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Horsetail on allotment

Posted: 25/01/2015 at 16:17

Don't give up, these things are sent to try us, no easy answer.

You can still grow stuff in the bed, hoeing whilst effect on annual weeds isn't for horsetail as you'll just cut off the top and leave the root in the ground. Digging up the root is one of the best.  When they regrow dig them up as soon as seen, by the time they open up they will have spawned.

There are weed killers but most kill a plant based on the ration of above ground foilage and below ground root. If you are lucky you may kill it off in one area only for it to pop up somewhere else. If you decide to try a weed killer it's always advisable to use it when the weed is actively growing too and with horetail to use gloves to apply it rather than spray.    

New allotment OMG...

Posted: 25/01/2015 at 15:51

Gg I've 1st and 2nd earlies...Arron Pilott, Pentland Javelin, Wilja and Maris Peer. Red Duke of York are nice but not seen any locally yet.

Can't wait to start sowing but am going to try and wait till March for veg as later sowings usually catch up...Chillies and aubergines may get sown at the end of Feb  though...

Succession planting sounds like a good plan fruitcake..this year I was going to mark on a calender when veg is sown and when to sow next batch, possibly every four weeks.

Crop rotation is on the agenda too, can't decide whether to do a 3 or 4 year plan.

Aubergine - too early

Posted: 25/01/2015 at 15:15

Aubergines do need a long growing season and despite what it says's on the packet it could be a tab bit early yet and it depends where you live, I usually wait till the end of Feb begining of March. I'm in the NW though. I've a french variety this year and the packet says sow between January and April.    

New allotment OMG...

Posted: 24/01/2015 at 17:52

Been on the plot today.

Took down an old shed before it fell down. Found the floor was being held up with 6 rusty tins. I kept putting my feet through the floor as the roof and sides came down.

We had blight on the allotment last year, it started on the plot next to mine, the guy didn't cut off the foilage so it went through everyone's plots like a bush fire. 1st and 2nd earlies put on a good show though, they're planted earlier than main crop and have usually done their bit underground by the time blight strikes.

Seed spuds all bought and chitting in the back bedroom...that's not to say...I might get some more... 

Seed and plant swap 2015

Posted: 23/01/2015 at 21:48

Free to good home-

Toms - Moneymaker.

 

Seed and plant swap 2015

Posted: 23/01/2015 at 21:33

Thank you Perki received the seeds today. Yours and NGCARDS are in the post 

anyone started growing their chili peppers yet?

Posted: 23/01/2015 at 21:14

I saved one plant from last year which has a green chilli onthe plants not looking in the best of health and if it gets through Feb I'll be pleased as it'll have a fighting chance of growing into it's second year.

Was going to wait till the end of Feb begining of March to sow but also plan to cheat and buy in some small plants of different varieties..      

Seed and plant swap 2015

Posted: 22/01/2015 at 20:05

Hi, Vic

Could I have the sunflowers and foxglove please.

New allotment OMG...

Posted: 21/01/2015 at 20:42

You've been busy Roy, nice clear site.

That's what I like about allotmenteering, whilst we all have a common interest, sites can be so different. Do you have a lot of time to spend on the plot?

I'm hoping to go to the plot this weekend but it depends on it being rain free

Seed and plant swap 2015

Posted: 21/01/2015 at 20:18

If there's anything you want from the list Paris just PM me. They are spare seeds, if I get anything in return it's a bonus 

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Something has been nibbling at my chillies and toms...  
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