Zoomer44


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Allotments-Raised beds or traditional planting?

Posted: 24/03/2014 at 21:23

I have raised beds in the back garden for growing veg and after the initial preparation of double digging, they've been easy to maintain over the years. 

In February I got an allotment. The site was covered in black plastic, brambles, couch grass...to name but a few nasties and so I've spent most weekends there clearing the site to the point were today I started putting in raised beds.

Each weekend I've taken idea's from the other plot holders, those with traditonal beds seem to work harder at keeping their plots and returned earlier than those with raised beds. Some of the plots with raised beds appear less wild life friendly sites than traditional plots which have untidy corners of nettles, brambles and random flowers popping up. etc...   

In terms of maintaining, raised beds seem the easier option. I'm used to planting vegs closer together and sow alot of veg in modules so have opted for raised beds but plan to have a bug hotel and plant flowers around the plot.   

What's the weather like in your area?

Posted: 24/03/2014 at 19:40

We had a frost overnight but today was bright and sunny.

garlic spray

Posted: 23/03/2014 at 22:18

Chris...I don't use washing up liquid in the mix and am a none believer that it's kind to your hands...it's a detergent and if you need to spray again me thinks washing up liquid isn't going to be kind to the plant being sprayed no matter what the quantity.

 

What do rabbits not eat...

Posted: 23/03/2014 at 21:57

I've put a rabbit proof fence in but went across the plot with it at the bottom due to the roots of two huge tree stumps being in the way.

We think the rabbits get in off the train line and judging by where their droppings are and amount it looks like they party on the plot next door.

I read today, rabbits aren't keen on onions, garlic, shallots and leeks. l may grow these down there. I've also got Hollyhock, foxglove and lots of geraniums.

Was thinking of growing a none invasive ivy (if there is a variety) over the train track fence but also putting chicken wire at the bottom.

Something has already been on the plot eating dug up spuds.

Pallets

Posted: 22/03/2014 at 22:36

Ever so impressed Gardengirl, I made a fence at the bottom of my plot with some pallets and didn't need to take those apart.

I'm making raised beds at present for the allotment but have plans for a bench like no expert's, not the delux version, I've a couple of half pallets which may make a two seater and then me thinks a compost area but your table is looking like a real possibility.

I've also discovered, some pallets are put together with staples, ever so easy to come apart using the stone method.      

Gardening by the Moon

Posted: 22/03/2014 at 21:55

I've been preparing a new allotment site, so have concentrated on building a fence, and digging up brambles, only started digging the plot over this week, weather permitting the first beds go in tomorrow so hope to start planting in April.

I've been really slow at sowing seeds at home but the dates to sow seeds from 24th fit in with my plans, so could be growing by the moon through default rather than design, I like the idea of not being able to garden after certain times it means you can just sit back and enjoy.    

What do rabbits not eat...

Posted: 22/03/2014 at 21:37

Well, that's burst my bubble on growing lots of flowers to cut, me thinks I'll grow those at home, so pleased I asked the Q. 

 A helpful list though Dove, at a push I've 8 of the plants and I can grow rubarb and currant bushes down there. They seem resistant to sunflowers too.

KEF, would you just believe it, the newbie's on the neighbouring plot own the nicest curry house in town and are planning on growing some traditional crops, some they could only discribe to me, one with purple leaves and lots of spinach and corriander. I'm hoping the rabbits will be full after a feast on those before they turn on my crop.

I'll check out those you've listed Fairygirl. I've a lot of chicken wire left but was thinking of heightening the fence around the main growing area with it.      

Is it worth putting up a barrier of black plastic around the bottom of the boundary fence?

What do rabbits not eat...

Posted: 21/03/2014 at 21:14

To cut to the chase, there's an area at the bottom of the plot which won't be enclosed with a rabbit proof fence...

I was thinking they don't eat flowers so may grow some to cut in this area, are there any vegs they aren't keen on or do they eat anything and everything.

I had also planned to line the bottom of the chicken wire fence around the main growing area with black plastic about a ft high, thinking if they can't see into the plot this would be another defence.

All advise welcome...

What's the weather like in your area?

Posted: 21/03/2014 at 20:39

Windy but dry here in the NW.

Spent the day on the allotment. You aren't kidding about cost No expert, I needed to buy a bag of nails, so for £2.99 I'm hoping to make raised beds for the entire plot. I already had a tub of wood preserve,with enough black plastic to line the beds and paths.

Bees, Wasps and Hornets

Posted: 20/03/2014 at 19:35

My older brother had an allergic reaction to a sting and but for the quick response by paramedics may not be here to tell the tale. He carried, I think, it was adrenilin injections around for a while afterwards.

After researching it on the internet, your body builds up a resistasnce to stings. He's remarkable calm around bee's/wasps now. I'm a tab bit nervous around them but am happy to let them be if they are doing their bit pollinating plants. It's a different story if one approaches food on the patio,then I'm the first indoors.

What a good posting, I didn't know that about bumble bee's either...Zoomer had  put them in the same fear bracket as wasps... 

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