Zoomer44


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Brambles and weeds

Posted: 03/08/2014 at 16:31

I've used Roundup, and found it most effective by cutting the plant back to a couple of ft, then painting the leaves and stem rather than spraying. The problem with spraying would be that some of the spray may go onto plants you don't want to kill for instance the lawn.

Roundup is effective if the ration of plant covered with the stuff is sufficient to weaken the plant and migrate into the roots.So don't cut the bramble back to an inch of the soil.

Alternatively if it is only one bramble it's easily dug up, you just need to ensure you dig the crown up, if roots are left they don't grow back as strong and can easily be pulled up whilst small or dug out again. If a small bramble you can usually dig out most the roots with the crown.  

Hope this is helpful...

Now there's irony

Posted: 02/08/2014 at 22:54

...I made a rabbit proof fence round my allotment  patch only to have pigeons and birds use the posts as pooing places......doesn't mother nature have a way of saying...I'll get your veg come what may...and claiming back what's her's...... it's a war zone out there.....I'm in negotiation with slow worms and frogs at present...the deal is they eat the slugs and snails... I'll leave a soggie area with bit's of plastic for the worms and frogs to live under ...

Pics of bargain plants yesterday, I hope.

Posted: 02/08/2014 at 21:48

Show off... must make it my mission to post pics...

Quick hello from me

Posted: 02/08/2014 at 20:14

Hi chrisnchris,

Welcome to the forum.

Pics of bargain plants yesterday, I hope.

Posted: 02/08/2014 at 19:57

 I haven't yet worked out how to post pics so don't worry...even if they are upside down...zoomer goes off to practice standing on her head to view them... 

Well I'll be pickled!

Posted: 02/08/2014 at 18:49

I'm still eating pickled beetroot from last year.I use either pickling vinegar or distilled vinegar and only pickle it a year at a time. Providing the beetroot is totally covered and your jars are sterilised it should be ok for at least a year.

I keep mine in a cool cupboard in the kitchen  but if you have an outdoor storage place, like a garage it would be a better option.

Gooseberry Bushes

Posted: 02/08/2014 at 00:45

If planted out as new this year aim to cut out any branches growing inward.  What you want growing next year is a plant which grows and allows lots of air to flow through the centre.

Just prune off the tops of other branches this year, it will take at least 2 yrs for your new plant to come into it's prime, taking this year as yr 1.

Soil like dust...

Posted: 01/08/2014 at 22:08

All good advise, thank you. Having just dug over half a plot earlier this year, I didn't want to face digging over another, but there's no easy way. 

Rain is forcast over the weekend so plan to remove the plastic tomorrow morning, hopefully the rain will soften the ground a little for it to be dug over. 

Rough digging, covering with well rotted muck and a double dig trench to see whats there sounds like a good plan. Frank - there is the biggest pile of muck I have ever seen at the gate of the allotments...10ft from the plot...

Boater - no kidding, I watched a guy using a rotavator earlier this year, he said it can be just as hard in terms of hard work, as digging over the plot and I don't have a rotavator.

Covering with cardboard sounds a good plan but I don't have access to the amount needed but now plan to cover some sections of the plot with cardboard.

Thanks again you guy's, advise welcome, it is a real boost when you arrive at a plot and don't know where to start....     

Soil like dust...

Posted: 31/07/2014 at 22:48

I've taken over another half plot on the allotment. it's the bottom section of a full plot...the plan is to grow friut bushes, some dwarf fruit tree's and low maintance crops...ie...rubarb...etc...might even grow a grape vine in the GH which is yet to get glass and the weed problem in there addressed...

To cut to the chase half the plot has been covered by black plastic, I've lifted it to see what's under there. There are little, if no roots showing but the soil on the edges is like dust and just a couple of ft in the soil is dried out, cracked and compact.

Not sure what to do next, should I just pull the cover off and let the rain get to it or is there poor drainage, ie is water just running straight down the plot. We are forcast rain everyday next week...

There are very little worms in the soil I've dug. It does have slow worms on site at the bottom though and I came across a frog at the side of the plot where the grounds been uncovered.

Music in the Garden

Posted: 31/07/2014 at 21:57

LOL... Yevie.

I like listening to the sounds of mother nature but frequently listen to one neighbour repeatedly telling off her son, the fence is just slightly to high to see what he's doing that is naughty. He's ever such a nice polite little boy too, I always get a thank you when his ball is returned and he had to wait two weeks whilst I was on my jollies. He always says hello and remembers my name, I can't forget his, it's repeated on a daily basis

Couldn't for the life of me tell you his sisters name who seems to do no wrong but repeatedly gets him into trouble, bless his little cotton socks. 

Each Sunday I have to listen to the other neighbour playing gramaphone music 3pm to 5pm...creature of habit...why he can't close his door I'll never know, quite liked it at first but after all these years I must have listened to his entire collection several times over.

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