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How is the Potato planting going for you?

Posted: 03/04/2014 at 22:35

I usually grow mine in bags but wanted to plant them all on the allotment this year. How far apart should they be planted. 

How is the Potato planting going for you?

Posted: 03/04/2014 at 22:27

Every so impressed. I only started digging over the spud area last weekend, hoping to get some in this weekend.

Get if off your chest.

Posted: 02/04/2014 at 22:49

Clari you have just made my blood boil,  It's been nearly thirty years since my mother died and I would never be so rude as to be disrespectful to anyone in a wheel chair.

What has happened to you was just so preventable.

Very different circumstances but she was wheel chair bound not through a car accident but through illness. Her speech began to fail before finally she could only communicate by actions. Even now I get so angry if people speak to the person pushing a wheel chair, like the person in the chair doesn't exist or people can be really patronising, I can't get my head around that.   

I have fond memories of being allowed to play on my mothers wheel chair.

One game was an obstacle course, if we were good she would let us play the game which was to get from the front door to the back in the quickest time but time points were added if you knocked a wall or door which had to be opened whilst you were sitting down in the wheeel chair. To make it harder there would be obstacles put in the way and if your feet touched the floor that incurred more time points.

I remember popping mothers tyres when unsupervised we put drawing pins down as the obstacle .

 

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Slug solution....

Posted: 02/04/2014 at 20:59

I have a picture of the slow worm saved in my word documents, if anyone wants to see it you'll have to tell me how to put it on the forum. I've never done this before.

Ever so excited, it was sent via e-mail from the neighbouring plot holders to the allotment association who forwarded it on.

 

 

Slug solution....

Posted: 01/04/2014 at 20:48

One thing I've found, an allotment, it's alot different from growing stuff in the back garden and I've bearly started. There's far more wildlife, zillions of ladybirds and different varieties of butterflies. Lots of good guys to keep down the pests. 

Leaving untidy area's as natural habitats is a nice prospect. The nettles can be used to make feed and I'll wait to see if any more slow worms appear from the stone pile.

Slug solution....

Posted: 31/03/2014 at 22:25

I thought I was rather lucky too...apparently the hybinate and may have woken up due to the warm weather, it was nice and warm here on Sunday.

The site hasn't been touched for a couple of years and at the bottom is a huge pile of stones, rotting wood, old carpet with brambles and roots growing through which is probably where they are living but it covers nearly 1/3 of the site.. 

I'll need to re think what I'm going to do with the area now, I was going to clear it, make a compost area and plant rubarb, possibly fruit bushes and flowers but prehaps now need to think about how to leave it untamed but useful. Suggestions welcome, one point though the committee inspects your site monthly and newbies are on a probationary period if you don't show sufficient progress then you get a warning...

Should I ask their advice... I don't want other allotmenteers thinking they can rehouse them though...  

Slug solution....

Posted: 30/03/2014 at 22:55

There's probably a small army of slugs on the plot although I've not seen any yet, not even in the stone pile but if there are slow worms they'll be keeping the population under control.

 

Slug solution....

Posted: 30/03/2014 at 22:17

 I found a slow worm on the allotment today. I hadn't seen one before, me thinks it's home was under the pile of stones at the bottom of the plot. I was a little bit slow though, another plot holder came and decided it was better housed on her plot.

Just checked them out on the internet and they eat slugs, there was an opportunity lost .  

Presumably where there's one, there maybe more where that one came from though.

Allotment

Posted: 28/03/2014 at 23:21

WOW Gardengirl the first link is an new allotmteers dream .

I've found inspiration though from the rickvanman site.

Allotment

Posted: 28/03/2014 at 22:54

All good advise from above.

I got an allotment at the begining of February and have gone down each weekend for a few hours in the morning Saturday and Sunday, it's suprising how much can be done in a short time. Go home though when you get fed up and do as I did start several projects at the same time ranging from hard work to easy pessie, you can then move from one to the next depending on how much effort you want to put in that visit.   

If the plot is anything like mine was, there will be times when you just don't know where to start...focus on one area and ignore the rest of the plot.  

Make a mental note of to hard to do jobs...digging up couch grass was one for me... so after putting in a fence at the top of the plot dug the ground roughly, put in lots of muck and have covered with black plastic, that was an easy pessie job.

Check the weather forcast the day before you go down...no point in going if it's going to rain on and off all day with no shed to shelter in. On these mornings I dismantled pallets at home for raised beds and have made a gate to take down tomorrow.     

Invest in a bucket to sit on or check out the pallet thread and make a bench. Have lots of breaks, take some water each day and be prepared to change your plans for the plot as it developes.

Take pictures each month to witness the change. 

Good luck and happy growing.        

Discussions started by Zoomer44

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: Today at 10:04

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... 
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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...  
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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. 
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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... 
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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... 
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Last Post: 24/01/2014 at 20:50

Christmas trees...

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

GH tom bed...

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

Wild life...

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