scroggin


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New allotment OMG...

Posted: 21/09/2014 at 17:33

Its getting close to the time of year when the hard work starts digging over the plot ready for next year.

I quite enjoy the effort involved and I find it satisfying looking back at a newly dug plot.

Root crops have done really well this year and had the first parsnips yesterday, ideally they need a frost to add some sweetness but they tasted great.

Modern Technology

Posted: 20/09/2014 at 08:54

A few years ago I bought a Sat Nav for my better half, I told her how it would make getting around so much easier.

On the first trip with it I set it up to take us home from a day in the Kent countryside, I knew the route but wanted to show her how it worked!

Within 5 minutes it tried to take us on the M25 via a Police access lane!!

allotment

Posted: 10/09/2014 at 19:53

It can also depend on the type of veg you want to grow. Root crops require less time in watering and picking than say beans, peas, courgettes.

Flowers to Grow in Allotment

Posted: 10/09/2014 at 19:48

Cornflowers are very robust and make a good cut flower, we also grow cosmos and zinnias. They may need some slug protection but if you put in good size plants they usually survive the attentions of our slimy friends.

Good News for Mike

Posted: 30/08/2014 at 08:20

Great news Mike

Doesn't it get dark early?!

Posted: 25/08/2014 at 09:03

Wild horizontal rain here, feels more like Oct than August Bank Holiday. Fingers crossed the temperatures return to normal soon otherwise it will be a long winter..

Doesn't it get dark early?!

Posted: 24/08/2014 at 22:12

Hi Tootles, yes sloes are similar to damsons only smaller and as you say 'rounder'. It's the fruit of the blackthorn, one of the earliest trees to come into flower in the spring.

OL hope you're wrong about a bad winter, I don't mind the cold but hate travelling on the roads when we get even a sniff of snow, I've spent too many hours of my life stuck in traffic when our road network grinds to a halt

Doesn't it get dark early?!

Posted: 24/08/2014 at 21:58

Definitely feels autumnal, it seems early this year too. Noticed a good crop of sloes so will be out in a couple of months to harvest some for making sloe gin.

New allotment OMG...

Posted: 24/08/2014 at 19:09

Hi GWRS, it could be grey aphids. They attack brassicas and are similar to black and greenfly, similar control methods can be applied.

How to prepare allotment?

Posted: 24/08/2014 at 18:56

I dig as much of the my allotment as I can in the autumn/early winter. I dig out a trench single spit depth at one end of the row and transfer the soil to the far end of the section to be dug, I then fill the trench with manure/compost and cover this with the next row. I leave the soil in large clods as I want the frost to get into the soil to help break it up. At the end of the section the soil removed at the start is used to fill the final trench.

I tend to use manure in every 2nd row. My allotment is heavy clay but over the years the soil texture is improving in composition and texture. I wait until the autumn rain soften the soils because the surface skin can be very hard at this time of year.

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