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New allotment OMG...

Posted: 16/04/2015 at 23:56

Stagbeetle - I love strawberries, been growing them in the back garden for over 20yrs. You can't beat strawberries picked straight from the garden.

For a crop this year try to obtain plants from other plot holders.

When buying or establishing your own crop, the packs of six plants sound like a bargin but each plant will put out runners of new plants for next year, resulting in lots of plants of the same variety all producing strawberries at the same time, and in the long term, gluts. 

Buying single plants of different varieties flowering at different times over the summer, although slightly more expensive, means a longer harvest and less chance of a glut. Read the labels when buying to find out when they crop. I'd suggest two plants of each of your choice. You should then have 4 - 6 plants from each plant for next year and a respectable patch which is producing strawberries over a number of months.

Early varieties or perpetual strawberries produce two crops each year, if the weather is on our side. They flower about June and again in September. 

What ever you choose, at least 6 or more plants should produce a respectable number of plants for next year.      

Greenhouse - reglaze or buy a new one ?!

Posted: 16/04/2015 at 22:13

Your biggest problem will be getting curved panes for the roof edges.

Most on line stores will not send glass through the post and buying from a local glass shop is expensive, as you've read. I had a square edged GH and purchased a full set of glass from B&Q several years ago it was just over £100 for a 6 by 8, I did have some glass though, that was several years ago and at that time they only sold full sets at a time which is several packs. The end triangular pieces did not fit, so these were cut by the local glass shop at a small cost. I'm talking less than £2 per pane.  

It worked out far cheaper than buying a new GH.   

If there is a place sellling GH's locally with curved edges you might be able to negotiate just buying the glass.

A standard GH has standard sized glass which fits most, me thinks it's either 60 by 60 or 61 by 60. You would need to measure the spaces between the frame sides to check the sides of your GH as I'm not sure if yours is standard.

Sorry can't be more helpful.   

New allotment OMG...

Posted: 14/04/2015 at 00:11

No doubt the first of many fruitcake.

Cut flowers are a good idea, is anyone growing them on their plot. I've gladioli and dahlias to plant out. Plan to add foxglove and lupins for next year. Only two sweet pea plants but more to sow and you can't not grow sunflowers in the year of the sunflower. Sowed a tray last week.

Watching seedlings grow

Posted: 13/04/2015 at 23:34

Ice - wait until your beetroot has two true leaves before planting on. If you've germinated them indoors or under cover, pot on into modules and keep indoors,GH or cold frame.

If you've just had frost the ground will be too cold to plant out. To warm the ground up you could cover it for a couple of weeks with black plastic.     

New allotment OMG...

Posted: 11/04/2015 at 19:08

Hi, Caral, if you can put the shed on rollers, round fence posts are ideal., you'll find the shed alot easier to move. I moved a garden shed after lifting it onto fence posts  with a giant crow bar.  

I'd have been angry Fruitcake and I'm not sure I'd like to share a shed.

I've been sowing more seeds. Running out of plastic propogator covers now not to mention space in the back bedroom so sweetcorn is on damp kitchen roll and germinating on the radiator .  

New allotment OMG...

Posted: 09/04/2015 at 22:55

Gg - you might have hidden raised beds. I found lots of stone paths just buried below the surface on my new plot.

Also, once you start digging up the weeds and brambles you'll find you can easily level off the ground or you might decide on raised beds in which case some of the excessive soil can be used to fill them.    

New allotment OMG...

Posted: 09/04/2015 at 22:39

Thanks everyone. I don't remember much about what happened, couldn't get out of bed on the Saturday due to the most unbeleivable headache and then woke up in intensive care on the Tuesday. I'm alot better than I was, just very weak and the body won't do what the mind is telling it to.   

I've sown quite alot of seeds this afternoon. Plan  B sounds the way to go for GH plants. Sown in modules/tray's - leeks, turnip,swede, celeriac, beetroot, chad, sunflowers and nasturgium. Needed a two hour nap in the middle...I won't be able to do that on the plot.  

New allotment OMG...

Posted: 09/04/2015 at 13:09

Hi, hope all are well. I haven't been on for a while, was rushed into hospstal with meningitus a few weeks ago.    

Haven't read all the postings... but it's good to read everyone is beavering away with their plots and the chucks have moved into their new residence. Good luck with your new plot Gg, hope you've decided to keep it.

Feeling a lot better now although the slightest exersion is leaving me exhausted, came out of hospital yesterday and in need of inspiration, all my seedlings and everything in the GH has died. I can't drive due to double vision and am walking with a stick.

Plan A is to spend the afternoon sat in the backgarden sowing a few seeds. I haven't got a plan B.   

New allotment OMG...

Posted: 20/03/2015 at 21:35

Stagbeetle - I've nothing planted on the plot this year. It's still to early here in the NW. Planted some garlic in October and I've perienniel planting which has nearly filled plot 3A with fruit bushes, tree's, strawberries and other stuff. The grand plan after this is still in being formulated 

Plot 3B at the top is going to be the annual veg area but it's in need of attention with only one bed 4ft wide dug over the length but I've made a  pallet compost area and rough dug oneside as a start.

I'm in the GWRS camp with sowing seeds on the plot as I've always sown in modules, so it'll be a first to sow straight in the ground.

The site I gave up was number 13 

       

Three Sisters

Posted: 18/03/2015 at 22:13

I thought mni pop would produce smaller plants and living in the NW, grew it on the basis it cropped in a shorter time to big sweetcorn, it went romping away and reached over 6ft last year.

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