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New allotment OMG...Part 2...

Posted: 28/03/2016 at 16:25

Slugs don't usually go for my strawberries until they start fruiting. 

Did a quick repair today on the shed roof as the wind had torn the felt. Lots of small jobs done before it started to rain. Potted up some dahlias and sowed seeds in the GH.    

There'a also a bird nesting in the shed, thought I so one fly out yesterday but didn't think much of it, found the nest today when I was hanging up my tools... There was a bundle of straw and stuff with a hole in the middle wedged in the corner near a window. Hope I haven't scared it off, don't think it was there today though.

We get quite alot of wildlife, rabbits, squirels, slow worms, frogs, toads, a robin last year followed me around the plot when I was digging, sometimes sitting just a couple of ft away. Then there's all the bee's and butterflies in the summer. Heard a grasshopper on another plot last year, was ever so envious, I hadn't heard one of those in this country since I was a child, and then about Aug/Sept time heard one on my plot          

New allotment OMG...Part 2...

Posted: 27/03/2016 at 16:54
It is hard work to start but after clearing your plot it gets a lot easier. I rough dug the top of the plot, covered it with plenty of muck and black plastic. After 2-3 months it was so much easier to dig over and is teeming with worms.

Which variety of second early potatoes

Posted: 26/03/2016 at 21:25

Red duke of York is a 1st early and a good variety, produces medium sized spuds and some large, excellent for growing in bags, nice mashed, roasted or chipped. The larger spuds are even good cooked in their jackets.  

New allotment OMG...Part 2...

Posted: 26/03/2016 at 20:23

It's forcast showers here tomorrow and the wind is picking up too.

Spent about an hour yesterday sowing seeds, onions are now in modules and I've started more seeds off on kitchen roll, something of an experiment as I've some old seeds and wasn't sure if they'd germinate, I've quite alot which need to be sown this year. 


Growing lettuce in pots

Posted: 25/03/2016 at 23:34
A grow bag tray with gravel in would work and you can water from the bottom.

Growing lettuce in pots

Posted: 25/03/2016 at 23:26
If you put the pot with your lettuce into another larger pot with fine gravel in slugs/snail won 't cross the gravel and can't get to your lettuce, alternatively you could put several pots in a long tray with fine gravel in.

Tomato seeds

Posted: 25/03/2016 at 23:03
I read the article but make my own feed. Toms like seaweed feed, usually every couple of weeks if I remember.

Planting veg seedlings

Posted: 25/03/2016 at 22:48
From experience I've sown very little this year, main sowing months will be Apr/May.

Everything sown in April catch's up and it's a lot less labour intensive.

I agree with above regarding toms, chillies and Aubergine's. You are probably alittle early with cues, squash and kale.

You risk damping off by planting up to first leaves, sprinkling vermiculite around the stems will help prevent damping off by absorbing excess moisture when watering.

Which variety of second early potatoes

Posted: 25/03/2016 at 22:18
...I went out and bought more spuds after seeing your pic...... and still don't have a third of them, four varieties though...I see your spuds have something to read too...

Which variety of second early potatoes

Posted: 25/03/2016 at 20:09
Chris. 172...what are your spuds chatting about...

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