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Posted: 13/10/2015 at 01:40
Go for it, you've nothing to lose, I'm in N Lancs and started to plant out locally grown garlic aa couple of weeks ago. It's already a few inches high.

You can always plant more in Spring and compare the two crops.

New allotment OMG...

Posted: 09/10/2015 at 09:37

Hoping to get to the plot later today.  

I've only been going down to pick fruit and veg. Also planted some garlic, onions and foxglove. I started to relocate the strawberry patch under fruit tree's but we've been having very cold mornings for the past week and I may have missed the window to move them before spring.

I'm going to replace two pear tree's planted last yr, neither have produced any leaves and are looking very dead. I'm also on the look out for two cherry tree's.

The top of the plot is now taking shape. Most is dug over and covered. I've laid two paths across the plot making three long narrow beds to crop rotate on along with smaller beds at the bottom of the plot. The next few weeks should see a shed go up. The base of flag stones still needs laying.

Picked up a pallet yesterday to finish a low terrace, so the top of the plot can be leveled off more. 

Happy growing everyone

Strawberry plants

Posted: 08/10/2015 at 22:47
Early fruiting varieties usually do give a second crop but need a good summer. I've some in flower with fruit but doubt they ripen bow.

Aubergines in a greenhouse

Posted: 29/09/2015 at 22:06

I grow toms, chillies, peppers aubergines and small cues. A guy on the neighbouring plot also grows grapes in one of his GH's.

Like Pepperted I use the GH to keep sown seeds in Spring, before planting out.    

New allotment OMG...

Posted: 27/09/2015 at 23:18

Not posted for a while so have been catching up on everyone's postings. 

Good luck with your new plot davessat, keep posting your progress. Sorry to hear about the mindless vandalism GWRS, enjoy your jollies though. Gg, can't wait to see the inovative ways you are going to use pallets on your plot. I look at a pallet now and think, they are free and the things which can be done with them is only limited by the imagination of the person getting them 

Nice to read everyone else's postings too..

I've been  busy digging over the top of the plot, laying paths and preparing that bit for next yr. I flooded the strimmer and me thinks the spark plug got damp, which was a blessing, as I realised the weeds were just being kept down and I wasn't really progressing the top of the plot.

Spent a nice hour or so on the plot today with a friend and 3 children picking veg, they gathered toms, cues, peppers, leeks, kale, runner beans, courgettes, 2 pumkins for halloween, dahlia's, sweet pea, a huge sunflower and herbs  

Aubergines in a greenhouse

Posted: 26/09/2015 at 21:58

My chillies have done really well too, peppers still mainly green although I've had a couple of yellow one's. 

The aubergines I sowed didn't do well, only flowered but the two bought plants did ok, one produced the biggest aubergine I've ever seen

How to make leafmould

Posted: 24/09/2015 at 21:08

My votes with black bags or recycle bins. I used recylce bins for last yrs leaf mulch and gave the contents a good stir every couple of months, it was ready to use approx 12 months later. Three boxes reduced to one. 

This yr I made a heap on the allotment and they were slow to rot down so I've started adding them to the main compost as a 'brown'.

Leaf mould is one of life's wonders for me, it can take up to 2yrs to rot down in bags or  a heap yet is gone before the first snow if left under tree's!  

Talkback: Herbs for shade

Posted: 21/09/2015 at 21:56

Blue bells do well in the shade although their show is in early summer and short lived.

preserving tomatoes

Posted: 17/09/2015 at 22:03

Hi, greenjude, hope you don't mind me joining your thread, I'd also like to know how to dry toms in the oven and how long they keep.  I do make chutney's, sauces etc... but am always looking out for new ways to preserve.

I'm sure someone will come along soon and post helpful advise

Corn on the cob

Posted: 14/09/2015 at 00:19

jane a - Me thinks you are trying to grow far to much in too small an area for plants which need more room to grow. My advise is not to be so adventurious next yr. 

Discussions started by Zoomer44

Poorly dwarf apple tree

I uncovered a dwarf apple amongst brambles last year.... 
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Shed of the year...

Did anyone else watch the programme this evening... 
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Growing globe artichokes...

I'm growing them for the first time... 
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Currant bushes ...should I be worried...

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Growing lillies.

A Q about used compost...  
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Best compost for 2015

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Advent calendar prize draw...

Has anyone won anything.... 
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Glode artichokes, over wintering..

Hadn't planned to grow these... 
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Anyone grow globe artichokes...

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How to pollinate a Bramley apple tree...

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Growing grass paths...

It's just an idea forming... 
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Td immunisations...

I was reading through the infor from the alloment association on the site where I have a plot... 
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'Mile a minute' growing as you watch...

My neighbour has a 'mile as minute' climber growing along the fence... 
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Something has been eating my chillies and toms...

Something has been nibbling at my chillies and toms...  
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