- I live in Lancashire and like to spend time in the garden and on the allotment. Love growing my own veg and flowers from seed and never seem to tire of seeing plants grow from tiny beginnings
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Yesterday at 20:03
Been sorting out my seed box, have loads of free seeds from magazines, far to many to sow. I've sorted some flower seeds for my brother.
I've started a sowing diary, listing what to sow and when. It worked well last year until about July time.
Won't be starting any flowers until at least March.
3 days ago at 21:20
It's heavy even for two people, might need to take it apart and re do the roof. Won't be able to do anything till next weekend though...
3 days ago at 20:01
Sounds like some good bargains.
. Not sure yet how to fix the shed roof, it's blown off in one piece and landed upside down on the kale. I've two sheds and this one is empty, had planned to put in shelving but not got round to it yet so nothing will get damaged if it rains.
Went to the plot today and tidied the other shed.
14 Jan 2017 15:55
Nice shed, went to the plot and the roof has blown off mine and one of the doors has come off😖.
On a positive note, I dug up some spuds, didn't: think they would still be edible but they have peeled ok..😀
13 Jan 2017 21:14
TyCerrig...Depends how big the allotment site is, I was 8th on the list when I got my first plot but there are 80 plots on our site. Got it within weeks of applying but never got a response from the site at my back gate for yrs, about 6 plots on that site though...
A good plan is to put your name down for a number of sites in your area, mine went on four sites...
13 Jan 2017 21:04
I tried it last year with seeds whose sow by date had gone. Those that germinated were potted into small modules. It worked well. Did as Onopordum did.
For small seeds I used tweezers to pick them off the kitchen paper.
Large seeds are easier to handle, peas, beans, sweet corn and sweetpea can easily be germinated.
13 Jan 2017 20:38
Forecast is mainly dry here tomorrow and the snow missed us, so hoping to go to plot in the morning.
I've a few jobs which don't involve digging to do.
Have a good weekend everyone.
09 Jan 2017 22:39
Gg. GH is an old one. Didn't get time to put it up last yr. Was going g to level an area and make a base with flag stones.
Was thinking of sowing some chilli seeds this month, when do others sow chillies?
08 Jan 2017 20:59
I cemented the legs of a metal arch into plastic pop bottles and then buried the bottles, it added weight to the base and stopped it blowing down once climbers had grown over the arch.
08 Jan 2017 18:35
Finished compost area, barking path and dug over final bed. It had been covered for months and full of couch grass and weeds.
Can start on the GH base next weekend.
07 Jan 2017 21:38
Thick fog and drizzle all day here so didn't get to the plot.
Ozzy's gone very quiet, he's sitting on the stairs. He meowed all the way home in the car.
I find it easier to dig out weeds when the ground is wet, the long roots from docks and dandilions come up alot easier, Gg.
Are the prices reasonable in the lotti shop, Gg.
06 Jan 2017 20:02
GWRS you are way ahead of me, hadn't even thought about spuds this year.
Hoping to go to the plot this weekend if weather is dry. I'm collecting a cat in the morning from animal care, he's called Ozzy, there's a pic of him on their website..
23 Dec 2016 11:31
Gg, like the boots.
Hope you enjoyed your lunch, Ginagibbs.
I finished work yesterday for 11 days, Christmas starts today here 😂 going to put up decorations.
19 Dec 2016 22:10
I've covered some beds. Laid cardboard down, covered with muck then black plastic. Some will stay covered till April/May, ready for stuff which can't be planted out till then. Things like sweetcorn, mini pop, courgettes, squash...
18 Dec 2016 23:14
I've still got some garlic, shallots and onions to put in. It will be next year for me, too before I go to the plot again.
I've been going through the Kings Seeds catalogue. Was going to try some F1 varieties next year.
13 Dec 2016 22:16
Haven't had time to go to the plot, been busy at home and went away last weekend.
Not out of mind though, I've bought some stakes to make bean supports and weed membrane for the compost area, to make a flagged area in front. Also bought new clips for the GH, hoping to put it up before spring.
You guys sound like you've been busy.
09 Dec 2016 21:21
I have frogs and slow worms on the allotment. I also have plenty of birds frequenting the plot and still the war on slugs is lost..I win a few battles...they left the lettuce alone this yr but have devastated chard...
09 Dec 2016 21:06
Well-done Gg, ever so impressed, your plot looks to be taking shape too...😉
04 Dec 2016 19:05
I tried growing spuds for xmas a few times, decided it wasn't worth the effort.
Plant in August, in grow bags, so they can be moved into GH as the days shorten and temps start to drop at night. I found the foliage died towards the end of October, the spuds don't get any bigger but keep in the compost until ready to lift. 1st earliest mature quicker.
My best effort froze in the bag so couldn't harvest in December and threw in the towel, only to find in March when I came to empty the bag there was a respectable harvest of spuds undamaged by the frost, more by accident than design...good luck and happy growing...
04 Dec 2016 18:28
My brother's toms in his GH got blight this yr whilst he was on his jollies. He's used an automatic watering system, spraying the plants and getting the leaves wet daily for a couple of weeks.
Am I right in thinking, firstly toms don't like having wet leaves and secondly by raising the humidity in the GH, an environment has been created in which blight would thrive?
He's cleared all the plants and wants to know if the bed's will need replacing with new soil?