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New allotment OMG...

Posted: 09/12/2014 at 20:33

Gg - Once you get your head around pruning currant bushes they are easy pezzie. Black currants taste slightly different to white and red but I haven't found much difference to the latter two. 

With GW I also get 'Kitchen Garden' which is fad.

My winter veg has  done ok, brussels, kale, leeks, celriac and chad are still being picked. Broccoli has grown but nothing to pick yet.

Is asparagus easy to grow?      

christmas tree

Posted: 09/12/2014 at 20:06

I wait till a few days before Christmas eve and bring mine into the dinning room, putting it  by the door were it's coolest, then put it in the lounge on Christmas eve, by the window which is the furtherest point from the fire and central heating.

They are a tree which are accustomed to being outdoors at this time of year in snow and frost so when you do decide to bring it indoors the coolest spot in a room is probably the best place.   

Repotting a Christmas Tree...

Posted: 09/12/2014 at 19:42

The tree I bought in 2012  (read first post) is now about 3ft tall, just popped outside to check .

If the tree was outdoors when you bought it, keep it outdoors until ready to dress. I bring mine in a few days before Christmas and put it in the dinning room by the door were it'd coolest then put it in the lounge on Christmas eve near the window and the furtherest point from the fire and central heating. Put the pot in a dish of water and let the tree drink from the bottom, adding more water if the dish becomes dry, trying not to over water.    

If potting up put it in a plastic pot, mines in terracota and I'll need help getting it in doors this yr. A plastic pot will always fit into a nice ceramic one and can easily be moved in and out of the house.

If the tree has been grown in a pot and kept outdoors, the shock of repotting and bringing it into the house could kill it. If not root bound I'd repot in the spring.

Matty - your tree sounds like it needs repotting now though.

New allotment OMG...

Posted: 08/12/2014 at 20:52

Gg - Some permanent planting is always a good idea to have on the allotment like rubarb, strawberries, fruit bushes - I've got currant(red, white and black) and gooseberry, some perennial herbs - these are all low maintance if weeded around and given a good mulch in the autumn. Herbs can be planted fairly close together and planted like this keep down weeds, most attract bee's and other good guys  .

Rashberries (the roots on these can be a tad bit invasive though).

If you like chad the plants will last up to 4yrs depending on where you live and weather over winter. I also planted some globe artichokes this year and am hoping they over winter.

If it's a big plot the permanent planting fills space, usually gives a crop every year and is low maintance.

New allotment OMG...

Posted: 07/12/2014 at 20:37

Nice pics.

I had a none gardening day, went down to the allotment yesterday though to pick some veg. Everything on today's dinner was grown on the allotment

its here

Posted: 06/12/2014 at 19:17

Ground was frozen here in the NW this morning and no shiny thing in the sky all day just dark cloud and light rain. 

Must get some thick socks to wear with my wellies, I'm tempted with the heated insoles though

 

Glode artichokes, over wintering..

Posted: 02/12/2014 at 21:43

Late summer I bought 12 globe artichoke plants from the nearly dead section in a local store, not expecting them to live...and one died...the rest are looking really healthy.

I'm not to sure what to do now, they had a good mulch of muck when planted out on the allotment, probably October time, wilted a little but picked up and are about 1ft high. 

It's getting cold now here in the NW and me thinks they've probably gone in to dormance ready for next year.

Should I cover with fleece if frost is due,leave them alone or cut the growth to ground level?. 

They are in a sheltered spot.   

 

New allotment OMG...

Posted: 30/11/2014 at 19:10

Fruitcake it sounds ;like you are well on the way to getting some chookie's for Christmas

New allotment OMG...

Posted: 29/11/2014 at 20:27

Gg-  making a stable door and hanging it, me thinks is a bit beyond my level of skill   

New allotment OMG...

Posted: 29/11/2014 at 20:23

Spent the afternoon doing jobs in the back garden today instead of going to the allotment. Did a general tidy up, dug up some dahlias and galdioli bulbs, hoping to grow both on the allotment next year.

ginagibbs sounds like you got some bargin books. 'The Practical Step-By- Step book of Allotment Gardening' has been my bible this year, even took it on holiday and read it on the plane

Fruitcake - more are likely to follow. My garlics getting a tab bit pot bound, if it doesn't go in the ground tomorrow I'm thinking of potting it up and leaving it till next year to plant out. Planted up 50 onions today me thinks I'll leave those in the GH till next year.

The forcast here, for tomorrow is looking good, with sun shine mid day

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Discussions started by Zoomer44

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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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

Q about transplanting fruit bushes...

I've grown some cuttings at home and have some well establishes bushes to transplant.. 
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Last Post: 27/07/2014 at 23:03

Weeds in the GH....

I've inherited a GH with no glass on a new allotment plot... 
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Last Post: 28/07/2014 at 18:54

Little gems...

I've about a dozen Little gem lettuce plants growing in pots.... 
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Last Post: 29/06/2014 at 22:18

Veg seeds to sow now...

Winter veg... 
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Last Post: 28/06/2014 at 22:27
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