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Allotment websites

Posted: 11/11/2015 at 19:59

There are a couple on here, one I started and one started by Baza. There's also a seed swap thread and I think there is also a recipe thread.The seed swap went a little quiet in the summer, guess there aren't as many seeds to swap then but it's more active now. I'm happy to be wrong but the recipe one seems more seasonal, the last time I looked in it was jams and preserves which was ever so useful at a time when I had gluts with currants, them blackberries...


Allotment websites

Posted: 11/11/2015 at 19:39

Our allotment has a website, up dated by the association. I found it useful, pictures are updated and the allotment rules are on it. Some are a little odd, like you can't bring guns on site...useful to know  one holder apparently brought a gun on site many yrs ago to shoot the rabbits... someone has driven a digger on site too, these aren't allowed for health and safety reasons plus we aren't insured for them

We also have a facebook page which all the plot holders can use. I've never been on it as I don't do facebook but I'm given to understand other plot holders go on it. 

Facebook was seen as an open forum which everyone could join if they wished. Things like growing tips, recipe's, allotment news etc are posted... 

The association still e-mail information to plot holders and we have two notice boards on site. One for association notices and the other for plot holders to put any thing related to allotmenteering on although the latter is seldom used. 

There are 80 plots on our site and I think the association do their best to keep everyone in touch with each other and plot holders can choose which one they want to use or not as the case maybe.

New allotment OMG...

Posted: 10/11/2015 at 20:37

Went to the plot to take more leaf mould. The GH is fine, no glass broken, also collected some gladioli bulbs which had been drying off in the plastic GH. Some veg had blown over but it's not the end of the world, after all we veg growers are a hardy bunch. Chad will recover and kale/leeks/dahlia's were standing up like real troupers.   

I sowed some broad beans, possible in September (would need to check the label) and they've germinated and are about 3inches high in pots in the plastic GH. Haven't successfully grown them before and not sure what to do now. Is it to late to plant them out, the variety is a dwarf one 'The Sutton'.

Our allotments, on one side, are next to what is akin to a woodland area. What I like about this time of year is the change in tree's and the colours of their leaves. Mother nature has a way of conserving energy and it was nice to see everything dying back on the plot today. 


Dahlias going free!

Posted: 10/11/2015 at 19:18

Hi, Rosie31,I'd also love to take you up on the offer and happy to pay p & p in advance. I'll pm my details.  

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.   

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