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Rabbit's on the allotment and other Q's...

Posted: 10/02/2014 at 23:29

Mike. I'm a new plot holder and the  plots on offer when I was asked to choose, being the last in a list of 34 were not one's you could plant in without lots of work.     

Take your point about sharing the cost and helping with the labour. I'm happy to pay for the fence, I've reckied cheap materials but would like some help in building it after all it will protect neighbouring plots from rabbits.  

 I've not met the neighbouring plot holders yet, one's a newbie like me but that plot is easy pezzie compared to mine, after the grass was cut the first week, beds are now being dug over.

I was thinking a trench a couple of feet wide so the stones would crate a path with membrane under to prevent weeds and stuff growing through but not that deep.        

Clearing brambles...

Posted: 10/02/2014 at 22:00

Welshonion. Pulling up the brambles as they grow back would be my choosen option, I try to be organic and roundup really is a last resort. There are also two tree stumps on the plot, one is huge and drastic measures might be called for to remove that little problem.

Mike. Prehaps not what I wanted to hear about whats under the black plastic but fore warned is fore armed. The roots under it do appear to be close to the surface so will peel it back section at a time to dig them out. On a positve note at least the soil will be full of goodness once the roots have been removed.

I feel less inclined to use roundup now. What would be best grown in the area currently dug if it is enriched with Nitrogen. I was thinking garlic, onions, shallots and leeks although as the rest of the plot is dug over pretty much everything else will be grown in the same rich soil.   

Rabbit's on the allotment and other Q's...

Posted: 10/02/2014 at 21:16

Sounds like it's a war out there....I'm certainly not going to let them get my veg without a fight  

I had thought about the gate and have a nice long slab to put under it, I even thought about making sure the gate is wide enough for a wheel barrow.

I've 50m of chicken wire and this isn't very scientific but was thinking a post every three strides. There's a huge pile of stones at the bottom of the plot, how does this sound, I was thinking of filling the outside of the trench with soil over the buried wire and the inside trench-half with soil and top part with stones. 

Didn't know rabbits could climb or eat through wire though  the wire's 3' 7' wide, so even if I only go 6 ' deep and then with the bit bent outwards, isn't going to leave much wire above ground.

I was thinking 5ft posts but 6ft posts seem a better option and then more wire could be attached to the top if need be and they can be driven into the ground further.  

Could do with a perimetre fence like the one's round a prison    


Clearing brambles...

Posted: 09/02/2014 at 21:45

Does roundup not effect any other plants in the area.

I was thinking to use the area dug up to plant out garlic which I have growing in modules and later shallots, currently in pots, then onion sets and leeks..where the bramble roots are likely to grow...


Aphids ... at this time of year?

Posted: 09/02/2014 at 21:13

NG did you give your GH  a good clean in the Autumn. 

I take everything out, give both the glass and bench a good clean and then a jet spray of water to rinse everything off. It hurts to do it as there are lots of spiders in my GH which don't seem to do any harm to plants and I'm convinced they keep the pest level down.

I had an early invasion of green aphids in the GH last year and along with squishing, used a spray of garlic and olive oil until the spiders arrived. Aphids breath through their skin so the olive oil is probably what killed them but...and I'm happy to be wrong, doesn't kill the good guys like ladybirds and spiders.         .  

Clearing brambles...

Posted: 09/02/2014 at 20:49

There were brambles growing down one side of an allotment plot I've recently aquired, about 6ft into the plot with random brambles coming up through black plastic which looks to have been down at least a couple of years..

To cut to the chase I've dug up most of the brambles and hadn't realised how deep and long the roots were so some roots are still in the ground. The roots seem to have grown under the plastic too, several feet of roots from some brambles have been pulled out.

On a positve note the area dug looks to be really good soil, black, lots of worms, not many stones, no clay and well draining as the site is on a slope, so even if I can't clear the site before the growing season there will be area's at the side where stuff can be planted. 

The problem is, me thinks the roots left in the ground will start to grow again so was thinking of using roundup painted on the leaves as they show though the soil, would this be a problem if veg was growing in the same area and if so is there another solution...

Advise welcome and thank you for replies in advance...     

Rabbit's on the allotment and other Q's...

Posted: 09/02/2014 at 20:16

Judging by all the droppings in the neighbouring plot, rabbits are a problem on the allotment. So...when all the brambles are cleared... I've decided to build a rabbit proof fence as I'd be gutted if the first veg grown was eaten by them and air rifles aren't allowed on the site.

How difficult can it be....I have some 4ft high rabbit wire...Some plot holders have advised the wire can be buried vertically in the soil, other's have said it needs to be bent out in an 'L' shape, some silly Q's now, what height do the posts need to be, I'm thinknig 5ft, how far apart should they be and how far into the ground should they go so the fence is firm.

The fence would be on a slope which me thinks might make it more difficult to build.

Thanks for your replies in advance. 

getting started

Posted: 08/02/2014 at 20:54

Hi, Barbara, Welcome to the forum,

Any tips on working an allotment would be most helpful in my camp, I became the proud owner a few weekends ago of an over grown one and at present the experience is back breaking and somewhat daunting. Grown veg in the back garden for several years now but I really didn't to know what to do next, last weekend on the plot. 

Water butt advice

Posted: 07/02/2014 at 21:05

I just collect water in the lid but I get what Welshonion is saying. There is a raised ridge in the lid which you could easily drill holes in and only water would seep into the bin.

When the bins full just put the lid on the right way and then there's no over flow.  

Water butt advice

Posted: 06/02/2014 at 21:58

I use an old plastic bin with the lid upside down to collect water for blueberry bushes, it's surprising how quickly the lid fills with rain water after a good down pour and then dunk a watering can in, each time the pots want watering. .

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