Latest posts by Zoomer44

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.


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.


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.        


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. 

Gardening by the Moon

Posted: 26/03/2014 at 20:45

Now you have a GH you'll wonder how you ever managed before. 

Sowed toms, chillies and aubergines on 25th.

Also sowed herbs and flowers.


A differnt Q about Lily Beetle...

Posted: 25/03/2014 at 19:45

Sounds a good plan, laying it on thinly and leaving it for a few days so the birds can feast.    


Every so pleased...first plants will go in at the weekend...

Posted: 24/03/2014 at 22:49

Hi, just wanted to thank everyone for their advise after getting an allotment.

There's still a long way to go...lots of jobs to be finished off and some challenges like tree stumps to overcome...and a few mistakes along the way...I really don't think a wheel barrow will fit through the gap I've left at the bottom of the plot...the site is now inpacked soil..and nettles have started to grow in the pile of stones at the bottom of the plot but the first raised beds went in today...2...

Plan to plant out 3 currant bushes, currently growing in pots, underplanted with white strawvberries and possibly a row of garlic at the weekend weather permitting... 


A differnt Q about Lily Beetle...

Posted: 24/03/2014 at 21:50

I had lily beetle for the first time last year and grow lily's in pots. At the weekend the lily's were repotted which left a couple of bags of spent compost which I was thinking of taking to the allotment to help fill a raised bed. I don't plan to grow lily's on the plot.

Silly Q time, does the lily beetle infect any other plants as it's possible their eggs are in the spent compost and I don't want to introduce a pest to the allotment. The neighbouring sites just grow veg and no flowers.    

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