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A differnt Q about Lily Beetle...

Posted: 25/03/2014 at 19:45

Sounds a good plan, laying it on thinly and leaving it for a few days so the birds can feast.    

 

Every so pleased...first plants will go in at the weekend...

Posted: 24/03/2014 at 22:49

Hi, just wanted to thank everyone for their advise after getting an allotment.

There's still a long way to go...lots of jobs to be finished off and some challenges like tree stumps to overcome...and a few mistakes along the way...I really don't think a wheel barrow will fit through the gap I've left at the bottom of the plot...the site is now inpacked soil..and nettles have started to grow in the pile of stones at the bottom of the plot but the first raised beds went in today...2...

Plan to plant out 3 currant bushes, currently growing in pots, underplanted with white strawvberries and possibly a row of garlic at the weekend weather permitting... 

   

A differnt Q about Lily Beetle...

Posted: 24/03/2014 at 21:50

I had lily beetle for the first time last year and grow lily's in pots. At the weekend the lily's were repotted which left a couple of bags of spent compost which I was thinking of taking to the allotment to help fill a raised bed. I don't plan to grow lily's on the plot.

Silly Q time, does the lily beetle infect any other plants as it's possible their eggs are in the spent compost and I don't want to introduce a pest to the allotment. The neighbouring sites just grow veg and no flowers.    

I had to chuckle

Posted: 24/03/2014 at 21:31

I've started looking through the seed catalogues, sad I hear you say but I've found it helps in learning how to recognise different flowers and you can also compare prices with GC's.

Allotments-Raised beds or traditional planting?

Posted: 24/03/2014 at 21:23

I have raised beds in the back garden for growing veg and after the initial preparation of double digging, they've been easy to maintain over the years. 

In February I got an allotment. The site was covered in black plastic, brambles, couch grass...to name but a few nasties and so I've spent most weekends there clearing the site to the point were today I started putting in raised beds.

Each weekend I've taken idea's from the other plot holders, those with traditonal beds seem to work harder at keeping their plots and returned earlier than those with raised beds. Some of the plots with raised beds appear less wild life friendly sites than traditional plots which have untidy corners of nettles, brambles and random flowers popping up. etc...   

In terms of maintaining, raised beds seem the easier option. I'm used to planting vegs closer together and sow alot of veg in modules so have opted for raised beds but plan to have a bug hotel and plant flowers around the plot.   

What's the weather like in your area?

Posted: 24/03/2014 at 19:40

We had a frost overnight but today was bright and sunny.

garlic spray

Posted: 23/03/2014 at 22:18

Chris...I don't use washing up liquid in the mix and am a none believer that it's kind to your hands...it's a detergent and if you need to spray again me thinks washing up liquid isn't going to be kind to the plant being sprayed no matter what the quantity.

 

What do rabbits not eat...

Posted: 23/03/2014 at 21:57

I've put a rabbit proof fence in but went across the plot with it at the bottom due to the roots of two huge tree stumps being in the way.

We think the rabbits get in off the train line and judging by where their droppings are and amount it looks like they party on the plot next door.

I read today, rabbits aren't keen on onions, garlic, shallots and leeks. l may grow these down there. I've also got Hollyhock, foxglove and lots of geraniums.

Was thinking of growing a none invasive ivy (if there is a variety) over the train track fence but also putting chicken wire at the bottom.

Something has already been on the plot eating dug up spuds.

Pallets

Posted: 22/03/2014 at 22:36

Ever so impressed Gardengirl, I made a fence at the bottom of my plot with some pallets and didn't need to take those apart.

I'm making raised beds at present for the allotment but have plans for a bench like no expert's, not the delux version, I've a couple of half pallets which may make a two seater and then me thinks a compost area but your table is looking like a real possibility.

I've also discovered, some pallets are put together with staples, ever so easy to come apart using the stone method.      

Gardening by the Moon

Posted: 22/03/2014 at 21:55

I've been preparing a new allotment site, so have concentrated on building a fence, and digging up brambles, only started digging the plot over this week, weather permitting the first beds go in tomorrow so hope to start planting in April.

I've been really slow at sowing seeds at home but the dates to sow seeds from 24th fit in with my plans, so could be growing by the moon through default rather than design, I like the idea of not being able to garden after certain times it means you can just sit back and enjoy.    

Discussions started by Zoomer44

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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Shed of the year...

Did anyone else watch the programme this evening... 
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Growing globe artichokes...

I'm growing them for the first time... 
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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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Growing lillies.

A Q about used compost...  
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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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Replanting blueberry bushes...

I've a couple of bushes in pots.... 
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Advent calendar prize draw...

Has anyone won anything.... 
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Glode artichokes, over wintering..

Hadn't planned to grow these... 
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Anyone grow globe artichokes...

After saying I wasn't going to grow them several weeks ago I picked up 12 plants from the nearly dead section of a store.... 
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How to pollinate a Bramley apple tree...

I'd like to grow both dessert and culnary apple tree's...  
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