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New allotment OMG...

Posted: 14/08/2014 at 21:22

Gg on my first half plot, initially I went down most weekend mornings, when it wasn't raining, for a few hours because there was a lot to do to prepare it for planting. 

 I'm now only going to pick veg/fruit, water in new plants and keep the weeds down. I've been twice this week, in the evenings and will go again, Saturday morning, to pick veg, 4 hours in total this week.

I've found if the ground is well prepared at the start of the growing season and weeding kept on top of with regular weekly visits less time is spent on the plot.  

I want to get my new plot ready sooner, know what I want to do this time and think I know what I'm doing  so weather permitting will spend Sat/Sun morning there, about 6 hours.

I divide jobs up and have several projects on the go - there are too hard to do jobs, which I'll do when I get 'a round toit', like taking down an old shed...hard work jobs, like digging over...not so hard work jobs, like weeding and planting...easier laid back jobs, like sitting back looking at what you've done and planning were beds are going, what you are going to grow, what the plot will look like when the tasks in hand are finished and talking to other allotmenteers.

 

Building a potting shed or logcabin for half the price.

Posted: 14/08/2014 at 11:34

Would love to see pictures of your planting in the redesigned oriental garden...

Whew!

Posted: 14/08/2014 at 11:18

Pansyface quite by accident I managed to pressed the ignore button on myself, it was ever so strange to come on line and find all my posts had suddenly disappeared, othere posters could read them but I couldn't. Couldn't think what I'd done to offend someone to have all my posts pulled until someone worked out I was ignoring myself    

Glad you've worked out what happened to you...

Gardens we Have Visited 2014

Posted: 13/08/2014 at 22:24

 

Visited Gresgarth Garden on Sunday, it's the home of Arabella Lennox-Boyld. Stunning gardens but it's only open the 2nd Sunday of each month.

The family were at home on Sunday and Arabella was out in the garden. Very informal, you do feel like you are walking round a lived in garden but on a grand scale. There's a tributary of the River Lune running through the gardens, which you can hear but not always see, most plants are named and the kitchen garden was exceptional with fruit tree's trained to just a couple of ft off the ground. Pear tree's were trained into goblet shapes and it looked an organic veg area with companion planting.

There's also a large woodland area which you can walk round, the site is 12 acres.         

Well worth a visit if anyone is in the area.

New allotment OMG...

Posted: 13/08/2014 at 21:13

 I've managed to down load some pics onto the computer of the plot but can't transfer them onto the thread. I've tried pressing the green tree but it's just loading a red cross onto the screen

New allotment OMG...

Posted: 12/08/2014 at 20:10

ginagibbs - sounds like you've made a good start.

Growing on a slope can present some challenges, I was told it was easier starting at the bottom and dig over with the undug part of the slope behind you, you then naturally put weight on the spade as you dig over, just a simple tip but it saves pressure on your back.   

and...if you want gooseberry bushes Aldi are currrently selling red and white bushes at £1.79. 

Currant bush cuttings also take very easy, I took some in 2013, dipped them in rooting powder and put them into a nursery bed at home, they did look dead at the beginning of the year but are now ready to be transplanted

 

New allotment OMG...

Posted: 12/08/2014 at 15:13

Gg - I've a 6 by 8 GH, grow fruit bushes in a space 1 by 12 - gooseberries, red, white and black currants, then three raised beds for veg growing. 

I always find room for strawberries There's also a herb garden and rubarb growing near the hedge. The rest is lawn and flower beds with a patio area. I also grow blueberries in pots and grew spuds and salad veg in pots.

A friend took some before and after pics and had them developed before deleting  them off her phone. . So can't post any, will take some on my camera and try to up load them. Plot number one was at it's best though in July and alot of stuff has been picked. 

I've got a new butterfly

Posted: 11/08/2014 at 21:18

hh..my garden's in a built up area of sorts and you wouldn't expect to hear grasshoppers but it's sad we don't hear them when out in the countryside and I've not heard any on the allotment even though there are wildlife area's...

I've got a new butterfly

Posted: 11/08/2014 at 20:52

 just seen the black bug......well...Nutculet there's a challenge...whats' that...  

I've got a new butterfly

Posted: 11/08/2014 at 20:45

Nutcutlet

hollie hock...I've not heard a grass hopper for years in this country, as a child we would catch then in the fields... go to the South of France and if you need to use the services off the A roads...the noise they make is unbelievable in the summer...   

Discussions started by Zoomer44

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...

I'd like to grow both dessert and culnary apple tree's...  
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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

Veg seeds to sow now...

Winter veg... 
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Last Post: 28/06/2014 at 22:27

Using mushroom compost...

I've used mushroom compost on one of the beds on the allotment...  
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Last Post: 25/06/2014 at 21:36

It's a tab bit early to ask but...

Whose growing Christmas spuds... 
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Last Post: 19/06/2014 at 22:49

Sweet corn problems...

Seedlings dying.... 
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Last Post: 12/06/2014 at 21:38
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