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plug plants

Posted: 18/02/2015 at 18:04

I love a bargin too but if it's too good to be true it usually is. You'll find they come as the tinniest of plants which will need potting up ASAP.

You won't be able to plant out until the last of the frost, possibly April at the earliest  so they would need potting up again...if you have the room, go ahead...but I wouldn't advise it...       

Earliest gardening memories?

Posted: 18/02/2015 at 17:34

I loved listening to my nanna talking about the war years when she grew veg in the back garden. I must have only been about 5 or 6. She grew stuff with her neighbours.

My dad didn't like gardening, he cemented over the back garden when we were little, I would climb over the wall as soon as I was able to play in the neighbours garden and often couldn't get back, I was forever in trouble for doing it. She had an old shed with a hole in the roof so I'd climb in with my brothers, we would pretend it was a spaceship taking us to Mars and beyond. Me thinks we probably watched to much Star Trek.  

Our house backed onto fields and old allotments which now I realise must have been left after the war. I have happy memories of days lost playing there. In the summer we'd often be out all day, my mum who baked at least twice a week would give us a plastic bowl and we'd go out picking stuff like gooseberries, blackberries and raspberries.      

Happy days

Weather Proof Garden Furnitures

Posted: 17/02/2015 at 23:36

 

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New allotment OMG...

Posted: 16/02/2015 at 20:51

ginagibbs - I'm thinking retro and a pastel green for the table 

Our allotments are at the end of one of the longest row of terrace housing in Europe and it's a dead end, stopping were the gate is to the plots. It's the only way in and out for holders of 81 plots. If you google - 'Scotforth, Wikipedia' there's a couple of sentences at the end refering to Dorrington Rd. It might not be the longest terrace but it is long      

Parking isn't a problem, most people live within walking distance or come on their bikes and bike racks were put in last yr. Providing plot holders who park outside the gate leave enough room for residents to turn their cars at the end of the terrace we manage to live in harmony

 

We have our annual meeting on Thursday, hoping to get there..

What's in your potting shed?

Posted: 15/02/2015 at 15:12

I've two potting sheds one at home and one on the allotment, haven't managed to tame either,this is work in progress, the interia of both resemble organised chaous, I know were eveything is though, apart from perhaps 4 pairs of secatars which will be found during the annual declutter/clean out in Spring.

They are like Dr Who Tardis's. It surprising how much stuff you can fit in a potting shed without really trying. If there was a world record for the number of items in a potting shed me thinks I'd be a close runner up. So what's in there  There's shelving, hooks on walls and the doors. All the usual gardening stuff. Garden furniture, a Bar Be cue with gas bottle, disposible BBC's just in case, lawn mower. Can't fit in the gazibo, that's stored in the basement. The shed at home's only 4 by 6  but it does have double doors which helps, I' don't actually need to walk into it to reach stuff.

Was hoping to fit a chair in the allotment shed this spring and get a small camp stove to make tea and coffee.

bind weed and brambles!!

Posted: 15/02/2015 at 00:10

Hi, nellie,

Just to add...know your weeds. When digging out bindweed it has white pencil wide roots.

Brambles if you dig out the crown... you are half way there to gettting rid of it...both bindweed and brambles will grow back but if dug out when they are tiny come up easily.

 

My moto is recycle my garden & pocket likes it

Posted: 14/02/2015 at 20:07

Sounds like a good plan to recycle your conifers. Why would you think they might be toxic.  

Using bark chippings for paths is ok, our council have just dropped off tonnes of Christmas Tree bark chippings for the allotments, I'm sure if it wasn't ok someone would have complained

 

New allotment OMG...

Posted: 14/02/2015 at 19:49

Welldone Stagbeetle on getting a nice flat plot.

It's been dry and sunny here today, went down to the plot and finished off the area were the shed once stood. It's all barked and has a compost area with three black bins now. Also rescued an old fold up garden table from a skip, it's in need of some TLC but I can see it now with a new coat of paint

How was everyone else's day.

Are there any advantages of starting sweet peppers off now?

Posted: 13/02/2015 at 23:21

No is the simple answer.

Unless you have good germination conditions, with light and warmth then sowing now will make little difference to sowing in four to six weeks time. Happy to be wrong though... 

Using mushroom compost...

Posted: 13/02/2015 at 21:12

Hi, Ally kay,

It's been a massive learning curve for me since posting the first time in June 2014. I've another plot now, much bigger and the top bit was over run with raspberries on the new plot. These were cut back in October and the plan is to dig them all up, I've already dug up a big area and plan to replant some runners.

I'd advise you posted again and started a new thread, starting off ' I cut my raspberries down and mulched over winter....that way more posters are likely to respond...      

Discussions started by Zoomer44

Currant bushes ...should I be worried...

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Growing lillies.

A Q about used compost...  
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Best compost for 2015

Thought I start as new compost thread. 2013 from what I recall wasn't a particularly good year for compost,  
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Advent calendar prize draw...

Has anyone won anything.... 
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Glode artichokes, over wintering..

Hadn't planned to grow these... 
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Anyone grow globe artichokes...

After saying I wasn't going to grow them several weeks ago I picked up 12 plants from the nearly dead section of a store.... 
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How to pollinate a Bramley apple tree...

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Growing grass paths...

It's just an idea forming... 
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Td immunisations...

I was reading through the infor from the alloment association on the site where I have a plot... 
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'Mile a minute' growing as you watch...

My neighbour has a 'mile as minute' climber growing along the fence... 
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Something has been eating my chillies and toms...

Something has been nibbling at my chillies and toms...  
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Soil like dust...

I've taken over another half plot on the allotment...  
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Q about transplanting fruit bushes...

I've grown some cuttings at home and have some well establishes bushes to transplant.. 
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Weeds in the GH....

I've inherited a GH with no glass on a new allotment plot... 
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