Zoomer44


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New allotment OMG...

Posted: 10/11/2015 at 00:07
We are still getting lots of rain, some of the roads are flooded due blocked drains so haven't been to the plot. It's also been very windy this evening so plan to go to the plot in next few days to check on the GH.

New allotment OMG...

Posted: 07/11/2015 at 20:45
We had rain nearly every day last week and more forecast for next week so haven't been able to do anything on the plot. I have taken 4 bags of leaves though and plan to collect more.

New allotment OMG...

Posted: 01/11/2015 at 18:23
Well done Ginagibbs

Think I did too much the other day on the plot, my back played up for a couple of days. Back at work tomorrow and have physio later in the week so I've taken it easy over the weekend.

Cycled to the plot today to collect some gourds I've been drying for 12 months. The plan is to paint them. Some have gone black but the seeds inside still aren' t rattling yet.

Will try pellets in jars.

Anyone done any gardening today?

Posted: 31/10/2015 at 19:55
I've nearly gone through all my garlic grown this year and must have at least 30 cloves planted out for next year.

I collected my chilli plants from plot and am now threading them on cotton to continue drying at home.

Question: Hand held tools

Posted: 28/10/2015 at 00:13

This gizmo may already exist...I use secatars to cut through thin stems and loppers to cut through thicker one's however beset by health problems this yr found cutting the stems of sweetcorn quite difficult, putting a strain on my back and time comsuming.

A hand held battery powered pruning saw would have made the task easier and less time consuming.  

New allotment OMG...

Posted: 27/10/2015 at 21:51

Did some clearing today and am also putting muck on any bare patches. Cut some  sunflowers and dahlia's, both have done really well. Also planted out the last of my foxglove seedlings for next yr. 

Set up another composting site. As the plot is on a slope, there are composting area's at the top, in the middle and at the bottom now. It seems to be all green waste at present so it's good that it can be distributed.

ginagibbs - your strawberry patch will be fine. I try to be organic but started off using blue pellets and a mix of organic deterent's on the plot for slugs/snails.Sometimes the means can justify the ends, bring down the population and give the good guy's a fighting chance. At home, apart from a good mulch, at this time of yr, the strawberry patch has thrived off neglect.   

New allotment OMG...

Posted: 26/10/2015 at 19:30

Gg - the phone only came with a charger. Where there's a will there's a way though

Plot is looking good Davesaat.

Went down to the plot today. What a nice time of year when the weeds aren't growing. Planted two cherry tree's, I'm going to try and grow them as  fans, wish me luck as I'm not sure what to do I've put in a line of posts, the next job is to put in fan frames and tie in the branches.

Onions and garlic have nice healthy shoots and broad beans have germinated in the plastic GH. Planted out a bed of foxgloves for next yr and started to clear runner/french beans.

Threw in the towel with the two pear tree's planted last yr and dug them up, making room for two more. Plum and apple tree's are looking good but no fruit this yr.

Haven't grown grapes but some allotmenteers here, do. I'm in Lancashire and they grow then in either polly tunnels or GH. The guy on the neighbouring plot gets a huge crop from his vine, which has taken over his polly tunnel.

New allotment OMG...

Posted: 22/10/2015 at 23:25

Raised beds could be a strong contender for the area, wouldn't have thought to line the bottom of them.  I built a two section compost area out of pallets againt the top fence, which is just in front of the tree and have found the tree is causing the compost to dry out.

I was thinking of planting bluebells under it and have already planted daffs, chives and garlic chives along the boundary fence and by the composting area.

It is a nice tree and provides dappled shade at the top of the plot. A nesting box was put up at the start of the yr but no resident birds as yet.

Ordered some seeds today from Kings Seeds through the allotment committee. We are members of The National Allotment Society and Kings do a discount catalogue for members, ever so cheap.

Buried treasure

Posted: 21/10/2015 at 23:22

My allotment was like an 'Aladin's cave' and at sometime quite lovely cared for because when digging out all the brambles and weeds came across a net work of brick paths, just a few inches below the surface, all locally sourced from a brick works nearby. I did  dig up the end of a clay pipe one day.

A home made shed had an old sign used in it's build, the shed has since been knocked down but I've kept the wooden sign, not sure what I'm going to do with it yet, it's about 6ft by 2ft.   

Seed identifications needed

Posted: 21/10/2015 at 22:51

I haven't got a scooby's either but me thinks pic 4, can't be sweet pea as they usually has a white bit on the seeds 

Discussions started by Zoomer44

Making compost

 
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The bush is heavy with berries.. 
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Sharpening tools...

Tips welcome... 
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Any tips... 
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New allotment OMG...Part 2...

Just signed up for a new allotment...OMG...  
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Re planting fruit tree's...

I planted a plum tree last year in what was the right spot.... 
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Shredded pine leaves....

Can they be used as a mulch round blueberry bushes. 
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Weed wands...

Do any posters use them... 
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Poorly dwarf apple tree

I uncovered a dwarf apple amongst brambles last year.... 
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Shed of the year...

Did anyone else watch the programme this evening... 
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Growing globe artichokes...

I'm growing them for the first time... 
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Currant bushes ...should I be worried...

New shoots on my currant bushes are bubbly. The bubbles are orange/brown making the leaves start to shrivel... 
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Growing lillies.

A Q about used compost...  
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