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Growing grass paths...

Posted: 23/09/2014 at 19:58

Slightly off topic, well actually alot, missed you on the weather thread Frank, I think we kept it alive......I don't get up to the NE now other than on leisure trips and enjoyed the banter.

Hope you are well...happy gardening.  

Growing grass paths...

Posted: 23/09/2014 at 19:42

All good advise, thank you, sorry if I don't reply individually.

The committee are split on grass paths so we can have then, the choice I face is weeds on bare soil or grass. The bricks on site have been recycled into paths running across the site.

Q...I thought about not being able to walk on the seeded area's before about Feb or March time, would this be about right or would it be longer? 

I've not got the fruit tree's yet so this bit was trickier as I'll need to walk on it to plant out but could pot then up at home and wait till Feb/March to plant out.

Thanks, Frank will mark out a section round where the tree's are planned to be planted. I was thinking of just a ft, clearly not big enough.

Having weeds in the grass is expected, me thought I'd get a strimmer, battery operated or manual mower. Jury's out on that one. Q is which would be best, me thinks a mower as it's quicker. if the blades are kept sharp and I do have hand shears and an edger to define the paths. 

 There are slow worms on the site although they don't eat enough slugs to keep the population down .    

Q After sowing when would it need to be cut, would it be March/April and can it ghen be walked on?    

New allotment OMG...

Posted: 23/09/2014 at 18:50

GG - the other plots about 100 yrds down the track, not far really. It's in the middle of the allotments which is really nice because most people say hello or stop to talk when passing.

You can't be seen from the track on my new plot at present, it's on a slope and like a secret garden, you practically need to wade through under growth to get to it. The rasberry canes have taken over at least a third of the top half and the bendy path down to mine is only the width of a wheelbarrow. So I've had it a few weeks now and only seen the guys on the neighbouring plots, twice 

Wood chips sound a good idea but no we don't get them, worth checking out if there's a local wood merchants though. I'm considering grass paths. 

When and which plants in pots to but in the greenhouse over winter...

Posted: 22/09/2014 at 23:35

Agree with philippa.

I grow a dwarf azalea in a pot and usually wrap the pot along with other potted plants before the first frost, which will probably be in the next few weeks then keep the pots close to the house where it is sheltered from the worst of the winter weather and a little warmer.

Start to reduce watering, when the worst of the frost arrives it's water freezing in the pots which is more likely to kill the plants. A good layer of gravel as a mulch will also help retain heat in the compost, whilst in summer helps retain water from evaporation due to the sun's ray's.       

New allotment OMG...

Posted: 22/09/2014 at 23:06

Fruitcake, I walk through the top plot to get to mine. It's over grown and  needs structure putting in like paths...and is over run with rasberry canes, some brambles and nettles. 

Fortunatly there isn't anything which can't be composted or recycled. It comes with yet another wheelbarrow, compost bin and various plastic bins and tubs 

I could keep the first plot for a further year as the soil is really fertile but there's only so much veg a person can eat and preserve. The jury's still out on that one...   

Growing grass paths...

Posted: 22/09/2014 at 21:56

I want to grow grass paths on the allotment. There are three sections planned to grow it but none are quite ready.

The first area has been dug over and one part has muck on it with a black plastic covering. The other part was dug over and cardboard was laid with muck on top. I'm thinking of  planting  3 - 4 dwarf fruit tree's in these area's and the plan is to grow grass between the tree's with an area of bare soil around the tree's so I can mulch each year, real lazy allotmenteering.

Q is do I just dig the muck in, level off, firm up the ground and scatter the seeds? Can it really be that simple or will the ground be too rich for the seed?

The third area is compact soil with ocassional weeds like dock and dandilion. This isn't a big area and could be dug over in a couple of hours. Would I then just rake over, firm up the ground and sow the seeds?

Just to add to the mix, I've been told now is the time to sow grass seed but I'm in the NW and although it's been warm and sunny for the past couple of days, there have been some cold mornings, and the nights can be chilly. Have I missed the window of opportunity to sow grass seed?

     

New allotment OMG...

Posted: 22/09/2014 at 21:14

Think I'll look out for a local supplier too and get  an azada. Looks an interesting piece of kit to clear ground with.

Looks like the top half of my new plot will be coming vacant. The guy has been sent a letter and his time runs out on Thursday. He has done nothing to it for months.

I'll get first choice, makes sense to have two half plots on one site so if offered I'll need to decide whether to keep the first one. I'm a tad bit reluctant to give it up after building a fence and keeping the weeds down all summer. 

What's been your best garden freebie?

Posted: 20/09/2014 at 21:56

I've had two GH's given, the first off a friend and the second was inherited on the allotment, admitedly the 2nd has no glass but one can't expect everything for nothing 

...And apart from stuff left on the allotment from previous owners, I've been given a potting bench for the GH, loads of pots, flower buckets (over 100, running out of idea's as to how to use them) wheelbarrow, plastic darlik...

The first GH has to be the best freebie. 

New allotment OMG...

Posted: 18/09/2014 at 23:06

My first half plot is still very productive, so pleased I took the time to dig up weeds by the roots. There are few on it at present but was told they are slow growing after the longest day. I only visit it  once or twice  a week now the courgettes have slowed down, to weed, water and pick stuff. Still productive are the natsturgum for seeds and flowers.

Leeks, broccolli, sprouts, kale, celriac, chad looking good although some rust on the leeks,. I've a second harvest of strawberries too and the alpine one's have been fruiting all summer.

Today, I planted garlic in modules, at home, ready to plant out once the shoots start showing.  

No more treasures on the new half plot but now that some area's have been sectioned off by either being dug over, covered and some paths laid with the recycled bricks,  I've planted out a strawberry patch, globe articokes and fruit bushes transplanted from the first plot.

what's plants do you have in your greenhouse right now.

Posted: 16/09/2014 at 22:43

I've lots of tom plants, one cue plant left with one cue still growing  various chilli plants, with mainly red fruit on, and three sweet pepper plants, me bought these as chilli plants according to the label but the heat in them is zero  and onions waiting to be platted up.

I would usually have some late sown biennials in there at this time but sowed them earlier this year and they're all outside, in pots, looking good to be planted out although still a tab bit small.    

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