Victoria Sponge

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Whats going on with the weather?

Posted: Today at 18:15

I'm driving even northerer tomorrow so am glad it's mild. Not very north though, only Edinburgh.

Sorry to hear about your holiday, Hostafan...hope you can get refunded

Vic's Allotment Adventures

Posted: Today at 17:35

Gardengirl, the gate is next to the shack, I share access with the plot to the left on the above photo.

I haven't met the lady who has the plot on the right but I understand she conceded some of her plot due to the dispute but I can see where the centre line is supposed to be. I've left sufficient space so I can also meddle with the berry line from the other side without taking over the path.

I have a pallet down the side of my house, if the wood is still sound I'll use it for something but I will keep an eye out for other useful bits. I've started to look at junk a bit differently🤔

New allotment OMG...Part 2...

Posted: Yesterday at 19:30

Hi All,

I like the sound of an association that does days-out, competitions and yerman's workshops sound like a good idea. I will try and find out if there is a club.

I'm starting my indoor seeds this weekend Gina. I have a mini greenhouse frame which goes in my conservatory. First to sow are aubreita and bedding lobelia.

Last edited: 18 January 2017 19:30:27

Vic's Allotment Adventures

Posted: Yesterday at 19:17

Yes, you guys are probably right, I should mend the shack roof properly...will have a look at those roof sheets and have a think. It would be a shame to let the shack disintegrate as it is pretty cool now it's cleaned out so will have to invest some maintenance.

I wasn't going to get a greenhouse, I don't think I will be there often enough to look after something that would live inside. There's a counter inside the shack but I thought an outdoor workbench would be fun. It would have to be heavyweight or it would be in the North Sea by the time I got home. I want to make one myself because then it would be unlikely to be coveted/stolen  Hoped there might be some useful scrap in the heap but most of the wood I can crumble in my hands.

Yes the bank is part of the plot but my part is very steep and has trees and brambles on it whereas on some of the other plots it looks more useable.

The brambles have really nice blackberries apparently but I thought it wouldn't hurt to chop some back and get the dead bits out.

A swing ball game, yes, I'm using it as a boundary marker with a generous path to the right as I understand there was a dispute with the previous holder and the plot to the right. 

Last edited: 18 January 2017 19:19:03

Plant orders for 2017

Posted: Yesterday at 18:49

Hee hee, like your stash piles Beaus Mum! I think I have that astrantia Lola.

I like to buy and plant perennials over winter, even if I am just buying roots and dead leaves. I find they establish better in my heavy soil and I wouldn't expect to water them or look after them at all once planted.

The plants I have ordered from nurseries that wait until spring to deliver I will have to take care of by the time the soil bakes in summer, they just don't settle in as well.

Vic's Allotment Adventures

Posted: 17/01/2017 at 12:16

Back in the zone today and have regained some focus

Put a couple of extra brackets along the guttering on the shack. It's not raining today but I tested it with a can of water and I think it should work.

It's still lower at the union but if it doesn't pour out anywhere I'll live with that.

When this one has started to fill I'll get an attachment kit, lower the ground slightly and fit the other butt to the right. At the moment the downpipe just goes to the ground, I might make a drainage channel away from the shack or I might not...

This is on the to do list, but not sure what to do with it. I'm thinking chop down the brambles in order to womble away the rubbish but not sure whether to keep the brambles (probably will) and what to do in front of it. A very heavy potting/work bench would be nice.

This is happening to the ceiling of my shack. The canvas on the roof is either leaking or the water can get underneath. Any advice? I wonder if I could smash through it underneath and slide something under the canvas

View from the bank above the rat den. Still haven't seen a rat, starting to think there is no such thing

Last edited: 17 January 2017 12:18:07

New allotment OMG...Part 2...

Posted: 17/01/2017 at 11:54

Hi Gardengirl

It was my next door neighbour on my allotment site that tipped me off, so I must be able to join as he doesn't have a plot there either. It's £1 per year to join and apparently they have a shop which sells things cheaper than elsewhere. 

Have fun on the plot, I've already been up today as weather was okay.

New allotment OMG...Part 2...

Posted: 17/01/2017 at 11:20

Zoomer, sorry to hear about your shed, hope you can fix it.

I've started reading back through part 1 of this thread, to see if I can pick up any tips and also out of interest and to look at photos. I thought I might have seen some of the other plot holders by now, I've met two, but I suppose for some it is a not a winter hobby. 

Interested to hear that some of you have associations, shops, toilets etc. It sounds very nice! Mine is council run, no committee as far as I am aware and there are no facilities, water etc.

Edit to the above, (I hadnt been able to post until just now due to getting runtime errors and had pasted the post into my notes) apparently there is an allotment association on another site nearby! Will go and recce it on the weekend

Last edited: 17 January 2017 11:25:58

Vic's Allotment Adventures

Posted: 16/01/2017 at 16:30

Miserable day at the allotment

Been trying to rig up the guttering around the shack for the waterbutt. I knew it would be a faff and was justified. Much of the work has to be done from the road behind the impale-yourself security fence as the shack is too close to the fence for access and there is a tree growing in the gap. In addition the road is a private road and as such looks like it has been bombed. There is a crater filled with water where I could have done with putting the ladder. Chopping a gap through the tree tomorrow to try and put another bracket in as at the moment the water runs back from the union it needs to cross and spills out at the tree end. Helpfully it was raining so I could see which way the water flowed.

Something much nicer, I've almost decided to get a petrol mower to keep the weeds/grass down in between the beds. Been reading the old threads on here and the consensus was to buy a Honda. Looking at the HRS in a brochure I've been sent. Apparently there's a lawnmower shop near where I work so will go and get some advice.

January Delights

Posted: 16/01/2017 at 09:05

That sunrise pic is amazing buttercupdays, you do live in a beautiful part of the world

Not much makes me happy in Jan tbh dogwooddays, but I love daffs and some have started to appear above the ground. Planted some more early ones last autumn to try and get the show on the road earlier 

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