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Slug solution....

Posted: 02/04/2014 at 20:59

I have a picture of the slow worm saved in my word documents, if anyone wants to see it you'll have to tell me how to put it on the forum. I've never done this before.

Ever so excited, it was sent via e-mail from the neighbouring plot holders to the allotment association who forwarded it on.

 

 

Slug solution....

Posted: 01/04/2014 at 20:48

One thing I've found, an allotment, it's alot different from growing stuff in the back garden and I've bearly started. There's far more wildlife, zillions of ladybirds and different varieties of butterflies. Lots of good guys to keep down the pests. 

Leaving untidy area's as natural habitats is a nice prospect. The nettles can be used to make feed and I'll wait to see if any more slow worms appear from the stone pile.

Slug solution....

Posted: 31/03/2014 at 22:25

I thought I was rather lucky too...apparently the hybinate and may have woken up due to the warm weather, it was nice and warm here on Sunday.

The site hasn't been touched for a couple of years and at the bottom is a huge pile of stones, rotting wood, old carpet with brambles and roots growing through which is probably where they are living but it covers nearly 1/3 of the site.. 

I'll need to re think what I'm going to do with the area now, I was going to clear it, make a compost area and plant rubarb, possibly fruit bushes and flowers but prehaps now need to think about how to leave it untamed but useful. Suggestions welcome, one point though the committee inspects your site monthly and newbies are on a probationary period if you don't show sufficient progress then you get a warning...

Should I ask their advice... I don't want other allotmenteers thinking they can rehouse them though...  

Slug solution....

Posted: 30/03/2014 at 22:55

There's probably a small army of slugs on the plot although I've not seen any yet, not even in the stone pile but if there are slow worms they'll be keeping the population under control.

 

Slug solution....

Posted: 30/03/2014 at 22:17

 I found a slow worm on the allotment today. I hadn't seen one before, me thinks it's home was under the pile of stones at the bottom of the plot. I was a little bit slow though, another plot holder came and decided it was better housed on her plot.

Just checked them out on the internet and they eat slugs, there was an opportunity lost .  

Presumably where there's one, there maybe more where that one came from though.

Allotment

Posted: 28/03/2014 at 23:21

WOW Gardengirl the first link is an new allotmteers dream .

I've found inspiration though from the rickvanman site.

Allotment

Posted: 28/03/2014 at 22:54

All good advise from above.

I got an allotment at the begining of February and have gone down each weekend for a few hours in the morning Saturday and Sunday, it's suprising how much can be done in a short time. Go home though when you get fed up and do as I did start several projects at the same time ranging from hard work to easy pessie, you can then move from one to the next depending on how much effort you want to put in that visit.   

If the plot is anything like mine was, there will be times when you just don't know where to start...focus on one area and ignore the rest of the plot.  

Make a mental note of to hard to do jobs...digging up couch grass was one for me... so after putting in a fence at the top of the plot dug the ground roughly, put in lots of muck and have covered with black plastic, that was an easy pessie job.

Check the weather forcast the day before you go down...no point in going if it's going to rain on and off all day with no shed to shelter in. On these mornings I dismantled pallets at home for raised beds and have made a gate to take down tomorrow.     

Invest in a bucket to sit on or check out the pallet thread and make a bench. Have lots of breaks, take some water each day and be prepared to change your plans for the plot as it developes.

Take pictures each month to witness the change. 

Good luck and happy growing.        

fly

Posted: 27/03/2014 at 21:06

There is a thread about garlic spray, I've found it helps keep the bugs away.

Cheapish potato planting bags

Posted: 27/03/2014 at 20:57

If you turn a grow bag inside out you have a black planting bag

I used the green spud bags from Wilkinsons, ever so cheap. If you empty and store during the winter they last for years, I've some 5yrs old.  

garlic spray

Posted: 26/03/2014 at 21:32

I don't follow an exact science in terms of quantities of oil/water and garlic. Just use the bigest pan I have, fill it with water and crush at least one full bulb of garlic sometimes two into the water, I choose any that may have started shooting first although none have yet, so then I'll use choose the smallest. The skin gets crushed and thrown in too.

As Edd say's it's the smell that confuses pests, the mix is also good for putting off slugs and snails. It doesn't kill them they just go and eat something else but if you'vre sprayed all your plants they might prefer to dine next door.

You can use any cooking oil, I cook with olive oil and buy it on special offer throughout the year to use when preserving stuff. In a ltre milk container there's probably about an inch when the fluid settles. Give the carton a good shake when you come to use it so the oil mixes into the water and pour into the sprayer.

I just use the pound hand sprayers from Wilko for the back garden. 

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