Latest posts by Zoomer44

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...

Vegetable Seed Swop

Posted: 28/09/2014 at 19:34

I'm happy for my seeds to go to a good home, a swap is a bonus  

Vegetable Seed Swop

Posted: 28/09/2014 at 18:00

Thank you Forester for the seeds, sorry for not getting back sooner. I received them mid week. I haven't tried that variety before.

I had a good tidy through my seed box, alot went out of date this year so haven't got as many as I thought to swap.

Lettuce - little gem, Rocket and carrots - nantes 5, all good to 2017

Also cauliflower - all the year round and winter aalsmeer, it's probably to late to sow these this year but they are good to 2017/2016.

Will also have home saved chilli, toms and bean seeds later in the year.


cleaning greenhouse

Posted: 27/09/2014 at 19:16

I'm happy to be wrong but as long as you don't grow spuds in the raised bed it should  be ok.

Make sure you take out all the tomato plant though, this needs to be burned or taken to the council site.

Growing grass paths...

Posted: 24/09/2014 at 20:29

Frank - nice to hear you are on the mend  - I'm thinking weed limitation with the grass and mowing seems alot easier than back breaking weeding

I started an allotment thread and a poster on there has suggested wood chip paths but there would be the expense of getting the wood chip and weed surpressent.

I've already purchased seed too. I was thinking to start with...grow grass around the fruit tree's which will be dwarf stock, so not too much shade and hopefully enough light to grow grass rather than watch weeds growing on bare soil....and as for the paths... experiment and sow seeds down one section of the plot for paths, I can always rethink if it gets too much.

Supernoodle, the paths will be level but on a slight slope and alittle wider than a wheel barrow.. me thinks I might need something a little bit more heavy duty than the argo mower but what do other posters think... 


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Just signed up for a new allotment...OMG...  
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Shredded pine leaves....

Can they be used as a mulch round blueberry bushes. 
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Do any posters use them... 
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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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