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Aphids ... at this time of year?

Posted: 09/02/2014 at 21:13

NG did you give your GH  a good clean in the Autumn. 

I take everything out, give both the glass and bench a good clean and then a jet spray of water to rinse everything off. It hurts to do it as there are lots of spiders in my GH which don't seem to do any harm to plants and I'm convinced they keep the pest level down.

I had an early invasion of green aphids in the GH last year and along with squishing, used a spray of garlic and olive oil until the spiders arrived. Aphids breath through their skin so the olive oil is probably what killed them but...and I'm happy to be wrong, doesn't kill the good guys like ladybirds and spiders.         .  

Clearing brambles...

Posted: 09/02/2014 at 20:49

There were brambles growing down one side of an allotment plot I've recently aquired, about 6ft into the plot with random brambles coming up through black plastic which looks to have been down at least a couple of years..

To cut to the chase I've dug up most of the brambles and hadn't realised how deep and long the roots were so some roots are still in the ground. The roots seem to have grown under the plastic too, several feet of roots from some brambles have been pulled out.

On a positve note the area dug looks to be really good soil, black, lots of worms, not many stones, no clay and well draining as the site is on a slope, so even if I can't clear the site before the growing season there will be area's at the side where stuff can be planted. 

The problem is, me thinks the roots left in the ground will start to grow again so was thinking of using roundup painted on the leaves as they show though the soil, would this be a problem if veg was growing in the same area and if so is there another solution...

Advise welcome and thank you for replies in advance...     

Rabbit's on the allotment and other Q's...

Posted: 09/02/2014 at 20:16

Judging by all the droppings in the neighbouring plot, rabbits are a problem on the allotment. So...when all the brambles are cleared... I've decided to build a rabbit proof fence as I'd be gutted if the first veg grown was eaten by them and air rifles aren't allowed on the site.

How difficult can it be....I have some 4ft high rabbit wire...Some plot holders have advised the wire can be buried vertically in the soil, other's have said it needs to be bent out in an 'L' shape, some silly Q's now, what height do the posts need to be, I'm thinknig 5ft, how far apart should they be and how far into the ground should they go so the fence is firm.

The fence would be on a slope which me thinks might make it more difficult to build.

Thanks for your replies in advance. 

getting started

Posted: 08/02/2014 at 20:54

Hi, Barbara, Welcome to the forum,

Any tips on working an allotment would be most helpful in my camp, I became the proud owner a few weekends ago of an over grown one and at present the experience is back breaking and somewhat daunting. Grown veg in the back garden for several years now but I really didn't to know what to do next, last weekend on the plot. 

Water butt advice

Posted: 07/02/2014 at 21:05

I just collect water in the lid but I get what Welshonion is saying. There is a raised ridge in the lid which you could easily drill holes in and only water would seep into the bin.

When the bins full just put the lid on the right way and then there's no over flow.  

Water butt advice

Posted: 06/02/2014 at 21:58

I use an old plastic bin with the lid upside down to collect water for blueberry bushes, it's surprising how quickly the lid fills with rain water after a good down pour and then dunk a watering can in, each time the pots want watering. .

Have you sown any seeds yet this year?

Posted: 06/02/2014 at 21:46

I've not sown any seeds yet, have spuds chitting though. Probably won't start until March and then the heated propogator comes out.

Potatoes

Posted: 04/02/2014 at 22:26

I've grown spuds in bags for a few years now and really rate it if growing for one or two people. I bought bags from Willkinsons, cheap and very durable.

Builders bags may be too pourus, ie when you water, the sides don't retain water and it floods out. Small recycle containers which have holes in the bottom are good for spud growing, that's if you don't want the expense of buying custom spud bags.

I put crocks in the bottom of bags for drainage and a min layer of compost, spuds like seaweed, so if you can obtain some seaweed washed up on the beach put some in at this stage and put your chitted spuds on top with a good layer of MPC or home grown compost...half fill the spud bag with your choosen poison.

Label the bags, 1st, 2nd or main and as shoots start to push through the compost keep topping up the bag, making sure you don't break the spud shoots. 

I put 5 to 6 spuds in each bag and get a varible crop depending on the variety. Grew 6 bags last year and didn't buy a spud from July through to December.  

 

First day on the allotment...

Posted: 02/02/2014 at 18:56

Thanks Gg, went yesterday morning before it started raining and again today. Feel as though I've made a good start.  

The ground under the brambles is like black gold, and under the plastic, although compact and full of roots near the surface, that too is easily forked over so once the plots cleared I'm hoping for a good allotment....and what a find....discovered a dismantled polytunnel frame under the brambles and stones

Raspberries

Posted: 31/01/2014 at 20:07

I'd like to grow autumn fruiting raspberries. So can't asnswer your Q Cherry3 but by contributing to the tread it will come up in followed threads 

Discussions started by Zoomer44

Little gems...

I've about a dozen Little gem lettuce plants growing in pots.... 
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Veg seeds to sow now...

Winter veg... 
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Using mushroom compost...

I've used mushroom compost on one of the beds on the allotment...  
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It's a tab bit early to ask but...

Whose growing Christmas spuds... 
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Last Post: 19/06/2014 at 22:49

Sweet corn problems...

Seedlings dying.... 
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Sowing parsnips....

Is it too late to try again.... 
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Lidl fruit tree's....

Does anyone know the root stock... 
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Apples and pears....

Thinking of purchasing a tree or two... 
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Last Post: 23/05/2014 at 19:58

Fruit tree ID...

Can anyone identify this fruit tree... 
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Last Post: 21/05/2014 at 12:26

Buy cheap pay twice...

I knew when I bought it I shouldn't have done.. 
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Last Post: 19/05/2014 at 11:20

What to grow in vacated veg beds....

I've three raised beds.... 
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Last Post: 10/05/2014 at 20:03

A vote of confidence....

Just thought I'd share this with fellow posters.... 
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Last Post: 20/04/2014 at 19:42

Help...marestail and other nasties...

And I thought brambles and rabbits were going to be the biggest problem... 
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Last Post: 03/06/2014 at 08:30

Slug solution....

I found a slow worm on the plot today. 
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Last Post: 02/04/2014 at 21:38

Every so pleased...first plants will go in at the weekend...

After much hard work and several weekends later...it's suprising what you can do in a few hours...  
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Last Post: 25/03/2014 at 09:32
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