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How to keep wood pigeons of my veg patch

Posted: 21/07/2015 at 13:58

We put two canes in each of our beds tied at the top with old CD's hanging down, seems to have worked so far with gooseberries, greens, squash, seedlings.   They clatter when windy too.




Posted: 20/07/2015 at 12:33

If the queens have bred with an aggressive strain last year this could be coming out, that is why swarm control is good practise as you can breed out bad genes.  I am assuming these are your or someones hives and being managed .

Blossoming Apple

Posted: 28/10/2014 at 12:28

At the weekend after making some raised beds up the allotment I had a wander and noticed our dwarf apple tree is in full blossom........... It had blossomed in spring but no fruit came, I assumed it had been too dry and it is in a tad windy spot (we inherited it so grateful).  I done a tiny end prune Sept nothing major.  Will it be ok next spring??????

Tree or Weed?

Posted: 06/10/2014 at 12:58

tree mallow, spreads like................. still finding seedlings from unruly neighbours garden cleared 7 years ago


Posted: 11/06/2014 at 11:48

Garlic doesn't show it's bulbs like onions, I have got hard and soft neck I planted in Dec. Both are starting to yellow.   The hard neck will have a very rigid stem, I have tried in the past to plait these and it's nigh on impossible.  I usually harvest end of June, I'll pull one and check it then if it is ok I'll lift the others and leave out for a few hours then bring in, use a soft brush to get the dirt off and store in a cool cupboard. 

The ones I planted at home in raised beds are a bit behind the ones I put in the allotment clay soiled beds so I'll be keen to see how they faired against each other.

new to allotment growing

Posted: 06/05/2014 at 12:23

Yes close the top in, and we netted ours shut as the fruits were just forming, we have placed netting so that once the fruit has been picked we can roll it up and attach it to the top beams.  We used netting that barred the birds but not the bees etc for pollinating.

raised veggie beds

Posted: 15/04/2014 at 12:49

I did similar and found that I got masses of leafy growth, if I had the same issue again I would possibly use manure to bulk up one and do beans, chard type things and  put carrots radish etc in the half full one with lettuce.

Then top up the half full one in autumn and leave to settle over winter, the size of the radish leaves in the one I put manure were enormous for a teeny bulb.  I assume my top soil was really good in nutrients before I chucked in manure

Goats are worms a problem?

Posted: 15/04/2014 at 12:33

I always keep compost and manure seperate, if your goats/horse droppings are mixed with beddling it needs a good year to settle into decent manure, it depends on the wormers you use as to wether and for how long they stay in the ground.  I usually manure a plot over winter and cover, avoid root veg for that planting year and do roots in year 2. 

Parsnip problems

Posted: 11/12/2013 at 12:30

I heard an old boy on the radio saying that he always sowed parsnips into fibre pots, then when ready he used his crowbar to wiggle a hole in his soil, removed the base of the pot, filled the hole with compost and planted the pot and seedling.  I tried this on our heavy clay allotment this year and it worked, I guess it didn't disturb the roots and gave it a straight line to grow into??

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