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Allotment websites

Posted: 11/11/2015 at 16:42

I imagine there must be some Jim.......seems like there is a website for everything these days

My own allotment is one of 12 within a small village.  We don't have a website as mostly we see each other on a regular basis. 

I imagine it could be quite useful for the large allotment sites where people don't meet each other very often.  The exchange of seeds and plants would be a good item as would notification of diseases perhaps.

There is an allotment thread on here.......if you have a look thru that, you would get plenty of ideas as to what advice/info plot holders find useful and interesting.

Greenhouse size

Posted: 11/11/2015 at 16:23

I'd say go for the biggest but I can see why you are querying.

Would it be possible to lash up a facsimile using bamboo sticks or whatever comes to hand ?  That way you may be able to get an idea whether the 8 x 10 may look too overpowering.

BTW, you are jolly lucky to have such nice management

cymbidium orchid

Posted: 11/11/2015 at 09:38

My cymbidiums usually flower any time from October to December.  I tend to leave doing anything drastic to them until early Spring.  You do often need to use a bit of brute force to detach the old pieces particularly if the plants are quite large/old. 

Seed and plant swap 2015

Posted: 11/11/2015 at 09:21

Granma..........seeds arrived yesterday so many thanks.


Posted: 09/11/2015 at 18:27

If you want free range chickens, you need to give them the space.  So many people keep them in tiny runs and coops that their habitat becomes mucky and disgusting.  I've never yet known a Buzzard to be interested in a live chicken and if you are in an area where foxes abound, you keep your chickens accordingly.  There is always the possibility of an accident but fox predation is usually down to the owner/keeper


Posted: 09/11/2015 at 18:17

Gertie   I love my chickens too but I'm under no illusions about their tendencies. They haven't yet "got" the concept of wildlife gardening as we see it.



Posted: 09/11/2015 at 14:44

Butterflies too

Can someone help with the name of this flower please?

Posted: 09/11/2015 at 14:33

Definitely a Stapelia and I think Alan is right in grandiflora.

Gorgeous flower.  I have had S. variegata for some 30 odd years and it flowers every year and often sets seed.  The flowers are stunning but smaller than yours and the smell of rotting meat  ( which attracts it's pollinators ) can be quite overpowering


Posted: 08/11/2015 at 18:06

Butyl is excellent but expensive for the best quality.  If you are on a budget ( or just want more money to spend on planting ), look at the alternatives too...........a strong woven polypropylene ( sp ? ) material is considerably less and works well.

Your ground and ideas sound other forum members, as a keen wildlife gardener for many years, I look forward to seeing/hearing of your progress 

Meyer Lemon tree

Posted: 07/11/2015 at 17:43

I believe Meyer's are probably the "hardiest" Lemon for the UK climate.  Best kept outside for as long as possible but obviously avoiding the worst of the winter wet and frosts.  Really depends on your location.  They don't make good house plants as such as they hate the dry atmosphere.

Citrus produce flowers and fruits warmer climates, the trees will be flowering profusely whilst the fruit from the previous season is ripening.

TBH, I've never found the need to hand pollinate.


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