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How can gardens bring neighbours and communities together?

Posted: Today at 00:45

It's the back gardens which promote a sense of community spirit here, particularly in the summer. All seem to be used as an extra room. 

I've shared fruit and veg with neighbours. When I had a cat, I bought the neighbours children water pistols, the rule was if she went in their garden they would squirt her with water but she was allowed to walk on the fence. 

The cat soon learned not to leave my garden but would go to the gap in the fence when called by neighbours children to be stroked, the same gap which the children used to retrieve their balls if they landed in my garden.

The cat has since died but the children still ask if I have any strawberries or currants.. 

New allotment OMG...Part 2...

Posted: Yesterday at 23:58

Had help to take rest of a GH frame to the plot today and will take the last of the glass tomorrow.

Haven't had chance to go to the plot much as friends have been staying but plan to go tomorrow. 

Hope you do well at the show, Gg.

I find paths of bark so much easier, the bark does need adding to each year and if you can"t get it for free, me thinks a good investment.

Last edited: 31 July 2016 00:03:59

New allotment OMG...Part 2...

Posted: 25/07/2016 at 21:33

Gg. Yes, it's a chafer grub. Will check them out further but they seem to be more of a problem on lawns and grass, eating the roots. I do have some grass paths and it was also near some rotting weeds I'd left on some plastic to dry out before putting on the compost heap. 

What luxury not just having toilets but water too...

GWRS . If I'm making jam or jellies it's from freshly picked fruit, didn't know you could use frozen fruit, would it work for currants and blackberries, it would make sense...

New allotment OMG...Part 2...

Posted: 24/07/2016 at 23:46

Dug up chard which had bolted and came across a long, white curved maggot type thing with legs, any suggestions what it could be? 

Harvested onions and shallots, picked some radish, lettuce, toms and cues. 

Sunflowers just seem to keep growing taller, the variety should have flowered at 5ft but must be 7ft plus now.

Neighbouring plot is over run with weeds, the guy grows in the middle and has let weeds grow at the sides...

Neighbours fence falling down

Posted: 22/07/2016 at 23:45

The clematis have been in flower and survived snow...

Last edited: 22 July 2016 23:48:42

Neighbours fence falling down

Posted: 22/07/2016 at 23:37

Excellent idea Dave.

Sjp ...I grew a couple of vigorously growing winter flowering evergreen clematis, on a trellis, a long with a climbing ivy. They hide neighbours fence totally throughout the year...

How to store pumpkins for several months?

Posted: 22/07/2016 at 23:18

I've not grown sufficient to need to store for long but agree with tree hugger. 

Another plot holder needs a wheelbarrow to take her pumpkins home, one at a time and stores them under her daughter's bed whilst she's away at uni..... apparently they store for months if kept in a cool dark place.

Container grown veg.

Posted: 22/07/2016 at 22:47

A friend grows apples and pears successfully in pots, she usually manages a couple of pies from the harvest.

I've grown french/runner bean, spinach, radish, spring onions and cherry toms in pots.

If you have a four shelved plastic GH aubergines and chillies would grow well, smaller varieties can produce a good crop. Apache chillies can be prolific.

I'm sure someone else will be along with more suggestions.

What is your weather like?

Posted: 22/07/2016 at 00:15

Another sunny day here in Lancashire, a little cooler than yesterday but more bearable.

New allotment OMG...Part 2...

Posted: 20/07/2016 at 22:25

Went to water and picked some toms and lettuce.

Sweetcorn must have grown a ft during last couple of days, it 's been so hot... we've had rain during the night which has been a welcome relief.

Happy growing everyone...

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