Latest posts by Zoomer44

New allotment OMG...

Posted: 08/02/2015 at 19:21

Have I missed something, why would someone want to keep rabbits on an allotment... bee's and chickens...yes..., but rabbits!

Had a productive day on the allotment. Finished laying a path across the middle, edged with thick branches and mulched with wood chippings. Finished patching up the fence at the bottom of the plot with pallets. 

Can't help either with an electric saw, I use a hand one. Can anyone recommend a hand powered lawn mower.

How nice to still be harvesting...GWR...Zoomer makes a note to plant out more winter veg this year.

New allotment OMG...

Posted: 07/02/2015 at 23:36

Fruitcake, the chicken run is looking good.

Weather's looking good here for tomorrow so hoping to get to the plot in the morning. Best part of today was spent helping at a kiddie's party. Friend decided to invite the entire class to the twins birthday the magician was fabulous and a good time was had by all.

Nearly purchased a cherry tree from Aldi but I've more than enough fruit tree's at present. Did get some chilli seeds from B and M, at 89p, they were a bargin for 4 varieties on seed discs.     


Posted: 07/02/2015 at 23:09

I started mine off in the back bedroom in January and do most years. The radiators turned off so it's cool until the weather improves and the spuds are out of direct sunlight.

You can chit them all at the same time and stagger planting out.


New allotment OMG...

Posted: 04/02/2015 at 23:49

Aldi's garden stuff usually follows the tree sale. I'd like one of those kneel pads which when turned the other way is a seat


Posted: 04/02/2015 at 21:33

If you want strawberries this year then best buy plants.

There are lots of different varieties. A selection which fruit at different times will prolong your strawberry picking season. Check the ladels when you buy.

June-bearing strawberry varieties usually produce large strawberries over a period of 2 to 3 wks around June time but you can also get early season, midseason, and late season which will prolong your harvest through July.

Then there is everbearing strawberries which aren't but will produce two harvests each year one in Spring and one in late Summer although there are a lot less strawberries in late Summer.   

Grown strawberries for years and bought two plants each of four new and different varieties in 2013, two of which were Cambridge Favourite and Pegasus can't remember the other two. The aim was to prolong the harvest. Would recommend these two, ever so tasty and produce large fruits.

If you opt for alpine strawberries, these varieties produce smaller fruits and don't put out runners but self seed. You can also get white alpine strawberries.       

Wouldn't recommend you grow strawberries with other veg because they will put out runners and like their own bed. Having said that if space is limited they'll quite happily grow under fruit trees and bushes providing it's not too shadey.

Greenhouse book

Posted: 03/02/2015 at 22:37

A good author, some books not too old, I have the Garden to Kitchen Expert which was wrote with Judith Wills...2011 edition, lots of easy recipe's both for cooked and none cooked veg/fruit, all home grown.   

Left handed tools

Posted: 01/02/2015 at 20:11

Prehaps the way doors are hung and the way they open wasn't a good example, I do use both hands to open doors but as a child would reach with my left as it seemed more natural.

In some things we all adapt and opening doors could be one.

I've never had difficulty driving as the hand break and gears are operated by my left hand. It can, at first, be awkward drivng a left hand drive though, as you use your right hand to operate them but it's just as awkward for right handed people, as I've found on trips to France. 

New allotment OMG...

Posted: 01/02/2015 at 19:22

Fruitcake, good luck, nothing ventured nothing gained

Been on the plot today. Built a bonfire and burned the old shed along with lots of roots. Also moved nearly everything I want from the old plot. Just a few herbs, snowdrops and a thornless blackberry to replant.

The next plot holder should get a nice harvest of strawberries, plums and currants this year.

There was also a nice suprise waiting this morning ,a pile of wood chippings had been delivered and the plot holder next door donated a pile of bricks to make paths with   


Seed and plant swap 2015

Posted: 01/02/2015 at 18:54

Kelsbels - I've PM'ed you 

New allotment OMG...

Posted: 01/02/2015 at 00:21

Would need to read the rules again for our site about how much of it should be cultivated and timescales for doing it but me thinks if it hasn't been tended to for 3 months then holders initally get a warning letter.

Our association seems very fair, when first taking on a site, some are very over grown and some sites seen as more challeging than others...so providing you are  improving the site and seen to be making progress, it's ok.

Roy - I have considered early retirement but to young to claim my works pension or take VR, I've a few yrs yet to work 

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New allotment OMG...Part 2...

Just signed up for a new allotment...OMG...  
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Re planting fruit tree's...

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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Did anyone else watch the programme this evening... 
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