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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.


Posted: 24/08/2014 at 08:19

I've just Googled green garden fleece and it would appear a lot of companies do it.


Posted: 23/08/2014 at 16:05

The Sungold toms in the polytunnel have done ok, and Red Alert grown in large pots outside on the allotment have been fantastic. Luckily no blight so far as it has destroyed complete crops in the past.


Posted: 23/08/2014 at 07:26
Morning all, beautiful sunshine outside but it feels autumnal already!! Time to get the family moving for a trip to Deal, looks like a day for fish n chips on the beach.

Good year for sweetcorn?

Posted: 17/08/2014 at 18:40
I believe Lark is an early variety and here in the south the summer has been sunny and warm up to now.


Posted: 17/08/2014 at 18:33
I grow Masterpiece and Marketmore, ridge varieties with spiky skins, outside along with Crystal Lemon, in the poly I grow Piccolino,
I pick the ridgecrape out the middle containing the seeds. cucs when they are around 6 ins long and 1 to 1.5 in dia. At this stage they are sweet and crunchy and the seeds haven't gone hard.
If they get too large they hollow inside and the seeds start to develop, they can still be used but you may find you need to s

Good year for sweetcorn?

Posted: 17/08/2014 at 18:28
I haven't grown sweetcorn for a number of years and generally results were poor. I have grown Lark this year and each plant is producing 3 cobs on average and the flavour and quality is very good. Has everyone else had similar results and what are peoples favourite varieties?

Gardens we Have Visited 2014

Posted: 17/08/2014 at 18:15
Can recommend Great Comp near Sevenoaks in Kent, its a real joy and offers 2 for 1 with the GW card.
I live nearby and have visited it through the season(open April to Oct), it has Dyson nursery attached which is a Salvia specialist.
Visited yesterday and though not large there are a number of unusual plants and trees to keep you entertained and all the family enjoyed the wonderful cakes in the tea shop.


Posted: 17/08/2014 at 17:05
Its so nice to be able to enjoy the fruits of all the hard work that goes into the allotment.
Came back with runner beans, carrots, celeriac, toms, beetroot, kohl rabi, cabbage, Florence fennel, courgettes, aubergines, bell peppers, lettuce, sweetcorn and cucumbers.
Its definitely been one of the best years for veg that we've had on this allotment.

I will/I won't grow that again

Posted: 16/08/2014 at 19:24
Grew Zinnias for the first time this year, fantastic display and a great cut flower too, all from a packet of seeds from Lidl.
Among the new veg grown was a variety of Cucumber called Crystal Lemon, perfect size for eating on its own as a thirst quencher. Aubergine 'Baby Rosanna' has been a fantastic cropper.

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