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Tools

Posted: 15/03/2015 at 17:09

Azada's are only £14.99 on Amazon at present with free deliver. They call it a digging hoe though.

If you have a hardware store locally they are cheaper there too.

New allotment OMG...

Posted: 14/03/2015 at 16:46

I'd like to see the Northern lights, you were lucky GWRS. Sounds like you are almost ready for your chucks - Fruitcake  

Spent a good 2hrs digging on the plot today, ever so pleased, got a good sized area finished and edged with branches. 4 tier GH is up and secured down with bricks and bean support finished.      .

There were lots of people out today, the new holders have made good starts, I had a walk down the track past my old plot, couldn't help having a nosey.

Despite saying I was going to wait till April to plant anything out, think I'll start next weekend with Shallots...they've started to sprout in the back bedroom.       

 

raise bed

Posted: 14/03/2015 at 16:01

Roots follow leeks, so you could plant spuds, beetroot, carrots, parsnips, radish etc...they don't like the soil to rich although spuds grow well in ground manured the previous autumn.

Brassica' follow spuds, so you could plant cabbage, brussels, calabrese, kale, swede, turnip, kohi rabi etc...

The spud bed will have had a good dig when you harvested the spuds so weed and mulch. So long as your compost is rotted down it will be fine on both beds.

Pea's and beans could go in either bed.  

Hope this is helpful.

Early Potatoes

Posted: 14/03/2015 at 15:45

Someone on our allotment is planting 1st earlies next week. He suggested digging a 9inch trench then covering with 6inch of soil. I'm waiting till the end of the month.  

Cucumber seeds

Posted: 13/03/2015 at 22:04

In France seeds tend to be sold by weight and not by numbers of seeds in packets, me thinks that's a UK thing...you get alot more for your money with more seeds in a packet than you could possibly grow for instance... 2g of tom seeds...I'm still sowing then 3yrs later and there are loads left.

 

how far apart to avoid cross pollination?

Posted: 12/03/2015 at 23:06

If you goggle 'Heritage seeds' or 'real seed' they give good advise about saving seeds.

They advise all varieties of melon will cross, ideally, you need around a quarter of a mile between different varieties, a tad bit impossible, unless your garden is huge.  It can be achieved in a poly tunnel or GH though.  

Best compost for 2015

Posted: 11/03/2015 at 22:21

I start off with a seed compost and when it runs out have been known to revert back  to MPC if nothing else available. Sowed some seeds on Saturday in old greenline seed and potting compost from last year and the brussels are already up. 

The sun has got his hat on....

Posted: 10/03/2015 at 22:20

Thanks bob 

Best compost for 2015

Posted: 10/03/2015 at 21:00

Thought I'd start as new compost thread. 2013 from what I recall wasn't a particularly good year for compost, here's hoping 2015 will be much improved.

I usually get a few bags for pots around ther garden. Which compost are posters recommending and what would you recommend as a seed compost. Haven't bought any yet for this year...

whats best?

Posted: 09/03/2015 at 21:45

I grow lillies in flower buckets which are kept in a sheltered spot until florishing and then the plastic pots are put into terracotta one's and placed around the garden. After flowering the plastic pots go back to the sheltered spot. 

For the past few years lily beetle has been a problem so I've been repotting the bulbs into fresh compost, now is the time to do that and then some plastic pots will go into the GH and some outside, by May all the pots are outside.

I've found this produces a longer flowering period, with the GH one's flowering first.     

Discussions started by Zoomer44

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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Last Post: 05/11/2014 at 21:17

How to pollinate a Bramley apple tree...

I'd like to grow both dessert and culnary apple tree's...  
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Last Post: 02/11/2014 at 17:24

Growing grass paths...

It's just an idea forming... 
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Last Post: 24/09/2014 at 21:31

Td immunisations...

I was reading through the infor from the alloment association on the site where I have a plot... 
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Last Post: 16/09/2014 at 09:38

'Mile a minute' growing as you watch...

My neighbour has a 'mile as minute' climber growing along the fence... 
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Last Post: 12/09/2014 at 10:44

Something has been eating my chillies and toms...

Something has been nibbling at my chillies and toms...  
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Last Post: 05/09/2014 at 00:11

Soil like dust...

I've taken over another half plot on the allotment...  
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Last Post: 02/08/2014 at 22:49

Q about transplanting fruit bushes...

I've grown some cuttings at home and have some well establishes bushes to transplant.. 
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Last Post: 27/07/2014 at 23:03

Weeds in the GH....

I've inherited a GH with no glass on a new allotment plot... 
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