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Overwintering onions

Posted: 26/03/2016 at 20:25
Onions generally don't like root disturbance, so there's a fair chance they will bolt. I grow sets in modules but you are then transplanting the whole football. Having said that if they get away to a good start you may get lucky.

What is your weather like?

Posted: 26/03/2016 at 20:12
I know what you mean Linda, the soil on my allotment is clay, it had dried out nicely and I'd managed to get a few beds dug over but that's come to a stop now, and yes back to loads of smelly towels after drying the dog!

What is your weather like?

Posted: 26/03/2016 at 19:31
Nothing like that here Busy Lizzie, beautiful day yesterday but it's now very wet and windy here in Kent, that's the forecast for the next couple of days too! Luckily our Border Collie doesn't mind get wet and muddy, he he.

New allotment OMG...Part 2...

Posted: 26/03/2016 at 16:18
What a difference from yesterday, I'm rebuilding a secondhand greenhouse, all the glazing strips have perished so in the process of renewing. Yesterday it was lovely and warm with the sun on my back, today it's blowing a storm out there.
Hope everyone is safe and doesn't suffer any damage it looks like it could get a bit gnarly.

Greenhouse advice or alternative?

Posted: 26/03/2016 at 07:42
Crops like broccoli and sprouts need lots of space and are best grown in firm soil, not really suitable for veg trugs. I would follow Bob the gardeners advice and protect your plot with chicken wire. Is there any way of planting some hedging to diffuse the wind and create a windbreak. Tall brassicas like sprouts suffer badly from wind rock.

Greenhouse advice or alternative?

Posted: 25/03/2016 at 21:14
Certainly not a dumb question Bettyslad, fruit cages are available to buy as a ready to use item or you can buy individual components and build your own.
I don't have problems with rabbits but I do protect my brassicas from birds and caterpillars by erecting a frame made from plastic water pipe and debris netting. Basically you make hoops with the water pipe and cover it with debris netting, making sure you peg it down well as you go.

Anyone done any gardening today - Version 2

Posted: 25/03/2016 at 17:47
Continued with the construction of the greenhouse, as it was second hand it needed new bolts and all the glazing rubbers have perished, so in the process of replacing them.

Mail Order "A Lottery"?

Posted: 25/03/2016 at 10:03
I work for a small engineering company, when we package components and equipment for transport we take photos as evidence of its condition when it leaves the workshop, the couriers have to inspect and sign that they are happy with the packaging. This avoids any disagreement if damage occurs.
Obviously for large companies this is more of an issue but smaller independent nurseries could implement something similar. In the digital age it's not a huge time consuming chore to record your products as they leave. I'm pretty sure larger companies do spot checks on their couriers. It won't stop rogue delivery men but does highlight if there's a root and branch problem.

Big Dreams Small Spaces

Posted: 25/03/2016 at 07:14
Loved the garden for the young boy Noah, appreciated the principle behind the 'community' garden but also felt it would be very difficult to maintain.
Thought Monty was very good, giving constructive advice along the way.

New allotment OMG...Part 2...

Posted: 24/03/2016 at 14:48
Managed to get the frame of the greenhouse erected before the rain started. It's a free gift from a friend, needs new insulation strips for the glazing and I'll need to make a new door roller but otherwise seems pretty good.
Onion sets and shallots starting to sprout in modules and lettuces and cabbages germinating too, hoping for some warmer weather to start sowing direct.

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