Latest posts by Zoomer44

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 

New allotment OMG...

Posted: 21/10/2015 at 22:34

Gg will try e-mailing pics from my phone, I really must try to embrace new technology more. Zoomer goes off to add this to a list of new yrs resolutions...embrace new technology...

I sometimes walk along the track to see other peoples plots and talking to other plot holders provides inspiration. You can also get a feel for what works and what doesn't. My old plot is looking very over grown.The new holders have allowed bindweed to flower and the poor plum tree has it growing through it's branches.  

I've only been able to get down to the plot to clear stuff and feed the soil with muck. I've had a number of long health appointments and return to work on 2nd November so will only be able to go in the afternoons or weekends, weather permitting.

On a posive note, have a list of winter jobs to do which involve developing the top of the plot. I've dug over and put in paths for 3 narrow veg beds to rotate stuff. I've got so far up the plot thorugh and a huge birch tree is sapping the moisture from  the soil, the jury is still out as to how to develop that area.     

New allotment OMG...

Posted: 13/10/2015 at 18:27
Gg, I've tried before to post pics but failed. I've an android phone now but still working out what it can do. Technology isn't one of my strong points

Started to level the area where the shed is going today. Picked the last of the cougette's.

My onions and garlic have started to grow, the shoots are a couple of inches high.


Posted: 13/10/2015 at 01:40
Go for it, you've nothing to lose, I'm in N Lancs and started to plant out locally grown garlic aa couple of weeks ago. It's already a few inches high.

You can always plant more in Spring and compare the two crops.

New allotment OMG...

Posted: 09/10/2015 at 09:37

Hoping to get to the plot later today.  

I've only been going down to pick fruit and veg. Also planted some garlic, onions and foxglove. I started to relocate the strawberry patch under fruit tree's but we've been having very cold mornings for the past week and I may have missed the window to move them before spring.

I'm going to replace two pear tree's planted last yr, neither have produced any leaves and are looking very dead. I'm also on the look out for two cherry tree's.

The top of the plot is now taking shape. Most is dug over and covered. I've laid two paths across the plot making three long narrow beds to crop rotate on along with smaller beds at the bottom of the plot. The next few weeks should see a shed go up. The base of flag stones still needs laying.

Picked up a pallet yesterday to finish a low terrace, so the top of the plot can be leveled off more. 

Happy growing everyone

Strawberry plants

Posted: 08/10/2015 at 22:47
Early fruiting varieties usually do give a second crop but need a good summer. I've some in flower with fruit but doubt they ripen bow.

Aubergines in a greenhouse

Posted: 29/09/2015 at 22:06

I grow toms, chillies, peppers aubergines and small cues. A guy on the neighbouring plot also grows grapes in one of his GH's.

Like Pepperted I use the GH to keep sown seeds in Spring, before planting out.    

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