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New allotment OMG...

Posted: 16/12/2014 at 20:10

I've got a four shelved plastic grow house which I've had for yrs, wouldn't be without it. It's needed the cover replacing a couple of times and blew over one winter so is now only used in Spring for sowings, seedlings and plants potted up when the GH gets full.   

Not so sure how versitile it would be as a cold frame, I'm happy to be wrong but thought cold frames need more insulation and are closer to the ground ie don't have shelves.

New allotment OMG...

Posted: 16/12/2014 at 19:09

I grew 1st and 2nd earlies this year and still have alot left, haven't bought a spud since June

Small raised bed?

Posted: 14/12/2014 at 17:21

You could try square ft gardening, split the area into 6. Flower buckets with their bottoms cut out and pushed into the raised bed would be ideal. You'd have 6 seperate growing area's then.

Radish, spring onions, salad leaves, dwarf beans and peas don't need alot of room to grow and could be sown seperately, in each of the pots. Micro carrots is another good one, beetroot, spinach or chad...don't expect a bumper crop though.

 

 

New allotment OMG...

Posted: 14/12/2014 at 16:49

I'm no expert on growing winter veg but brussels and Celeriac need a long growing season. I sowed Celeriac in March to get a crop which could start to be picked about August time and alot is still in the ground.

Brussels were sown in April/May for a crop which could be picked from October/November time. 

Calabrese and Broc should be ok sown in modules to plant out later.

Kale and chad, both under rated in my opinion, but excellent winter vegs. I was put off Kale for along time thinking it was grown as animal fodder but the crinkly variety is actually quite nice. A Chad plant will last for up to 4yrs after planting out. Both can be started in modules, I'd pot up till there's room to plant out on the plot, making sure they don't get pot bound. The soil needs to be warm so the roots can get established before the first frosts, so planting no later than September gives them plenty of time. 

Other's may have a different view 

Hey Good Looking.....

Posted: 13/12/2014 at 21:23

I've just got back from a hard days shopping and a lovely Indian curry at the local Bombay Balti  served up by the guy who has the allotment next to mine, I shall be asking for tips on how to make the best curries in town when next on the plot   

New allotment OMG...

Posted: 12/12/2014 at 19:58

That's the one Gg it was in the middle of the allotments but most peole stop and talk at this new one and I've taken to walking up the track to the other newbie's plots who started at the same time as me to check out what they've been doing and to swap tips.

Part of the enjoyment for me was developing the site and seeing it change from something which resembled a wilderness into a productive veg plot. This new one has so much more potential. There's still half to dig over and new beds to put in so it'll take up alot of time. It's one of the biggest on the site.

I'm Christmas shopping tomorrow and it's forcast a wet weekend so no gardening here this weekendMight look on line to purchase some seeds....

New allotment OMG...

Posted: 10/12/2014 at 20:02

When picked the leaves of celeriac smell like celery, it's nice steamed, then mashed, I add alittle pepper, it has a slightly sweet taste to it.

Haven't tried growing cranberry. I did cheat with some winter veg, broccoli and half the kale were bought as plugs as it was too late to sow but ever so pleased with the results.

The new plot is coming along nicely. The top half still needs alot of attention. I've decided to let my first half plot go in February, the new one is more than big enough. . 

 

New allotment OMG...

Posted: 09/12/2014 at 20:33

Gg - Once you get your head around pruning currant bushes they are easy pezzie. Black currants taste slightly different to white and red but I haven't found much difference to the latter two. 

With GW I also get 'Kitchen Garden' which is fad.

My winter veg has  done ok, brussels, kale, leeks, celriac and chad are still being picked. Broccoli has grown but nothing to pick yet.

Is asparagus easy to grow?      

christmas tree

Posted: 09/12/2014 at 20:06

I wait till a few days before Christmas eve and bring mine into the dinning room, putting it  by the door were it's coolest, then put it in the lounge on Christmas eve, by the window which is the furtherest point from the fire and central heating.

They are a tree which are accustomed to being outdoors at this time of year in snow and frost so when you do decide to bring it indoors the coolest spot in a room is probably the best place.   

Repotting a Christmas Tree...

Posted: 09/12/2014 at 19:42

The tree I bought in 2012  (read first post) is now about 3ft tall, just popped outside to check .

If the tree was outdoors when you bought it, keep it outdoors until ready to dress. I bring mine in a few days before Christmas and put it in the dinning room by the door were it'd coolest then put it in the lounge on Christmas eve near the window and the furtherest point from the fire and central heating. Put the pot in a dish of water and let the tree drink from the bottom, adding more water if the dish becomes dry, trying not to over water.    

If potting up put it in a plastic pot, mines in terracota and I'll need help getting it in doors this yr. A plastic pot will always fit into a nice ceramic one and can easily be moved in and out of the house.

If the tree has been grown in a pot and kept outdoors, the shock of repotting and bringing it into the house could kill it. If not root bound I'd repot in the spring.

Matty - your tree sounds like it needs repotting now though.

Discussions started by Zoomer44

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Glode artichokes, over wintering..

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