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Gardening by the Moon

Posted: 22/03/2014 at 21:55

I've been preparing a new allotment site, so have concentrated on building a fence, and digging up brambles, only started digging the plot over this week, weather permitting the first beds go in tomorrow so hope to start planting in April.

I've been really slow at sowing seeds at home but the dates to sow seeds from 24th fit in with my plans, so could be growing by the moon through default rather than design, I like the idea of not being able to garden after certain times it means you can just sit back and enjoy.    

What do rabbits not eat...

Posted: 22/03/2014 at 21:37

Well, that's burst my bubble on growing lots of flowers to cut, me thinks I'll grow those at home, so pleased I asked the Q. 

 A helpful list though Dove, at a push I've 8 of the plants and I can grow rubarb and currant bushes down there. They seem resistant to sunflowers too.

KEF, would you just believe it, the newbie's on the neighbouring plot own the nicest curry house in town and are planning on growing some traditional crops, some they could only discribe to me, one with purple leaves and lots of spinach and corriander. I'm hoping the rabbits will be full after a feast on those before they turn on my crop.

I'll check out those you've listed Fairygirl. I've a lot of chicken wire left but was thinking of heightening the fence around the main growing area with it.      

Is it worth putting up a barrier of black plastic around the bottom of the boundary fence?

What do rabbits not eat...

Posted: 21/03/2014 at 21:14

To cut to the chase, there's an area at the bottom of the plot which won't be enclosed with a rabbit proof fence...

I was thinking they don't eat flowers so may grow some to cut in this area, are there any vegs they aren't keen on or do they eat anything and everything.

I had also planned to line the bottom of the chicken wire fence around the main growing area with black plastic about a ft high, thinking if they can't see into the plot this would be another defence.

All advise welcome...

What's the weather like in your area?

Posted: 21/03/2014 at 20:39

Windy but dry here in the NW.

Spent the day on the allotment. You aren't kidding about cost No expert, I needed to buy a bag of nails, so for £2.99 I'm hoping to make raised beds for the entire plot. I already had a tub of wood preserve,with enough black plastic to line the beds and paths.

Bees, Wasps and Hornets

Posted: 20/03/2014 at 19:35

My older brother had an allergic reaction to a sting and but for the quick response by paramedics may not be here to tell the tale. He carried, I think, it was adrenilin injections around for a while afterwards.

After researching it on the internet, your body builds up a resistasnce to stings. He's remarkable calm around bee's/wasps now. I'm a tab bit nervous around them but am happy to let them be if they are doing their bit pollinating plants. It's a different story if one approaches food on the patio,then I'm the first indoors.

What a good posting, I didn't know that about bumble bee's either...Zoomer had  put them in the same fear bracket as wasps... 

What's the weather like in your area?

Posted: 20/03/2014 at 18:34

It was a nice morning but as friend arrived just after 12 to help finish a fence we had been building the heavens opened and it hasn't stopped raining since. Should have checked the forcast.

The day wasn't wasted though, I've been maknig raised beds for the allotment out of pallets and so went to recci more. I've found a couple of places now were I can get an endless supply

Talkback: A new allotment

Posted: 18/03/2014 at 22:34

Looks like you've made a good start too.

I got a new allotment at the beginning of February. Been down each weekend. It's surprising what can be done in a few hours.

Happy growing

Mini Christmas tree

Posted: 18/03/2014 at 22:16

Pot it on into a plastic pot, it will be a lot lighter to move when bringng it  back indoors for Christmas. 

Favourite vegetable to grow?

Posted: 16/03/2014 at 17:50

I'll add tomatoes and onions, you know you've grown good onions when they make your eye's water, can't remember the last time a supermarket one could do that.

Favourite vegetable to grow?

Posted: 15/03/2014 at 19:49

that's cheating Dave , someone could say roots or brassica's then give a really long list 

Discussions started by Zoomer44

Glode artichokes, over wintering..

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

After saying I wasn't going to grow them several weeks ago I picked up 12 plants from the nearly dead section of a store.... 
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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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Last Post: 05/09/2014 at 00:11

Soil like dust...

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

I've about a dozen Little gem lettuce plants growing in pots.... 
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Veg seeds to sow now...

Winter veg... 
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Using mushroom compost...

I've used mushroom compost on one of the beds on the allotment...  
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It's a tab bit early to ask but...

Whose growing Christmas spuds... 
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Sweet corn problems...

Seedlings dying.... 
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