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Posted: 21/02/2014 at 20:47

Some helpful replies. Most poster know about my neighbour, as regards the fence which sounds about the same hieght as the one built by my neighbour.I built a trellis a ft into my property to grow stuff on, which has been fine but the fence is falling down into the garden now. The jury's still out as to what to do about that little problem, I put a lock on the gate so he has to knock on the front door to talk about it. The point is he can't enter my garden without me knowing about it, he certainly can't lift the fence and just stroll in. 

There have always been children in the house on the other side, it's rented but the owners did once live there and are actually nice people. I got sick of the family with lots of children who would play cricket in the garden every summer. They would knock on the front door though for their balls but spending entire afternoons answering it was no fun. In the end we took out a narrow panel near the house so they could just come and get their balls so long as they hadn't landed in the veg plot and we agreed if anyone hit the ball over the fence they lost a run instead of gaining one. 

Then there is the current family with small children who complained the cat was pooing in their garden, I bought them water pistols and they spent several fun filled days squirting the cat if she went into their garden, the rule was they could only squirt if she was on the fence or in their garden but not if she was sat at the gap in the fence and on my side. She soon learnt to sit at the gap and the children would come over and stroke her. They were most upset when she died.

The point I'm making is you can sometimes work it out with some neighbours but not with others. I find it easier just to ignore neighbour from hell but keeping a diary of not nice stuff helps if you want to make a complaint about them, taking pics also helps so long as you tell them why your doing it.       

Clearing brambles...

Posted: 19/02/2014 at 20:46

Mike/Edd. I asked one of the other allotmenteers about burning stuff. How to do it etc... as everythings wet and there's now a pile of brambles at the top of the site. They gave similar advise to yours and suggested if I was going to burn stuff do it on the bramble site as it would kill the roots.  

The boundaries were also put in last weekend and the grass on the otherside of the plot isn't mine which was good news. Black plastic covers that side up to the boundary and whilst the soil is compact and there are roots under it, these are are near the surface.    

Me thinks the site will be rich in nutrients after being dug over

 

 

Rabbit's on the allotment and other Q's...

Posted: 19/02/2014 at 20:13

I'm starting on the fence next week. The boundaries of the plot were marked out last weekend by the association and a friend has been roped into help. The sites not quite ready, I've still got a couple of brambles to dig out one side and a heap of stuff to burn at the top of the plot.

If the fence doesn't stop rabbits, may buy a couple of ferrets.

What's the weather like in your area?

Posted: 19/02/2014 at 19:52

Cloudy but dry here. Can't wait for the weekend, I'm on holiday for a week and a friends helping with the allotment. Had planned to go to Harlow Carr Gardens one day and stay over in Harrogate but will have to see what the weather brings.  

Hanging basket seed disc advice please

Posted: 19/02/2014 at 19:20

I tried the veg strips one year and found them really good. Saved on sowing too many seeds and there was no thinning out as the seeds were evenly spread along the strip.Can't recall how much they cost though.

I'd just put the disc in the centre of your pot and follow the instructions..  

chilli peppers

Posted: 17/02/2014 at 22:49

SD I only smoke when I'm angry

Carrot issue

Posted: 17/02/2014 at 19:00

It's still to early to sow carrots and growing them in troughs isn't advised. They have a long tappered roots which need to be able to grow down fairly deep to produce a long carrot.

You can grow mini veg in deep pots and I've grown carrots but they are very small only a few inches long, I didn't think it worth the effort.

I'de advise to wait longer before sowing most veg seeds. Some seed packets do say you can sow in February but you need ideal growing conditions and a kitchen isn't the most ideal.  

chilli peppers

Posted: 17/02/2014 at 18:50

I start my chillies off about now sowing them in a heated propogator and as soon as they appear vent the propogator before putting them on a window ledge which gets most light. I put them further inside the room if it's cold outside so they don't get a chill through the window, then it's a case of waiting for the last frost before they go out in the GH, potting up when roots appear at the bottom of the pot.

Apache, I've found is always a good cropper. They seem to take forever to flower though but once in flower the fruits grow fairly quickly. Mine polinate without help, would have thought there were enough good guys in a GH or poly tunnel to do the job for you.

I'm in the NW and chillies/peppers are usually the last fruit harvested in the GH. When there's enough chillies on the plant I cut it off at the stem and dry them in the GH hung from the ceiling. They were brought in at the end of October last year to finish drying in the kitchen.

It could be you are sowing too late. As a back up I buy one one or two seedling plants. If you are only growing a few plants it works out more economical than sowing from seed and in my case usually ahead of home sown one's.

 

The first one I've seen this year - 2014

Posted: 16/02/2014 at 17:51

LOL at Dove and Verdun.

I've seen a ladybird in the kitchen and quite a few whilst digging up brambles on the allotment.

What's the weather like in your area?

Posted: 16/02/2014 at 17:34

Lovely afternoon here, the sun came out to play and the sky was blue.

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