Zoomer44


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Best site for asparagus...

Posted: 23/04/2016 at 22:11
Couldn't plant last weekend due to weather but uncovered site 2 today, it looked good, it had been dug over last year, mulched with muck and covered with black plastic.

Discovered clay about a spade and half down, plot is next to the main national train track...went ahead and planted... It still seemed the best site...

New allotment OMG...Part 2...

Posted: 21/04/2016 at 22:36
Another hot day here. Went to the plot to water and check if seedlings were okay in the GH. I've been leaving the door open and lost some seedlings but most are looking good.

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New allotment OMG...Part 2...

Posted: 19/04/2016 at 21:35

Weather was nice here too . but was at work  looking forward to my jollies in three weeks time though   will be away this year for birthday, have a nice one GWRS.

Gg's garden shop is amazing isn't it.

Went to the plot to water stuff in GH. Taps haven't been turned on yet due to predicted frost but after all the rain we had water butts are over flowing.   

Place your bets....

Posted: 19/04/2016 at 20:53

I'm in the NW and planted spuds out afew weeks ago. Sunflowers have gone under cloches and pea's are taking their chances. I've nothing else hardy enough to go out yet, they were looking good this evening though despite a couple of cold nights.

I've had to sow most things in the GH and as it's on the allotment can't get down there everyday so the door has been left open at night. Seedlings are doing remarkably well considering we've has some hot days and cold nights.     

New allotment OMG...Part 2...

Posted: 17/04/2016 at 20:14
Surprising how quickly you run out of space.

I'm not sown courgettes, squash and pumpkin yet, there won't be room for them to have their own spot so thought I'd grow them under fruit tree's and the gooseberry bushes.

I'm going to grow dwarf beans and squash with sweetcorn, it worked well last year.

Planted five asparagus crowns this morning but have another twelve to put in.

New allotment OMG...Part 2...

Posted: 16/04/2016 at 19:03

I tend to reapply for some plants as slugs and snails just won't leave them alone, for instance lettuce and they also eat flower heads. They ate all my tulip heads last year. Usually by mid summer I forget and then just reapply near plants that are being nibbled.  

I'm going to keep the plot, the property I'm buying is about 10mins drive away, it is cycleable but at the top of a steep hill.

New allotment OMG...Part 2...

Posted: 16/04/2016 at 08:33
I try to be organic but slugs have beaten me, I use pellets on the plot but in the GH seem to get away with using gravel in tray's to stand pots and egg shells in the pots.

Best site for asparagus...

Posted: 16/04/2016 at 08:28
2, it is then. I'm going g to plant them later.

Best site for asparagus...

Posted: 15/04/2016 at 21:34

Thanks ice, for your quick reply.

Marestail is a problem over the entire plot.  Black plastic on 3 will have brought the maretail roots to the surface and I can dig out as much as possible but me thinks it is a perennial which will continue to be a problem in all three sites.     

   

Best site for asparagus...

Posted: 15/04/2016 at 21:13

Just received 12 crowns and read the growing distructions which say 'soil prep is vital. Remove all perennial weeds/large stones. Dig in well rotted muck or compost. The site should be open and sunny'.

This is a multiple choice Q...  

I've three possible sites, none ideal....

1.The old strawberry patch, most of the weeds were dug out last year but there were random bramble shoots popping up in it last year and I'm still finding marestail roots. No bindweed but couch grass is still popping up near the fence. Open and sunny, no big stones. 

2...Site of sweetcorn last year, last plot holder must have dumped none recycables here as it is littered with bits of plastic bags and flakey white paint bits, I managed to get most of it out last year but worms keep pushing more of it to the surface, soil could be sieved though before planting. No big stones, open and sunny site.

3. This site has been covered with black plastic all winter after being dug over, weeded and a thick cover of muck put on in October. No big stones, open and sunny site.Sounds the best site but was by far the worst to clear, had very old fruit bushes in,a thicket of rashberry canes, brambles, marestail, bindweed, couch grass and nothing has been cultivated in this area for years...so don't know what will grow back in terms of perennial weeds... 

Q is...which site would be the best to plant asparagus in...

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Best site for asparagus...

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