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New allotment OMG...

Posted: 16/02/2015 at 17:57

Gardengirl my saw is electric with a lead so can only use it at home-its in the garage so carn't tell you the make I'm afraid. Not too keen on battery stuff as have had problems in the past with the batteries.

We have a large car par at the main gate my plot is of course right at the other end but do have a gate virtually opposite my plot. I leave my car on the road outside the gate. I'd be lost without it as I do bring in loads of stuff.

Ginagibbs Lucky you - finding some furniture. I've stopped looking in skips, I think I've got more than enough. In fact I'm going to have a shed clear out and make it more homely.

New allotment OMG...

Posted: 16/02/2015 at 10:07

Morning all

Stagbeetle congrats on getting you plot really exciting for you lovely to have the family on board too. My plot neighbor keeps bee its fun seeing her in a 'space suit' honey is soooo delicious I understand its quite hard work. Another holder on site has won many awards for his honey and also sells them in the lottie shop lucky us.Spent a girls day out recently in your neck of woods-retail therapy was very therapeutic! I'm in Surrey so not far to Portsmouth.

Bought my new toy-electric saw it's simply fab. Cut all my timber to edge all the beds just need to fix them now. Planning on making planters and a cold frame-such high hope for a non DIYer!!

Have started to sow, Aubergine chilli and another set of broad beans as the over wintered ones looks as if they are going to be a 'poor show'


New allotment OMG...

Posted: 08/02/2015 at 12:11

I bought a pear tree and 2 cherry trees-one for the birds and hopefully the other one for us! Planted them in the current/gooseberry bed which has been massively cleared. The bushes didn't fruit too well last yr no idea how old they are plan is to take them out if they do not perform. We have no restrictions on growing fruit trees the paths are wide and doesn't appear to be a problem. Last yr I planted apple and 2 plums so like you Fruitcake I hope to get some fruit!

Next big job I need to do is to edge the beds with all the timber I have collected from the builders amazing what you can get if you have the guts to ask/or look in the skips!!

FC lovely hse for you chickens sure they're going to be happy in their des res.

Cape gooseberries my plot friend gave me 2 plants last yr really easy to grow I had loads of berries-acquired taste.

Q-I'm planning on buying an electric saw any ideas? 

Glad Rob won the challenge did like JoJo as well.

Got 6 pkts of seeds with my grow more mag and the nice thing is there is an article on how to grow them as well another lot coming next mth too. Have really enjoyed reading it-bored with GW mag will not be renewing my sub.

New allotment OMG...

Posted: 04/02/2015 at 18:54

Good to hear that the apricot tree blossoms early anything to bring spring a bit closer. Shame about the apricots Fruitcake hopefully you'll get twice as many this yr.

New allotment OMG...

Posted: 04/02/2015 at 12:11

Just checked out my order lol never did order a peach tree-its an apricot tros!! Will now have to read all about how to grow apricots and buy a peach tree too. Popping to the GC to get seed compost decided to start some flowers and more broad beans as the ones on the plot looked a bit sad due being bashed about by the weather.

GG I grew cauliflower last yr didn't do well and when I saw caterpillars crawling all over them I felt physically sick- I have a irrational fear of caterpillars cauli ended up on the compost heap. I hope your cauli do well and I haven't put you off.


New allotment OMG...

Posted: 04/02/2015 at 10:08


GG potatoes look so tempting and the beans/peas such a reasonable price. I'm still waiting for my order from Parkers. Itching to get started on the chitting. Never been to a potato fair so most likely go next yr as have enough already for this yr.

New allotment OMG...

Posted: 03/02/2015 at 09:36

Yipee we have snow!! here's me moaning yesterday that we never get snow its here to prove me wrong.

GG what variety are your show peas? I've got TM- twinkle, rondo and Italian dark skin perfection be interesting to see what they taste like. 

Fruitcake-lovely boots I prefer the gold ones though not sure about the laces might be a pain getting them on and off!



New allotment OMG...

Posted: 02/02/2015 at 10:00

Morning everyone a lovely crisp morning it is too lawn has a white carpet no snow of course it rarely pays us a visit I suppose you're fed up with snow those of you have it.

Good luck Fruitcake with the 'good life' Zoomer must have been lovely to have a fire and to have a good clear up.

Last yr I took early retirement although won't get the OAP, bus pass etc for several yrs but have an excellent work pension. Works perfectly for all of us as a family. I do work occasionally just to keep up to date with my profession and to 'catch up' with colleagues. I'm actually busier then ever doing things I've never had time to do.

On our site the plots are checked yrly nearer rent time-sept. To be honest if you pay up you retain it, most are very nice and the non gardeners ones probably get away with it which is very annoying!

New allotment OMG...

Posted: 28/01/2015 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


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.



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