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Which variety of second early potatoes

Posted: 01/04/2016 at 19:57
Chris, I've a similar plan, covering ground, with as much fruit, veg and flower's as I can,apart from being productive it keeps down the weeds.

Radish grow well in between spud rows after you've finished earthing up.

New allotment OMG...Part 2...

Posted: 30/03/2016 at 21:03
We have a working party day on Saturday. The woodland trust have given 30 hedges to plant, there's going to be a skip and bonfire.

Hope the weathers better for everyone.

New allotment OMG...Part 2...

Posted: 29/03/2016 at 22:50
Lol, enjoy your trip to GC...

Help Save The Hedgehogs

Posted: 29/03/2016 at 22:47
Thanks k you for the info

New allotment OMG...Part 2...

Posted: 29/03/2016 at 22:32
Scroggin. You'll be pleased to start growing stuff in your GH when the glass is in.

Aster, the sowing compost from Aldi seems quite good this year, or it certainly is in the store near me.

There was heavy snow in East Lancashire this morning, one of the guys at work had trouble getting in. It was blue skies were I am though.

New allotment OMG...Part 2...

Posted: 28/03/2016 at 19:06

I always associated grass hoppers with the summer holidays. Our house backed onto what would now be called green belt land.

There was a field for horses to graze and the grass would be cut in the summer, we would build dens in the hay bales. We'd also catch grasshoppers, the winner was the one who caught the most.

By the time I was born the allotments from the war were well over grown  There's nothing left now apart from houses and the 'big tree', must be under a consevation order, when I drive past I often look up and think my name's scratched at the top of that.  

Guess that's progress...

Help Save The Hedgehogs

Posted: 28/03/2016 at 17:48

Hi, Mark, can't believe I missed this thread when you first posted.

I'd heard of hedgehog sanctury's and family's who foster hedgehogs to release back into the wild, there are a couple in Lancashire. 

This may seem a silly question and not practical but I have a large allotment, it is enclosed, I'm very protective of my crop and don't want rabbits getting in, so there is a fence all around it. I grow organically and have been searching the internet to see if anyone with an allotment has acted as a santury but not been able to find anything.

There is already alot of wildlife on the plot...frogs, toads and I had slow worms on my first plot. I get grass hoppers too. How would one find out about becoming a santuary...or would a hegdehog eat all the veg...       

Runner beans from seed

Posted: 28/03/2016 at 17:14

I agree with scroggin...You may have sown them too early, depending where you are in the country there can be up to four weeks difference in planting out times. Scotland being the last to plant out and the south being the first.

I'm in the NW and don't plan to sow runner/french beans until the end of April.

Trellis & Posts

Posted: 28/03/2016 at 16:59

I put up an 'L' shaped trellis five or more years ago, the panels were 6 by 6 and treated with a preserve, four in all with wooden posts in metal stakes. I sourced the materials locally, a family run business, they weren't the cheapest but in terms of advise and supply they provided everything which was needed and free delivery, they were also cheaper than local GC';s.   

Trellis has never been painted and is over flowering with climbers apart from it looking a little weather worn it's as strong now as the day it went up.     

New allotment OMG...Part 2...

Posted: 28/03/2016 at 16:25

Slugs don't usually go for my strawberries until they start fruiting. 

Did a quick repair today on the shed roof as the wind had torn the felt. Lots of small jobs done before it started to rain. Potted up some dahlias and sowed seeds in the GH.    

There'a also a bird nesting in the shed, thought I so one fly out yesterday but didn't think much of it, found the nest today when I was hanging up my tools... There was a bundle of straw and stuff with a hole in the middle wedged in the corner near a window. Hope I haven't scared it off, don't think it was there today though.

We get quite alot of wildlife, rabbits, squirels, slow worms, frogs, toads, a robin last year followed me around the plot when I was digging, sometimes sitting just a couple of ft away. Then there's all the bee's and butterflies in the summer. Heard a grasshopper on another plot last year, was ever so envious, I hadn't heard one of those in this country since I was a child, and then about Aug/Sept time heard one on my plot          

Discussions started by Zoomer44

Best site for asparagus...

Multiple choice Q...no ideal site...a case of...best of a bad lot...  
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Last Post: 23/04/2016 at 22:11

Growing asparagus...

Any tips... 
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Last Post: 15/03/2016 at 09:52

New allotment OMG...Part 2...

Just signed up for a new allotment...OMG...  
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Last Post: Yesterday at 23:35

Re planting fruit tree's...

I planted a plum tree last year in what was the right spot.... 
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Last Post: 04/02/2016 at 21:13

Shredded pine leaves....

Can they be used as a mulch round blueberry bushes. 
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Last Post: 20/01/2016 at 19:01

Weed wands...

Do any posters use them... 
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Last Post: 30/11/2015 at 19:02

Poorly dwarf apple tree

I uncovered a dwarf apple amongst brambles last year.... 
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Last Post: 22/11/2015 at 16:56

Shed of the year...

Did anyone else watch the programme this evening... 
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Last Post: 13/07/2015 at 23:16

Growing globe artichokes...

I'm growing them for the first time... 
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Last Post: 16/06/2015 at 10:41

Currant bushes ...should I be worried...

New shoots on my currant bushes are bubbly. The bubbles are orange/brown making the leaves start to shrivel... 
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Last Post: 16/05/2015 at 19:35

Growing lillies.

A Q about used compost...  
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Last Post: 20/04/2015 at 11:20

Best compost for 2015

Thought I start as new compost thread. 2013 from what I recall wasn't a particularly good year for compost,  
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Last Post: 13/03/2015 at 01:26

Replanting blueberry bushes...

I've a couple of bushes in pots.... 
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Last Post: 12/02/2015 at 21:24

Advent calendar prize draw...

Has anyone won anything.... 
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Last Post: 26/12/2014 at 19:48

Glode artichokes, over wintering..

Hadn't planned to grow these... 
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