Latest posts by Zoomer44

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...

New allotment OMG...

Posted: 30/11/2015 at 17:26
Not sure about the sprouts, I've planted them deep, heeled them in and staked them this yr
The guy on neighbouring plot can grow them, must ask his advice.

Weed wands...

Posted: 30/11/2015 at 17:15
I checked out the one at Homebase and the instructions said it has a safety lock so presumably when the canister is attached it locks on before it can be lit?
It's mainly docks and dandilions I want to keep down, marestail hasn't reached that part of the plot

New allotment OMG...

Posted: 30/11/2015 at 00:03

What a good harvest GWRS. I've leeks and kale which can still be harvested, possibly chad, and celriac still in the ground but not big enough to pick, was going to leave those in and see if they put on any growth in the spring as I don't need the bed for anything until then. 

I've struggled with sprouts and composted all this yr, will try one last time next yr.

Onions, garlic, broccolli, parsley and young garlic chives are all looking good before any major drop in temps or snow. Didn't manage to get in shallots but hoping the bulbs will still be ok to plant out in the spring.

I've a bed of foxglove, transplanted from around the plot which had self seeded, all different sizes, I'm hopeful some may get through the winter. 

Not been to the plot because of the weather...

Happy growing everyone.    


Weed wands...

Posted: 29/11/2015 at 23:18

I was thinking of getting one to reduce the need to bend and stoop whilst on the allotment. I have a bad back and have some tools to make things easier. 

I'm not sure about the canisters either jo47 but sometimes needs must, I wasn't sure about a pertrol strimmer but wouldn't be without it now.

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