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New allotment OMG...

Posted: 28/11/2015 at 17:43

When will the rain stop...strong winds are forcast in the NW...it's officially winter on Tuesday...I've a few winter jobs to do and looking forward to Spring...

Called at the plot today to drop off 5 bags of leaves. A real find, whilst at the recycle bank, noticed the wind had blow a pile of leaves, a ft high, behind the containers so returned with some black bags. 

The new plot holder has an area over run with autumn fruiting rasberries, thought I might leave a note on his gate, welcoming him to the allotments and asking if he wants to do a plant swap in Spring. Rasberries for strawberries.   

Pat hasn't posted from Australia for a while, it'll be summer now down under. Hope you are having a good growing season...

Weed wands...

Posted: 28/11/2015 at 16:27

Whilst out today I came across a store selling weed wands and nearly bought it but managed to reframe, thinking I might get a better deal on line.

It turns out there is quite a choice ranging from £9.99 plus and they come using either parasene or butane gas. One in home base is £19.99, which I rather liked because of the curved handle but don't really know which are best.

I want it to burn the weeds on the paths at the allotment.

Any suggestions as to which are best and why, can posters recommend any?

How long do the canisters last?

New allotment OMG...

Posted: 26/11/2015 at 19:50

This is one way of weeding your strawberry patch......

My strawberry patch is quite dense, so gave some plants to another plot holder saying she could have as many as she could dig up and more by accident than design, there is now a freshly dug strip along the side of the patch..... and I dug up more to make a new square bed which can be reached on all four sides...easier to weed...

A new plot holder has taken a plot near mine so thought I'd offer him some free plants in the spring...... well I do have a bad back and the physio has told me not to do anything on the plot which will put a strain on it at present...

Clever planting can keep down the weeds too. I grew squash which weaved it's way below mini pop and grew dwarf beans in the trenches between the corn this yr, still had to do some hand weeding but it was easier, giving more time to dig over the uncultivated part of the plot.

Courgette's and pumkin were grown under the fruit bushes and nasturgum under the fruit tree's. If you can keep down the weeds until the leaves of these plants cover the ground, very little will germinate under them. Bindweed and marestail still grows but alot weaker.  

Good prep, of the soil before planting, and planning now what you want to grow and where, is essential. 

Happy growing...

    

Ideas....

Posted: 26/11/2015 at 18:48

All good idea's but why not ask him.

Let's face it we ask children by getting them to write out a Christmas list and at 86 he's probably had lots of Christmas's when family and friends have bought really nice things they thought he would like but not necessarily what he wants or needs.

If he wants something for the garden you can also get it engraved with his name as a suprise or get him an extra gift as a token suprise.

 

Talkback: How to make a comfrey liquid feed

Posted: 26/11/2015 at 18:07

I leave mine to brew for 6wks and using it fresh is probably better but I've used home made seaweed feed the following yr after brewing, it hasn't done my veggies any harm.    

New allotment OMG...

Posted: 25/11/2015 at 22:20
Thanks Ginagibbs I'll leave the artichokes to die back before mulching.
Sorry you have received a letter stagbeetle other plot holders may have received them too. Take some pics and ask what you need to do before December, explain you work and tell them when you plan to go to your plot but be realistic.
When did you get the letter, you only have a week to show any improvement.

New allotment OMG...

Posted: 23/11/2015 at 15:00
I already have a lot of seeds from previous yrs or saved this yr.
2 x pea' s - one can be sown in the autumn.
Dahlias, sunflowers and gourds.
Mini pop, radish, Brussels, pumkin - jack be little, chilies- cyklon and toms - yellow perfection.

GWRS - taking lessons sounds a plan.

New allotment OMG...

Posted: 22/11/2015 at 18:21

 Gg it's not been in my followed threads for a while, thought it was my computer playing up...I started getting notifications from GW again though on my e-mails...they had stopped for a while...I'm going to ask santa for a new one, can't decide whether to get a laptop or an ipad... 

GWRS - going to a football match is on my 'things to do before...' list. Never been to one but a friend is an avid Man City fan...has a season ticket...sadly she is over 27 and unlikely to get over this...but says I must go to a football match, even if it is a local match. In my youth I supported Liverpool.

Our local team are so bad, presumably to drum up support, allow children to go free. We will start there but have been past PNE/ Blackburn on match days and seen concerts at Man U ground. I'd like to see a  match at one of the big grounds....

Who did you see...

 

 

New allotment OMG...

Posted: 22/11/2015 at 17:27

Spent a couple of hrs on the plot digging over a bed and doing a general tidy up. Dug up some docks before the roots started on their journey to Australia and checked out the broad beans. Some of their tips had gone black, looks like the frost has got to them, so not hopeful they will last till the spring but on a happy note, have lots of seeds left to sow next yr.  

Due to all the rain the ground was soft so digging was ever so easy and the narrow beds meant no walking on the soil. On the bigger square beds I've placed flag stones to walk on.

Yaho...the weeds aren't growing either so cleared ground stays clear, just need to cover it with muck now before frost freezes the ground.  

Collected my kings seeds, that was like discovering buried teasure as I'd forgotten what had been ordered...I must get out more...

Not sure what to do with the globe artichokes. I was going to cut them back to ground level and cover the area with muck but do you leave then to die back like rubarb before covering with muck  

Poorly dwarf apple tree

Posted: 22/11/2015 at 16:56

Hi, sorry for not getting back sooner. I went to the plot to check out the tree again.

It's not grafted on to a different root stock and about 4ft high. I've cleared away the ground cover. I'd planted nasturgums in the area to keep down the weeds so there was very little weeds in the area.The trunk is about an inch thick. The main branch has been pruned so it's grown this year from the side branches and put on about 1ft's worth of growth on the higher branches which look to be healthy. One or two of the lower branches look dead and they are only about 6 or 7 inches long. 

It';s not far from the neighbouring plot holders tree about 8 to 10ft but his tree is three times the height and the apples don't look to be the same variety.

On closer inspection not all the leaves have spots on them but it's difficult to tell now as they are dying off. The spots on the apple had pieced the skin.

Will check out the link pansyface     

Discussions started by Zoomer44

Best site for asparagus...

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New allotment OMG...Part 2...

Just signed up for a new allotment...OMG...  
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Re planting fruit tree's...

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Shredded pine leaves....

Can they be used as a mulch round blueberry bushes. 
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Weed wands...

Do any posters use them... 
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Poorly dwarf apple tree

I uncovered a dwarf apple amongst brambles last year.... 
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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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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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Glode artichokes, over wintering..

Hadn't planned to grow these... 
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