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Peat Ballan

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Does anyone know a proven way to rid my allottment of mares tail?

Posted: 11/04/2014 at 09:24
I used to use sodium chlorate, but this was when I was a young lad, and it was part of my gunpowder period ! You could try getting an IRA manual and learn how to blow the stuff out of the ground !

How do I deter/ catch thieves from my allotment

Posted: 31/03/2014 at 23:07
Name your weapon................. parsnips or leeks at dawn !

How do I deter/ catch thieves from my allotment

Posted: 31/03/2014 at 08:39
I agree, Joe, but the sight of all the 3 metre high wire mesh would destroy the whole environment and ambience of having an allotment in the first place. Personally, I would feel imprisoned with all that stuff around me,. I feel nearly under siege by the mere small padlock on my gate !
It is unfortunate that society has come to this, but there we are. Taking things to an extreme of situations, if were had an allotments for EVERYONE, there would be some who would want more, and so on and so on ad infinitum. Allotment wars ! OHHH my GAWWWWD ! I wish I had stayed in bed !

How do I deter/ catch thieves from my allotment

Posted: 29/03/2014 at 22:50
One method of deterring 'rascals' from entering your patch, might be to grow particularly vicious brambles. These have a barbed wire property , and also encourage wildlife, and put off low life. On the other hand, if you are sort of open plan allotments, buggered if I know what the answer is. Rent a tiger ? rent a wart hog ? catapults at dusk ? I realise that my situation is really blessed ! Hedged, fenced and sturdy. We get broken in to only every 2 years on a good year ! ? Nowt stolen really for longer than this. Thieves only take stuff that is easily carried, fenced at a car boot, for whatever price they can get to cover 'hit' of their chemical of choice. A south American, (Argentinian ) bolas can slow them down dramatically, by wrapping around the ankles most cleverly ! Damned cunning, those gauchos !

Wine making

Posted: 28/03/2014 at 23:03
It has taken 8 weeks to recover from the trip ! Broke me big toe after 10 days, and then three weeks later, broke it again. I can't see in the dark, it seems. But OHHHHHHHHH it is so good to be back ! 12 flights in 6 weeks, and we never want to see the inside of an airport lounge again ! The first visit when we got back was to go oop t'lotty and check everything. To smell the beautiful fragrance of moist Northumbrian soil, open the shed and see all the tools silently weeping for lack of attention. Purple sprouting broccolli is abundant, and we are HOME !!!!!!!

New Allotment, advice please!!

Posted: 28/03/2014 at 22:50
Spuds.................. seed spuds.......... the best results I have had are with ordinary shop bought spuds for the table and they have started sprouting in the cupboard ! Throw them in the ground and let them do their thing, and they'll be as good as any seed spuddies you'll get in the gdn centre ! This year, I am trying out planting some broad beans into a wider row than usual, and then down the middle, pop in a single row of onions. This is to see if the onion sets will deter the black fly on the broads, later on in the growth. As the cropping time is roughly the same , I see it only as a practical experiment. Any comments ? or am I too controversial ?

How do I deter/ catch thieves from my allotment

Posted: 27/03/2014 at 18:52
I have been told by a perfectly pleasant copper that, thieves do NOT like glass. If they have to break glass, this will cling to their clothes and is traceable. It's usually the same persons that do the breaking in, so devise a sort of 'Make it as difficult as possible' system for the twots entering the lotty, I have made my own gate, repaired it three times, and now, it will stop even a determined 'teef man'. It has wire mesh, metal grating, bolted thick wooden bars, some strands of barbed wire, heavy gauge wire, bolt, padlock and an AK47 to slow the bugger down. No problems, and it takes me only 20 seconds to get in with a key !

compost in dustbins and alpaca poo

Posted: 20/03/2014 at 22:27
Alpaca Pooh ???? Rama llama ding dong ! I think that virtually ANY stuff from the 'other end' of a herbivore, is beneficial to a garden, as long as it ain't too fresh. Like a good wine, it is best after a period of maturation, processing and then spread the o be joyful. I had a coo many years ago. The stuff I cleaned out of her shed was heaped outside, and after 6 months, it was like cheese, Juicy, firm and smelled like the finest fragrance that Dior could produce

Buying a second hand greenhouse

Posted: 19/03/2014 at 09:32
As far as nuts'n'bolts is concerned, Wilko's usually have some, or any hardware shoppie, for a very reasonable price. I have BAGS of spares, just in case !

Unfortunately, where me lotty is, we have no water supply nor 'leccy, so it's usually in the old seafaring parlance, Norwegian Steam, Anglo-Saxon for carrying and wot keeps the wheels turning. Water is like a bank. When you need it, it ain't there, and when you DON'T need it, it is pissing down ! Such is life.

When you clean your frames with the steamer, consider a rinse with some moss killer, which will deter it coming back soon. Moss, up here in Northumberland anyway, is a bloody nuisance, especially on a north facing slope as we are.

Well done on your progress anyway.

New Allotment, advice please!!

Posted: 19/03/2014 at 04:26
The most disheartening and contradictory thing about advice is, (depending on whether you're receiving or delivering ) is receiving, you have to act upon it, delivering, you don't have to act upon it ! It all boils down to, do what you want, after sieving all the stones from the soil. ~Grow what you want, dig, spread muck, dig and tickle,Common sense is, when you eventually learn enough about your plot, and go with the flow. Rhubarb is a mild mannered space invading thug, but at least you can use it. Give it space ! Everything else is pure experimentation, experience and fun.
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