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New allotment OMG...

Posted: 01/02/2015 at 19:22

Fruitcake, good luck, nothing ventured nothing gained

Been on the plot today. Built a bonfire and burned the old shed along with lots of roots. Also moved nearly everything I want from the old plot. Just a few herbs, snowdrops and a thornless blackberry to replant.

The next plot holder should get a nice harvest of strawberries, plums and currants this year.

There was also a nice suprise waiting this morning ,a pile of wood chippings had been delivered and the plot holder next door donated a pile of bricks to make paths with   

 

Seed and plant swap 2015

Posted: 01/02/2015 at 18:54

Kelsbels - I've PM'ed you 

New allotment OMG...

Posted: 01/02/2015 at 00:21

Would need to read the rules again for our site about how much of it should be cultivated and timescales for doing it but me thinks if it hasn't been tended to for 3 months then holders initally get a warning letter.

Our association seems very fair, when first taking on a site, some are very over grown and some sites seen as more challeging than others...so providing you are  improving the site and seen to be making progress, it's ok.

Roy - I have considered early retirement but to young to claim my works pension or take VR, I've a few yrs yet to work 

Mammoth Onion Seedling Die back

Posted: 31/01/2015 at 23:51

I haven't grown onions from seed before, usually just plant sets.

If the seeds were bought from Robinson's try contacting them and asking their advise, I've found them very helpful.   

Left handed tools

Posted: 30/01/2015 at 22:26

We live in a right handed world Alex. 

For instance doors handles are in the wrong place, try opening a door with your left hand...as I'm sure you have Alex ...doors should be hung the other way......left handed people adapt...I open doors now with my  right hand but I've had to all my life...   

Most garden tools aren't L or R handed..forks, spades etc, those that are though, can be difficult to use as a left handed person uses right handed tools upside down.

Me thinks GW doing an article on the subject would be interesting

Sorry , can't help with left handed suppliers...I've always used right handed tools...

Broad Beans

Posted: 30/01/2015 at 20:41

If slugs are a problem then put down pellets, you can use either organic or non organic one's. There are also various other methods you can try, I'm sure othere's will be along to tell you how to deal with slugs.   

I once so a programme where a gardener started spraying hosta plants in March with a garlic spray to stop slugs eating them and swore by it.

   

GW weather

Posted: 29/01/2015 at 21:04

Mines only been showing one day for a while.

New allotment OMG...

Posted: 29/01/2015 at 20:57

I put seaweed in the trenches for spuds and any left over gets put on top of the soil when the spuds have been covered. Works a treat and keeps snails away, must be the salt in the seaweed.

Grew radish in between the rows of spuds last year, first lot sown in March. First few sowings did really well until the foilage on the spuds over shadowed them.  

Sounds like you're getting a lot done Roy, I can't get down to the plot till the weekends and the next two are pretty much taken up.  

New allotment OMG...

Posted: 28/01/2015 at 22:54

GWRS, grow mangetout likes pea's, if not picked whilst flat though the pea's inside will start growing and then they turn into pea pods. You can still eat the pea's but not the pods

I'm trying small pumkins(free from a mag) and butternut squash for the first time.

Some vegs I find grow really well but other's which are surposed to be easy pezzie don't grow at all...I can't grow carrots, spring onions or lettuce...carrots no top growth and slugs tuck into spring onions and lettuce for fun... 

 

New allotment OMG...

Posted: 27/01/2015 at 20:34

Weyplotter...I thought I was on a list for a plot on a site only a dozen steps from the back gate. Kept asking the chair of the committee if any were coming up, there are only about 10 and it would have been ideal. Over the course of about 3 years the plot holders at the top of the allotments changed nearly every year

Thinking I was going to be 27 before a site was offered, put my name down on 3 or 4 different sites in December/Janauary 14. The lists were long so I was thinking might get offered one this year...2015...so there'd be heaps of time to think about how to tackle it...NOT...I went to view some plots a few weeks later and accepted one....and started this thread for support... 

I was a tad bit disappointed at the time, when, after 3yrs I'd not been offered a plot on the site behind the house...so pleased I didn't get one now ......they don't have GH's, or polytunnels, sheds have to be tiny, there are no fruit tree's, little wildlife, few birds and butterfly's, no slow worms...

...every cloud has a silver lining, at least after all your efforts Weyplotter you have the plot next door...and we have an allotment thread... 

Discussions started by Zoomer44

Growing lillies.

A Q about used compost...  
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Last Post: 20/04/2015 at 11:20

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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Last Post: 13/03/2015 at 01:26

Replanting blueberry bushes...

I've a couple of bushes in pots.... 
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Last Post: 12/02/2015 at 21:24

Advent calendar prize draw...

Has anyone won anything.... 
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Last Post: 26/12/2014 at 19:48

Glode artichokes, over wintering..

Hadn't planned to grow these... 
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Last Post: 03/12/2014 at 06:13

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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Last Post: 05/11/2014 at 21:17

How to pollinate a Bramley apple tree...

I'd like to grow both dessert and culnary apple tree's...  
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Last Post: 02/11/2014 at 17:24

Growing grass paths...

It's just an idea forming... 
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Last Post: 24/09/2014 at 21:31

Td immunisations...

I was reading through the infor from the alloment association on the site where I have a plot... 
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Last Post: 16/09/2014 at 09:38

'Mile a minute' growing as you watch...

My neighbour has a 'mile as minute' climber growing along the fence... 
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Last Post: 12/09/2014 at 10:44

Something has been eating my chillies and toms...

Something has been nibbling at my chillies and toms...  
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Last Post: 05/09/2014 at 00:11

Soil like dust...

I've taken over another half plot on the allotment...  
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Last Post: 02/08/2014 at 22:49

Q about transplanting fruit bushes...

I've grown some cuttings at home and have some well establishes bushes to transplant.. 
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Last Post: 27/07/2014 at 23:03

Weeds in the GH....

I've inherited a GH with no glass on a new allotment plot... 
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Last Post: 28/07/2014 at 18:54

Little gems...

I've about a dozen Little gem lettuce plants growing in pots.... 
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Last Post: 29/06/2014 at 22:18
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