Sandra 2

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The Blessing of a new Allotment

Posted: 13/04/2012 at 10:29

Ha - your leeks must be further developed than mine - they look pathetic at the moment. 

Best way to plant leeks - use a thick dibber - I use the end of an old broom. Make a nice deep hole and drop single leeks into each one so the top's sticking out, then water them in - don't bother back-filling the holes. It looks a bit odd but persevere!

The Blessing of a new Allotment

Posted: 13/04/2012 at 08:53

Okay - night time patrols and salty bucket it is then...

In other news, if the rain holds off I should be able to get shelves in my new shed today - then I can move my tools out of the cold frame (where they've been rather insecurely stored) and actually use the cold frame for plants. Huzzah!

What has everyone else got planned for this weekend? 

The Blessing of a new Allotment

Posted: 12/04/2012 at 15:31

Yick!! No - I really couldn't cut 'em in half. But I need to do something - my lettuces are a shadow of what they were a week ago...

The Blessing of a new Allotment

Posted: 12/04/2012 at 08:19

Just out of interest, guys, and talking of creepy-crawlies, how do you kill slugs? I have all manner of ways of catching them - traps etc, but it really gives me the creeps to squash 'em, especially the big fat brown ones.  What do you do? 

The Blessing of a new Allotment

Posted: 11/04/2012 at 13:45

Yes - I'd like to see some more too! I can totally understand asking for compost for birthdays, but there are lots of non-gardenypeople who just don't get it. I end up with a lot of cutesy gadgets and garden ornaments that are sweet but ultimately a bit useless!

The Blessing of a new Allotment

Posted: 11/04/2012 at 08:30

A rod is an old English form of measurement that, I believe, is really only used in measuring allotments these days. It seems to be highly inaccurate if you ask me as all plots seem to be slightly different sizes on my site (probably they started out accurate and got wonky over time) but one rod is effectively a little over five metres and it's also known sometimes as a 'perch'.

I have a feeling that modern councils are getting rid of the rod and it seems a bit of a shame. However arcane, there's something rather romantic about a council sending me a bill for rental of a piece of land measured in Ancient Roman units...

The Blessing of a new Allotment

Posted: 10/04/2012 at 07:54

Oh heavens - am I jealous of you two - my four rod plot is £80 a year! I guess the only suggestion I can make from my last allotment is not to try to do everything all at once - if necessary cover over a part of it with old carpet or black plastic for a year while you get to grips properly with a part of it. And don't be too hasty to clear everything if you even suspect you might have some permanent stuff in there - I accidentally dug up an asparagus crown - they take years to establish. I've now left the whole bed for a year, just in case there's more in there...

The Blessing of a new Allotment

Posted: 09/04/2012 at 10:51

Yay! Looks great! Those raised beds look incredible. I've just forked out for the shed, so the raised beds will have to wait 'til next year (and the shelves for said shed are having to wait until this bloomin' rain stops. Mind you at least I don't have to water by hand at the moment (hosepiep ban...)

The Blessing of a new Allotment

Posted: 03/04/2012 at 23:22

Hi Dean - actually, I'm considered a bit of an upstart for only having waited 8 years. The average is 12. One person I spoke with last week waited 15. I guess that's what comes of living in a  city where all the plots have been built on...

But it's just heavenly - as wonderful as I always imagined it would be when I used to walk past and look down at all the plotholders having tea together. Ahhhh...

Shed arrives Thursday. Can it get any better?

The Blessing of a new Allotment

Posted: 03/04/2012 at 16:50

Hey Dean - I just got my second allotment in January after waiting 8 years (had to give my old one up when I moved) so I know that feeling of pure joy. Good luck - it's a fabulous thing to do. 

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