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Anyone done any gardening today?

Posted: 31/10/2015 at 19:55
I've nearly gone through all my garlic grown this year and must have at least 30 cloves planted out for next year.

I collected my chilli plants from plot and am now threading them on cotton to continue drying at home.

Question: Hand held tools

Posted: 28/10/2015 at 00:13

This gizmo may already exist...I use secatars to cut through thin stems and loppers to cut through thicker one's however beset by health problems this yr found cutting the stems of sweetcorn quite difficult, putting a strain on my back and time comsuming.

A hand held battery powered pruning saw would have made the task easier and less time consuming.  

New allotment OMG...

Posted: 27/10/2015 at 21:51

Did some clearing today and am also putting muck on any bare patches. Cut some  sunflowers and dahlia's, both have done really well. Also planted out the last of my foxglove seedlings for next yr. 

Set up another composting site. As the plot is on a slope, there are composting area's at the top, in the middle and at the bottom now. It seems to be all green waste at present so it's good that it can be distributed.

ginagibbs - your strawberry patch will be fine. I try to be organic but started off using blue pellets and a mix of organic deterent's on the plot for slugs/snails.Sometimes the means can justify the ends, bring down the population and give the good guy's a fighting chance. At home, apart from a good mulch, at this time of yr, the strawberry patch has thrived off neglect.   

New allotment OMG...

Posted: 26/10/2015 at 19:30

Gg - the phone only came with a charger. Where there's a will there's a way though

Plot is looking good Davesaat.

Went down to the plot today. What a nice time of year when the weeds aren't growing. Planted two cherry tree's, I'm going to try and grow them as  fans, wish me luck as I'm not sure what to do I've put in a line of posts, the next job is to put in fan frames and tie in the branches.

Onions and garlic have nice healthy shoots and broad beans have germinated in the plastic GH. Planted out a bed of foxgloves for next yr and started to clear runner/french beans.

Threw in the towel with the two pear tree's planted last yr and dug them up, making room for two more. Plum and apple tree's are looking good but no fruit this yr.

Haven't grown grapes but some allotmenteers here, do. I'm in Lancashire and they grow then in either polly tunnels or GH. The guy on the neighbouring plot gets a huge crop from his vine, which has taken over his polly tunnel.

New allotment OMG...

Posted: 22/10/2015 at 23:25

Raised beds could be a strong contender for the area, wouldn't have thought to line the bottom of them.  I built a two section compost area out of pallets againt the top fence, which is just in front of the tree and have found the tree is causing the compost to dry out.

I was thinking of planting bluebells under it and have already planted daffs, chives and garlic chives along the boundary fence and by the composting area.

It is a nice tree and provides dappled shade at the top of the plot. A nesting box was put up at the start of the yr but no resident birds as yet.

Ordered some seeds today from Kings Seeds through the allotment committee. We are members of The National Allotment Society and Kings do a discount catalogue for members, ever so cheap.

Buried treasure

Posted: 21/10/2015 at 23:22

My allotment was like an 'Aladin's cave' and at sometime quite lovely cared for because when digging out all the brambles and weeds came across a net work of brick paths, just a few inches below the surface, all locally sourced from a brick works nearby. I did  dig up the end of a clay pipe one day.

A home made shed had an old sign used in it's build, the shed has since been knocked down but I've kept the wooden sign, not sure what I'm going to do with it yet, it's about 6ft by 2ft.   

Seed identifications needed

Posted: 21/10/2015 at 22:51

I haven't got a scooby's either but me thinks pic 4, can't be sweet pea as they usually has a white bit on the seeds 

New allotment OMG...

Posted: 21/10/2015 at 22:34

Gg will try e-mailing pics from my phone, I really must try to embrace new technology more. Zoomer goes off to add this to a list of new yrs resolutions...embrace new technology...

I sometimes walk along the track to see other peoples plots and talking to other plot holders provides inspiration. You can also get a feel for what works and what doesn't. My old plot is looking very over grown.The new holders have allowed bindweed to flower and the poor plum tree has it growing through it's branches.  

I've only been able to get down to the plot to clear stuff and feed the soil with muck. I've had a number of long health appointments and return to work on 2nd November so will only be able to go in the afternoons or weekends, weather permitting.

On a posive note, have a list of winter jobs to do which involve developing the top of the plot. I've dug over and put in paths for 3 narrow veg beds to rotate stuff. I've got so far up the plot thorugh and a huge birch tree is sapping the moisture from  the soil, the jury is still out as to how to develop that area.     

New allotment OMG...

Posted: 13/10/2015 at 18:27
Gg, I've tried before to post pics but failed. I've an android phone now but still working out what it can do. Technology isn't one of my strong points


Started to level the area where the shed is going today. Picked the last of the cougette's.

My onions and garlic have started to grow, the shoots are a couple of inches high.

garlic

Posted: 13/10/2015 at 01:40
Go for it, you've nothing to lose, I'm in N Lancs and started to plant out locally grown garlic aa couple of weeks ago. It's already a few inches high.

You can always plant more in Spring and compare the two crops.

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