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New allotment OMG...

Posted: 18/01/2016 at 19:39

Went to the plot yesterday. 

Moved some bags of bark down the plot ready to be put down when the snow thaws. I've also been getting stones from a plot further up the allotments for a stony area by the shed.The area can get very wet after a heavy rain fall and water gathers in puddles, the stones make it less tretcherous.

I keep coming across lots of snails under plastic, stuck to compost lids and in unlikely spots, think I might go round with a bucket of salt water for them.            

Old-fashioned corn?

Posted: 17/01/2016 at 20:39

That's a good price for minipop and they usually only come in packets of 30 seeds. 

If you do decide to grow minipop and it's a windy spot it's better to plant them in a trench and earth up as they grow, gives them a deeper root system and anchours them into the ground. I plant small pumkins to wind in amoungest the minipop plants along with dwarf beans, similar to the 'three sisters' principle although the beans being dwarf aren't trained to climb up the minipop plants , it works well and keeps down the weeds

New allotment OMG...

Posted: 16/01/2016 at 20:42
Fingers crossed GWRS.

I'm hoping to go to the plot tomorrow morning.

Old-fashioned corn?

Posted: 16/01/2016 at 20:25
Try googling sweet corn, mini pop, Pansyface. Most seed companies sell the seeds and give good descriptions of what it is.

Old-fashioned corn?

Posted: 16/01/2016 at 19:52
Have you tried growing mini pop Pansyface, it has a shorter growing time than corn on the cob. It doesn't need to be polinated and can be grown in rows. It' s picked when the cobs are still small and the strands coming from the cobs are still yellow. The plants themselves though are 6 to 7 ft tall.

I had two crops last year by sowing seeds 4 weeks apart

New allotment OMG...

Posted: 16/01/2016 at 19:32
Thanks KEF. Have you had snow in your part of Yorkshire.

The ground was frozen here today hope my garlic and onions survive the frost.

New allotment OMG...

Posted: 16/01/2016 at 16:51
Went to the plot this morning. Had aload of flag stones delivered for a shed and GH base.

The council had delivered a pile of bark so bagged some up to mulch paths before it started snowing.

Do you have an allotment?

Posted: 16/01/2016 at 16:42
Growing in narrow beds, about 4ft wide allows you to plant closer together and grow more veg.

Recycling keeps down cost, I've made a compost area and raised beds using pallets which cost nothing.

New allotment OMG...

Posted: 14/01/2016 at 20:11

I had to drive out of town today and noticed snow on the hills. I've other jobs to do though if the ground is frozen at the weekend.

Is it my imagination or do leeks continue to grow in winter, I'm sure my leeks have been growing in this mild weather. I've still some reasonably thick leeks left when I thought the best had been picked... ... and celriac was left in the ground because it was too small to pick in September/October, not a winter veg and not sure if they will bolt when the weather warms up but they look ok for now.        

Do you have an allotment?

Posted: 14/01/2016 at 19:28

Hi, Tara,

Being organic helps to keep down costs, we get free muck on our allotment but bags can be picked up for free along country lanes were farmers/stables put bags out for the taking. Making your own feed - comfrey/nettle or seaweed can all be made for free.

Growing fruit and veg which you like but which is expensive in shops ie - blueberries, strawberries, asparagus...this list could go on and on...I was suprised at the cost of rubarb and blackberries in the shops this year and both grow for fun on an allotment.   

An allotment is like a green gym...think of how much is saved not paying gym fee's...the number of times I've paid a years subscription into a club only to stop going  after a couple of months...

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