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Ground cover between veg?

Posted: 23/12/2014 at 20:30

All good advise from above. Mulching and a good hoe at least once a week will keep down weeds amoungst your veg. A regular hoe before the weeds appear stops the seeds from germinating or roots taking a hold.

You can also grow some permanent planting through a weed membrane. Give the ground a good mulch with well rotted muck before covering and cut holes to plant through. Strawberries, fruit bushes, globe artichokes and herbs all do well- there's probably more stuff. 


Posted: 22/12/2014 at 20:38

.. that sounds hot Mel...I went to a chilli fest in the summer at Holker  now they had some hot chillies.. which would burn the roof off your mouth...not sure where they came on the richter scale though...

There's a local nursery near us called Mommoth Onions and they sell a good range of chilli plants. Me thinks I'll grow from seed but buy the really hot one's as plugs...

New allotment OMG...

Posted: 22/12/2014 at 20:12

Still quite mild here, and as from today, the days are getting longer......spring is just around the corner... 

Will it snow this year....... I like to look out on the garden, covered in snow before anyone has walked on it although living at the top of a hill, the front can be a tad bit trecherous... 

Vegetable Seed Swop

Posted: 21/12/2014 at 23:04

Lyn-I'd like some Pea Meteor first early if you have any left.

I've various french bean seeds saved if anyone wants some, they may be cross polinated which could make for some interesting beans this year.   


See you later work, two weeks off!

Posted: 21/12/2014 at 21:50

 Spoken like a real trooper Tootles

 Pauline....Focus on a lie in come Wednesday morning.

See you later work, two weeks off!

Posted: 21/12/2014 at 21:07

Have a Merry Christmas envious, I don't finish work till Tuesday. Sooo looking forward to 10 days off.  

Vegetable Seed Swop

Posted: 21/12/2014 at 20:54

Thought I'd bump this thread back up to the top.

It is the season for buying seeds and posters may have swaps or spare seeds.

Asparagus crowns

Posted: 21/12/2014 at 20:51

I've been checking this out with a view to having an aspargus bed on the allotment. .

Can't recommend a particular variety but there's a special offer in GW subscribers mag, 5 crowns for 9.98 or 10 for £13.48, Pacific 2000. Seeds are alot cheaper and come either as male and female plants or F1 varieties which are all female. Growing from seeds means a further year to wait to pick a crop though.    


New allotment OMG...

Posted: 18/12/2014 at 20:30

Gg - Most local bye laws don't allow you to pick seaweed fresh but you can collect it if it's washed up. Following a high tide is best, the beach near us has a rocky egde to it and often harbours washed up seaweed.

Makes a good feed for plants but smells.

If I can get enough I also use it as a mulch around potted plants and in the GH beds. Smells like the seaside for a while but soon dries out and goes black in colour.

Looking forward to hearing about your chooks Fruitcake 

New allotment OMG...

Posted: 16/12/2014 at 21:44

Gg - For several years I grew spuds in bags in the back garden using a 50/50 mix of multipurpose compost and home made compost, some varieties developed scab yet others didn't. Scab can be caused by too much moisture in the soil or compost and in bags or raised beds they do need watering to stop the compost from drying out so it can be a double edged sword, water too much and you risk scab or water too little and you have small spuds or none at all. .    

I didn't water the one's on the plot after planting out but planted them on a bed of seaweed in the trench. Spuds love seaweed. Didn't have a problem with scab but had one or two soft spuds.

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