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Sewing wildflowers

Posted: 18/05/2014 at 12:12

Hello all, I recently acquired an allotment, two thirds are going to be dedicated to crops, but the bottom half is quite shady, behind some plum and damson trees, I'd like to leave it for the wildlife, with wildflowers for bees and butterflies, at the moment it's a carpet of weeds, brambles and a quick spreading ivy! The brambles have been cut down and the roots need chopping up, anyway, my question is, how well do I need to have the ground cleared before sewing the seeds? And if I sew soon will I see results this year?

Garden Gallery 2014

Posted: 18/05/2014 at 12:05

Lavender Lady, that looks like my dream garden, that wisteria! Swoon! I love the colour of your painted gate too! I bet you could enjoy a glass or two there!

Gardeners who love their feline friends

Posted: 15/05/2014 at 11:12

It definitely worked, she looks a bit like our Cassie... Tabby's always seem to have offbeat and quirky personalities!


Posted: 14/05/2014 at 21:08

hello Rosemummy, if you have only read the first post, then you should know we got ours yesterday! After 6 weeks! We are so incredibly lucky. When we lived in birmingham we honestly lived opposite the local allotments, there was the access road in front of the house and they were just there in plain view when doing the washing up! It was torture, but the waiting list was in excess of 3 years!!

Grabbed a photo from my facebook

 Really not a great photo, but it gives you an idea of size, and if you zoom in, the amount of brambles we have to clear, even after it being chopped down! (this was standing about 6 metres into the plot too!)


We plan on churning up as much of the ground as possible, putting down weedkiller for the brambles, getting up the massive root balls, debris, litter and whatnot, and just focusing on a small bed and sew something like carrots this year, and then focus on improving the rest of the soil and ridding it of weeds for the rest of this year. The plot tapers off into into a triangle at the end, with some sort of flowering tree, hopefully that will be a wildlife bit with lots of wildflowers, bird feeders and the such! I'd like to get that done quite soon simply because I don't the need the soil to be in fabulous condition to get some growth.

Oh I forgot! We were warned today that there are a group of badgers that are partial to carrots! It's a good job I'm a fan of them!

photo uploads from phone

Posted: 14/05/2014 at 20:57

I might be the only one, but I quite like that it's a little old fashioned. It keeps it relatively user friendly, and I'm sure others wont be too offended when I say, there are a number of older members on the forum, and changing things rapidly mind bewilder them. I know for a fact that even for a young'un like me, some forums are so complicated on mobile UI's they're unusable. The fact it's simple and traditional will appeal to many on here.

If there was a large enough number of people accessing the site via mobiles I'm sure they would update it, but I really don't think there is.

I think it's a case of like it or lump it really

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Posted: 14/05/2014 at 20:47

Orchid Lady and Fairy Girl I'm overwhelmed with your kindness, and I really couldn't expect you to spend money on postage at all! Plus as OL noticed we are the proud owners of an allotment now, and that's going to take up so much time it's almost a blessing that we lost so many seedlings. I've salvaged about 10 dahlias and the OH has about 5 marigolds left. At least they weren't particularly grand and difficult seeds to grow! There's always next year!

It was a plastic growhouse, it was the one night we forgot to weigh it down with our tools... *sigh* we'd just managed to resurrect the peppers too and they started to thrive, they'd been such a pain, but we persevered! Finding pepper plugs has been fruitless, homebase sell established plants, but where's the fun in that


Posted: 14/05/2014 at 20:36
I'd upload a photo but I don't seem to be able to upload one from my phone.

Just trying to source wood for raising beds or even just segmenting beds and a shed and bench! Bench is very important for munching packed lunch after lots of digging of course!! At the moment we can cope with carrying our tools to and from the house it's only three mins away!

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Posted: 14/05/2014 at 13:07

I'm assuming so. Had no problems at all for maybe two months, then seemingly overnight they were eaten up! I've only found a few snails and slugs, and I did resort to using pellets, which I didn't really want to do, but now there is nothing worth saving. It's a real shame, I had maybe 200 established plants one week, the next I have about 5 left. I had plans of giving a bunch away to work friends to get them involved in gardening. Oh well! Such as life!


Posted: 14/05/2014 at 13:05

We got our allotment yesterday, after a phonecall to the council and then to the site rep, and did a spot of digging this morning. It's a huge 25mx8m plot, but is in need of a LOT of work. Originally it was just a mess of brambles which defeated the previous occupants, and someone who has not one, not two, but three plots told us that other plot holders would just chuck their rubbish - rubble, slate, bricks, wood etc on it is it's right by the gate, and they could just reverse in, chuck it all down and leave... Which means we can only dig a few inches down before hitting rubble in some spots... it's backbreaking and not very nice currently. Lots of digging to be done over the next few months, and lots of weedkiller on the giant brambles.

We are so fortunate to have such a large plot in a 6 week time frame. I'm just hoping we can in time improve on how many rocks and pebbles there are!

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Posted: 14/05/2014 at 12:55

I've been rather disheartened lately. My greenhouse collapsed taking with it all the contents, and all my seedlings that had been transported outside were eaten up in a matter of two days. Seeing your gardens give me hope for next year, but in regards to my garden this year, it's a now rather a sad sight.

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