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New allotment OMG...Part 2...

Posted: 17/04/2016 at 18:18
Only a small section left to dig over, that's where the Purple Sprouting Broccoli is. I quite like this stage when the allotment is a blank canvas waiting to be filled with veg. At the moment it looks like I have loads of room, in a few weeks I'll be scrabbling for space to plant.
Weeded, fed and mulched the fruit bushes.

Bad knees

Posted: 17/04/2016 at 15:43
To be honest I think kneeling for a short period is better than sitting on a stool and leaning forward, I've been on many manual handling courses and none of the lecturers could provide ' evidence' of how you put into effect in the real world. Basically you have to know you're own limits and limit exposure to uncomfortable positions.

Bad knees

Posted: 17/04/2016 at 14:24
Hi Lou, I use kneeling pads for my job as it sometimes involves kneeling on open grating, which is painful, good knees or not! You can buy trousers( Lidl and Aldi do men's and women's versions) which have a knee pouch where you can slip in the knee pads, much more comfortable than the strap on type.
Good luck with the South Downs, me and the missus have completed about half so far. Did the North Downs a few yrs ago and loved it.

patio circle

Posted: 15/04/2016 at 19:55
As Pansy says it's all in the prep. I helped my brother landscape his garden 10 yrs ago. For the patio sections which were 3/4 circles the ground was levelled roughly then a layer of scalpings added @ 1.5 to 2 ins deep and compacted. Then the slabs were layed on a bed of cement and finally a dry mortar mix was pressed into the gaps between the slabs. Lots of work but after 10 yrs no slabs have moved.

Which brigade are you?

Posted: 15/04/2016 at 17:38
No digging in the house garden but regular digging on the allotment.

Swallows, swifts and martins - have you seen them yet?

Posted: 15/04/2016 at 17:11
Saw a house Martin at Seaford Head in Sussex on Wednesday, beautiful sunny day.

New allotment OMG...Part 2...

Posted: 15/04/2016 at 16:59
Hi Gina, I sowed parsnips and peas yesterday. The OH sowed carrots, beetroot and spring onions in one of the raised beds. Covered the parsnips with a fleece cloche as forecast is for cold weather to return, took advantage of a few dry warm days( chucking it down now).
Cabbages, lettuce, spring o ions and Leeks coming along well in the cold frame. Onions and shallots started in modules were planted out last week and are doing well.

rods to make plant supports a la monty this week

Posted: 13/04/2016 at 16:38
Rebar normally starts at 8 mm and upwards, mild steel is used to make reinforcing mesh. Just ask for 6 mm mild steel to avoid confusion.

rods to make plant supports a la monty this week

Posted: 13/04/2016 at 08:58
KT 53. I very much doubt that it's reinforcing rod, that's a lot harder to bend, I would suggest 6mm mild steel rod, it will cold bend easily and rust to a nice finish. Easily obtainable from a number of suppliers.

What is your weather like?

Posted: 12/04/2016 at 10:41
Heavy rain overnight, sunny and warm this morning.

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