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New allotment OMG...

Posted: 01/03/2015 at 17:19

We've had several inches of snow, so no trip to the plot today.

Put the trimmer together, thought I'd test it on the lawn at the back but will need to wait for the grass to dry out which may not be any time soon 

Hope the weather is better where you are Stagbeetle and you've managed to move your tree's.

New allotment OMG...

Posted: 28/02/2015 at 21:55

Thanks for the links Gg, I can't think of a use for a flat shovel but I'm sure there is one. 

Gave up my old plot at the AGM and today there were lots of potential plot holders waiting at the gate to be shown round the 5 vacant plots. My old plot went first to a couple from New Zealand who have grown stuff before, which was nice.

Bought a petrol grass trimmer today, I thought a bargin as I'll need either a push mower for the grass paths or battery strimmer to keep down the weeds on paths and my thinking was it will do both tasks plus I won't need to keep charging a battery . 

New allotment OMG...

Posted: 26/02/2015 at 20:26

Should be ok if the manure is well rotted.

How much time do other people spend on their plots each week. I can only get down at weekends and go in the morning so I've the afternoon to do other things.

I've more than enough aubergine seeds Fruitcake, you could try the seed swap thread.  

New allotment OMG...

Posted: 25/02/2015 at 22:31

You'll not get a glut from aubergine plants but if you like eating them they are worth growing. 

I've not eaten globe artichokes but have some plants started last year, fingers crossed will try them for the first time.

Hoping to start digging over the top half of the plot this weekend. 

Sadly, a lesson not learned!

Posted: 25/02/2015 at 21:18

We had a lizzard in the car last year, it crawled into my rucksack when we stopped for lunch in a cafe in France......and then...back in the car and sat in the back..it decided to venture out and ran up my leg but because no one else had seen it, I was told not to be so soft it's only a lizzard, I don't think anyone believed me...

The following day I was driving and it ran across the dash board... there... now do you believe me....there's a lizard in the car...I've never seen people exit a car so quickly   ...needless to say I'm not allowed to leave my bag on the floor anymore when stopping for lunch... 

Cheap plants at Aldi!

Posted: 25/02/2015 at 20:51

Thumbs up for the lupins and dahlia's hope they have some left at the weekend.

daffodil bulbs

Posted: 24/02/2015 at 22:11

Better than me Nut, I've a bag of shooting garlic. Kept, meaning to plant out the cloves but the ground was either too wet or frozen. Think I've missed the frost now. There's also a pot full of tiny bulbs in the GH and for the life of me I don't know what they are...! 

New allotment OMG...

Posted: 24/02/2015 at 22:03

I use a windowledge heated propogator and sowed everything in it the first year but have now realised by April time most vegs will germinate in a tray with a plastic cover in a warm room near the window.

Woo - you need to get out more  Aubergines are nice in Mussaka, fried in batter or cooked in the oven stuffed with a veg/tom filling .

New allotment OMG...

Posted: 24/02/2015 at 20:42

Not very successful with peppers, the one's last year were small and thin, so much so I thought the labels had got mixed up with the chilli one's until they were tasted and had zero heat, so can't really recommend a good variety. Chillies - apache are prolific and cayene ad jalapeno produce good crops, they all dry well. I sometimes cheat with chillies, sow some seeds and also buy in one or two plants.  .   

I bought aubergine seeds in France last year, they are very generous with their seeds must be at least 200 seeds in the packet-Violette longue hative. I find aubergines easier to grow than peppers, seeds need sowing early though as they like a long growing season. 

I'll be starting chillies and aubergines off in the next few weeks but both are slow to get going, they don't usually put on any real growth until they go out in the GH.  .  

New allotment OMG...

Posted: 23/02/2015 at 22:27

You've worked had Victoria, do you have any help.

Woo2 - I've been growing veg about 6/7yrs. Started growing veg in pots and then graduated onto raised beds in the back garden and grew stuff in metre squares. Got a plastic GH and started growing chillies, toms and peppers. Was then given a 6 by 8 glass GH and added aubergines and cues to the list of stuff grown under glass.. 

I've grown strawberries and herbs for about 25yrs. I love strawberries and have always liked cooking with fresh herb and there's always been rubarb in the back garden.

ginagibbs - Our allotments are leased from the council, it's a self managed site so a committe is re-elected each yr to manage it, hence the AGM . It's agricultural land, no one wants it to become prime building landbut if we stray to much from the terms of the lease the council can take it back so we meet to discuss what was improved last yr, what will be improved this coming yr and if we are keeping to the terms of the lease.

Hoping to get down to the plot this weekend, weather premitting, to start digging  over the top part.

Discussions started by Zoomer44

Growing lillies.

A Q about used compost...  
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Best compost for 2015

Thought I start as new compost thread. 2013 from what I recall wasn't a particularly good year for compost,  
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Replanting blueberry bushes...

I've a couple of bushes in pots.... 
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Advent calendar prize draw...

Has anyone won anything.... 
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Last Post: 26/12/2014 at 19:48

Glode artichokes, over wintering..

Hadn't planned to grow these... 
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Last Post: 03/12/2014 at 06:13

Anyone grow globe artichokes...

After saying I wasn't going to grow them several weeks ago I picked up 12 plants from the nearly dead section of a store.... 
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Last Post: 05/11/2014 at 21:17

How to pollinate a Bramley apple tree...

I'd like to grow both dessert and culnary apple tree's...  
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Last Post: 02/11/2014 at 17:24

Growing grass paths...

It's just an idea forming... 
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Last Post: 24/09/2014 at 21:31

Td immunisations...

I was reading through the infor from the alloment association on the site where I have a plot... 
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Last Post: 16/09/2014 at 09:38

'Mile a minute' growing as you watch...

My neighbour has a 'mile as minute' climber growing along the fence... 
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Last Post: 12/09/2014 at 10:44

Something has been eating my chillies and toms...

Something has been nibbling at my chillies and toms...  
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Last Post: 05/09/2014 at 00:11

Soil like dust...

I've taken over another half plot on the allotment...  
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Last Post: 02/08/2014 at 22:49

Q about transplanting fruit bushes...

I've grown some cuttings at home and have some well establishes bushes to transplant.. 
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Last Post: 27/07/2014 at 23:03

Weeds in the GH....

I've inherited a GH with no glass on a new allotment plot... 
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Last Post: 28/07/2014 at 18:54

Little gems...

I've about a dozen Little gem lettuce plants growing in pots.... 
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