhhhhhh. such is the simple pleasure of being in the country, by this , I mean Alnwick.

Advise for the Nettle/Comfrey users

Posted: 30/03/2016 at 23:25

Also, as far as I can make out, the 'soup' keeps fr as long as a year. I drain off the the sludge and throw it onto the tumbler composter, along with tea leaves, coffee grounds and  when it has been thrown about for a few weeks, I put the results into a bean trench and huzza ! Beans , rows of musical fruit in abundance. the soup, gets used as and when with seedlings out side, fruit canes, strawbs, as they are hungry little beasts, 

The biggest problem is, up here in N'humberland, the delay in planting out time. We are about 5 to 6 weeks behind the rest of the country, and our plot is North and East facing slope. Sounds complicated, but yu deal with the cards you are dealt with. I feel that the plot is sliding downwards inexorably, year by year. Perhaps terracing might solve or at least slow down the land from rppling up against the bottom of the plot.


I leave nettles out of the gaame as much as I can during the spring time, as they make a VERY healthy tea, addition to Potato soups, and a a spinach substitute.

Compost heaps and rats

Posted: 24/03/2016 at 20:43

MY compost id just a load of old rubbish !

Dream Potting Shed

Posted: 28/09/2015 at 10:13

The dream shed is............... one that automatically when things get too crowded. Has power points, running water, and a fridge for the white wine to cool.

cooking apples

Posted: 21/09/2015 at 09:35

Poles and netting are not viable. I think the only solution is to pick the pommes before they are ripe and let them finish off on a tray in wor shed. It's surprising how quickly the fallen fruit is finished off by da boidies, slugs 'n' wotnot,  innit ! ?

I am gunna try and get the apples to stay in good condition be dipping the fruit into a bucket of Sodium metabisulphate, just a dip, and then let them dry naturally before storing. This method, like in wine making, is using NATURAL solution, and kills off any unwanted yeasts or things like that. It may not prevent ANY rotting, but it will perhaps help preserve the stuff a bit longer.

cooking apples

Posted: 17/09/2015 at 19:00

Core, blimey !

cooking apples

Posted: 17/09/2015 at 17:19

I have a hoary old cooking apple tree, that produces a meagre crop per year. Every year, it gets to this time, and what fruit there is, is either attacked by birds, sow bugs, wopsies and within hours, rots off 50% off the apple.

Is there someone out there who can identify with this problem, (  Not ACTUALLY ! ) and have they got some advice on how to prevent  it ?

Cosmos flowering

Posted: 18/05/2015 at 12:29

Has anyone noticed how the weather seems to be more April like rather than May  It seems to have got things all widdershins right now. At the moment, it's raining, but we're almost expecting a drought. Broad beans are doing well, as are the runners. lettuces are fine too. But the peas are very lackadaisical, the sun flowers are 50% or less germination IN the greenhouse.  I think we need a bit of Verdun's Hayle weather oop here in t'north !  Right on , Pard !

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