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New allotment OMG...

Posted: 24/02/2015 at 20:42

Not very successful with peppers, the one's last year were small and thin, so much so I thought the labels had got mixed up with the chilli one's until they were tasted and had zero heat, so can't really recommend a good variety. Chillies - apache are prolific and cayene ad jalapeno produce good crops, they all dry well. I sometimes cheat with chillies, sow some seeds and also buy in one or two plants.  .   

I bought aubergine seeds in France last year, they are very generous with their seeds must be at least 200 seeds in the packet-Violette longue hative. I find aubergines easier to grow than peppers, seeds need sowing early though as they like a long growing season. 

I'll be starting chillies and aubergines off in the next few weeks but both are slow to get going, they don't usually put on any real growth until they go out in the GH.  .  

New allotment OMG...

Posted: 23/02/2015 at 22:27

You've worked had Victoria, do you have any help.

Woo2 - I've been growing veg about 6/7yrs. Started growing veg in pots and then graduated onto raised beds in the back garden and grew stuff in metre squares. Got a plastic GH and started growing chillies, toms and peppers. Was then given a 6 by 8 glass GH and added aubergines and cues to the list of stuff grown under glass.. 

I've grown strawberries and herbs for about 25yrs. I love strawberries and have always liked cooking with fresh herb and there's always been rubarb in the back garden.

ginagibbs - Our allotments are leased from the council, it's a self managed site so a committe is re-elected each yr to manage it, hence the AGM . It's agricultural land, no one wants it to become prime building landbut if we stray to much from the terms of the lease the council can take it back so we meet to discuss what was improved last yr, what will be improved this coming yr and if we are keeping to the terms of the lease.

Hoping to get down to the plot this weekend, weather premitting, to start digging  over the top part.

Chitting Tatties

Posted: 21/02/2015 at 23:32

I agree with Fc and Wo. The spuds shouldn't look shrivelled yet but smaller one's may do shortly before planting out.


New allotment OMG...

Posted: 19/02/2015 at 23:26

Attended the AGM  this evening. It was good to meet other allotmenteers, some I'd not seen or spoken to before.

plug plants

Posted: 18/02/2015 at 18:04

I love a bargin too but if it's too good to be true it usually is. You'll find they come as the tinniest of plants which will need potting up ASAP.

You won't be able to plant out until the last of the frost, possibly April at the earliest  so they would need potting up again...if you have the room, go ahead...but I wouldn't advise it...       

Earliest gardening memories?

Posted: 18/02/2015 at 17:34

I loved listening to my nanna talking about the war years when she grew veg in the back garden. I must have only been about 5 or 6. She grew stuff with her neighbours.

My dad didn't like gardening, he cemented over the back garden when we were little, I would climb over the wall as soon as I was able to play in the neighbours garden and often couldn't get back, I was forever in trouble for doing it. She had an old shed with a hole in the roof so I'd climb in with my brothers, we would pretend it was a spaceship taking us to Mars and beyond. Me thinks we probably watched to much Star Trek.  

Our house backed onto fields and old allotments which now I realise must have been left after the war. I have happy memories of days lost playing there. In the summer we'd often be out all day, my mum who baked at least twice a week would give us a plastic bowl and we'd go out picking stuff like gooseberries, blackberries and raspberries.      

Happy days

Weather Proof Garden Furnitures

Posted: 17/02/2015 at 23:36


Linseed oil


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.


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