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Can I really plant these peas and carrots so early?

Posted: 26/01/2014 at 22:00

I'd leave then till March too, the further North you are the later they should be sown. I'm in Lancashire, England and won't' be sowing peas until March at the earliest.   

Talkback: How to make a hedgehog house

Posted: 26/01/2014 at 17:26

Sounds like a good plan kjdintown.

Am I right in thinking hedgehogs like eating slugs and snails.

First day on the allotment...

Posted: 26/01/2014 at 17:09

Took a camera but the batteries were dead . A friend arrived though as I was packing up, with children in tow, decked in wellies and took some pics on her phone, she's going to see if her OH can e-mail them to me. Will get some batteries though and take some pics next weekend.

Was a little stiff this morning. A nice young man yesterday told me about the rabbits and squirels. It's rained most of today but the morning wasn't wasted, I've ordered some chicken wire, there are no fences on three sides and I've been checking out how to build a fence to keep the critters out.

Also bought some wellies and roundup which I may just use on the tree stumps. I've a donated wheel barrow to collect too.

It still looks a daunting challenge ...everyone's encouragment on the forum has been a real plus though. I had a walk up the allotment to see how the other newbie's were getting on, this could be a hare and tortoise race, me being a tortoise but weather permitting I'm going to go each weekend morning untill the nights start to draw out...a lot can be done in 2 to 3 hrs.

Need to re think the back garden too. I've used the no dig principle there and was thinking of using the big boulders and stones on the allotment to define beds and paths.

Lilly Help

Posted: 26/01/2014 at 15:56

I should think so but as Bilje say's it does need the stem and leaves to build up the bulb but if the stem came off easily it could be the bulb had taken in sufficient stuff from the stem. 

First day on the allotment...

Posted: 25/01/2014 at 22:38

I went with a rucksack full of essentials and loppers in hand.

Ever so pleased with what I managed to get done but after a couple of hours rain called off play, I've never been so pleased to see rain

All the brambles were cut back to a ft of their lives. Is there anything which can be used to kill them before I start digging up the roots? There are also a couple of huge tree stumps, one had new branches which I cut off.

Had a peek under the black plastic and old carpet, there could be black gold under there but random brambles and other stuff have taken root in the gaps in the plastic where the wind has taken it away. Thought it best to leave it well alone for now untill I'm ready to dig over.  

B&Q Bargains

Posted: 25/01/2014 at 21:31

After the first day on the allotment was cut short at lunch time due to heavy rain. I bought a pair of wellies from B&Q today, they were nearly half price   

Spud fairs...

Posted: 24/01/2014 at 19:56

If it's raining it looks like the spud fair for me too

Asparagus Peas

Posted: 23/01/2014 at 21:24

Thanks KEF. Luckily I only bought a few seeds cheaply. 

Seems a shame to waste the seeds though. How would you rate them in terms of producing flowers, attracting good guys and possible companion planting to let beasties feed on them instead of the better tasting edible veg. 

Strawberry sticks

Posted: 23/01/2014 at 20:42

 I prefered 'sweet tobacco', not very PC now though

Must have been having a reckless moment when buying seeds... any views on the merits of Purslane and Okra...or are these going the same way as asparagus peas

New allotment OMG...

Posted: 23/01/2014 at 19:55

ginagibbs, there were 34 people on the list I went on a couple of weeks ago so I was expecting a long wait. Then last Saturday received an email asking if I wanted a plot to make an appointment to see one the following day and if someone further up the list wanted the plot I'd choosen then they would take priority. There were 8 vacant plots and only 6 people turned up.

Another site, though has a waiting list of 10yrs.It could be worth trying different sites in your area. Some of the smaller allotments have a slower turn over of plots. The site I'm on has 80 plots and sites come up fairly regular. The treasurer said they have a 50% fall out after the first year.      

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