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out of control kids and their parents

Posted: 11/05/2015 at 22:30

Hi, Franko. It can be very annoying but helps if the parents are respectful of other peoples property.

My current neighbours have small children who play football in the garden but when the ball comes over the fence, mum tells them they'll have to wait now until Zoomer throws it back. Initally there were floods of tears but they were told not to kick the ball so high and play nicer. Their ball seldom comes over now.  

I did buy the children water pistols one Christmas for use if my cat went into their garden but the rule was she had to be in their garden and not just walking on the fence, acknowledging I didn't want her pooing on their plants. They weren't unkind to her and she eventually learned to poke her head through a gap in the fence when they would come and stroke her.    

After a ball hit my car due to children playing football at the top of the street, I talked to one of the mother's explaining I didn't mind them playing football but if at home and car parked outside would move it round the corner but could one of them knock on my door so it could be moved...no probs. They were often very plesant when I came home from work and say if they were going in so I'd park outside the house.

Sometime's you need to think outside the box and be prepared to be flexible. 

Too late to plant potatoes?

Posted: 10/05/2015 at 20:50

If your spuds have short purple growths they should be ok but if the growths are long, white and spindly you will struggle to cover them without breaking the growth.

In the latter case, white and spindly, if you can still purchase seed spuds from a local GC, I'd get new one's. These can go straight in the ground and will produce a later crop. 

You take your chances, they may produce a good crop but don't be disappointed if they don't, view it as a learning curve .

work in progress

Posted: 10/05/2015 at 20:17

Looks like you'll have a productive plot this year 

Weather doesn't seem to have been as kind on this side of the country. A lot of plot holders started planting out a few weeks ago and were caught with late frosts.

 

Online Course

Posted: 09/05/2015 at 19:23

Haven't done any courses relating to gardening online but followed your link and it sounds really good, well worth checking out.

 

Novice Gardener - Weed Identification Please

Posted: 08/05/2015 at 23:08

Agree with most of above but to add, because bindweed spreads by it's roots, a Glyphosate product will only kill the roots in proportion to that which is covered by the product above ground. If you decide to treat bindweed with Glyyphosate, by letting  it grow above ground up a cane to the point of nearly flowering you'll kill more root underground. 

Digging out the roots, means some will break off but as they start to regrow, pushing up new shoots, if dug out with a trowel as tiddly weeds you start to clear the ground of bindweed and aren't letting it take a hold underground again.

Hope this is helpful.

Any advice on hand-push lawnmowers?

Posted: 08/05/2015 at 21:59

Look forward to hearing your review Jan. I was checking out push lawn mowers for paths on the allotment but went for a petrol trimmer instead as it doubles up to keep weeds down round the plot.  

Why won't my plum tree set fruit?

Posted: 05/05/2015 at 22:38

I'm no expert but it could be the colder climate. If the blossom is hit by frost and dies there won't be any fruit although the tree will go on to produce leaves and look quite lush.

Which root stock is your plum tree on. Dwarf root stock would not produce a large tree so can be covered with fleece if there's s threat of frost. The bigger the tree the harder it would be to provide protection.

 

  

 

 

New allotment OMG...

Posted: 05/05/2015 at 21:41

Gg -You'll find, going often and doing abit at a time, the plot is soon cleared for planting. I've lots of old raspberry canes still to dig up, and some rogue brambles which have started to grow from roots left in the ground but they come up easily with a hand trowel.     

It's rained most of the day here. Never known such poor weather in May, the temp is up and down from one day to the next. It's still to cold at night to leave anything in the GH so I'm bringing plants in and out. 

New allotment OMG...

Posted: 04/05/2015 at 19:11

The sun brought out lots of people on the allotment today.   

Tried out the new strimmer. Had trouble starting it. me thinks I'm pulling on the starter cord to hard, the guy on the next plot had no problems, so away I went. 

Onions and shallots are coming up. 

Not got as far as pea supports, beans supports are up though. 

 Went to the eye clinic last week and have had a prism put on one lense which corrects double vision and will make my eye work to correct the problem so it was a lot easier weeding, weeds have reduced by half, with no effort on my part .

Bought chilli and pepper plants yesterday as mine aren't going to catch up, if they do it will be a bonus and late crop.        

Happy growing

New allotment OMG...

Posted: 04/05/2015 at 00:45

Ever so pleased Gg you have decided to take up a plot. 

So sorry to hear the late frosts have had such an impact on everyone. Here, weather  in the NW has been equally eratic. My sowings have been to small to prick out let alont plant out and spuds are still well buried with no shoots visible.

No blossom on the fruit tree's, so, I guess, I'll need to wait till next yr for any apples and pears. I've some strawberries in flower and rubarb doing well.

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