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Latest posts by Zoomer44

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.   

New allotment OMG...

Posted: 17/03/2015 at 21:02

Fruitcake-Checked Amazon out......they are doing free delivery....

A guy on the allotment, had a new one last weekend, bought in a Manchester hardware store on his way home. He called it a 'land hoe' but it looked like an azada, ever so tempted...  

Garden news mag?

Posted: 17/03/2015 at 20:12

Kitchen Garden is a good one to subscribe to, it's monthly but along with the gardening I liked the recipe's.

Easter heatwave alert

Posted: 17/03/2015 at 19:46

I live in hope, we can get unpredictably nice weather at Easter, I'm looking forward to a four day weekend and enjoying the nights drawing out. Left work at 5 today and it was, ever so nice to drive home in daylight.

No baby pepper seedlings emerging

Posted: 17/03/2015 at 19:34

Chillies and peppers can take a couple of weeks. Sow some more as a back up.

I've trailed those peat pockets for the first time this year, sowed some chillies on 8th March and noticed today, one seedling is already coming up. No sign of anything in the usual seed compost though.

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