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Weather Proof Garden Furnitures

Posted: 17/02/2015 at 23:36

 

Linseed oil

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New allotment OMG...

Posted: 16/02/2015 at 20:51

ginagibbs - I'm thinking retro and a pastel green for the table 

Our allotments are at the end of one of the longest row of terrace housing in Europe and it's a dead end, stopping were the gate is to the plots. It's the only way in and out for holders of 81 plots. If you google - 'Scotforth, Wikipedia' there's a couple of sentences at the end refering to Dorrington Rd. It might not be the longest terrace but it is long      

Parking isn't a problem, most people live within walking distance or come on their bikes and bike racks were put in last yr. Providing plot holders who park outside the gate leave enough room for residents to turn their cars at the end of the terrace we manage to live in harmony

 

We have our annual meeting on Thursday, hoping to get there..

What's in your potting shed?

Posted: 15/02/2015 at 15:12

I've two potting sheds one at home and one on the allotment, haven't managed to tame either,this is work in progress, the interia of both resemble organised chaous, I know were eveything is though, apart from perhaps 4 pairs of secatars which will be found during the annual declutter/clean out in Spring.

They are like Dr Who Tardis's. It surprising how much stuff you can fit in a potting shed without really trying. If there was a world record for the number of items in a potting shed me thinks I'd be a close runner up. So what's in there  There's shelving, hooks on walls and the doors. All the usual gardening stuff. Garden furniture, a Bar Be cue with gas bottle, disposible BBC's just in case, lawn mower. Can't fit in the gazibo, that's stored in the basement. The shed at home's only 4 by 6  but it does have double doors which helps, I' don't actually need to walk into it to reach stuff.

Was hoping to fit a chair in the allotment shed this spring and get a small camp stove to make tea and coffee.

bind weed and brambles!!

Posted: 15/02/2015 at 00:10

Hi, nellie,

Just to add...know your weeds. When digging out bindweed it has white pencil wide roots.

Brambles if you dig out the crown... you are half way there to gettting rid of it...both bindweed and brambles will grow back but if dug out when they are tiny come up easily.

 

My moto is recycle my garden & pocket likes it

Posted: 14/02/2015 at 20:07

Sounds like a good plan to recycle your conifers. Why would you think they might be toxic.  

Using bark chippings for paths is ok, our council have just dropped off tonnes of Christmas Tree bark chippings for the allotments, I'm sure if it wasn't ok someone would have complained

 

New allotment OMG...

Posted: 14/02/2015 at 19:49

Welldone Stagbeetle on getting a nice flat plot.

It's been dry and sunny here today, went down to the plot and finished off the area were the shed once stood. It's all barked and has a compost area with three black bins now. Also rescued an old fold up garden table from a skip, it's in need of some TLC but I can see it now with a new coat of paint

How was everyone else's day.

Are there any advantages of starting sweet peppers off now?

Posted: 13/02/2015 at 23:21

No is the simple answer.

Unless you have good germination conditions, with light and warmth then sowing now will make little difference to sowing in four to six weeks time. Happy to be wrong though... 

Using mushroom compost...

Posted: 13/02/2015 at 21:12

Hi, Ally kay,

It's been a massive learning curve for me since posting the first time in June 2014. I've another plot now, much bigger and the top bit was over run with raspberries on the new plot. These were cut back in October and the plan is to dig them all up, I've already dug up a big area and plan to replant some runners.

I'd advise you posted again and started a new thread, starting off ' I cut my raspberries down and mulched over winter....that way more posters are likely to respond...      

New allotment OMG...

Posted: 13/02/2015 at 20:29

Stagbeetle, couldn't agree more.

We have quite a number of allotment sites in this area which are supported by the council. Not sure financially if they will continue to help with improvements due to cut backs, but last year there was so much in the pot and we had to bid for what each site wanted. To be fair it was evenly distributed, we got a gravelled track installed running the length of the allotments. 

The allotments behind my house had a fence replaced running round the entire site one year and a petition stopped the council reclaiming the land for building on it last year. That site only has about 12 plots on it but the entire neighbourhood signed the petition.

Cheap greenhouse - advice please!

Posted: 13/02/2015 at 19:59

Grower68, to cut the cost you don't need to flag the entire area, I just flagged were the GH frame would stand and down one side, to stand a potting bench on, which doubles up for pots once the growing season kicks off and put a gravel path down the middle. The other side is a soil bed.

You don't need the frame base either although probably better to have, mine is mounted and secured to the flags on treated wood, no doubt this will eventually rot as the one on the allotment has but it takes some years. 

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New allotment OMG...Part 2...

Just signed up for a new allotment...OMG...  
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I planted a plum tree last year in what was the right spot.... 
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Shredded pine leaves....

Can they be used as a mulch round blueberry bushes. 
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Weed wands...

Do any posters use them... 
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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...

New shoots on my currant bushes are bubbly. The bubbles are orange/brown making the leaves start to shrivel... 
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Growing lillies.

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