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Latest posts by Zoomer44

bind weed and brambles!!

Posted: 15/02/2015 at 00:10

Hi, nellie,

Just to add...know your weeds. When digging out bindweed it has white pencil wide roots.

Brambles if you dig out the crown... you are half way there to gettting rid of it...both bindweed and brambles will grow back but if dug out when they are tiny come up easily.

 

My moto is recycle my garden & pocket likes it

Posted: 14/02/2015 at 20:07

Sounds like a good plan to recycle your conifers. Why would you think they might be toxic.  

Using bark chippings for paths is ok, our council have just dropped off tonnes of Christmas Tree bark chippings for the allotments, I'm sure if it wasn't ok someone would have complained

 

New allotment OMG...

Posted: 14/02/2015 at 19:49

Welldone Stagbeetle on getting a nice flat plot.

It's been dry and sunny here today, went down to the plot and finished off the area were the shed once stood. It's all barked and has a compost area with three black bins now. Also rescued an old fold up garden table from a skip, it's in need of some TLC but I can see it now with a new coat of paint

How was everyone else's day.

Are there any advantages of starting sweet peppers off now?

Posted: 13/02/2015 at 23:21

No is the simple answer.

Unless you have good germination conditions, with light and warmth then sowing now will make little difference to sowing in four to six weeks time. Happy to be wrong though... 

Using mushroom compost...

Posted: 13/02/2015 at 21:12

Hi, Ally kay,

It's been a massive learning curve for me since posting the first time in June 2014. I've another plot now, much bigger and the top bit was over run with raspberries on the new plot. These were cut back in October and the plan is to dig them all up, I've already dug up a big area and plan to replant some runners.

I'd advise you posted again and started a new thread, starting off ' I cut my raspberries down and mulched over winter....that way more posters are likely to respond...      

New allotment OMG...

Posted: 13/02/2015 at 20:29

Stagbeetle, couldn't agree more.

We have quite a number of allotment sites in this area which are supported by the council. Not sure financially if they will continue to help with improvements due to cut backs, but last year there was so much in the pot and we had to bid for what each site wanted. To be fair it was evenly distributed, we got a gravelled track installed running the length of the allotments. 

The allotments behind my house had a fence replaced running round the entire site one year and a petition stopped the council reclaiming the land for building on it last year. That site only has about 12 plots on it but the entire neighbourhood signed the petition.

Cheap greenhouse - advice please!

Posted: 13/02/2015 at 19:59

Grower68, to cut the cost you don't need to flag the entire area, I just flagged were the GH frame would stand and down one side, to stand a potting bench on, which doubles up for pots once the growing season kicks off and put a gravel path down the middle. The other side is a soil bed.

You don't need the frame base either although probably better to have, mine is mounted and secured to the flags on treated wood, no doubt this will eventually rot as the one on the allotment has but it takes some years. 

New allotment OMG...

Posted: 13/02/2015 at 19:37

Gg I'd say it needs longer to rot down. It should be nice, crumbly black stuff and not lumpy, others may not agree though...

Read in AG today, Farm Terrace Allotments in Watford are going to start a petition which aims to save UK allotments from over zealous councils who want to develop allotments for building on.  It hasn't been started yet but may lead to a debate in House of Commons to make it harder for councils to close allotment sites for building development . Sounds like a good idea, what do you guys think, .

I'd hate it if our site closed, not that it's threatened 

On a more positive note, looks like the weather will be dry here tomorrow, I feel a morning on the plot coming on  

 

New allotment OMG...

Posted: 12/02/2015 at 20:17

Victoria, looks like you have an Aladin's cave. After knocking down the shed what's your next venture? I'm still digging over and thinking about where to put paths. I'd be inclined to keep all those pots. Good luck and happy growing.

Hoping to get down on the plot at least one morning this weekend if the weather is kind.

Replanting blueberry bushes...

Posted: 12/02/2015 at 19:49

Thank you everyone, think I'll take my chances and plant them in a raised bed. It's not going to be a big bed just 4ft long and 2ft wide, the space will be bigger than the pots they are planted in and deeper. 

The council left a heap of wood chippings on the allotments which look like chopped up christmas tree's, there's lots of pine bits in it, so me thinks I could line the bottom of the bed with this and then top up the raised bed with ericacious compost mixed in with a little soil to fill up the bed and a mulch of the same chippings , how does that sound...    

Discussions started by Zoomer44

Shed of the year...

Did anyone else watch the programme this evening... 
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Growing globe artichokes...

I'm growing them for the first time... 
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Currant bushes ...should I be worried...

New shoots on my currant bushes are bubbly. The bubbles are orange/brown making the leaves start to shrivel... 
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Last Post: 16/05/2015 at 19:35

Growing lillies.

A Q about used compost...  
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Best compost for 2015

Thought I start as new compost thread. 2013 from what I recall wasn't a particularly good year for compost,  
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Replanting blueberry bushes...

I've a couple of bushes in pots.... 
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Advent calendar prize draw...

Has anyone won anything.... 
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Last Post: 26/12/2014 at 19:48

Glode artichokes, over wintering..

Hadn't planned to grow these... 
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Last Post: 03/12/2014 at 06:13

Anyone grow globe artichokes...

After saying I wasn't going to grow them several weeks ago I picked up 12 plants from the nearly dead section of a store.... 
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Last Post: 05/11/2014 at 21:17

How to pollinate a Bramley apple tree...

I'd like to grow both dessert and culnary apple tree's...  
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Last Post: 02/11/2014 at 17:24

Growing grass paths...

It's just an idea forming... 
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Last Post: 24/09/2014 at 21:31

Td immunisations...

I was reading through the infor from the alloment association on the site where I have a plot... 
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Last Post: 16/09/2014 at 09:38

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

My neighbour has a 'mile as minute' climber growing along the fence... 
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Last Post: 12/09/2014 at 10:44

Something has been eating my chillies and toms...

Something has been nibbling at my chillies and toms...  
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Last Post: 05/09/2014 at 00:11

Soil like dust...

I've taken over another half plot on the allotment...  
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Last Post: 02/08/2014 at 22:49
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