Zoomer44


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

Posted: 11/02/2014 at 21:21

More than happy to share a few strawberries with our friend Reynard

Doesn't look like poultry or animals can be kept on the site although one plot holder keeps bee's. 

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

Posted: 11/02/2014 at 20:20

Not sure if they get fox's on the site, it wasn't a Q asked, do they eat veg or just rabbits

Clearing brambles...

Posted: 11/02/2014 at 20:06

OldCompostHeap. Potaotes were my second choice as I have quite alot chitting. I've also about 30 garlic cloves with small shoots which could go in any time and a dozen shallots which would be ready to go out March time. Was going to start onion sets in the next few weeks in modules hence the reason for suggesting them and they'd fill probably fill that area along with leeks to go out later.    

Spring is getting closer.

Posted: 11/02/2014 at 19:39

Snow on the hills here with sleet most of the afternoon and a frosty start but the bulbs are coming through. 

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

Posted: 10/02/2014 at 23:29

Mike. I'm a new plot holder and the  plots on offer when I was asked to choose, being the last in a list of 34 were not one's you could plant in without lots of work.     

Take your point about sharing the cost and helping with the labour. I'm happy to pay for the fence, I've reckied cheap materials but would like some help in building it after all it will protect neighbouring plots from rabbits.  

 I've not met the neighbouring plot holders yet, one's a newbie like me but that plot is easy pezzie compared to mine, after the grass was cut the first week, beds are now being dug over.

I was thinking a trench a couple of feet wide so the stones would crate a path with membrane under to prevent weeds and stuff growing through but not that deep.        

Clearing brambles...

Posted: 10/02/2014 at 22:00

Welshonion. Pulling up the brambles as they grow back would be my choosen option, I try to be organic and roundup really is a last resort. There are also two tree stumps on the plot, one is huge and drastic measures might be called for to remove that little problem.

Mike. Prehaps not what I wanted to hear about whats under the black plastic but fore warned is fore armed. The roots under it do appear to be close to the surface so will peel it back section at a time to dig them out. On a positve note at least the soil will be full of goodness once the roots have been removed.

I feel less inclined to use roundup now. What would be best grown in the area currently dug if it is enriched with Nitrogen. I was thinking garlic, onions, shallots and leeks although as the rest of the plot is dug over pretty much everything else will be grown in the same rich soil.   

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

Posted: 10/02/2014 at 21:16

Sounds like it's a war out there....I'm certainly not going to let them get my veg without a fight  

I had thought about the gate and have a nice long slab to put under it, I even thought about making sure the gate is wide enough for a wheel barrow.

I've 50m of chicken wire and this isn't very scientific but was thinking a post every three strides. There's a huge pile of stones at the bottom of the plot, how does this sound, I was thinking of filling the outside of the trench with soil over the buried wire and the inside trench-half with soil and top part with stones. 

Didn't know rabbits could climb or eat through wire though  the wire's 3' 7' wide, so even if I only go 6 ' deep and then with the bit bent outwards, isn't going to leave much wire above ground.

I was thinking 5ft posts but 6ft posts seem a better option and then more wire could be attached to the top if need be and they can be driven into the ground further.  

Could do with a perimetre fence like the one's round a prison    

 

Clearing brambles...

Posted: 09/02/2014 at 21:45

Does roundup not effect any other plants in the area.

I was thinking to use the area dug up to plant out garlic which I have growing in modules and later shallots, currently in pots, then onion sets and leeks..where the bramble roots are likely to grow...

 

Aphids ... at this time of year?

Posted: 09/02/2014 at 21:13

NG did you give your GH  a good clean in the Autumn. 

I take everything out, give both the glass and bench a good clean and then a jet spray of water to rinse everything off. It hurts to do it as there are lots of spiders in my GH which don't seem to do any harm to plants and I'm convinced they keep the pest level down.

I had an early invasion of green aphids in the GH last year and along with squishing, used a spray of garlic and olive oil until the spiders arrived. Aphids breath through their skin so the olive oil is probably what killed them but...and I'm happy to be wrong, doesn't kill the good guys like ladybirds and spiders.         .  

Clearing brambles...

Posted: 09/02/2014 at 20:49

There were brambles growing down one side of an allotment plot I've recently aquired, about 6ft into the plot with random brambles coming up through black plastic which looks to have been down at least a couple of years..

To cut to the chase I've dug up most of the brambles and hadn't realised how deep and long the roots were so some roots are still in the ground. The roots seem to have grown under the plastic too, several feet of roots from some brambles have been pulled out.

On a positve note the area dug looks to be really good soil, black, lots of worms, not many stones, no clay and well draining as the site is on a slope, so even if I can't clear the site before the growing season there will be area's at the side where stuff can be planted. 

The problem is, me thinks the roots left in the ground will start to grow again so was thinking of using roundup painted on the leaves as they show though the soil, would this be a problem if veg was growing in the same area and if so is there another solution...

Advise welcome and thank you for replies in advance...     

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