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Talkback: A new allotment

Posted: 23/04/2014 at 12:54
Well done Kate, Im glad another person has managed to get an allotment. I'm so lucky where we are - no waiting list and vacant plots so was able to get one straight away, that was 4 years ago and I love it! I hope you love it as much as I love mine.

Talkback: Wild garlic

Posted: 23/04/2014 at 12:49
I am still waiting for our wild garlic to grow in the woods. I love eating wild garlic raw - lovely on toast or just on their own or in a salad as the taste is so much milder than garlic cloves.

Talkback: Growing your own Christmas dinner

Posted: 03/01/2014 at 12:38


We had carrots which we stored in sand, parsnips, kale, sprouts, swede.  I would have had peas and beans from the freezer but forgot to cook them.  Our spuds failed this year so had to resort to shop bought varieties.  The rest was all from the allotment.  I could have also added leeks but we had those boxing day so not technically for our Christmas meal.

Mind you though, veggies fresh from the allotment are far superiour in taste than those from the supermarket.



Posted: 17/08/2013 at 09:07

Local gdn ctr sells this yrs seeds 1/2 price so always buy them for next yrs sowings.


Posted: 17/08/2013 at 08:26

We created 2 New raised beds for fruit, I thought I'd transfer strawberry runners into one and 1 yr old currant bushes into the other which I healed into spare ground earlier this year.


The beds are heavy clay and not been cultivated before.


Can you advise please, do you think it best to bung in horse manure to give some goodness (atm not even a worm exists in this infertile "soil"), or should I lime it to help bind clay particles together and then in a month or so manure it or do you think I can get away with just manure then transplant my fruit straight away (providing the manure is well rotted).


I'd appreciate any advice anyone can give.


Thank you


lettuce article in what to do now

Posted: 23/07/2013 at 12:26

just had a nose in the what to do now section of  they recommend planting out lettuce???????  This time of the year you dont need to sow lettuce in pots, sowing direct is just as easy, it saves root disturbance and also saves the cost in not buying in compost.  if you sow only 1/2 or 1/4 row at a time, you should always have room at the end of the row to sow fresh seeds a couple of weeks later giving a sucessional crop without the need to buy in compost.  i dont understand why the recommend having to plant out.????? 


phantom gardener

Posted: 19/07/2013 at 16:58

Ive had this with old films or TV programmes, Ive thought "wouldnt it be lovely to watch ... again or, I'd love to see that series again, shame you cant get it on DVD" and a week or two later the TV programme guys put it on for me! - spooky!!!!!! 

Fed up with the heat!

Posted: 15/07/2013 at 13:10

Personally I hate this heat, I feel hot, sick, tired and grouchy.  I cannot sleep due to the heat much prefering to sleep in a cool/cold bedroom. I love the spring and autumn, where generally we usually get nice weather (last year I got sunburnt in the spring) albiet this year it was rather wet!  but Im happier working outside whilst its drizzling, I can always get warm again but find it so hard to cool down.

Saying that our fruit are doing very, very well, and if you water wisely you only need to water established fruit/veg/shrubs once a week with a really good soaking. On our heavy clay soil the soil is damp after a couple cm below the soil so we only give the plots a good soaking once a week, the rest in pots we water twice a day  plus have water bottles in spikes and we hose the path in our greenhouse down to keep up the damp levels which helps keep the greenhouse cooler and deters red spider mite.



Posted: 20/05/2013 at 07:53

Good morning all,

Overcast and drizzly here, but its what the gardens and allotments need, warmth and a bit of drizzle is perfect for growing stuff. 

Ive been awake since 2am this morning,  I had an awful nightmare and didn't want to go back to sleep as I was scared I would dream it again, then the dream faded from my mind as I focused thinking about our allotment and my friends wedding we went too.  Then, my mind started racing, I got so excited that I finally have a greenhouse, ive been waiting years to get it.  But alas, that kept me awake further. 

Then, around 2.30am/3am two birds started singing, of course it sounded louder than normal due to lack of traffic etc. but they kept me awake from then through to around 4.30am where I noticed it was starting to get light. The dawn chorus was in full swing by then and I gave up trying to get back to sleep choosing instead to turn on my kindle and have a little read of Gardeners World website.

By 5am I was ready to get up and, thought about getting some washing done but I didnt want to disturb hubby so I laid there until the alarm went of at 6am.  Where I feel asleep for 1/2hr before dragging my very tired bum out of bed.

Now, Im at work, eating breakfast before the troups arrive, wondering how Ill get through today - Yawn!

HAGD all and hope you got more sleep than me last night.

What did you do in your garden today?

Posted: 20/05/2013 at 07:43

Yesterday, we spent all day putting glass in our greenhouse, being very inexperienced at doing this particular job (i.e. it was the first time) we had to learn a lot from our errors as we went along.

I also planted out some more lettuces, the last I had brought on in pots as I will now start sowing directly.  I also planted out our summer cabbage.  we didn't have time to do anything else  as the glass took up all our time.

But now this is done, I can start clearing the rest of the rubbish from the 2nd plot and get a run to the dump done.  This will make the plot look a lot tidier and we can then concentrate on getting the beds in etc... Our 1st plot is looking really great, and filling up nicely now with seedlings, and veggies starting to almost be ready for harvest.


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Talkback: Wild garlic

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friends wedding yesterday

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