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New allotment OMG...Part 2...

Posted: 28/03/2016 at 19:06

I always associated grass hoppers with the summer holidays. Our house backed onto what would now be called green belt land.

There was a field for horses to graze and the grass would be cut in the summer, we would build dens in the hay bales. We'd also catch grasshoppers, the winner was the one who caught the most.

By the time I was born the allotments from the war were well over grown  There's nothing left now apart from houses and the 'big tree', must be under a consevation order, when I drive past I often look up and think my name's scratched at the top of that.  

Guess that's progress...

Help Save The Hedgehogs

Posted: 28/03/2016 at 17:48

Hi, Mark, can't believe I missed this thread when you first posted.

I'd heard of hedgehog sanctury's and family's who foster hedgehogs to release back into the wild, there are a couple in Lancashire. 

This may seem a silly question and not practical but I have a large allotment, it is enclosed, I'm very protective of my crop and don't want rabbits getting in, so there is a fence all around it. I grow organically and have been searching the internet to see if anyone with an allotment has acted as a santury but not been able to find anything.

There is already alot of wildlife on the plot...frogs, toads and I had slow worms on my first plot. I get grass hoppers too. How would one find out about becoming a santuary...or would a hegdehog eat all the veg...       

Runner beans from seed

Posted: 28/03/2016 at 17:14

I agree with scroggin...You may have sown them too early, depending where you are in the country there can be up to four weeks difference in planting out times. Scotland being the last to plant out and the south being the first.

I'm in the NW and don't plan to sow runner/french beans until the end of April.

Trellis & Posts

Posted: 28/03/2016 at 16:59

I put up an 'L' shaped trellis five or more years ago, the panels were 6 by 6 and treated with a preserve, four in all with wooden posts in metal stakes. I sourced the materials locally, a family run business, they weren't the cheapest but in terms of advise and supply they provided everything which was needed and free delivery, they were also cheaper than local GC';s.   

Trellis has never been painted and is over flowering with climbers apart from it looking a little weather worn it's as strong now as the day it went up.     

New allotment OMG...Part 2...

Posted: 28/03/2016 at 16:25

Slugs don't usually go for my strawberries until they start fruiting. 

Did a quick repair today on the shed roof as the wind had torn the felt. Lots of small jobs done before it started to rain. Potted up some dahlias and sowed seeds in the GH.    

There'a also a bird nesting in the shed, thought I so one fly out yesterday but didn't think much of it, found the nest today when I was hanging up my tools... There was a bundle of straw and stuff with a hole in the middle wedged in the corner near a window. Hope I haven't scared it off, don't think it was there today though.

We get quite alot of wildlife, rabbits, squirels, slow worms, frogs, toads, a robin last year followed me around the plot when I was digging, sometimes sitting just a couple of ft away. Then there's all the bee's and butterflies in the summer. Heard a grasshopper on another plot last year, was ever so envious, I hadn't heard one of those in this country since I was a child, and then about Aug/Sept time heard one on my plot          

New allotment OMG...Part 2...

Posted: 27/03/2016 at 16:54
It is hard work to start but after clearing your plot it gets a lot easier. I rough dug the top of the plot, covered it with plenty of muck and black plastic. After 2-3 months it was so much easier to dig over and is teeming with worms.

Which variety of second early potatoes

Posted: 26/03/2016 at 21:25

Red duke of York is a 1st early and a good variety, produces medium sized spuds and some large, excellent for growing in bags, nice mashed, roasted or chipped. The larger spuds are even good cooked in their jackets.  

New allotment OMG...Part 2...

Posted: 26/03/2016 at 20:23

It's forcast showers here tomorrow and the wind is picking up too.

Spent about an hour yesterday sowing seeds, onions are now in modules and I've started more seeds off on kitchen roll, something of an experiment as I've some old seeds and wasn't sure if they'd germinate, I've quite alot which need to be sown this year. 

 

Growing lettuce in pots

Posted: 25/03/2016 at 23:34
A grow bag tray with gravel in would work and you can water from the bottom.

Growing lettuce in pots

Posted: 25/03/2016 at 23:26
If you put the pot with your lettuce into another larger pot with fine gravel in slugs/snail won 't cross the gravel and can't get to your lettuce, alternatively you could put several pots in a long tray with fine gravel in.

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