Zoomer44


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New allotment OMG...

Posted: 16/01/2016 at 16:51
Went to the plot this morning. Had aload of flag stones delivered for a shed and GH base.

The council had delivered a pile of bark so bagged some up to mulch paths before it started snowing.

Do you have an allotment?

Posted: 16/01/2016 at 16:42
Growing in narrow beds, about 4ft wide allows you to plant closer together and grow more veg.

Recycling keeps down cost, I've made a compost area and raised beds using pallets which cost nothing.

New allotment OMG...

Posted: 14/01/2016 at 20:11

I had to drive out of town today and noticed snow on the hills. I've other jobs to do though if the ground is frozen at the weekend.

Is it my imagination or do leeks continue to grow in winter, I'm sure my leeks have been growing in this mild weather. I've still some reasonably thick leeks left when I thought the best had been picked... ... and celriac was left in the ground because it was too small to pick in September/October, not a winter veg and not sure if they will bolt when the weather warms up but they look ok for now.        

Do you have an allotment?

Posted: 14/01/2016 at 19:28

Hi, Tara,

Being organic helps to keep down costs, we get free muck on our allotment but bags can be picked up for free along country lanes were farmers/stables put bags out for the taking. Making your own feed - comfrey/nettle or seaweed can all be made for free.

Growing fruit and veg which you like but which is expensive in shops ie - blueberries, strawberries, asparagus...this list could go on and on...I was suprised at the cost of rubarb and blackberries in the shops this year and both grow for fun on an allotment.   

An allotment is like a green gym...think of how much is saved not paying gym fee's...the number of times I've paid a years subscription into a club only to stop going  after a couple of months...

New allotment OMG...

Posted: 13/01/2016 at 21:45

Good luck rosemummy, hope you don't wait to long for a plot.

The weather forcast is looking dry for the weekend so I'm going to try to get to the plot both mornings.

I'd help

Posted: 13/01/2016 at 19:29

No, Tetley, I don't either

New allotment OMG...

Posted: 13/01/2016 at 00:15

QWRS-thanks for the tip, about squash.

Don't get me started on the aspargus bed ......I've asparagus roots being delivered in March and did dug over the area for them but found it is littered with bits of plastic, flacky white paint and other non recycable rubbish just under the surface...clearing the rubbish is now on my jobs to do over winter... 

New allotment OMG...

Posted: 12/01/2016 at 22:41

Fruitcake, hope your chooks are ok, lets hope we get dryer weather.

I like the idea of growing oca, and am envious you have parsnips ginagibbs.  

Started to work out a growing plan this evening. I've loads of seeds left from last year plus new ones. 

The plan this year is to sow more of everything and plant seedlings closer together....

To slow down the weeds under fruit trees and bushes, was going to plant either nasturgum, courgettes, pumkins and gourds to cover the ground, big leaves mean weeds have no light. There's also a new strawberry patch under a couple of apple tree's. 

I've mini pop with 'jack be little' pumkins planned, wnding their way through the corn with dwarf beans or pea's round the edges, not quite what the Indians did but this version of The three sisters worked well last year  

All good plans change  no doubt it maybe different come Spring... I need to sit on my hands and not sow too early...

I get inspiration from what other growers are doing. The guy on the neighbouiring plot still has cabbage and sprouts for picking.  Anyone else been thinking of a planting plan for this year...

What new seeds will you be trying this year?

Posted: 12/01/2016 at 21:01

New varieties for me are, toms(yellow perfection) and chilli (cyklon). I've also got dwarf brussel sprouts and dwarf broad beans. Two early sown pea varieties, which can be started in Feb/March.

Herbs, which I never got round to sowing last year, are lemon grass, chamomile and red veined sorrel   

New allotment OMG...

Posted: 10/01/2016 at 16:09
There' s a small spud fare near us. There aren't many varieties but usually one' s not in the shops.

The fair in Skem is a lot bigger with more varieties.

Went to the plot, picked Leek's and kale. Dug over one of the beds, it started to rain before I could cover it with muck.

Discussions started by Zoomer44

Making compost

 
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Gooseberry pruning...

The bush is heavy with berries.. 
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Fences and covenants...

Are covenants legally binding... 
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Sharpening tools...

Tips welcome... 
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Best site for asparagus...

Multiple choice Q...no ideal site...a case of...best of a bad lot...  
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Growing asparagus...

Any tips... 
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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...

I planted a plum tree last year in what was the right spot.... 
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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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