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New allotment OMG...Part 2...

Posted: Today at 16:24

Lovely sunny day. Tipper truck load of manure delivered this afternoon, back is feeling it a bit now. Sowed some hardy annuals to add colour and attract pollinators. Added a top dressing of BFB to my overwintered onions and shallots. Looks like I could be getting a greenhouse for free, I can replace the polytunnel at home now.

Petrol Lawnmower

Posted: Today at 13:41

Hi Tony, sounds like you might be right. Before stripping the jets you could try adding some Redex  to your fuel mixture,  it may clear the blockage. 

Petrol Lawnmower

Posted: Today at 13:16

Make sure the fuel tank is vented ok. Make sure the vent pipe isn't blocked. Not sure how your tank will be vented it might be in the fuel cap. You could try starting with the fuel cap loose and see if it keeps running. If the fuel tank can't vent then you pull a vacuum and starve the engine causing it to cut out.

Gardeners World- what's going on ?

Posted: Yesterday at 19:33

I definitely thought the section from Barbados was relevant. Many people grow orchids and the grower certainly new his stuff. Very relevant to see plants growing in their natural habitat, gives a good idea of what you may need to replicate.

Gardeners World may well be ' escapism' at times but I don't mind that. Nice 'chill out' TV on a Friday.

pet companions

Posted: Yesterday at 17:47

Looking very relaxed Lily

pet companions

Posted: Yesterday at 15:58

It was a bit blowy on Beachy Head this morning, Floss is having a bad hair day.

Growing Veg year on year

Posted: 22/03/2017 at 17:38

You can get a second crop of ' green sprouts' from cabbages if you cut the heart and leave the stalk in the ground but generally most people pull up the whole plant.

Good luck with your crops 😊

New allotment OMG...Part 2...

Posted: 21/03/2017 at 19:16

Seedlings are emerging in the greenhouse, so far lettuce and various brassicas are coming through. The onion sets in modules are sprouting well. I also sowed some more Rhubarb, I don't need any but it's so easy to grow from seed I can't resist. There are always other allotment holders grateful for a plant. One of the other plot holders was spreading out a groundsheet for his manure delivery, it had been folded up all winter, when we unfolded it there were 6 slowworms, we found a nice warm home for them in a compost heap.

direct sowing

Posted: 19/03/2017 at 10:04

Agree with everything Fairygirl has said. I'm on heavy clay too. There is one summer annual which doesn't seem to mind how it's sown and that's Nigella. I think it would sprout in concrete.

First Bluebell of the year

Posted: 19/03/2017 at 09:58

Always a delight on a walk when you enter a wood and you're surrounded by a carpet of blue. The wood anenomes are in bloom here, another gorgeous bonus on a spring walk.

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