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New allotment OMG...

Posted: 28/12/2015 at 18:15
Had a lovely Christmas Fruitcake.

We've had two days without rain, not a cloud insight yesterday

The back garden is a mass of puddles and basement is taking in water each time it rains depending which way the wind is blowing, mopping up daily.

I'm expecting guests tomorrow for the New Year, so had a clean and went to the tip. Called at the plot to collect some bagged up weeds.

I' ve made a winter jobs 'to do' list and planting plan for 2016.

New allotment OMG...

Posted: 13/12/2015 at 17:35
Went to the plot today. Other plot holder's had also ventured out. Picked some kale and Leek's. Had a general tidy, took down one of the bean supports and began to repair the fence.
The water butts were all nearly full and nothing had blown away.
Bought some bulbs and a smoke generator for the GH.

New allotment OMG...

Posted: 10/12/2015 at 21:52

Thanks you guys. I think we are back on the main grid here so have electric but some parts of town don't or it keeps going down and there have been burst water pipes closing the roads. Would you beleive this - a temp generator was stolen, I thought it a tab bit odd there were police cars at some of the substations.     

My thoughts are with those more seriously effected in Cumbria .

In this part of Lancashire and closer to home - St Micheals has been evacuated and accommodation offered at the YMCA for families not able to stay with friends/family.

Phones lines although down during power cuts do leave messages and last number redials - so have been in contact with freinds and family when the power is on can't understand why mobiles don't work though when the power is off.  

Christmas tree

Posted: 10/12/2015 at 19:41

My Christmas tree is in a pot, bought it as a coffee table tree 3 to 4 yrs ago for a couple of £'s and it's now about 4ft high. I've only potted it up twice. It's still looking good though and seems to thrive off neglect, I haven't watered mine since about September but we have had rain every day for over 4wks now  and the back garden is looking like it may float away .

It will be repotted next yr too, about March time and get fresh compost.

They grow about a ft each yr in pots. I found a plastic pot better, it's lighter to lift when bringing your tree indoors and I bring it in a couple of days before Christmas eve, then stand it by the back door to climatize. It then goes in the lounge by the window, away from the central heating on a plastic tray. Once indoors it drinks alot of water, so the plastic tray, the pot stands on, needs checking each day, don't let the pot dry out. It's easier to water from the bottom and into the tray, if that makes sense. 

In the New Year it goes back in the dining room for a couple of days before going out in the garden again. If we get snow it still goes out but is put in a sheltered spot.

Bought another coffee table tree this yr for £2.99 to replace the taller one when it dies, I'm given to understand they do not last many yrs in pots but I'm hoping my tree will be good for a couple more years to let it's replacement grow on.   


New allotment OMG...

Posted: 08/12/2015 at 19:12

Thanks everyone, don't think it's over just yet, the power went down again last night, the temp generaters only run for about 10 hrs before they need more oil. The lights haven't gone out this evening but we were expecting it about 6ish so I'm on borrowed time, land lines and mobiles go down to. We've been pooling together and sharing candles and batteries on our street for those who haven't been able to get any.   

Some area's haven't got temp power so I've had friends round for a hot wash and a hot meal each day as I have gas. Some bars in town which could open have been serving free hot meals and a big thank you to the Salvation Army, real troopers, they've been serving hot drinks and food in the town centre since Sunday.   .  

We've had it light compared to Cumbria, the army and mountain rescue were bringing people into the hospital Sunday morning. Kendal don't have an A&E and most of the roads were cut off at the weekend.  

Hope the rain begins to ease of for us both, Jo. 

And the link to allotmenteering...in amoungest all this...I had a delivery of chicken wire for the plot...what a bargin....and by candle light have started a growing plan for next yr

New allotment OMG...

Posted: 07/12/2015 at 06:19

Think my plot may have floated away, we've had sever flooding. The powers just come back on, it went down on Saturday. Need to see if I can get to work, the centre of town was flooded yesterday and most of the roads closed. 

Growing potatoes, and..?

Posted: 04/12/2015 at 19:55
Have you considered white strawberries next to the red strawberry patch.

What type of currant/fruit bush are these?

Posted: 04/12/2015 at 19:37
They are probably currant bushes, you'll need to wait till they fruit to know the colour although black may flower later than red or white as these produce a later crop.

Gooseberry have thorns on them.

If you are lucky you may have a hybrid bush. I have one which looks like any other when it has dropped it's leaves but if you ask what it is I wouldn't be able to tell without going to the plot and checking the label, only planted it this year and haven't had any fruit yet.

New allotment OMG...

Posted: 01/12/2015 at 20:17
I steam kale or cook like other veg in water. Season and toss in butter.
Vacating plot holders are given 28 days to take what they want and unless they give you something other plot holders aren't allowed on their plot. What's left is for the new plot holders, it seems to work well.

Your eight 'Desert Island Discs' plants

Posted: 30/11/2015 at 22:24
Oranges, strawberrys, coconut and hazel nut trees. An apple tree with loads of grafted varieties on. Foxglove, lilies and blue bells.
Would it be cheating if I took a solar powered kindle instead of a book...

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