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New allotment OMG...

Posted: 13/02/2015 at 20:29

Stagbeetle, couldn't agree more.

We have quite a number of allotment sites in this area which are supported by the council. Not sure financially if they will continue to help with improvements due to cut backs, but last year there was so much in the pot and we had to bid for what each site wanted. To be fair it was evenly distributed, we got a gravelled track installed running the length of the allotments. 

The allotments behind my house had a fence replaced running round the entire site one year and a petition stopped the council reclaiming the land for building on it last year. That site only has about 12 plots on it but the entire neighbourhood signed the petition.

Cheap greenhouse - advice please!

Posted: 13/02/2015 at 19:59

Grower68, to cut the cost you don't need to flag the entire area, I just flagged were the GH frame would stand and down one side, to stand a potting bench on, which doubles up for pots once the growing season kicks off and put a gravel path down the middle. The other side is a soil bed.

You don't need the frame base either although probably better to have, mine is mounted and secured to the flags on treated wood, no doubt this will eventually rot as the one on the allotment has but it takes some years. 

New allotment OMG...

Posted: 13/02/2015 at 19:37

Gg I'd say it needs longer to rot down. It should be nice, crumbly black stuff and not lumpy, others may not agree though...

Read in AG today, Farm Terrace Allotments in Watford are going to start a petition which aims to save UK allotments from over zealous councils who want to develop allotments for building on.  It hasn't been started yet but may lead to a debate in House of Commons to make it harder for councils to close allotment sites for building development . Sounds like a good idea, what do you guys think, .

I'd hate it if our site closed, not that it's threatened 

On a more positive note, looks like the weather will be dry here tomorrow, I feel a morning on the plot coming on  


New allotment OMG...

Posted: 12/02/2015 at 20:17

Victoria, looks like you have an Aladin's cave. After knocking down the shed what's your next venture? I'm still digging over and thinking about where to put paths. I'd be inclined to keep all those pots. Good luck and happy growing.

Hoping to get down on the plot at least one morning this weekend if the weather is kind.

Replanting blueberry bushes...

Posted: 12/02/2015 at 19:49

Thank you everyone, think I'll take my chances and plant them in a raised bed. It's not going to be a big bed just 4ft long and 2ft wide, the space will be bigger than the pots they are planted in and deeper. 

The council left a heap of wood chippings on the allotments which look like chopped up christmas tree's, there's lots of pine bits in it, so me thinks I could line the bottom of the bed with this and then top up the raised bed with ericacious compost mixed in with a little soil to fill up the bed and a mulch of the same chippings , how does that sound...    

Talkback: How to grow aubergines

Posted: 12/02/2015 at 19:13

Could be you left them to long on the plant. Aubergines are best picked when they are still glossy looking. Dull coloured fruits are usually bitter.


New Allotment

Posted: 11/02/2015 at 22:35

Looks like we posted together Fc

New Allotment

Posted: 11/02/2015 at 22:34

You might want to join the 'New allotment OMG'... thread, we all started somewhere and there are posters still waiting for plots.

Yours looks like an Aladin's cave with lots of treasures

New allotment OMG...

Posted: 11/02/2015 at 22:16

I've loads of small pots and when these start to run out use toilet rolls for beans and peas, then make pots out of newspaper if I really get short. 

I'm one of those people who believes you can't knock it till you've tried it, you must let us know how the cow pots work out.

Some growers don't like using toilet rolls, they do go mouldy sometimes but I like them because seedlings can grow deeper roots and you can fit more in a seed tray than conventional pots and where space is at a premium, on a window ledge or in the GH they take up less room.      

Replanting blueberry bushes...

Posted: 11/02/2015 at 22:03

I've a couple of blueberry bushes in pots and wanted to replant them into a raised bed which will be built on hard core and stones were an old shed stood.  

I was going to get a couple of bags of acid compost to start the beds but not sure how deep to make the beds or whether they are in a suitable spot on the stones, what would you advise?

...and although the bushes aren't old they haven't produced many berries for a couple of years, so I also want advise as to how to improve the crop. One's called top hat, not sure of the other one.    

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