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blackberries and strawberries

Posted: 05/11/2014 at 20:47

I tend to fill gaps with other plants and planted onions, shallots and garlic in a currant bed this year as the fruit bushes were only in their second yr of growth and weren't expected to produce any fruit. I had a good legume crop and the fruit tree's are a healthy size ready for a crop next yr.

I've planted strawberries around new cuttings this year to produce fruit next.

If space is at a premium, give it a try, an open, bare bed is only going to attract weeds and if it doesn't work out well, straweberries are easily transplanted elsewhere.  

New allotment OMG...

Posted: 05/11/2014 at 19:59

I can't get to post pictures Gg, I've tried but never been successful.

Know the feeling Fruitcake. I can't get down to the allotment until Saturday. It's a working party day. We are putting in a seating area, cycle racks, doing a bit of tree cutting and having a bonfire. One of the tree's at the top of my plot is on the list so I'm hoping to get some straight branches for path edging.

Nice pics Gg , some of the plots on our allotments are really untidy and over grown, I really don't know how they get away with it.

What size of container for potatoes

Posted: 03/11/2014 at 21:57

I grew spuds in bags for about five yrs before growing on an allotment for the first time this yr. 

In respect to 1st and 2nd earlies the only difference I've found is spuds may grow bigger on a plot than in bags but you are more in control of pests by growing in bags and as regards amount per plant I'd say it's about the same although you possibly get smaller spuds.  

Can't advise on pot sizes but you don't get the same depth in pots to allow the spuds to grow as you would in spud grow bags...bags can be bought cheaply from places like Wilko's. Providing you empty the sacks after harvest and store over winter they last indefinately.  

My brother grows in pots and recylce containers, we compared harvests and he didn't get the same return as those grown in bags.  

I'd advise you grow in grow bags and plant five seed spuds per bag...  

Gariguettes Strawberry

Posted: 03/11/2014 at 21:09

They sound delightful  I don't grow them but would be interested to know where you can purchase seeds.

New allotment OMG...

Posted: 03/11/2014 at 20:53

Not sure if this was a marketing ploy but if you wanted the bramley from B & Q you needed two other apples tree's to polinate it from group 4 and of course the other apple tree's they were selling were all group 4.

So unless you already have apple tree's from this group or neighbouring plots have them you need to buy two other apple tree's ... I've now got a mini orchard on the plot ...

New allotment OMG...

Posted: 03/11/2014 at 20:41

There wasn't a great deal of difference although the one's from B &Q did come in their own pots so could have been left in the pots to grow on a little. When I planted these out they were really bare rooted and had only recently been put in the pots because all the compost fell away from the root.

 

Anyone grow globe artichokes...

Posted: 03/11/2014 at 20:33

After saying I wasn't going to grow globe artichokes, several weeks ago I picked up 12 plants from the nearly dead section of a store at a rock bottom bargin price and not really thinking they would grow planted them out, 1 died but the rest have florished.

I'm not sure what to do with them now, will the crowns need protection over winter? Should the leaves be cut back and crowns mulched?

Thanks in advance for your replies... 

New allotment OMG...

Posted: 03/11/2014 at 20:21

If anyone is looking to bag a fruit tree bargin, Asda are selling fruit tree's for £5, they had a selection of pears and apple at the weekend. B & Q are selling them for £10 each, apple and plum.

I bought 6 tree's but didn't know about the one's at Asda until after buying some from B & Q which was a tab bit annoying as I could have saved £20.

 

How to pollinate a Bramley apple tree...

Posted: 02/11/2014 at 17:24

I was so annoyed today.

Went to Asda and they are selling fruit tree's for £5 and they had a James Grieves. I called in yesterday morning to be told they were not selling fruit tree's, in fact the guy I spoke to looked at me like I was speaking 'Maderin Chinese' when asking him about fruit tree's ...I made a complaint...

The lady at Customer Services suggested I took the other tree's back and buy from Asda but I'd already planted them out. I did buy two pear tree's though, they were calling out to be bought.

Sounds like good advise Chicky, hope I have the will power to do the same.

Follow On Planting Combinations

Posted: 02/11/2014 at 00:13

I struggle  with succession planting  as it goes against rotation planting, companion planting also conflicts with both in some cases...it's not easy and I haven't yet got my head around it...   

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Shed of the year...

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

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Currant bushes ...should I be worried...

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Has anyone won anything.... 
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Glode artichokes, over wintering..

Hadn't planned to grow these... 
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Anyone grow globe artichokes...

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How to pollinate a Bramley apple tree...

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Growing grass paths...

It's just an idea forming... 
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Td immunisations...

I was reading through the infor from the alloment association on the site where I have a plot... 
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'Mile a minute' growing as you watch...

My neighbour has a 'mile as minute' climber growing along the fence... 
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Something has been eating my chillies and toms...

Something has been nibbling at my chillies and toms...  
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Soil like dust...

I've taken over another half plot on the allotment...  
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