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New allotment OMG...

Posted: 20/01/2014 at 20:25

Thanks for all the encouragement. Was thinking of clearing the bottom first. A shed will mean somewhere to shelter in between showers, also need to get some wellies .

Whilst I'm clearing the site, to start with, over the next couple of months, I'd like to put in some long term plants which need little maintance, plants I hope will do well, stuff I'm familiar with and grows in the back garden, so, would like to transplant some fruit bushes, could they be transplanted late February along with rubarb or even transplanted March?...and how late can raspberry canes be planted?.  

New allotment OMG...

Posted: 19/01/2014 at 17:17

I've just signed up for an allotment and in need of some encouragement.

There were 8 on offer, the better one's went to people further up the list. My choice was over grown with brambles/ trees or over grown with stones/tree's. I opted for over grown and stones/tree's with what look like hundreds of rashberries canes growing randomly over the plot. Part of the ground was covered over with plastic and old carpet which was the attraction, me thinks the weeds will have died and if they are rashberry canes the roots will be near the surface.

Some of the stones resembled boulders, so it's fair to say the ground is stony, don't think I'll be able to pick them up but the plot's on a slight slope, another attraction they can be rolled down to the bottom and there'll be good drainage.

The tree's had been cut down and are going to be treated so the roots die but one tree remains, someone looking round today throught it a cherry tree. I thought it looked deseased, the bark was spilt at it's trunk and there were tiny orange modules on it but it has to be left for a year before the people in charge will consider cutting it down but I can prune it.

Eventually I'd like the beds to be defined with paths.... should I put all the stones at the bottom with a view to putting a shed on them...was also thinking they could be used to make paths...

I've stuff in the back garden which me thinks should be transplanted now....like currant /gooseberry bushes... rubarb...but the plot isn't ready

Were to start... I'm going next weekend to make a start...suggestions would be helpful...would it be cheeky to ask other plot holders were they started...

 

Poppy problem on Veg plot

Posted: 18/01/2014 at 22:07

If they are anuals treat them as weeds

Poppy problem on Veg plot

Posted: 18/01/2014 at 21:48

Looks like nutculet and I were posting at the same time, nutculet does know flowers 

No compost reviews at B&Q

Posted: 18/01/2014 at 21:24

I tried Verve in 2012 ( keep a diary) it was of poor quality with plastic, fencing and nails in, last year it was much improved and I bought it because the guy who does the gardening section had recommended it, I bought split bags and could see the compost  ...employee's get a discount...and he had tested it by growing veg and stuff at home.

I've tried other composts., Alid was good but 2012/2013 seems to have been a bad yr for cheaper composts. I also bought Murphy's compost last year which was good but this year when checking the peat content, It's 1 to 39%, I'm sure it was higher last yr.  

Poppy problem on Veg plot

Posted: 18/01/2014 at 20:59

Sorry for causing a panic, you will still have a good veg bed...where stuff grows..  but treat them like an annual weed and hoe regularly, the seedlings aren't deep rooting and if they appear elsewhere in the garden just pull them up.

Mine don't grow from the root so a rotavator isn't necessary. Established one's may have a long deep root but they die if pulled.   

Poppy problem on Veg plot

Posted: 18/01/2014 at 20:50

Sorry for causing a panic, you will still have a good veg bed...where stuff grows  but treat them like an annual weed and hoe regularly, the seedlings aren't deep rooting and if they appear elsewhere in the garden just pull them up.  

New products I've discovered

Posted: 18/01/2014 at 20:22

I like using stuff made by Sanctuary, not sure how natural the products are but they have a good range and add stuff like jojoba to their products.    

Poppy problem on Veg plot

Posted: 18/01/2014 at 20:03

I'm happy to be wrong but they look very similar to the poppies which grow in my garden, I read somewhere, the seeds can lay dormant in the soil for 10yrs or more, waiting for the right conditions to grow again and I can believe that. 

Don't want to be the bringer of bad news but if they are the one's in my garden I've been trying to get rid for over 20yrs. If you let the flowers go to seed they explode everywhere.

On a more positive note they reproduce by self seeding, so as long as you don't let the flowers go to seed eventually the numbers will reduce and emerging seedlings can either be hoed into your soil on the veg beds or pulled out. 

 

New products I've discovered

Posted: 18/01/2014 at 19:33

It's also a good idea in the summer to get a good suncream and aftersun, surprising how you can catch the sun if you are out in the garden, even just for a few hours.

 

Discussions started by Zoomer44

A vote of confidence....

Just thought I'd share this with fellow posters.... 
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Last Post: 20/04/2014 at 19:42

Help...marestail and other nasties...

And I thought brambles and rabbits were going to be the biggest problem... 
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Last Post: Today at 10:04

Slug solution....

I found a slow worm on the plot today. 
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Last Post: 02/04/2014 at 21:38

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

After much hard work and several weekends later...it's suprising what you can do in a few hours...  
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Last Post: 25/03/2014 at 09:32

A differnt Q about Lily Beetle...

Want to use the spent compost from lilies grown in pots elsewhere... 
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Last Post: 25/03/2014 at 21:54

What do rabbits not eat...

There's an area at the bottom of the plot which will not be enclosed...  
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Last Post: 23/03/2014 at 21:57

Clearing brambles...

There were brambles down one side of the allotment... 
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Last Post: 19/02/2014 at 20:46

Rabbit's on the allotment and other Q's...

Firstly, advise needed to build a rabbit proof fence. 
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Last Post: 19/02/2014 at 21:17

First day on the allotment...

The first day was stopped at half time due to rain...  
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Last Post: 04/02/2014 at 21:15

Strawberry sticks

Has anyone grown these... 
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Last Post: 23/01/2014 at 20:42

New allotment OMG...

I've just signed up for an allotment... 
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Last Post: 15/03/2014 at 09:56

Spud fairs...

It's that time of year again when thoughts turn to which spuds to grow... 
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Last Post: 24/01/2014 at 20:50

Christmas trees...

Who will be buying a real tree this year... 
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Last Post: 29/11/2013 at 16:18

GH tom bed...

The soil/compost was changed this year...  
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Last Post: 11/11/2013 at 20:54

Wild life...

Has anyone been watching Autumnwatch...  
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Last Post: 06/11/2013 at 21:41
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