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Posted: 27/03/2014 at 21:06

There is a thread about garlic spray, I've found it helps keep the bugs away.

Cheapish potato planting bags

Posted: 27/03/2014 at 20:57

If you turn a grow bag inside out you have a black planting bag

I used the green spud bags from Wilkinsons, ever so cheap. If you empty and store during the winter they last for years, I've some 5yrs old.  

garlic spray

Posted: 26/03/2014 at 21:32

I don't follow an exact science in terms of quantities of oil/water and garlic. Just use the bigest pan I have, fill it with water and crush at least one full bulb of garlic sometimes two into the water, I choose any that may have started shooting first although none have yet, so then I'll use choose the smallest. The skin gets crushed and thrown in too.

As Edd say's it's the smell that confuses pests, the mix is also good for putting off slugs and snails. It doesn't kill them they just go and eat something else but if you'vre sprayed all your plants they might prefer to dine next door.

You can use any cooking oil, I cook with olive oil and buy it on special offer throughout the year to use when preserving stuff. In a ltre milk container there's probably about an inch when the fluid settles. Give the carton a good shake when you come to use it so the oil mixes into the water and pour into the sprayer.

I just use the pound hand sprayers from Wilko for the back garden. 

Gardening by the Moon

Posted: 26/03/2014 at 20:45

Now you have a GH you'll wonder how you ever managed before. 

Sowed toms, chillies and aubergines on 25th.

Also sowed herbs and flowers.

 

A differnt Q about Lily Beetle...

Posted: 25/03/2014 at 19:45

Sounds a good plan, laying it on thinly and leaving it for a few days so the birds can feast.    

 

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

Posted: 24/03/2014 at 22:49

Hi, just wanted to thank everyone for their advise after getting an allotment.

There's still a long way to go...lots of jobs to be finished off and some challenges like tree stumps to overcome...and a few mistakes along the way...I really don't think a wheel barrow will fit through the gap I've left at the bottom of the plot...the site is now inpacked soil..and nettles have started to grow in the pile of stones at the bottom of the plot but the first raised beds went in today...2...

Plan to plant out 3 currant bushes, currently growing in pots, underplanted with white strawvberries and possibly a row of garlic at the weekend weather permitting... 

   

A differnt Q about Lily Beetle...

Posted: 24/03/2014 at 21:50

I had lily beetle for the first time last year and grow lily's in pots. At the weekend the lily's were repotted which left a couple of bags of spent compost which I was thinking of taking to the allotment to help fill a raised bed. I don't plan to grow lily's on the plot.

Silly Q time, does the lily beetle infect any other plants as it's possible their eggs are in the spent compost and I don't want to introduce a pest to the allotment. The neighbouring sites just grow veg and no flowers.    

I had to chuckle

Posted: 24/03/2014 at 21:31

I've started looking through the seed catalogues, sad I hear you say but I've found it helps in learning how to recognise different flowers and you can also compare prices with GC's.

Allotments-Raised beds or traditional planting?

Posted: 24/03/2014 at 21:23

I have raised beds in the back garden for growing veg and after the initial preparation of double digging, they've been easy to maintain over the years. 

In February I got an allotment. The site was covered in black plastic, brambles, couch grass...to name but a few nasties and so I've spent most weekends there clearing the site to the point were today I started putting in raised beds.

Each weekend I've taken idea's from the other plot holders, those with traditonal beds seem to work harder at keeping their plots and returned earlier than those with raised beds. Some of the plots with raised beds appear less wild life friendly sites than traditional plots which have untidy corners of nettles, brambles and random flowers popping up. etc...   

In terms of maintaining, raised beds seem the easier option. I'm used to planting vegs closer together and sow alot of veg in modules so have opted for raised beds but plan to have a bug hotel and plant flowers around the plot.   

What's the weather like in your area?

Posted: 24/03/2014 at 19:40

We had a frost overnight but today was bright and sunny.

Discussions started by Zoomer44

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

A differnt Q about Lily Beetle...

Want to use the spent compost from lilies grown in pots elsewhere... 
Replies: 6    Views: 134
Last Post: 25/03/2014 at 21:54

What do rabbits not eat...

There's an area at the bottom of the plot which will not be enclosed...  
Replies: 13    Views: 305
Last Post: 23/03/2014 at 21:57

Clearing brambles...

There were brambles down one side of the allotment... 
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Last Post: 19/02/2014 at 20:46

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

Firstly, advise needed to build a rabbit proof fence. 
Replies: 21    Views: 681
Last Post: 19/02/2014 at 21:17

First day on the allotment...

The first day was stopped at half time due to rain...  
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Last Post: 04/02/2014 at 21:15

Strawberry sticks

Has anyone grown these... 
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Last Post: 23/01/2014 at 20:42

New allotment OMG...

I've just signed up for an allotment... 
Replies: 39    Views: 1130
Last Post: 15/03/2014 at 09:56

Spud fairs...

It's that time of year again when thoughts turn to which spuds to grow... 
Replies: 34    Views: 1190
Last Post: 24/01/2014 at 20:50

Christmas trees...

Who will be buying a real tree this year... 
Replies: 47    Views: 1152
Last Post: 29/11/2013 at 16:18

GH tom bed...

The soil/compost was changed this year...  
Replies: 4    Views: 2238
Last Post: 11/11/2013 at 20:54

Wild life...

Has anyone been watching Autumnwatch...  
Replies: 18    Views: 4110
Last Post: 06/11/2013 at 21:41

Saving bean seeds...

This was a new venture last year... 
Replies: 8    Views: 454
Last Post: 06/10/2013 at 20:49

Self seeding foxglove...

I was a tab bit slow in collecting seeds from foxglove...  
Replies: 10    Views: 540
Last Post: 07/10/2013 at 23:12
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