Latest posts by scroggin

Prehistoric Weed

Posted: 20/09/2017 at 12:58

I have Mares Tail on my allotment, it is much reduced from when I took over the plot 7 yrs ago. I find regular winter digging and regular weeding has helped keep it in check. I believe there are weedkiller techniques which have some effect but I don't like using them anywhere near fruit n veg.

Allotment diary.

Posted: 20/09/2017 at 11:26

One thing to consider Cotty is your type of soil. If it's clay and you rotovate it this autumn, and we then get a wet winter you may be back to square one with the soil a 'gloopy' mess. I have heavy clay, I rough dig in the autumn, cover with manure and then ' till' it in the Spring prior to seed sowing or planting. 

Maybe try doing test patches using various methods advised and see which works best. It's all trial and error and you have an opportunity to see which works for you. 

Allotment diary.

Posted: 19/09/2017 at 20:19

Why doesn't your father want to manure the soil? All my beds get manured each year. I try and rotate crops as much as possible so the only bed which isn't freshly manured is for growing root crops, that one gets manured the following year.

Allotment diary.

Posted: 19/09/2017 at 13:12

A dry mixture of sand and cement will absorb moisture from the soil and atmosphere. It's advantage is that it gives you more time to lay the slabs and less effort. Perfect for low load application like greenhouses and sheds 

Allotment diary.

Posted: 19/09/2017 at 07:25

It's best to lay the slabs onto some sort of 'bedding' medium, I use a dry mix of sand and cement. It enables you to lay the slabs flat without any rocking. So long as they are flat you shouldn't have any stress on the glass panels.

Wildlife photos

Posted: 18/09/2017 at 19:48

Very true Fairygirl, we're thinking of heading further north on our next visit. Maybe Lochinver area.

Wildlife photos

Posted: 18/09/2017 at 19:36

Gorgeous birds Sheps.

Wildlife photos

Posted: 18/09/2017 at 19:31

That looks a better call than mine Sheps. I'd be made up to see either of them. The Great Northern Diver is my better halfs No.1 wishlist bird.

Allotment diary.

Posted: 18/09/2017 at 19:25

I would also get yourself some reference books for reading on dark winter nights. Charity shops are a good source of books aimed at allotment gardening.

Harvest 2017

Posted: 18/09/2017 at 18:50

 Some of this year's squash harvest. 

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