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New allotment OMG...

Posted: Yesterday at 17:29

Gg  Officially I have a half and a quarter plot however my lovely eccentric neighbour has allowed me to turn his 10ft high compost heap into a bed in exchange for he can help himself to anything I grow. He visits the plot but never grows anything and retains it as it used to belong to his mum yrs ago.

I'm going to start growing mid feb. Beans garlic and onions are doing well in their beds.

Zoomer so glad you started this thread I've learnt so much from it. Glad that you're happy with your plot and I know you have worked so hard. Getting a plot seems so complicated and difficult when in reality we all know of empty plots on site. I don't understand why people take on a plot and do nothing? Is it a status symbol I wonder? perhaps its just my site that some people want to go 'organic' but don't realize the hard work involved and then loose interest.. if only they knew the number of people waiting to get one.

GWRS not grown mangetout myself but would be interested in how you do. Peas grew beautifully-still have some in the freezer yum so tasty.

 

 

New allotment OMG...

Posted: 27/01/2015 at 15:34

Hiya

Gg Our allotments are managed by Land charity on behalf of the council. So no problems with the council just our site is mismanaged I had assumed that rules will be followed and I would be given a plot when it came up-this wasn't the case at all!

My initial plot I got it straight away, I took half a plot and soon realized that it wasn't enough so put my name down for another half/quarter and was pretty flexible in my choice. 18 mths later nothing came up or so I was led to believe I just accepted it. Only when a plot became vacant next to me I found out that it had been offered to someone else! who had only been on the WL 2days. I was told by the new steward I was never on the list- boy was I angry so despite filling in forms and emailing the chair/committee getting updates I was never on the list, amazing! Making an complaint to the chair I was given the desired plot and an apology but it was an unpleasant exp through no fault of mine.

Despite all this its a great place with incredibly nice helpful generous gardeners and a lovely community feel- I love it.

I do not want to put you off with my exp I think its good to keep in touch with the council and allotmenteers at the site so may have a better idea how long the WL is. Good luck.

 

 

work in progress

Posted: 27/01/2015 at 09:27

Baza Really enjoyed looking at your allotment-its fab best I've seen. A credit to all your hard work, a place for all the family is definitely what allotment should be. I've had mine for almost 2 yrs- love it. Can't wait for the growing season to begin. 

New allotment OMG...

Posted: 26/01/2015 at 19:25

Thanks Gardengirl for your input on peach tree and for sharing your pictures they are lovely. Not sure how old my tree is will have to wait until its delivered. Hadn't realized they take so long to fruit and then only one peach! There are 3 mouths to feed in my hse perhaps I ought to buy another just to make sure we do get a peach on the tree!

As mentioned already I would ring the council and perhaps do this on a regular basis so that you are 'visible' There can be lots of politics and being on the WL isn't always fair and square which I found out in my case.

Managed to get lots done on the plot. The beds are surrounded by lawn so I've been edging them and planning to put timber round to smarten them up a bit.

Roy- I also like the red type of bordeaux. Nice about the skip we have it twice a yr and gets filled up really fast.

Fruitcake-chicken hse how lovely.

New allotment OMG...

Posted: 26/01/2015 at 09:45

Morning everyone

Bordeaux that's the stuff I need to get some soon. GG is your peach tree in a pot? and is it difficult to grow? I'm undecided whether to put it in the orchard that I'm creating or garden. Lovely to clear up park and get into the community spirit, are you getting the plot in feb?

Lol got last lot of manure on fri, still sitting in the boot sure nobody will want to sit in the car now! going to plot to cover the last bed. Now that I've got to know the stable girls I'll miss going there, they have lovely horse.

New allotment OMG...

Posted: 25/01/2015 at 17:33

Hiya

Nice to read what everyone has been up to- on the gardening front its been a quiet week for me but pretty hectic otherwise.

Still waiting for my delivery from 'Parkers' ordered pots Charlotte, peach, pear, and desert grapes never grown any of these before so quiet excited. Not growing too many pots as got blight last yr going to try bag method as well and then compare the results. Did see my lottie neighbour spaying a milky stuff on her main crop pots luckily she didn't get blight, forgotten the name of the stuff anyone know what's its called?

Really going to try hard to wait to sow later rather than earlier then hopefully the slugs wont be tempted by the juicy tender plants!! Honestly it was so disheartening to find rows of lettuce disappear over night despite taking the usual measure.

Fruitcake- anything you do on u tube would be good to watch, pruning would be great if you have a chance as I'm always never sure if I'm doing it right.

New allotment OMG...

Posted: 21/01/2015 at 18:33

Roy your plot looks fab, so nice and neat. Looks like you've worked hard at getting it ready. Was there anything growing on it before? Love your shed- mine which was on the plot is about 22 yrs old! Did the roof last yr have bought the paint just need to put it on!

I haven't bothered putting the weed sheets on this yr as we are prone to flooding but a tip I picked up was to put a spade of soil around the edges to prevent it flying away. It saves on trying to find bricks etc to secure it.

Welcome Mitch- did you get your keys today? It's sooooo exciting almost like when you buy your first hse!

Fruitcake- I'm looking forward to your new venture-good on you.

Going to pick up 205L metal drum via Freecycle to use on the plot tomorrow ,hopefully this will making watering a bit easier.

New allotment OMG...

Posted: 16/01/2015 at 10:34

Morning all

Yes the winds were bad, my solid garden bench was knocked over! slightly weird perhaps it was a fox? as the plastic GH was ok.

Finished manuring the plot. Weeded and thinned out the berries bed and made room for the grapes green/black which I ordered from J Parkers really excited.

Seeds- TM Suttons Fothergill Franchi I get them from GC they over order then sell them for 50p! Potatoes I got from the plot shop last yr but have ordered from Parkers special offer. Basically if I see a good bargain I tend to buy it whether I need it of not!!

Gina- hope you are feeling a bit better, I planted a apple tree in memory of my mother in law in our garden last yr on what would have been her b'day. She loved apples and growing flowers. Having 'granma' tree means she is still around us.

New allotment OMG...

Posted: 14/01/2015 at 15:15

Gina- really sorry to hear your sad news my thoughts are with you and your family at this very sad time. Its a difficult time for sure, take each day as it comes and think of all the lovely times shared with your dad. xx

Yesterday was horrid here too but today although cold has been sunny and managed to do quite a bit in the garden-composting shredding etc. Hoping to get to the plot tomorrow.

Which company to order seeds and plants from...

Posted: 12/01/2015 at 09:07

I bought asparagus from TM no problems with service, grew nicely until the recent frost killed them! I buy all my seeds from GC - TM Sutton Frencchi when they're in sale if they don't germinate its probably due to me. Have just ordered plants from J Parkers for the first time hopefully they won't disappoint.

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