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New allotment OMG...Part 2...

Posted: 30/04/2016 at 16:32
Manure load turned up this morning, luckily he could tip it right next to the plot so not far to barrow. Looks really good stuff, absolutely packed with redworms. Will try and grow a couple of squashes on the heap this summer.
Strimmed the grass paths, with the forecast for warmer weather, going to sow some seeds direct tomorrow.

Sprouts dieing

Posted: 30/04/2016 at 09:57
Once they're hardened off they'll be fine outside, they're very hardy, but as you've grown them indoors from the beginning they'll need gradual acclimatization so as not to shock them. Beware of slugs n snails on smaller plants and pigeons too, give them some protection and they'll be fine.

Polytunnel or greenhouse

Posted: 30/04/2016 at 09:53
I would reiterate what everyone has said especially about the 'cheap' polytunnels. They are fine as a stop gap for one season if properly tied down but the fabric of the cover rarely lasts more than 2 yrs and in an exposed site will collapse in heavy winds whatever you do.

Sprouts dieing

Posted: 30/04/2016 at 09:45
If they are in direct sunlight it may be too hot. I've never used the peat pellets but maybe the roots are constricted and not spreading out into the new pots?
Try putting them outside in a sheltered spot during the day.


Posted: 29/04/2016 at 20:32
Cucumbers are very ' cold sensitive', mine are brought in from the polytunnel each night while the night temps are so low! I live in the South East and it has got down to 1 degree in the polytunnel a couple of times this week, certainly low enough to kill them.

New allotment OMG...Part 2...

Posted: 29/04/2016 at 15:27
As I had to replace a section of guttering yesterday I decided to use the scrap section to try sowing my peas in, I've never used this method but lots of people swear by it and with the changeable weather I thought it was worth the experiment.

Suggestions for a novice please

Posted: 29/04/2016 at 13:49
Like Steve says grow what you like to eat. The other thing is whether it's worth growing, for example you may love 'swedes' but they are very cheap in the supermarket and you won't notice any taste difference.
On my list of top 'grow your own' for taste are carrots, beans( French and Runner), sweetcorn and tomatoes. It's a bit late to sow tomatoes but plants are cheap, sow carrots direct and for the beans and sweetcorn you can sow them now indoors or wait a couple of weeks and sow direct.

New allotment OMG...Part 2...

Posted: 29/04/2016 at 13:26
Hi Gardengirl, it's ??20, not sure how many cubic metres but it's a full load on a 3.5t tipper truck. It's normally well rotted anyway but I leave it for 6 months and apply in the autumn and leave some for bean trenches and mulching in the Spring.
Just finished digging my planting holes for courgettes and squashed so used the last of it there as well as spreading some over the bare beds .

How has this weather affect your planting this year?

Posted: 29/04/2016 at 12:11
Direct sowing is later this year, soil temps are still low! Plants are having to come back in at night due to frosts where last year they would have been OK in the polytunnel overnight. Forecast is for warmer nights Sunday onwards so fingers crossed we don't revert to winter!

My allotment- then and now update

Posted: 28/04/2016 at 16:26
Well done Charlotte, good idea to take before and after pics, something I always forget to do! Hopefully you will find that as you keep digging out the couch it weakens and becomes less of a problem.

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