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New allotment OMG...Part 2...

Posted: 25/09/2016 at 20:22

Great work Gardengirl😊. Beds are becoming vacant as crops are finishing so ready for autumn digging. Have been struggling to assemble a metal shed for my sister in law. Absolute pile of junk😬, literally held together with self tapping screws! 

picked rhubarb

Posted: 23/09/2016 at 19:31

It will probably come back but a lot weaker than if it had not been stripped. Basically you'll be starting from scratch so don't pick from it for a couple of years until it's flourishing.

It's really easy to grow from seed and a lot cheaper than buying it as a plant. It's a long lived crop so I don't mind investing a couple of years of TLC before picking.


Posted: 20/09/2016 at 18:15

It is coming to that point in the year, but here in Kent the nights are still warm so will be picking toms, cucumber,courgettesfor a while yet I think. Runner beans have run out of steam and I've picked the last sweetcorn. 

Winter root veg is coming along nicely. I find that the winter months are very bountiful, it's from early March to early May that my plot is a bit bare.

£3 99 or 39p?

Posted: 20/09/2016 at 17:03

I grow my plants in modules and then 3" pots so no thinning and doesn't take up any space in the garden. I like growing plants from seed and I can pick the colours I want , rather than be at the mercy of what's available. The last couple of years I have grown Fothergills 'Aurora', but alas this year it has been unavailable 😖.

Whatever suits best but definitely worth a place in the garden when early colour and scent is at a premium.

Thorn proof gloves

Posted: 19/09/2016 at 21:35

I'm with you Bob, that's a rip off. You can buy Kevlar industrial gloves for half that price and they're designed to stop razor sharp steel! 

£3 99 or 39p?

Posted: 19/09/2016 at 21:22

Packet of seed and a bit of compost works out a lot cheaper still and you can choose any colour combo you want😊

Autumn planting help

Posted: 19/09/2016 at 19:19

That's good Ruth, it's a bit late for sowing seed for cabbages but you may find some spring cabbage for sale at the GC, these will overwinter and produce spring greens or cabbages if you let them heart. 

You can sow the broad beans direct in the soil, one of the most reliable varieties is Aquadulce Claudia. If you have light well drained soil it should be OK, it's more of a problem if you garden on heavy clay as I do, I tend to sow the seeds in modules then plant out.

The cabbages will need protection from pigeons over the winter otherwise you will be left with stalks! 

New allotment OMG...Part 2...

Posted: 19/09/2016 at 16:05

Pulled up the trailing courgette growing on the manure heap, it was still cropping but there are only so many courgettes you can eat and we still have 3 bush plants producing.

Pruned out the summer raspberries, still need to tie them into the stakes. Runner beans and sweetcorn have finished, sweetcorn pulled up and cut the beans off at ground level to let them dry on the canes, makes it easier to remove I find.

Calabrese is ready now, really nice solid hearts, I lost the first sowing to the slugs n snails so I am pleased to get a crop at last. Winter root veg coming along nicely. As the ground becomes available I can start digging it over and add some manure. 

Next project is putting down a base for a shed, should keep me busy😊.

stopping my cats pooing and weeing on my flower beds

Posted: 19/09/2016 at 10:45

Lilwead, the emphasis should not be on other people keeping cats out of their gardens, the emphasis should be on cat owners keeping their cats contained within the boundaries of the owners property! It can be done, if it's too much trouble or expensive then don't have a cat! I am a dog owner and it continues to frustrate me with the attitude of some dog owners, who let them defecate without clearing up. But I've never had a dog do it in my back garden , it's a near daily occurrence with cats though.

I don't care what pets people have, you have a duty of care to the animal and general public regardless of legislation.

Pets bring huge joy into our lives, but for many they can become an unwanted stress. We need to consider others as well as ourselves. I have no defence if my dog defecate in public and I don't dispose of it correctly, the same goes for cat owners too, they may have the 'right to roam' , they don't have the right to defecate on other people's property, that is vandalism.

Autumn planting help

Posted: 18/09/2016 at 18:58

If you have some prepared ground and it's not too heavy it is worth planting autumn onion sets and in October you can sow broad beans and peas, check seed catalogues for the best varieties.

If you want to grow soft fruit then Oct/Nov are good months for planting fruit bushes such as the he currants and gooseberries.

The best thing you can do for your allotment is add lots of organic matter over the winter in the form of compost or well rotted manure. I know you want to get 'growing' but this winters preparation will pay dividends next year.

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