Sandra 2

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Shed Theft

Posted: 22/06/2012 at 13:31

The sad thing for us is that it has created some tension amongst a formerly happy group of gardeners, whereby one of our number is unhappy with the way the police treated the issue. The rest of us feel that the police did what they could, and treated us with respect, but without real evidence are, frankly, targeting resources towards violent criminals in the wider community rather than chasing  kids who gave us a few smashed locks and the odd stolen tool.

The one who disagrees with us and who feels that the perpetrators should have been hounded by any means necessary,  is now angry with us that we have effectively shrugged our shoulders and got on with life and there is tension where there wasn't before. That, to me, is the real crime - making people who were friends, less so. It will blow over, of course, ultimately our 'lottie is too nice a place to be cross for long, but the very fact that there is disharmony somewhere there should be happiness is bad. 

Shed Theft

Posted: 22/06/2012 at 11:07

I have decided not to lock my shed any more. The thieves did far more damage wrenching the padlock off the wood (and with other people crowbar-ing the door of a metal shed in half and smashing a plastic shed up) than they did actually stealing stuff. It's allotment sheds, the thieves should have known we don't keep anything of value in them. 

The free tomato seeds on the mag cover

Posted: 07/06/2012 at 14:04

Thanks - I've now put the pots up nice and high!

The free tomato seeds on the mag cover

Posted: 06/06/2012 at 22:33

hah - I remember buying a bunch of 'dwarf' gladioli corms for the front garden - spectacular, but enormous!

The free tomato seeds on the mag cover

Posted: 05/06/2012 at 22:48

Thanks Lorea - clearly I should have kept the magazine! Mine are in pots, but thanks to your advice I won't plant some of them outside after all. Wonder when they'll start to trail - they're more upright than my cordons!



The free tomato seeds on the mag cover

Posted: 05/06/2012 at 19:55

Hi Guys

Remember a couple of months ago there was a free packet of Mascotka tomato seeds on the front of the GW (twinned with some Sweet Pea seeds if memory serves)

Well, silly question, perhaps, but does anyone know if they are trailing, cordon or bush toms?

Mine have all germinated and I have loads of them, but they're sort of too upright for trailers and too floppy for cordons! I looked it up online and they seem to come as two sorts - so which sort were our freebies? 

For the moment I have them in pots but can't decide whether to stake them, pinch them out or let them hang!

The Blessing of a new Allotment

Posted: 08/05/2012 at 14:36

It's pretty darn impressive. I had a nasty shock the other day - nine of our sheds were broken into - nothing terrible done, just low level petty stuff, but it was a pain in the proverbial anyway. 

And the weeds since this rain - gah!

Shed Theft

Posted: 03/05/2012 at 08:47

Thanks for your concern, guys! Sadly the council don't want to know - one of the reasons why it got broken into was that the council have stopped cutting the verges that made the site visible to the road. Last year the allotmenteers planted firethorn trees along the edge, but it doesn't seem to have deterred the theives. 

I was one of the lucky ones - they looked at my stuff and carried on, but other people were less lucky. 

I hadn't thought about 'other uses'. Sadly there's no electricity on the site so no alarms to be had. I'm just hoping it was a one-off; that they realised there was nothing worth having and that word will get round the criminal fraternity that we're not worth bothering with. 

I love the idea of burying a barrel in the manure heap - genius. At least you'll be able to sniff out any theives you might get now, Shaun!

Good God this really is pathetic. A small group of people that have no passion for anything in life destroying the little that other people have...

Shed Theft

Posted: 02/05/2012 at 10:44

Gah! Nine of the sheds on our allotment were broken into last night. They smashed the hasp and padlock off my door, splitting the wood. Other people with metal sheds had them wrenched open with crowbars bending them beyond repair and plastic sheds were just smashed up. Anyone with a simple toolbox had it wrenched open. 

I don't keep anything worth pinching in mine and didn't get much nicked at all, but I'm now wondering what you guys think - from now on I'm not planning on re-locking my shed. They smashed a good hasp and padlock straight out of the wood - it was the shed that broke, not the padlock, and I don't thinkgetting a better lock would improve anything - they just break the shed itself. I even wonder whether seeing a padlock on it made the theives think there was something worth stealing in the first place. 

I've got a turn-button closure on it to stop animals and weather getting in and I trust my fellow allotmenteers (there are only 17 plots and we are on first-name terms with each other). Should I just keep the door  closed and accept that at some point someone might break into the site and nick some of my (very old) tools and an enamel mug or two? I live too far away to lug it all with me each time and I'd rather they didn't smash up the shed just to get to stuff that isn't worth the price of the housing...

What do you think? 

Feathers in Compost?

Posted: 19/04/2012 at 15:33

That sounds really good, especially for home heaps. Thing is, mine's on my allotment, a good, stout walk up a very highly populated hill. Might try anyway...

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