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New allotment OMG...

Posted: 23/01/2014 at 19:55

ginagibbs, there were 34 people on the list I went on a couple of weeks ago so I was expecting a long wait. Then last Saturday received an email asking if I wanted a plot to make an appointment to see one the following day and if someone further up the list wanted the plot I'd choosen then they would take priority. There were 8 vacant plots and only 6 people turned up.

Another site, though has a waiting list of 10yrs.It could be worth trying different sites in your area. Some of the smaller allotments have a slower turn over of plots. The site I'm on has 80 plots and sites come up fairly regular. The treasurer said they have a 50% fall out after the first year.      

Strawberry sticks

Posted: 23/01/2014 at 19:31

Has anyone grown strawberry sticks and what are they like.

I've also bought Tomatillo's for the first time, has anyone grown these... 

Asparagus Peas

Posted: 23/01/2014 at 19:27

I bought some for the first time this year too

 

Outdoor Cucumbers

Posted: 22/01/2014 at 21:20

I usuyally grow cues in the GH but have bought a trial variety from T&M this year to try outdoors at 99p called Jogger F1 the packet says it grows on the flat or up a trellis/netting support.

Why not try a tried and tested one and something new.  

New allotment OMG...

Posted: 22/01/2014 at 21:05

Thanks again, lots of good advise providing lots of idea's...starting work on the plot doesn't seem so overwelming now...

Deano, those pictures are truely inspiring. Will take some before, during and after pictures... 

The plot hasn't been worked for several years and it's on a slope.I'm thinking, tiered beds. There is no fencing or compost bins, and there are rabbits and squirels which frequent the allotments so I'm searching for pallets for a fence and big  brother has just donated a wheel barrow to the cause. 

I'm gonna go for it with the fruit bushes, I can prepare a site for them and will aim to transplant at the end of February, they will be the initial inspiration to keep going.

Was going to start clearing the bottom of the plot for a shed, placed on a bed of levelled stones and boulders, it will be a place to shelter from the rain and store tools instead of bringing them each time.

I haven't got any wellies yet but Rome wasn't built in a day.

I'm currently hoping it doesn't rain this weekend and searching online for a shed, wellies and how to prune a fruit tree...   

 

first earlies

Posted: 21/01/2014 at 19:58

I like to try a few different varieties each year but like Red Duke of York and Pentland Javelin as 1st earlies, I've also Wilja as a 2nd early again this year and am trying Mozart as a main. 

Brother's favourites are Golden Wonder, Anna Bell, Maris Peer and Piccasso, he's asked me to get him some from the fair at the weekend not sure whether they are 1st, 2nd or main though.

I've already started chitting, it's a bit early but if they are in the GC 's and shops now, if you wait to buy them, they tend to start growing in their bags whilst on the shelves.

New allotment OMG...

Posted: 20/01/2014 at 20:25

Thanks for all the encouragement. Was thinking of clearing the bottom first. A shed will mean somewhere to shelter in between showers, also need to get some wellies .

Whilst I'm clearing the site, to start with, over the next couple of months, I'd like to put in some long term plants which need little maintance, plants I hope will do well, stuff I'm familiar with and grows in the back garden, so, would like to transplant some fruit bushes, could they be transplanted late February along with rubarb or even transplanted March?...and how late can raspberry canes be planted?.  

New allotment OMG...

Posted: 19/01/2014 at 17:17

I've just signed up for an allotment and in need of some encouragement.

There were 8 on offer, the better one's went to people further up the list. My choice was over grown with brambles/ trees or over grown with stones/tree's. I opted for over grown and stones/tree's with what look like hundreds of rashberries canes growing randomly over the plot. Part of the ground was covered over with plastic and old carpet which was the attraction, me thinks the weeds will have died and if they are rashberry canes the roots will be near the surface.

Some of the stones resembled boulders, so it's fair to say the ground is stony, don't think I'll be able to pick them up but the plot's on a slight slope, another attraction they can be rolled down to the bottom and there'll be good drainage.

The tree's had been cut down and are going to be treated so the roots die but one tree remains, someone looking round today throught it a cherry tree. I thought it looked deseased, the bark was spilt at it's trunk and there were tiny orange modules on it but it has to be left for a year before the people in charge will consider cutting it down but I can prune it.

Eventually I'd like the beds to be defined with paths.... should I put all the stones at the bottom with a view to putting a shed on them...was also thinking they could be used to make paths...

I've stuff in the back garden which me thinks should be transplanted now....like currant /gooseberry bushes... rubarb...but the plot isn't ready

Were to start... I'm going next weekend to make a start...suggestions would be helpful...would it be cheeky to ask other plot holders were they started...

 

Poppy problem on Veg plot

Posted: 18/01/2014 at 22:07

If they are anuals treat them as weeds

Poppy problem on Veg plot

Posted: 18/01/2014 at 21:48

Looks like nutculet and I were posting at the same time, nutculet does know flowers 

Discussions started by Zoomer44

Soil like dust...

I've taken over another half plot on the allotment...  
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Last Post: 02/08/2014 at 22:49

Q about transplanting fruit bushes...

I've grown some cuttings at home and have some well establishes bushes to transplant.. 
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Last Post: 27/07/2014 at 23:03

Weeds in the GH....

I've inherited a GH with no glass on a new allotment plot... 
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Last Post: 28/07/2014 at 18:54

Little gems...

I've about a dozen Little gem lettuce plants growing in pots.... 
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Last Post: 29/06/2014 at 22:18

Veg seeds to sow now...

Winter veg... 
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Last Post: 28/06/2014 at 22:27

Using mushroom compost...

I've used mushroom compost on one of the beds on the allotment...  
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Last Post: 25/06/2014 at 21:36

It's a tab bit early to ask but...

Whose growing Christmas spuds... 
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Last Post: 19/06/2014 at 22:49

Sweet corn problems...

Seedlings dying.... 
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Last Post: 12/06/2014 at 21:38

Sowing parsnips....

Is it too late to try again.... 
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Last Post: 17/06/2014 at 08:34

Lidl fruit tree's....

Does anyone know the root stock... 
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Last Post: 01/07/2014 at 22:42

Apples and pears....

Thinking of purchasing a tree or two... 
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Last Post: 23/05/2014 at 19:58

Fruit tree ID...

Can anyone identify this fruit tree... 
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Last Post: 21/05/2014 at 12:26

Buy cheap pay twice...

I knew when I bought it I shouldn't have done.. 
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Last Post: 19/05/2014 at 11:20

What to grow in vacated veg beds....

I've three raised beds.... 
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Last Post: 10/05/2014 at 20:03

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
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