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Weed matting - a bed for weeds...

Posted: 21/07/2017 at 17:04

I had to smile at Josusa47 comment. I'd hate to think how many barrow loads of concrete I wheeled when helping my brother construct his garden. If you told him he didn't like gardening you'd get a very blunt response. 

As Fairygirl has said nearly all gardens need a degree of hard landscaping to ease access, likewise driveways. It's here where materials such as weed fabric come into their own.

When we moved into our present house the previous owner had covered the top section of the garden in weed membrane and gravel, he was a police dog handler. We have left the gravel and created some borders, but otherwise planted through it.  Hard landscaping is what you make of it. My better half would also ' chew your ear off' if you said she didn't like gardening.

Sweet peas

Posted: 21/07/2017 at 16:39

Totally agree with Fairygirl, my Autumn sown sweet peas started flowering in early May but they'll be finished by the end of August. If I wanted to extend the season I'd sow in the Spring aswell, it's been very dry and hot in the South East this year and even with lots of water and feed the stems are shortening now. They still look great on the plant but less of a selection for cutting.

Weed matting - a bed for weeds...

Posted: 21/07/2017 at 13:34

Works well on my allotment paths, I just cover it with a thick layer of woodchip, had it down for a couple of years and very little weed comes through, easily managed with light weeding.


Posted: 21/07/2017 at 11:49

They might need to be hand pollinated if you're not getting enough of nature's little helpers in the greenhouse.

New allotment OMG...Part 2...

Posted: 21/07/2017 at 07:03

When I think summer fruits I don't really think cake but my better half does make a lovely raspberry and amaretto biscuit cake. She will be making summer pudding though, instead of standard bread she uses brioche, totally transforms it.

On the plot everything coming baking nicely, beans are in full swing, loads in the freezer so now they're being distributed around the neighbors. 

Forecast is for some more rain which eases up the watering a bit.


Posted: 20/07/2017 at 08:42

I pick sloes from wild Blackthorn hedges so can't comment on how old they need to be before producing fruit. I do know that they produce on the previous years growth which means that some years we get less fruit if the council hedge trimmer has been to work!


Posted: 20/07/2017 at 07:56

Nanny I'm in Kent, they'll be finished by September where I live.

Harvest 2017

Posted: 19/07/2017 at 16:54

You could have kept Wimbledon supplied with cucumber sandwiches Dove. It's been a good year so far. The freezer is already filling with fruit n veg, my better half has made a stack of courgette fritters for the freezer, they go well with a fried egg and crispy bacon.


Posted: 19/07/2017 at 15:18

Big change from last year. Just picked 2 large bowls of blackberries from the brambles around our allotment. It's going to be a bumper year by the look of it, all the brambles are hanging in fruit.

Blackberry and apple pie here we come.

Allotment plot

Posted: 19/07/2017 at 14:58

Personally I wouldn't worry too much about the weeds, if the plot is untended it will have all manor of weeds, I have bindweed, mares tail and couch grass on my plot, all it takes is regular weeding to keep under control.

I would ask if there is water onsite and what if any restrictions. Unfortunately security is another issue, check if they've had any problems with theft etc. Some plots don't allow sheds, if you have to travel any distance a shed means less tools to carry.

Drainage, some plots on sloping ground can become waterlogged. 

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