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Growing Sweet Peas 2014/2015

Posted: 24/09/2014 at 19:58

Good idea for a new thread.

I sowed my sweetpea at the weekend, as you know David here in the NW my October sowings haven't done to well in the past. We've already had some frost mornings and chilly evenings. 

I might need to pot them up before winter sets in though as the pots could be to shallow.

New allotment OMG...

Posted: 24/09/2014 at 19:50

Gg - grew nasturgum on plot 1 this year, pumper crop of seeds which I've pickled and the flowers were nice on salads.

I've saved seeds off dahlias and marigold from the back garden to grow on the allotment next year. Also planted dafs and tulips, sown sweet pea in the GH and plant up some Garlic in modules with more to plant.

The plan is to try and fill most of the new half plot with perienniel type stuff, like strawberries, globe artichokes, rubarb, fruit tree's and bushes, and herbs.

A triple plot must keep you busy Mel. How big are the plots?

 

  

 

Growing grass paths...

Posted: 23/09/2014 at 19:58

Slightly off topic, well actually alot, missed you on the weather thread Frank, I think we kept it alive......I don't get up to the NE now other than on leisure trips and enjoyed the banter.

Hope you are well...happy gardening.  

Growing grass paths...

Posted: 23/09/2014 at 19:42

All good advise, thank you, sorry if I don't reply individually.

The committee are split on grass paths so we can have then, the choice I face is weeds on bare soil or grass. The bricks on site have been recycled into paths running across the site.

Q...I thought about not being able to walk on the seeded area's before about Feb or March time, would this be about right or would it be longer? 

I've not got the fruit tree's yet so this bit was trickier as I'll need to walk on it to plant out but could pot then up at home and wait till Feb/March to plant out.

Thanks, Frank will mark out a section round where the tree's are planned to be planted. I was thinking of just a ft, clearly not big enough.

Having weeds in the grass is expected, me thought I'd get a strimmer, battery operated or manual mower. Jury's out on that one. Q is which would be best, me thinks a mower as it's quicker. if the blades are kept sharp and I do have hand shears and an edger to define the paths. 

 There are slow worms on the site although they don't eat enough slugs to keep the population down .    

Q After sowing when would it need to be cut, would it be March/April and can it ghen be walked on?    

New allotment OMG...

Posted: 23/09/2014 at 18:50

GG - the other plots about 100 yrds down the track, not far really. It's in the middle of the allotments which is really nice because most people say hello or stop to talk when passing.

You can't be seen from the track on my new plot at present, it's on a slope and like a secret garden, you practically need to wade through under growth to get to it. The rasberry canes have taken over at least a third of the top half and the bendy path down to mine is only the width of a wheelbarrow. So I've had it a few weeks now and only seen the guys on the neighbouring plots, twice 

Wood chips sound a good idea but no we don't get them, worth checking out if there's a local wood merchants though. I'm considering grass paths. 

When and which plants in pots to but in the greenhouse over winter...

Posted: 22/09/2014 at 23:35

Agree with philippa.

I grow a dwarf azalea in a pot and usually wrap the pot along with other potted plants before the first frost, which will probably be in the next few weeks then keep the pots close to the house where it is sheltered from the worst of the winter weather and a little warmer.

Start to reduce watering, when the worst of the frost arrives it's water freezing in the pots which is more likely to kill the plants. A good layer of gravel as a mulch will also help retain heat in the compost, whilst in summer helps retain water from evaporation due to the sun's ray's.       

New allotment OMG...

Posted: 22/09/2014 at 23:06

Fruitcake, I walk through the top plot to get to mine. It's over grown and  needs structure putting in like paths...and is over run with rasberry canes, some brambles and nettles. 

Fortunatly there isn't anything which can't be composted or recycled. It comes with yet another wheelbarrow, compost bin and various plastic bins and tubs 

I could keep the first plot for a further year as the soil is really fertile but there's only so much veg a person can eat and preserve. The jury's still out on that one...   

Growing grass paths...

Posted: 22/09/2014 at 21:56

I want to grow grass paths on the allotment. There are three sections planned to grow it but none are quite ready.

The first area has been dug over and one part has muck on it with a black plastic covering. The other part was dug over and cardboard was laid with muck on top. I'm thinking of  planting  3 - 4 dwarf fruit tree's in these area's and the plan is to grow grass between the tree's with an area of bare soil around the tree's so I can mulch each year, real lazy allotmenteering.

Q is do I just dig the muck in, level off, firm up the ground and scatter the seeds? Can it really be that simple or will the ground be too rich for the seed?

The third area is compact soil with ocassional weeds like dock and dandilion. This isn't a big area and could be dug over in a couple of hours. Would I then just rake over, firm up the ground and sow the seeds?

Just to add to the mix, I've been told now is the time to sow grass seed but I'm in the NW and although it's been warm and sunny for the past couple of days, there have been some cold mornings, and the nights can be chilly. Have I missed the window of opportunity to sow grass seed?

     

New allotment OMG...

Posted: 22/09/2014 at 21:14

Think I'll look out for a local supplier too and get  an azada. Looks an interesting piece of kit to clear ground with.

Looks like the top half of my new plot will be coming vacant. The guy has been sent a letter and his time runs out on Thursday. He has done nothing to it for months.

I'll get first choice, makes sense to have two half plots on one site so if offered I'll need to decide whether to keep the first one. I'm a tad bit reluctant to give it up after building a fence and keeping the weeds down all summer. 

What's been your best garden freebie?

Posted: 20/09/2014 at 21:56

I've had two GH's given, the first off a friend and the second was inherited on the allotment, admitedly the 2nd has no glass but one can't expect everything for nothing 

...And apart from stuff left on the allotment from previous owners, I've been given a potting bench for the GH, loads of pots, flower buckets (over 100, running out of idea's as to how to use them) wheelbarrow, plastic darlik...

The first GH has to be the best freebie. 

Discussions started by Zoomer44

Anyone grow globe artichokes...

After saying I wasn't going to grow them several weeks ago I picked up 12 plants from the nearly dead section of a store.... 
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Something has been nibbling at my chillies and toms...  
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Soil like dust...

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Q about transplanting fruit bushes...

I've grown some cuttings at home and have some well establishes bushes to transplant.. 
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Weeds in the GH....

I've inherited a GH with no glass on a new allotment plot... 
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Little gems...

I've about a dozen Little gem lettuce plants growing in pots.... 
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Veg seeds to sow now...

Winter veg... 
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Using mushroom compost...

I've used mushroom compost on one of the beds on the allotment...  
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It's a tab bit early to ask but...

Whose growing Christmas spuds... 
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Sweet corn problems...

Seedlings dying.... 
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Sowing parsnips....

Is it too late to try again.... 
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