Zoomer44


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New allotment OMG...

Posted: 24/01/2016 at 18:52
Went to the plot this morning. There never seems to be anyone else there.

It stayed dry so got lots done. Moved some flags down the plot after finally deciding where to put up a shed and GH. That will be a job in progress over the coming weeks.

Been searching for a couple of pear trees online but haven't yet found the ones I want.

New allotment OMG...

Posted: 23/01/2016 at 23:24

The day didn't turned out as planned. 

Wet and windy here so didn't go to the plot in the morning and had planned to go to Dove Cottage in the afternoon,  which turned out to be closed due to conservastion, so went to Hayes, GC in Grasmere. The flooding has washed away the sides of the roads in some parts by the lake at Windermere, but it's fair to say it was business as usual.     

If I can't get to the plot tomorow then it will be next weekend.

 

Welcome to the fruit & veg forum

Posted: 23/01/2016 at 21:03

All my swede/turnip seeds have been bought in France, which doesn't help to distingish between the two as the language on the seed packet is in French.  

Sorry, GWRS, this doesn't answer your Q, but I get confused between a swede and turnip, I'm sure there must be a difference but not sure what this is, hopefully someone will be along shortly to answer both our Q's?

starting seedlings,

Posted: 23/01/2016 at 20:18

I won't start sowing till March and have made a monthly sowing guide for veg, GH, flowers and herbs in the hope that will stop me sowing stuff too early, will be starting with dwarf broad beans, pea's, chillies, peppers and aubergines in March. The first flowers and herbs won't be sown until April.

 

horsetail control

Posted: 23/01/2016 at 19:56

It's a major problem on my allotment plot. I'd do as Dove suggests, as soon as it appears use a trowel to dig out as much of the root as you can before it spores.  

Horse tail still contniues to grow on the edges of the plot where I've been less vigourous at digging it up but the fruit/veg beds are now relatively clear 

 

Early mistakes and successes

Posted: 22/01/2016 at 19:02
I usually start sowing seeds far to early and run out of room indoors for seedlings, resulting in them going out before the last frost, then loosing some.

Did the same thing last year, started sowing 'to early and was unexpectedly in hospital for several weeks so it was the end of April before I could start sowing again after all my earlier seedlings had died.

I bought some seedlings, so I had some stuff to plant out in May but the later sowings grew quickly and although everything flowered or was ready to harvest later, what started of as a disastrous year ended as a successful one.

BBC looking for new Gardeners World presenter

Posted: 20/01/2016 at 23:42
If it's an extra, a new face would be refreshing, someone who responds to topical or seasonal issues sent in by viewers.

New allotment OMG...

Posted: 20/01/2016 at 19:14

Sorry to hear you are giving up your plot Stagbeetle, it can be difficult to juggle everything though. 

I've been able to spend more time on the plot this year due to being off work through iIl health, and been fortunate enough, to have had the time to set the plot out to make it easier to manage with narrow beds and permanent planting.

I grew veg in a couple of raised beds at home for a few years before taking up an allotment and still have a strawberry patch. 

Happy gardening 

Shredded pine leaves....

Posted: 20/01/2016 at 19:01

Hadn't realised it turns neutral when rotted. Best get them potted up soon  

Shredded pine leaves....

Posted: 20/01/2016 at 18:27

I'm going to repot a couple of blueberry bushes with new compost, can I use shredded pine leaves and branches as a mulch or even mix it in with the compost?

 

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