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Cheapish potato planting bags

Posted: 27/03/2014 at 20:57

If you turn a grow bag inside out you have a black planting bag

I used the green spud bags from Wilkinsons, ever so cheap. If you empty and store during the winter they last for years, I've some 5yrs old.  

garlic spray

Posted: 26/03/2014 at 21:32

I don't follow an exact science in terms of quantities of oil/water and garlic. Just use the bigest pan I have, fill it with water and crush at least one full bulb of garlic sometimes two into the water, I choose any that may have started shooting first although none have yet, so then I'll use choose the smallest. The skin gets crushed and thrown in too.

As Edd say's it's the smell that confuses pests, the mix is also good for putting off slugs and snails. It doesn't kill them they just go and eat something else but if you'vre sprayed all your plants they might prefer to dine next door.

You can use any cooking oil, I cook with olive oil and buy it on special offer throughout the year to use when preserving stuff. In a ltre milk container there's probably about an inch when the fluid settles. Give the carton a good shake when you come to use it so the oil mixes into the water and pour into the sprayer.

I just use the pound hand sprayers from Wilko for the back garden. 

Gardening by the Moon

Posted: 26/03/2014 at 20:45

Now you have a GH you'll wonder how you ever managed before. 

Sowed toms, chillies and aubergines on 25th.

Also sowed herbs and flowers.

 

A differnt Q about Lily Beetle...

Posted: 25/03/2014 at 19:45

Sounds a good plan, laying it on thinly and leaving it for a few days so the birds can feast.    

 

Every so pleased...first plants will go in at the weekend...

Posted: 24/03/2014 at 22:49

Hi, just wanted to thank everyone for their advise after getting an allotment.

There's still a long way to go...lots of jobs to be finished off and some challenges like tree stumps to overcome...and a few mistakes along the way...I really don't think a wheel barrow will fit through the gap I've left at the bottom of the plot...the site is now inpacked soil..and nettles have started to grow in the pile of stones at the bottom of the plot but the first raised beds went in today...2...

Plan to plant out 3 currant bushes, currently growing in pots, underplanted with white strawvberries and possibly a row of garlic at the weekend weather permitting... 

   

A differnt Q about Lily Beetle...

Posted: 24/03/2014 at 21:50

I had lily beetle for the first time last year and grow lily's in pots. At the weekend the lily's were repotted which left a couple of bags of spent compost which I was thinking of taking to the allotment to help fill a raised bed. I don't plan to grow lily's on the plot.

Silly Q time, does the lily beetle infect any other plants as it's possible their eggs are in the spent compost and I don't want to introduce a pest to the allotment. The neighbouring sites just grow veg and no flowers.    

I had to chuckle

Posted: 24/03/2014 at 21:31

I've started looking through the seed catalogues, sad I hear you say but I've found it helps in learning how to recognise different flowers and you can also compare prices with GC's.

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.

 

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