Zoomer44


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getting started

Posted: 08/02/2014 at 20:54

Hi, Barbara, Welcome to the forum,

Any tips on working an allotment would be most helpful in my camp, I became the proud owner a few weekends ago of an over grown one and at present the experience is back breaking and somewhat daunting. Grown veg in the back garden for several years now but I really didn't to know what to do next, last weekend on the plot. 

Water butt advice

Posted: 07/02/2014 at 21:05

I just collect water in the lid but I get what Welshonion is saying. There is a raised ridge in the lid which you could easily drill holes in and only water would seep into the bin.

When the bins full just put the lid on the right way and then there's no over flow.  

Water butt advice

Posted: 06/02/2014 at 21:58

I use an old plastic bin with the lid upside down to collect water for blueberry bushes, it's surprising how quickly the lid fills with rain water after a good down pour and then dunk a watering can in, each time the pots want watering. .

Have you sown any seeds yet this year?

Posted: 06/02/2014 at 21:46

I've not sown any seeds yet, have spuds chitting though. Probably won't start until March and then the heated propogator comes out.

Potatoes

Posted: 04/02/2014 at 22:26

I've grown spuds in bags for a few years now and really rate it if growing for one or two people. I bought bags from Willkinsons, cheap and very durable.

Builders bags may be too pourus, ie when you water, the sides don't retain water and it floods out. Small recycle containers which have holes in the bottom are good for spud growing, that's if you don't want the expense of buying custom spud bags.

I put crocks in the bottom of bags for drainage and a min layer of compost, spuds like seaweed, so if you can obtain some seaweed washed up on the beach put some in at this stage and put your chitted spuds on top with a good layer of MPC or home grown compost...half fill the spud bag with your choosen poison.

Label the bags, 1st, 2nd or main and as shoots start to push through the compost keep topping up the bag, making sure you don't break the spud shoots. 

I put 5 to 6 spuds in each bag and get a varible crop depending on the variety. Grew 6 bags last year and didn't buy a spud from July through to December.  

 

First day on the allotment...

Posted: 02/02/2014 at 18:56

Thanks Gg, went yesterday morning before it started raining and again today. Feel as though I've made a good start.  

The ground under the brambles is like black gold, and under the plastic, although compact and full of roots near the surface, that too is easily forked over so once the plots cleared I'm hoping for a good allotment....and what a find....discovered a dismantled polytunnel frame under the brambles and stones

Raspberries

Posted: 31/01/2014 at 20:07

I'd like to grow autumn fruiting raspberries. So can't asnswer your Q Cherry3 but by contributing to the tread it will come up in followed threads 

new for old sprouted potatoes

Posted: 31/01/2014 at 19:59

I'm with fidget...but you take your chances. Seed bought spuds really aren't that expensive and at 15 to 20p per spud with a reasonable yield do you really want to take a chance.

With a seed bought spud you do have some idea of their resistance against stuff like blight and scab.   

Gardening by the Moon

Posted: 31/01/2014 at 19:29

 I have some cauli seeds but it says on the packert not to sow till May, it's a winter variety, will there be another time to sow them or do you just get the chance to sow seeds once  

Strawberry Plants

Posted: 30/01/2014 at 21:18

If you only have the one plant Clarington, wait till the weather warms up and repot into a largish pot, let it grow and fruit but don't pick and it will self seed in the pot for the following year, you can then plant the new plants where ever you like.

I love strawberries they grow for Britian in my garden, I'm always amazed that although the leaves might get nibbled by pests the fruit is always left alone. Introduced some new varieties last year as my original strawberries are grown from stock given over 20 yrs ago and I wanted stuff which fruited at different times. 

You can eat your own strawberries in May for wimbledon if forced in the GH    

    

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