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Watching seedlings grow

Posted: 13/04/2015 at 23:34

Ice - wait until your beetroot has two true leaves before planting on. If you've germinated them indoors or under cover, pot on into modules and keep indoors,GH or cold frame.

If you've just had frost the ground will be too cold to plant out. To warm the ground up you could cover it for a couple of weeks with black plastic.     

New allotment OMG...

Posted: 11/04/2015 at 19:08

Hi, Caral, if you can put the shed on rollers, round fence posts are ideal., you'll find the shed alot easier to move. I moved a garden shed after lifting it onto fence posts  with a giant crow bar.  

I'd have been angry Fruitcake and I'm not sure I'd like to share a shed.

I've been sowing more seeds. Running out of plastic propogator covers now not to mention space in the back bedroom so sweetcorn is on damp kitchen roll and germinating on the radiator .  

New allotment OMG...

Posted: 09/04/2015 at 22:55

Gg - you might have hidden raised beds. I found lots of stone paths just buried below the surface on my new plot.

Also, once you start digging up the weeds and brambles you'll find you can easily level off the ground or you might decide on raised beds in which case some of the excessive soil can be used to fill them.    

New allotment OMG...

Posted: 09/04/2015 at 22:39

Thanks everyone. I don't remember much about what happened, couldn't get out of bed on the Saturday due to the most unbeleivable headache and then woke up in intensive care on the Tuesday. I'm alot better than I was, just very weak and the body won't do what the mind is telling it to.   

I've sown quite alot of seeds this afternoon. Plan  B sounds the way to go for GH plants. Sown in modules/tray's - leeks, turnip,swede, celeriac, beetroot, chad, sunflowers and nasturgium. Needed a two hour nap in the middle...I won't be able to do that on the plot.  

New allotment OMG...

Posted: 09/04/2015 at 13:09

Hi, hope all are well. I haven't been on for a while, was rushed into hospstal with meningitus a few weeks ago.    

Haven't read all the postings... but it's good to read everyone is beavering away with their plots and the chucks have moved into their new residence. Good luck with your new plot Gg, hope you've decided to keep it.

Feeling a lot better now although the slightest exersion is leaving me exhausted, came out of hospital yesterday and in need of inspiration, all my seedlings and everything in the GH has died. I can't drive due to double vision and am walking with a stick.

Plan A is to spend the afternoon sat in the backgarden sowing a few seeds. I haven't got a plan B.   

New allotment OMG...

Posted: 20/03/2015 at 21:35

Stagbeetle - I've nothing planted on the plot this year. It's still to early here in the NW. Planted some garlic in October and I've perienniel planting which has nearly filled plot 3A with fruit bushes, tree's, strawberries and other stuff. The grand plan after this is still in being formulated 

Plot 3B at the top is going to be the annual veg area but it's in need of attention with only one bed 4ft wide dug over the length but I've made a  pallet compost area and rough dug oneside as a start.

I'm in the GWRS camp with sowing seeds on the plot as I've always sown in modules, so it'll be a first to sow straight in the ground.

The site I gave up was number 13 

       

Three Sisters

Posted: 18/03/2015 at 22:13

I thought mni pop would produce smaller plants and living in the NW, grew it on the basis it cropped in a shorter time to big sweetcorn, it went romping away and reached over 6ft last year.

Three Sisters

Posted: 18/03/2015 at 21:49

Sweetcorn can be planted in a rectangle, a block of 3 by 3 which is 9 plants, is sufficient for polination, so providing there is at least three rows, then pollination shouldn't be a problem in a linear bed. 

Three Sisters

Posted: 18/03/2015 at 21:18

I've heard of the Three Sisters planting technique, not tried it, but was going to try planting either mini pop with squash/small pumkins or mini pop and french beans. Mini pop grows as tall as sweetcorn.

I suspect native Americans probably planted  sweetcorn further apart than what we would plant, allowing sun to get to the squash/pumkins which would grow on the ground and allowing for room to walk between the corn to pick the beans. 

Planting in a long narrow bed would mean not needing to walk on the growing area, so a linear bed would make sense as you could reach each plant variety as it cropped. Sounds like you have a good plan.

Not heard of the fourth sister, but planting four plants in a relatively close planting area, me thinks would mean them all competing for the same nurients from soil in a confined space. Sunflowers and sweetcorn have deeper root systems than beans and squash, these grow nearer the surface than sweetcorn and sunflowers which are taller plants and need a stronger anchorage to prevent them being damaged in windy weather. I'd be inclined to plant sunflowers in a differnt area but close by.      

 I'm sure someone else will be along whose tried the three sisters.

New allotment OMG...

Posted: 18/03/2015 at 19:54

Re; Azada, can feel a spend coming on, GH glass is also the priority this month though...

Stagbeetle - I've 7 fruit tree's on semi dwarfing root stock, it's a big plot so there was plenty of room to plant fruit tree's about 5-6 ft apart in two rows, you need to think about how big they'll grow when mature and space accordingly.

Sowed some pea's tonight on damp kitchen roll. 

Gg - New plot holders get an e-mail saying when to go to the allotments to choose their plot but we aren't council run.   

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'Mile a minute' growing as you watch...

My neighbour has a 'mile as minute' climber growing along the fence... 
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Something has been eating my chillies and toms...

Something has been nibbling at my chillies and toms...  
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Soil like dust...

I've taken over another half plot on the allotment...  
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Q about transplanting fruit bushes...

I've grown some cuttings at home and have some well establishes bushes to transplant.. 
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Weeds in the GH....

I've inherited a GH with no glass on a new allotment plot... 
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Little gems...

I've about a dozen Little gem lettuce plants growing in pots.... 
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Veg seeds to sow now...

Winter veg... 
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