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New allotment OMG...

Posted: 26/10/2014 at 19:05

Fruitcake - looks like you've been lucky and got a good site, on flat ground too. The patio table is a real bonus.

 It's an Aldin's cave with compost bins, gooseberry bushes and...black plastic...it's good to cover ground over after being dug until ready for planting - stops the weeds from growing .

New allotment OMG...

Posted: 03/10/2014 at 19:39

There were ony a few bags of winter onions left in the GC last weekend GWRS,  I may have missed the boat.

ginagibbs -What a bargin.

I'm hopnig to go to the allotment Saturday and Sunday morning if the weather's dry. 

Wierd spider ID

Posted: 03/10/2014 at 19:18

MsG - your spider is most likely pregnant to, hence the big swollen body a spiders marking also become more defined at this time to ward of preditors.

Kilmarnock willow

Posted: 02/10/2014 at 20:07

Mines in a pot and they can do well in pots but remain quite small.

If it has become pot bound it will need potting up, you'll know when you tip it out, if there is more root than soil, pot up.    

 All good advise from above. Just to add if you do pot up, add a gravel mulch on the surface as this helps retain water in the compost during hot summers and mix some water retaining jelly with the fresh compost when potting up.

I'd be inclined to try and salvage it    

New allotment OMG...

Posted: 02/10/2014 at 19:49

I prefer to cover the ground in autumn with well rotted muck, compost or leaf mould and plan to put a layer of cardboard underneath this year.   

Couldn't decide whether to put in onions now or in the spring but tulips, dafs and some garlic has been planted out.

Me thinks we can have bonfires, I had a huge one when I got this second half plot, to clear it. A nieghbour did complain though, but she was ever so nice. Stopped me as I was going onto the allotments one day and asked that I knocked on her door in future to let her know I was having one, as she wouldn't put out her washing    

 

New allotment OMG...

Posted: 01/10/2014 at 21:00

Nice plot GWRS.

We get horse muck delivered by the tonne. It usually needs a further six mths or so to rot down.

We've had a little rain today but the soil is really dry. 

dehydrating chilli peppers

Posted: 30/09/2014 at 21:26

I'm in the NW and start by drying chillies in the GH. I wait tilll they've mostly turned red on the plant cut it at the base and hang it upside down from the roof of the GH. When it seems we are not going to get any warm days the plant is brought indoors and hung upside down. At this stage chillies don't need sun but warmth to dry.

The chillies don't go crispy though but are dry and if put in dry jars, will keep up to 2 yrs. 

I don't understand why you don't have the time to let them dry naturally, please explain...

Trees in Pots

Posted: 30/09/2014 at 21:02

Mary - What ever you decide to plant in a pot on your balcony if there are people living below be mindful when watering. 

The pot will need to stand in a tray if there are people living below so they don't get showered everyday. Gravel as a mulch in the top of your pot reduces evapouration meaning less watering.

Terracotta pots absorb water so better to use a pot which is unlikly to absorb water...plastic or similar might be better. 

I'd be inclined to mix water retaining jelly with the compost if the pot is in full sun, this helps to prevent the compost drying out and the need to water although on hot days you may still need to water daily.

Hope this is helpful, can't help with which tree to plant though...   

New allotment OMG...

Posted: 30/09/2014 at 20:37

Think I'll join you guys watching allotments on Youtube, Gardeners World and Beechgrove finish in October.

Gg I've still more paths to put in so if we get a delivery of bark chippings it will be a bonus.

I'm currently making a list of to do jobs over winter.

Haven't heard anything about the top half of the plot yet but the guys either side seem to want me to get it which is encouraging.

New allotment OMG...

Posted: 29/09/2014 at 21:23

Great pics Gg, It looks like the plots are on flat land, most of ours are on a slope.

 Sowed a grass path over the weekend, it may not have been the best plan but I'm happy to live and learn. It's not covered with netting so the birds may well have made a feast of the seeds by now  ...and after sowing the guy on the neighbouring plot told me wood chips by the tonne were delivered on site last December...

Discussions started by Zoomer44

Best site for asparagus...

Multiple choice Q...no ideal site...a case of...best of a bad lot...  
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Growing asparagus...

Any tips... 
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New allotment OMG...Part 2...

Just signed up for a new allotment...OMG...  
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Last Post: Yesterday at 11:42

Re planting fruit tree's...

I planted a plum tree last year in what was the right spot.... 
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Last Post: 04/02/2016 at 21:13

Shredded pine leaves....

Can they be used as a mulch round blueberry bushes. 
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Last Post: 20/01/2016 at 19:01

Weed wands...

Do any posters use them... 
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Last Post: 30/11/2015 at 19:02

Poorly dwarf apple tree

I uncovered a dwarf apple amongst brambles last year.... 
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Last Post: 22/11/2015 at 16:56

Shed of the year...

Did anyone else watch the programme this evening... 
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Last Post: 13/07/2015 at 23:16

Growing globe artichokes...

I'm growing them for the first time... 
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Last Post: 16/06/2015 at 10:41

Currant bushes ...should I be worried...

New shoots on my currant bushes are bubbly. The bubbles are orange/brown making the leaves start to shrivel... 
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Last Post: 16/05/2015 at 19:35

Growing lillies.

A Q about used compost...  
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Last Post: 20/04/2015 at 11:20

Best compost for 2015

Thought I start as new compost thread. 2013 from what I recall wasn't a particularly good year for compost,  
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Last Post: 13/03/2015 at 01:26

Replanting blueberry bushes...

I've a couple of bushes in pots.... 
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Last Post: 12/02/2015 at 21:24

Advent calendar prize draw...

Has anyone won anything.... 
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Last Post: 26/12/2014 at 19:48

Glode artichokes, over wintering..

Hadn't planned to grow these... 
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Last Post: 03/12/2014 at 06:13
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