Zoomer44


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New allotment OMG...

Posted: 27/01/2015 at 20:34

Weyplotter...I thought I was on a list for a plot on a site only a dozen steps from the back gate. Kept asking the chair of the committee if any were coming up, there are only about 10 and it would have been ideal. Over the course of about 3 years the plot holders at the top of the allotments changed nearly every year

Thinking I was going to be 27 before a site was offered, put my name down on 3 or 4 different sites in December/Janauary 14. The lists were long so I was thinking might get offered one this year...2015...so there'd be heaps of time to think about how to tackle it...NOT...I went to view some plots a few weeks later and accepted one....and started this thread for support... 

I was a tad bit disappointed at the time, when, after 3yrs I'd not been offered a plot on the site behind the house...so pleased I didn't get one now ......they don't have GH's, or polytunnels, sheds have to be tiny, there are no fruit tree's, little wildlife, few birds and butterfly's, no slow worms...

...every cloud has a silver lining, at least after all your efforts Weyplotter you have the plot next door...and we have an allotment thread... 

help me please

Posted: 26/01/2015 at 22:06

It's far to early to be starting off veg...February is notorious for being a cold month in the UK.... unless you can nuture seedlings until the last frost...wait to sow...   

New allotment OMG...

Posted: 26/01/2015 at 21:56

Will you be giving names to your chicks, fruitcake...friends son named one of his KFC

It's forecast snow here before the weekend but I've a list of no dig jobs to do. Plan to spend a few hrs Saturday morning on the plot putting in a fence were the old shed once stood.

Good luck with the council Gg, sounds a good plan to keep enquiring.

I wish someone would invent....

Posted: 26/01/2015 at 21:30

Keep a packet of wet wipes handy too, a good wipe around each nail is enough to get rid of the still wet soil.

Seed and plant swap 2015

Posted: 26/01/2015 at 21:18

Thank you Victoria received your seeds today

Anyone done any gardening today?

Posted: 25/01/2015 at 18:25

I went to B&Q today to get some clips to secure the frame of a plastic GH and came away with 3 packets of module trays and a packet of growing pockets, fortunatly there were no plants in the nearly dead section.

Horsetail on allotment

Posted: 25/01/2015 at 16:17

Don't give up, these things are sent to try us, no easy answer.

You can still grow stuff in the bed, hoeing whilst effect on annual weeds isn't for horsetail as you'll just cut off the top and leave the root in the ground. Digging up the root is one of the best.  When they regrow dig them up as soon as seen, by the time they open up they will have spawned.

There are weed killers but most kill a plant based on the ration of above ground foilage and below ground root. If you are lucky you may kill it off in one area only for it to pop up somewhere else. If you decide to try a weed killer it's always advisable to use it when the weed is actively growing too and with horetail to use gloves to apply it rather than spray.    

New allotment OMG...

Posted: 25/01/2015 at 15:51

Gg I've 1st and 2nd earlies...Arron Pilott, Pentland Javelin, Wilja and Maris Peer. Red Duke of York are nice but not seen any locally yet.

Can't wait to start sowing but am going to try and wait till March for veg as later sowings usually catch up...Chillies and aubergines may get sown at the end of Feb  though...

Succession planting sounds like a good plan fruitcake..this year I was going to mark on a calender when veg is sown and when to sow next batch, possibly every four weeks.

Crop rotation is on the agenda too, can't decide whether to do a 3 or 4 year plan.

Aubergine - too early

Posted: 25/01/2015 at 15:15

Aubergines do need a long growing season and despite what it says's on the packet it could be a tab bit early yet and it depends where you live, I usually wait till the end of Feb begining of March. I'm in the NW though. I've a french variety this year and the packet says sow between January and April.    

New allotment OMG...

Posted: 24/01/2015 at 17:52

Been on the plot today.

Took down an old shed before it fell down. Found the floor was being held up with 6 rusty tins. I kept putting my feet through the floor as the roof and sides came down.

We had blight on the allotment last year, it started on the plot next to mine, the guy didn't cut off the foilage so it went through everyone's plots like a bush fire. 1st and 2nd earlies put on a good show though, they're planted earlier than main crop and have usually done their bit underground by the time blight strikes.

Seed spuds all bought and chitting in the back bedroom...that's not to say...I might get some more... 

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Just signed up for a new allotment...OMG...  
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