Zoomer44


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Ideas....

Posted: 26/11/2015 at 18:48

All good idea's but why not ask him.

Let's face it we ask children by getting them to write out a Christmas list and at 86 he's probably had lots of Christmas's when family and friends have bought really nice things they thought he would like but not necessarily what he wants or needs.

If he wants something for the garden you can also get it engraved with his name as a suprise or get him an extra gift as a token suprise.

 

Talkback: How to make a comfrey liquid feed

Posted: 26/11/2015 at 18:07

I leave mine to brew for 6wks and using it fresh is probably better but I've used home made seaweed feed the following yr after brewing, it hasn't done my veggies any harm.    

New allotment OMG...

Posted: 25/11/2015 at 22:20
Thanks Ginagibbs I'll leave the artichokes to die back before mulching.
Sorry you have received a letter stagbeetle other plot holders may have received them too. Take some pics and ask what you need to do before December, explain you work and tell them when you plan to go to your plot but be realistic.
When did you get the letter, you only have a week to show any improvement.

New allotment OMG...

Posted: 23/11/2015 at 15:00
I already have a lot of seeds from previous yrs or saved this yr.
2 x pea' s - one can be sown in the autumn.
Dahlias, sunflowers and gourds.
Mini pop, radish, Brussels, pumkin - jack be little, chilies- cyklon and toms - yellow perfection.

GWRS - taking lessons sounds a plan.

New allotment OMG...

Posted: 22/11/2015 at 18:21

 Gg it's not been in my followed threads for a while, thought it was my computer playing up...I started getting notifications from GW again though on my e-mails...they had stopped for a while...I'm going to ask santa for a new one, can't decide whether to get a laptop or an ipad... 

GWRS - going to a football match is on my 'things to do before...' list. Never been to one but a friend is an avid Man City fan...has a season ticket...sadly she is over 27 and unlikely to get over this...but says I must go to a football match, even if it is a local match. In my youth I supported Liverpool.

Our local team are so bad, presumably to drum up support, allow children to go free. We will start there but have been past PNE/ Blackburn on match days and seen concerts at Man U ground. I'd like to see a  match at one of the big grounds....

Who did you see...

 

 

New allotment OMG...

Posted: 22/11/2015 at 17:27

Spent a couple of hrs on the plot digging over a bed and doing a general tidy up. Dug up some docks before the roots started on their journey to Australia and checked out the broad beans. Some of their tips had gone black, looks like the frost has got to them, so not hopeful they will last till the spring but on a happy note, have lots of seeds left to sow next yr.  

Due to all the rain the ground was soft so digging was ever so easy and the narrow beds meant no walking on the soil. On the bigger square beds I've placed flag stones to walk on.

Yaho...the weeds aren't growing either so cleared ground stays clear, just need to cover it with muck now before frost freezes the ground.  

Collected my kings seeds, that was like discovering buried teasure as I'd forgotten what had been ordered...I must get out more...

Not sure what to do with the globe artichokes. I was going to cut them back to ground level and cover the area with muck but do you leave then to die back like rubarb before covering with muck  

Poorly dwarf apple tree

Posted: 22/11/2015 at 16:56

Hi, sorry for not getting back sooner. I went to the plot to check out the tree again.

It's not grafted on to a different root stock and about 4ft high. I've cleared away the ground cover. I'd planted nasturgums in the area to keep down the weeds so there was very little weeds in the area.The trunk is about an inch thick. The main branch has been pruned so it's grown this year from the side branches and put on about 1ft's worth of growth on the higher branches which look to be healthy. One or two of the lower branches look dead and they are only about 6 or 7 inches long. 

It';s not far from the neighbouring plot holders tree about 8 to 10ft but his tree is three times the height and the apples don't look to be the same variety.

On closer inspection not all the leaves have spots on them but it's difficult to tell now as they are dying off. The spots on the apple had pieced the skin.

Will check out the link pansyface     

New allotment OMG...

Posted: 22/11/2015 at 11:10
Blue sky's here today.Zoomer goes off to find her wellies and warm socks.

New allotment OMG...

Posted: 21/11/2015 at 22:34

I've received my order from Kings, can't remember what I ordered now, but the association have hidden them on my plot to be collected tomorrow so I'll know soon enough.

I did order asparagus crowns but they won't arrive until April 2016, ample time to prepare their bed.

I'm hoping to go to the  plot tomorrow to cover more ground with muck before the frost arrives but think I may have missed the boat, the temps here have dropped and we are expecting frost again. I had to scrape ice off my car window last night before coming home!

Been up to Carlisle today on the train and as we went past Penrith there looked to be snow on the hills...me thinks we are in for a cold winter...

Why has a thread disqppeared? Who decided?

Posted: 21/11/2015 at 01:52

Just read the thread and going back to Verdun's post...Re;Bee's I purposely grew more flowers on the plot to cut and to atttract the good guy's. We have at least two bee keepers on the allotments and the flowers I planted were buzzing all summer. Dahlia's, gladioli and nasturgum were like magnets. Sunflowers didn't attract as many but flowering herbs did.

I plan to have a whole bed next year for flowers to cut. As well as attracting bee's they are good ground cover, stopping the weeds from growing and they help to pollinate the fruit, beans and pea's. Added to the flowers already mentioned for next yr are early spring bulbs and foxglove. The bulbs are already putting out shoots.  

             

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