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Title: What have you done on the plot today?
Post by: Si on May 21, 2008, 11:51:13 am
Today I've been a mostly poisoning  :demon:

Being organic would be nice but, heck, it's damned hard work when your plot is choked with weed.  So I'm contenting myself with poisoning once only just to initially clear the weed on each section and then trying to be organic from then on.

Apart from that I've been a mostly earthing up my spud empire, by heck those buggers don't half grow fast, and cursing the slugs that keep eating my peas.

BTW, how tall do you reckon peas'n'beanz should be before you remove the anti-bird netting?

Title: Re: What have you done on the plot today?
Post by: Wowbagger on May 21, 2008, 05:36:11 pm
I pulled a few weeds up.

I've still got some space, but with runner beans to put out, and brassicas to plant out when they actually germinate, our small garden won't take much more.

The parsnips and early carrots have germinated, the broad beans look pretty good, one lot of runners is ready to be planted and given sticks, we ought to pull some rhubarb.

I'll go out and water the beans, I think.
Title: Re: What have you done on the plot today?
Post by: hairyhippy on May 22, 2008, 05:48:48 pm
Today I 'ave mostly been disinfecting my shiney nearly new recycled 12 foot greenhouse.
Title: Re: What have you done on the plot today?
Post by: Si on May 23, 2008, 09:52:32 am
Yesterday I was happily informed that my potato blight was actually frost damage and that I wouldn't need to nuke my spuds afterall  :thumbsup:

I dug a new bed and shovelled some more shit to celebrate.
Title: Re: What have you done on the plot today?
Post by: juliet on May 23, 2008, 03:11:53 pm
Argh, have not been down at all this week!  Bah :(

[ponders nicking off from work early & stopping past to see how the peas are doing]
Title: Re: What have you done on the plot today?
Post by: Wowbagger on May 23, 2008, 07:16:34 pm
I've just made a tepee out of bamboo canes for the runner beans and put six plants round it. There are six more on the way - but the germination rate's quite poor: I sowed 19 seeds for that dozen plants. >:(
Title: Re: What have you done on the plot today?
Post by: rogerzilla on May 25, 2008, 09:16:33 am
Cut up all the cherry tree prunings from last week (this is a BIG fully grown wild black cherry which needs the lowest branches trimming to head height every spring) and saved them for kindling.  All the green bits went to compost, and the bin is steaming.

Applied weed and feed to the lawn just before the rains came in.  I don't like weed and feed - it smells, stains and it's potentially unhealthy stuff to use - but the clover is taking over.

Title: Re: What have you done on the plot today?
Post by: mike on May 25, 2008, 09:27:18 am
busy day yesterday (one of the benefits of waking up at 5.30 on a saturday), building new compost heaps, furious weeding, trimming a bit of hedge, mowing, strimming, building cages to go over the veggies and sorting out the garage.   I was absolutely knackered by about 3.
Title: Re: What have you done on the plot today?
Post by: hellymedic on May 25, 2008, 03:06:12 pm
NOTHING!
It's been p***ing with rain, in case you've not noticed.

Days like these are best spent indoors, with copious hot drinks.
Title: Re: What have you done on the plot today?
Post by: steveB on May 26, 2008, 12:14:06 pm
Picked these (well I did yesterday) and delicious they were too.

(http://i14.photobucket.com/albums/a314/stevic/100_0960.jpg)
Title: Re: What have you done on the plot today?
Post by: Si on May 27, 2008, 09:39:48 am
Earthing up dem spuds.  Goin'a need a JCB to get the lower ones out the way I'm going!
Title: Re: What have you done on the plot today?
Post by: hairyhippy on June 02, 2008, 08:44:48 pm
The toms, aubergines, cucumbers and sweet peppers love being in the greenhouse. Today I also got given three large brussell sprout plants to go with the four I already had, so they all got planted and so did 5 courgette plants. I also planted some beans and peas. A happy day digging.
Title: Re: What have you done on the plot today?
Post by: Si on June 03, 2008, 10:28:10 am
Put up the bean wigwam.
Put up the pea netting.

And.....

....actually managed to get SWOBO to go to the plot!!!!!

Was going to dig a new beetroot bed today but looks like rain stopped play.
Title: Re: What have you done on the plot today?
Post by: juliet on June 03, 2008, 10:45:39 am
Have not been down to the allotment for *over a week* due to illness & rain.  Bah. 
Title: Re: What have you done on the plot today?
Post by: Si on June 03, 2008, 12:03:07 pm
Have not been down to the allotment for *over a week* due to illness & rain.  Bah. 

Bad luck.....hope yours is nothing like mine: the couch grass put on another foot of growth since the current spell of rain started.
Title: Re: What have you done on the plot today?
Post by: juliet on June 03, 2008, 01:23:55 pm
Argh, don't say things like that!  I have the Fear on the subject of the weeds...
Title: Re: What have you done on the plot today?
Post by: Wowbagger on June 03, 2008, 02:47:02 pm
I've done some weeding. I'm very unimpressed with the germination rate of my main crop carrots. Everything else seems OK.
Title: Re: What have you done on the plot today?
Post by: Melbourne12 on June 03, 2008, 06:41:21 pm
.... I'm very unimpressed with the germination rate of my main crop carrots. Everything else seems OK.

Seems to be a general problem this year.  Our first sowings of carrots and parsnips both failed.  And I hear the same story from fellow allotmenteers.  Maybe the early spells of wet weather?
Title: Re: What have you done on the plot today?
Post by: rogerzilla on June 03, 2008, 06:46:52 pm
As it's warm and wet, I put loads of slug pellets down.  That'll learn 'em.

Slugs - the chavs of the animal kingdom.
Title: Re: What have you done on the plot today?
Post by: Si on June 03, 2008, 07:53:06 pm
.... I'm very unimpressed with the germination rate of my main crop carrots. Everything else seems OK.

Seems to be a general problem this year.  Our first sowings of carrots and parsnips both failed.  And I hear the same story from fellow allotmenteers.  Maybe the early spells of wet weather?

None of my carrots came up either  :(
But I must have near to 90% parsnip germination - started them off in bog roll tubes on the nati-slug table and then moved to the plot a few weeks back...looking good so far, touch wood.
It's sprouts that I'm having real trouble with.  Started in modules, they all came up, then went limp, I transplanted anyway and half came back to life, now they keep getting ate.
Title: Re: What have you done on the plot today?
Post by: juliet on June 03, 2008, 08:01:01 pm
We've had carrot problems, as well - and fewer parsnips than normal.  I've started some more carrots in pots on the balcony, see if I can get a few at least.
Title: Re: What have you done on the plot today?
Post by: nuttycyclist on June 04, 2008, 11:10:23 am
I've done some weeding. I'm very unimpressed with the germination rate of my main crop carrots. Everything else seems OK.

I'm still hopeful for my carrots.  I put the seeds in back in 2006 and am watching carefully for the first one to poke it's little green leaves above the soil.

Home growing is exciting isn't it.  The daily anticipation of seeing if something's sprouting.
Title: Re: What have you done on the plot today?
Post by: juliet on June 04, 2008, 06:02:18 pm
Went down today & there is JUNGLE everywhere.  Some of it stuff we want; some of it weeds.  The raspberries have started up. 
Title: Re: What have you done on the plot today?
Post by: Pancho on June 04, 2008, 06:39:09 pm
Mowed. Mowed. Mowed. Mowed. Mowed. Mowed. Mowed ad nauseum.

When my massive order of sodium chlorate and my spraying machine arrives, I'm considering applying it to the lawn.
Title: Re: What have you done on the plot today?
Post by: Domestique on June 04, 2008, 06:44:24 pm
Chucked out my snail eaten cucumber and courgette plants and replaced them with more tomato plants.
Bloody snails  >:(
Title: Re: What have you done on the plot today?
Post by: Si on June 04, 2008, 08:49:27 pm
Just got nack from today's second visit.  Put down some cardboard and chippings for the area that's going to have the tomato and chili growbags (no, I don't know why I'm placing grow bags on the soil either!).

Dug over another bed and put in the beetroot that came free with todays "Grow Yor Own" mag.

Slapped some more lettuce in...doesn't seem very keen in growing this year.

Weeded to muck heap -  courgettes and squishes are starting to come through on it

Complained about neighbouring plot: blokes been to it about twice this year and it's a jungle -very annoying because all the weed seed will blow over mone and because there is a waiting list of people wanting plots and this guy is just wasting his.
Title: Re: What have you done on the plot today?
Post by: juliet on June 05, 2008, 10:26:22 am
*feels guilt about own jungle*

We do go down weekly (at least), though - it's just that what with me being ill & then pouring rain for several days, it's been left to its own devices for, ooh, about 10 days.  Which is more than enough at this time of year :-\
Title: Re: What have you done on the plot today?
Post by: marna on June 05, 2008, 10:59:10 am
*feels guilt about own jungle*

We do go down weekly (at least), though - it's just that what with me being ill & then pouring rain for several days, it's been left to its own devices for, ooh, about 10 days.  Which is more than enough at this time of year :-\

Dandelion Patrol this weekend? We should <s>con people into doing our weeding for us</s> invite people down to sample the raspberries and admire the greenery.
Title: Re: What have you done on the plot today?
Post by: juliet on June 05, 2008, 11:44:48 am
Dandelion Patrol definitely required.  Also Grass Patrol, Bindweed Patrol, and Everything Bloody Else Patrol. 

Also those massive spinaches/chards/whatever they were have finally fallen over & need disposed of.

Also the raspberries have got a bit *carried away* and possibly need some cutting back.  (We should really check which are summer & which are autumn & which of these need to have this year's growth left to fruit next year.)

I did plant the squashes, though!
Title: Re: What have you done on the plot today?
Post by: hairyhippy on June 05, 2008, 07:48:40 pm
I watched HFW making dandelion and burdock root beer last night. Now there's a thought, thought I.

Myself, I have mainly been digging and strimming and supporting saggy peas.
Title: Re: What have you done on the plot today?
Post by: Si on June 06, 2008, 09:31:43 am
Beanz in last night and made a complaint about neighbouring plot: totally over grown with couch grass that's ready to seed and blow everywhere.  Bloke that has it only comes about once every two months.  Complete waste of space now that we have a waiting list of people who would make something of the plot.
Title: Re: What have you done on the plot today?
Post by: FatBloke on June 07, 2008, 05:51:26 pm
Today, I have mainly been breaking this...

(http://farm4.static.flickr.com/3008/2558120255_98002da98b.jpg?v=0)


...into small pieces with a 7lb sledgehammer, barrowing it round to the front of the house and up onto a 3 tonne flatbed truck, driving it to a secret location, unloading it by hand (except for the first load  :-\ ) and returning for more, times 4!!!! 

Between 6 and 8 yards of solid concrete!!  >:(

I'm knackered.  :-[

And I bloody hate gardening!   >:(
Title: Re: What have you done on the plot today?
Post by: David Martin on June 07, 2008, 05:54:41 pm
Went down last night and trimmed the hedge. The plot is a full 20 pole or what have you (about 20m on each side). 1.5 sides are privet hedge. I think I have killed my hedge trimmer. It was starting to die - maybe the petrol is a bit old and I should throw some more oil in.

..d
Title: Re: What have you done on the plot today?
Post by: Wowbagger on June 07, 2008, 06:43:02 pm
My parsnips have germinated pretty well.
Title: Re: What have you done on the plot today?
Post by: FatBloke on June 07, 2008, 06:44:39 pm
My parsnips have germinated pretty well.
Well, a big HUZZAH!!! for your parsnips!!!   :P
Title: Re: What have you done on the plot today?
Post by: Wowbagger on June 07, 2008, 06:45:31 pm
My parsnips have germinated pretty well.
Well, a big HUZZAH!!! for your parsnips!!!   :P

Not too loud, you'll frighten the poor little dears.
Title: Re: What have you done on the plot today?
Post by: Wowbagger on June 08, 2008, 03:48:51 pm
Hoed the place where my main crop carrots failed to germinate and put some French Beans in instead.
Title: Re: What have you done on the plot today?
Post by: Pancho on June 08, 2008, 03:54:07 pm
Guess what? Mowing etc.

And for a change, major undergrowth clearance and I finished applying sodium chlorate to the drives and paths.
Title: Re: What have you done on the plot today?
Post by: Johnny Thin on June 09, 2008, 12:41:16 am
Hoed the place where my main crop carrots failed to germinate and put some French Beans in instead.

Mine didn't come up either - sown some more in cells now and got one of those mini-greenhouses.  I planted 2 rows of broad beans, none came up so sowed 4 more in pots and planted out, now 2 of the originals are coming up so got 6.  Also got lettuce, beetroot, swede and cabbage, some of them look sickly.  Radish, scallions, rocket and watercress in containers.  And at least 1 courgette nearly ready to plant out.

The onion sets are doing fine, just wondering whether to lay bark mulch round them or keep hoeing.
Title: Re: What have you done on the plot today?
Post by: Si on June 09, 2008, 09:15:23 am
Yesterday on the plot I did..........nothing.  Went to play bikes instead.....am having withdrawal symptoms already, need to go plant something.

I seem to have changed from a cyclist that dabbled with veg to an alotmenteer who dabbles with bikes  :-[



anyhoo, having asked around, seems that others are having carrot germination problems...must be a bad year for them.
Title: Re: What have you done on the plot today?
Post by: juliet on June 09, 2008, 10:04:12 am
Still no sodding carrots on our plot - the ones I planted in an old milk carton on the balcony are doing great, though.

Will think of something else to put in where the carrots were on the allotment... 

We went down on Saturday & WEEDED LIKE MAD.  Also chopped back the Raspberry Cane Jungle & used the stems as a mulch over where the butternut squash will (hopefully) later appear.
Title: Re: What have you done on the plot today?
Post by: steveB on June 09, 2008, 10:18:41 am
I think the carrot germination is down to the cold spring, all the allotmenteers have had the same problem with the exeption of yours truly and a bloke a few plots up.

The two of us sowed carrots in a four sided shelter and covered them with fleece until germination, he put his in an old bath and I made a four sided box out of recycled timber which we have delivered free to the plots.

(http://i14.photobucket.com/albums/a314/stevic/100_1013.jpg)

The mange tout is just poking through too.

(http://i14.photobucket.com/albums/a314/stevic/100_1014.jpg)
Title: Re: What have you done on the plot today?
Post by: Wowbagger on June 09, 2008, 06:12:08 pm
A pal of mine, a very good gardener, reckons he doesn't bother to sow main crop carrots until June. He says that the germination rates are lots better and he gets a lot less trouble with carrot fly.

He gave me a couple of courgette plants this morning and some nice tomato plants. They will be going in after tea.
Title: Re: What have you done on the plot today?
Post by: Palinurus on June 09, 2008, 06:17:16 pm
A pal of mine, a very good gardener, reckons he doesn't bother to sow main crop carrots until June. He says that the germination rates are lots better and he gets a lot less trouble with carrot fly.

Might give that a go. Ta.
Title: Re: What have you done on the plot today?
Post by: Si on June 09, 2008, 07:01:49 pm
A pal of mine, a very good gardener, reckons he doesn't bother to sow main crop carrots until June. He says that the germination rates are lots better and he gets a lot less trouble with carrot fly.


That's what I've just been told by one of the old boys on the lottie.  And he used to ride fixed so he must be right.
Title: Re: What have you done on the plot today?
Post by: juliet on June 09, 2008, 10:14:54 pm
Ooh, I might have another go, then.
Title: Re: What have you done on the plot today?
Post by: nitpickles on June 10, 2008, 01:59:31 pm
Weeded like mad over the weekend. Beans and peas are doing well - especially now that I've managed to find the hole in the rabbit fence.

I think I've got about 10 germinated carrots. I'll have another go.

All the pears have gone black and shrivelled - a shame because last year's crop was immense. And there aren't very many apples either. The plum numbers are down but the blossoms were hit by frost so I was expecting that. Not a good fruit year (unlike last year!).
Title: Re: What have you done on the plot today?
Post by: Wowbagger on June 10, 2008, 09:50:25 pm
Planted out the courgettes and tomatos plants that Mel gave me yesterday.

Watered things which look as though they might like it. Got my revenge on some nasty mosquitoes.
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Post by: Notsototalnewbie on June 11, 2008, 06:23:00 pm
There's tiny blueberries on my blueberry plant! For the first time ever, it is just coming into its third year.

I s'pose I should net them, can't expect the birds to know that they're welcome to the lardy nutty stuff hanging on the fence, but not my precious blueberries. The plant in a big pot though so not sure of the best way.

The herbs (garlic chives, curly parsley and moroccan mint) that I bought at the festival a couple of weeks ago and bumped across London shoved in my rack pack have recovered from such treatment and are looking surprisingly well.

And my garlic has gotten very high indeed.
Title: Re: What have you done on the plot today?
Post by: steveB on June 11, 2008, 08:28:50 pm
Picked strawberries, mange tout, carrots.  Hacked down all the broad been foliage (to be stored for green manure) and chatted for hours.
Title: Re: What have you done on the plot today?
Post by: hellymedic on June 12, 2008, 03:01:40 pm
Eaten many home-grown strawberries.
Title: Re: What have you done on the plot today?
Post by: FatBloke on June 12, 2008, 04:30:46 pm
I've been digging out the soil from the beds around the house to lower the level to at least the same as my damp proof course. :-\

I hate gardening! :(
Title: Re: What have you done on the plot today?
Post by: Si on June 14, 2008, 04:52:54 pm
Today I was mostly getting cut to shreds while weaving brambles into the top of the fence around our allotments.

Vandalism is escalating, two major breakings in the last week or so.  First one they broke into theportacabin that's for the schools' projects, damaged stuff, let of fire extinguishered, destroyed cameras, etc.

Last night they seemed to make a bee-line for one of the committee's plots, broke into her shed, messed things up, left beer cans and stuff everywhere and then burnt a couple of scare crows.

All quite pitiful and soul destrying really, considering the amountof work that people put into both their plots and the community area.
Title: Re: What have you done on the plot today?
Post by: steveB on June 14, 2008, 11:01:18 pm
Sorry to hear about the vandalism, it is so disheartening when people put in so much effort, only to have these efforts ruined by mindless moronic arseholes.

We don't get much vandalism, but we did have a couple of young teenage girls running riot on the plots, kicking down crops and generally being a nuisance.  Both were drunk.  But when they were challenged they turned it around and did the challenging.  People are just too frightened to do anything, as these girls would have probably turned into tearful children and accused people of all sorts of wrongdoing.  Sadly people (me included) won't take the chance of any scandal, so they just walk away.
Title: Re: What have you done on the plot today?
Post by: hairyhippy on June 15, 2008, 12:11:57 am
We have really big strong fences which seem to deter a lot of the vandals. Can you apply pressure to get the security upgraded?
Title: Re: What have you done on the plot today?
Post by: Si on June 16, 2008, 10:30:47 am
Our current fence is around six fet tall with spikey bits around the top.  We think that they are currently climbing over the top but in the pst they've used a large lever to pop out individual posts.  We asked the Allotements Association and council for help.  They did say that they were going to give us money to buy thorn bushes to plant around the fence but that never happened because of budget problems.  Some of the plot holders put up some dummy CCTV cameras and signs but these were attacked a couple of days after instalation.  The police are often to be seen riding their bikes around the plot and checking on what's hppening, but that's during the day and the attacks happen at night, I guess it would be a massive drain on their resources to station a couple of coppers there each night until it coincides with an attack.

Current plan is wrapping brambles around the top of the fence to make it harder to get in, but it's a very long fence so will take some time.  Also talked about the plot holders buying the thorn bushes themselves, but the problem is getting everyone to contribute - lots of newbies who are fighting just to stay on top of their own plots and don't have time for bush plating I guess.  Also some of the plot holders decided to hide on the plot Saturday night and see if they could catch the vandals.  Haven't been back since to see how they got on.

The thing that has been damaged the most is, ironically, the community project - the area designed for the kids in the area to come and have a go at growing stuf and to give them something to do with their free time. It is hoped that this will deter the current younger kids from becoming vandals when they are older and give them something that allows them a sense of achievement.  If the current vandals don't destroy it first.
Title: Re: What have you done on the plot today?
Post by: Si on July 04, 2008, 10:30:17 am
Yesterday I was mostly breathing heavily.

Mrs Bodger came with me.  We got to the gate and I realised that I'd left the keys at home.  While she stood there, tapping foot, drumming fingers, looking not amused, I had to run home (in my heavy steel insert digging boots) get the key and run back up the hill.

Now I remember why I do cycling and not jogging.

after all that efort I decided that I ought to make the time there worth while and so dug another bed out of the sea of couch grass.  Now, what to put in it...more peas, turnips or kale ?
Title: Re: What have you done on the plot today?
Post by: juliet on July 04, 2008, 11:41:37 am
I've been going down before work every morning this week for 15 min weeding, 15 min watering, a little picking of raspberries... 

Achievements so far: cut back the comfrey AGAIN & used it to mulch around the corn a bit; planted beans & peas next to the corn; cleared the jungle-patch next to the chard so I can stick something else in there this weekend (possibly pak choi); harvested lots of rasps & strawberries.  It's a nice start to the day, as well.
Title: Re: What have you done on the plot today?
Post by: Johnny Thin on July 06, 2008, 10:01:11 pm
This morning I sallied forth between the drenchings, hedge clippers in hand, to make a ruthless stand against the marauding privet hedge on the other side to my existing bed and succeeded in cutting half the length of it right back to just a bundle of sticks, and clipping the rest.  Then removed all the clippings and existing mulchings to leave a nice patch of land ready for me to start sowing into.

Popped in some peas I'd soaked overnight, then some fennel seedlings that had only just seen the light of day.  Two rows of swedes and a row of beetroot chard plants my aunt gave me.

The broad beans are developing flowers and tiny pods, and are getting covered in blackfly.  It wouldn't make any sense to cut the tops off so I sprayed with mild fairy liquid, the ants didn't seem to like it anyway.  I've been very lucky with land molluscs so far though something seems to like nibbling the leaves of my beetroot.
Title: Re: What have you done on the plot today?
Post by: Si on July 07, 2008, 11:06:18 am
nettle tea with a spot of washing up liquid, is appraently good, or rather very bad, for the black fly on your beans - just be sure to remove any ladybirds first as they are the good guys.
Title: Re: What have you done on the plot today?
Post by: Wowbagger on July 07, 2008, 05:04:31 pm
Watched the rain fall! :D
Title: Re: What have you done on the plot today?
Post by: Palinurus on July 07, 2008, 08:19:40 pm
Today nothing, waiting for the pond that Ms. P dug to fill up.

Yesterday finally got something to eat, late starting this season.

Just eaten some of our broad beans with some fish. Dug up some potatoes and onions for later in the week. Picked the cherries (birds didn't eat 'em).


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Post by: Quisling on July 09, 2008, 11:08:21 pm
I harvested my first ever home grown courgette - and added it to my veggie stir fry to tea.  I felt a bit smug then, and rather sorry for everyone else who doesn't attempt to grow their own stuff.
We needed the rain though - the water butts have been empty.  Indeed, MiniQ was steering me away from the garden centre on the weekend otherwise I'd have bought another one.  Water butts hold a special place in a man's life - like piles of useful looking bits of wood ;D
Title: Re: What have you done on the plot today?
Post by: Si on July 10, 2008, 12:09:16 pm
Damn, damn, damn, you've reminded me - I was going to leave the top off mine so that it would refill in yesterday's downpoor  :(


Anyhoo, off to inspect the progress of my first courgette to fruit this pm.
Title: Re: What have you done on the plot today?
Post by: Wowbagger on July 10, 2008, 04:35:18 pm
We harvested some weed potatoes today - rogue ones which survived from last year. Didn't grow any this year.

There's enough for a couple of meals and now the parsnips will get some more light.

There should be a bumper crop of walnuts provided the bloody squirrels stay away.
Title: Re: What have you done on the plot today?
Post by: peliroja on July 10, 2008, 04:38:11 pm
Nothing, but I have entirely lost the plot, if that helps?  ???
Title: Re: What have you done on the plot today?
Post by: Otto on July 11, 2008, 03:23:49 pm
Picked some red spinach, lettuce, land cress,rocket carrots and peas for my salad at work today ;D
Title: Re: What have you done on the plot today?
Post by: marna on July 13, 2008, 08:19:28 pm
Got my hands savaged cutting back the blackberry brambles. Our next-plot-neighbours cut back the bramble almost completely a few months ago, and so it's attempting world domination in revenge. It's producing lots of fruit, though. Hurrah blackberry crumble!

Scoffed too many raspberries, blackberries, blackcurrants, blueberries and strawberries, because now seems to be berry-overlap time. The currants are only now ripe, and are delicious.

Also fed hungry plants with tasty, stinky comfrey tea. Discovered that there are ants living under the compost bin. (They did not like me stirring it and ran all over my feet.) Harvested a daft quantity of rhubarb.
Title: Re: What have you done on the plot today?
Post by: Palinurus on July 13, 2008, 08:23:17 pm
More potatoes dug, more broad beans n' onions harvested.

Hoeing and general clearing, lots of weed growth with last weeks wet weather.

Fishing dead mouse outta the -now full- pond.

Runner beans and peas looking good.
Title: Re: What have you done on the plot today?
Post by: Eccentrica Gallumbits on July 13, 2008, 09:12:52 pm
Got my hands savaged cutting back the blackberry brambles. Our next-plot-neighbours cut back the bramble almost completely a few months ago, and so it's attempting world domination in revenge. It's producing lots of fruit, though. Hurrah blackberry crumble!

Scoffed too many raspberries, blackberries, blackcurrants, blueberries and strawberries, because now seems to be berry-overlap time. The currants are only now ripe, and are delicious.

Also fed hungry plants with tasty, stinky comfrey tea. Discovered that there are ants living under the compost bin. (They did not like me stirring it and ran all over my feet.) Harvested a daft quantity of rhubarb.
You could make summer pudding and delicious compotes.

On Friday I noticed that the brambles lining the path I commute along are starting to ripen. I might go along next week with tupperware.
Title: Re: What have you done on the plot today?
Post by: Johnny Thin on July 13, 2008, 11:25:55 pm
Arranged with the neighbour to water as needed as now on hols for 2 weeks.  Also put nets up as as well as bits of beetroot one of the leaves on a juvenile cabbage had been nibbled away by pigeons, you see and hear them skulking around the rooftops and neighbouring trees and now I know what they're up to when your back's turned.
Title: Re: What have you done on the plot today?
Post by: Quisling on July 28, 2008, 11:01:42 pm
I installed my third water butt yesterday, and did a bit of "butt fettling" today to clear crud out of the hose from the guttering downpipe.  Then it rained a lot :thumbsup:

I now have 430 litres of rain harvest, though of course the garden doesn't need it for a day or two.

I also harvested my 15th courgette of the season (keeping a tally on the fridge door), and propped a couple of courgettes off the mud to stop them rotting.

I also admired the mizuna which will soon be big enough for a little harvest, and apply tree which has some nice fruit developing now.

C
Title: Re: What have you done on the plot today?
Post by: Wobbly John on July 29, 2008, 01:49:38 pm
After a weekend of weeding and planting out more tomatos and peppers, Yesterday we picked some of the crops.

Cauliflower, cabbage, runner and french beans in the freezer.

Carrots and courgettes are poor this year.

Have more turnips than we will ever eat. Beetroot are huge. baby sweetcorn is now ready. over 100 plants, which really need to be picked through every couple of days to get the best from them.

Made cauliflower cheese for tea yesterday, served with a lamb chop, new potatoes and gravy  :P
Title: Re: What have you done on the plot today?
Post by: Si on August 01, 2008, 05:15:59 pm
Today I found out what a Smith Period was and why we shoud be frightened of them.

I also found out what happens if I leave my courgette plants unvisitted for a week.....any good recipes for monster marrows?

On with the harvest...finally finished the first early pots and started with the second earlies now...at this rate it'll be christmass before I get onto the mains!

Peas aplenty!  But I have a problem with them...how exactly do you get the home from the plot without eating so many that you make yourself ill?

Beat root up next week - time to start boiling and pickling.

Chard is still going strong.

Had my first home grown onions last week....they were so nice I cried.

First runner beans appearing on my wig-wam and first (and probably only) tomotoes on my tomato plants.

Lettuce doing well - much to much to eat but looks nice along the edges of other beds.

Title: Re: What have you done on the plot today?
Post by: Regulator on August 01, 2008, 05:37:02 pm
I picked the first of my tomatoes....  :thumbsup:


And they were luvverly - very sweet and juicy.
Title: Re: What have you done on the plot today?
Post by: Johnny Thin on August 03, 2008, 08:11:06 pm
Dug a bit more ground out and planted Natasha endive, April cabbage and Munchen Bier radishes (funny name for a girl).  Went to Wickes and got a Quiet shredder - should have been £119 but for some reason it scanned as the Impact one which is only £85!  :thumbsup:  Hope this won't invalidate the guarantee if it goes wrong.

Then harvested the first of my compost after 2 years or so, it looks great.  Shredded about a third of the loose clippings around my garden and completely filled the bin up again - going for a 'hot' heap where it heats up quickly and you keep turning it till it stops heating up.  Pissed on it.

I also called in a horsey place this afternoon and they said I could take as much of the manure as I wanted any time.  However with this new pesticide that has certain "side effects" and I think has now been banned don't know if it's a good idea to use it.

I also got some chicory seeds, something else I like a lot and pay a small fortune for in Waitrose, and some Japanese onion seeds which are sown around now and harvested next summer.
Title: Re: What have you done on the plot today?
Post by: Palinurus on August 03, 2008, 10:13:47 pm
Nothing. Had a quick look. It's been raining on and off all day. Running out of potatoes and onions so I'll have to go back in the next couple of days.

I did eat some of my runner beans and potatoes with a tuna steak. Nice.

Kale's looking good. Nice yellow courgettes this season.

Grass and weeds going wild, need a good long session with the shears soon.
Title: Re: What have you done on the plot today?
Post by: Wowbagger on August 06, 2008, 06:01:26 pm
Harvested the last of the broad beans and composted the plants. Dug over the bed and sowed two rows of Early Nantes carrot.

Harvested the last (and first!) of our first attempt at Early Nantes carrot. Harvested the first of the French beans.

I also piddled on the compost heap and noted the reappearance of brandlings!  :thumbsup:
Title: Re: What have you done on the plot today?
Post by: Quisling on August 09, 2008, 10:17:33 pm
Harvested some kale before the caterpillars do it for me.  Added this to the courgette soup and served with home made bread rolls for lunch.  I think I got all the caterpillars off first though..
Title: Re: What have you done on the plot today?
Post by: Wowbagger on August 11, 2008, 03:47:49 pm
I think I got all the caterpillars off first though..

But they are only another form of kale, surely?
Title: Re: What have you done on the plot today?
Post by: Wowbagger on August 19, 2008, 07:43:20 pm
I just harvested 1lb of French beans.

This is my best crop this year, although the small number of runners on the tipi are improving. However, the French bean plants are being eaten, I think by very small slugs. A couple of plants at one end of the row, next to an ancient brick wall, are badly affected.

I've also exterminated lots of snails.
Title: Re: What have you done on the plot today?
Post by: Johnny Thin on August 19, 2008, 10:03:13 pm
I cut my first courgette tonight.  The sap was glistening on the stem after the blade slipped through and within half an hour it was being added to the pot.  I saved the last piece to eat raw and it was so delicious I swiped about 3 more out to eat them raw too.  I'd like to stuff my face with the things and feel juiced out for the foreseeable future till some more had grown.
Title: Re: What have you done on the plot today?
Post by: Si on August 21, 2008, 08:58:53 am
tsk, turn your back for a couple of days and what happens?  championship sized marrows everywhere!

I could stuff 'em or make soup, but they are so big that I can only carry one home at a time.

Turnips have come up well, nice white golf ball sized ones, but I think that I have planted them a little too close to the kohl rabbie as it seems a little thin.  So, what can you do with a sack of turnips?

Beetroot - think I've over done that too.  Spent the other evening pickling.  The fugg has now left the kitchen and the house doesn't smell too much. Problem is that I've used all my jars and still have 3/4s of the crop left  :-\
Title: Re: What have you done on the plot today?
Post by: Maffie on August 21, 2008, 12:43:24 pm


Beetroot - think I've over done that too.  Spent the other evening pickling.  The fugg has now left the kitchen and the house doesn't smell too much. Problem is that I've used all my jars and still have 3/4s of the crop left  :-\

If you cut the foliage off 2 inch from the bulb then pack in sand or peat in layers and cover so completely dark they will store without rotting
Title: Re: What have you done on the plot today?
Post by: Wowbagger on August 25, 2008, 08:57:18 pm
Picked some more French beans.
Title: Re: What have you done on the plot today?
Post by: Maffie on August 25, 2008, 09:42:12 pm
Ive eventually started digging up the lawn to have a veggie patch now what to plant to grow for autumn?
Title: Re: What have you done on the plot today?
Post by: TimO on August 31, 2008, 07:34:34 pm
Converted about half a huge heap of cleared weeds and overgrowth into two bags of chopped up mulch.  Of course, checking the calendar, I realised that Garden waste is picked up every two weeks, and the pickup was last Friday. >:(

I shall have to see where the local recycling centre is, and trailer them around on the back of the bike.
Title: Re: What have you done on the plot today?
Post by: Si on August 31, 2008, 08:12:54 pm
You are not composting it?  I find that given time in a black composter, in the sun, even couch grass, docks, dandelions, etc all melt down in the end.
Title: Re: What have you done on the plot today?
Post by: TimO on August 31, 2008, 08:21:43 pm
There's rather a lot to compost, and I don't really have anything to do with it once it's been composted, most of the garden is gravel (with varying amounts of weeds!)

At least if I take it to the recycling centre it'll be useful.
Title: Re: What have you done on the plot today?
Post by: Si on August 31, 2008, 08:47:32 pm
You have to do something with compost?  Based on the many books and forum discusions I thought we just composted for the art of it!   ;D
Title: Re: What have you done on the plot today?
Post by: Johnny Thin on August 31, 2008, 09:57:40 pm
See my previous post about Natasha endives etc - well none of them came up apart from the radishes.  This is uniformly common sowing straight into the ground, something must be eating them.  I sowed exactly the same seeds into a seed tray a fortnight ago and pricked them out today - 20 lettuces, 6 chicories, 8 endives and 9 cabbages, plus some spares in case any fail / get eaten.

This is in addition to landscaping a pond I've dug - only a small one but I'm fascinated by all the plants you can get for it, plan to turf over the liner which I've already cut holes through, make a rockery / heather area at the back and marginals for the front, maybe some bulbs too for next Spring.  I also have a small sandstone trough left in the garden for a water feature and bog plants.
Title: Re: What have you done on the plot today?
Post by: Wowbagger on September 02, 2008, 05:21:57 pm
I just picked a good bunch of runner beans, killed a load of snails and Mrs Wow and I shared the first walnut of the year.
Title: Re: What have you done on the plot today?
Post by: Si on September 15, 2008, 07:34:19 pm
Ye gads, you go away for a couple of weeks and when you come back it's all weeds and marrows  :-\
Title: Re: What have you done on the plot today?
Post by: Palinurus on September 20, 2008, 09:40:49 pm
Weeds and Marrows. If I could live on weeds and marrows..

I haven't done anything on the plot today. I went out for a ride because it was warm'n'sunny. Good it was too, except some knobber in a car managed to hit me with a part-filled bottle of coke.

Ms. P and her friend went tho' and came back with carrots! we have never been able to grow a decent carrot but these looked great- big and straight. Just stuck the seeds in the ground real late, didn't cover them and didn't thin them either (sown thinner than usual tho').

Had a meal today consisting almost entirely of stuff from the allotment (except for flour, butter and eggs). Dessert too- from blackberries and dropped apples from next door's overhanging tree.

Kale has recovered somewhat from caterpillar attack, sweetcorn still not quite ready.
Title: Re: What have you done on the plot today?
Post by: Wobbly John on September 20, 2008, 10:04:52 pm
Dug potatoes today. Much better crop than last year. Took one bag home in the trailer at lunch time and took the bigger trailer after lunch to bring 4 more bags home.

Had risotto at lunch time with carrot, onion, pepper, baby sweetcorn and aubergine from the allotment.  :D

Any ideas what to do with the multitude of chilli peppers that are ripening at the moment?
Title: Re: What have you done on the plot today?
Post by: RogerT on September 21, 2008, 08:21:14 am

Any ideas what to do with the multitude of chilli peppers that are ripening at the moment?

Dry them and store in a kilnerjar to use for cooking..but.. caution..they get even hotter once dried.  ( found out the hard way )
Title: Re: What have you done on the plot today?
Post by: rae on September 21, 2008, 10:40:52 pm
Dug a 6 foot wide bed that was 40 feet long.  OK, it wasn't all today, I did a bit of it last week-end.  It is now sown with red clover as a weed cover and nitrogen fixer, all to be rotovated in some time in April.   

I'm knackered. 

If I am to restore the veg patch to its former glory (currently it is effectively a bramble patch), then I have to dig 7 more of those beds.   The next bed will be too late for clover before winter, so I'll dig it, then rotovate in a tonne of horse poop. 

I might give in and hit the paths with grazon - or maybe repeated flymoing will do the job. 

Harvested a load of marrows and sweet corn from the bit of the patch that was still cultivated.   Harvested a load of apples.

Fixed the cutter deck on the lawn mower: if someone from Countax is reading this: "I would like to shove the blade belt engagement mechanism up your arse".   A more awful piece of engineering is hard to imagine.   Anyway, with new bearings, it cuts perfectly.  Now I have to weld up the grass collector so that it sits at the right angle. 

I also pulled the rear tub off the Series III as it failed the MOT - more welding.   This is a vital piece of kit because I can then get the sankey trailer out and fill that with weeds, rather than taking the poxy wheelbarrow to the heap every 10 minutes.
Title: Re: What have you done on the plot today?
Post by: Palinurus on September 27, 2008, 05:58:27 pm
I had to go get some secateurs from the allotment shed today (going to help create a cyclocross course tomorrow).

Haven't been for a week and.. not too bad! the weeds aren't growing as fast now. Cut the grass with my hand shears (don't do that very often) and then just sat down, drank coffee, looked around and enjoyed it for a bit.

Got some potatoes, kale, strawberries. The pumpkin was too big, I'll have to go back with the trailer.
Title: Re: What have you done on the plot today?
Post by: TimO on September 27, 2008, 07:28:36 pm
.... The pumpkin was too big, I'll have to go back with the trailer.

Nah, you just need a Fairy Godmother with a wand, then you can just tow the carriage back (sans Cinderella et al). ;D
Title: Re: What have you done on the plot today?
Post by: hairyhippy on September 29, 2008, 06:10:15 pm
Took the boys, two of their friends and Mrs HH down there on sunday. I had carefully planned some activities for the children, planting, watering etc, but the best bit by far was the enormous mud pie that they made.

For the first time in three years, the digging is almost on schedule.
Title: Re: What have you done on the plot today?
Post by: Eccentrica Gallumbits on September 29, 2008, 06:22:28 pm
I have emailed the cooncil allotment officer to ask about the possibility of getting a half-plot at Lady Road. Then I read the allotment documents on the cooncil website and discovered that Edinburgh has 1100 plots and a 450-person waiting list.

Maybe having emailed him from my work address will invoke a feeling of cooncil brotherhood and he'll put me at the top of the list.
Title: Re: What have you done on the plot today?
Post by: marna on September 29, 2008, 06:35:50 pm
We had Allotment Dinner on Saturday night. Roast potatoes, beets, parsnips and sweetcorn, french beans (not roasted, those) and crumble filling all from the allotment.

We spent a fair portion of Saturday weeding, harvesting, cutting back brambles and generally imposing order on the chaos. Brambles fought back and I have a fine collection of scratches still.
Title: Re: What have you done on the plot today?
Post by: Eccentrica Gallumbits on October 01, 2008, 03:42:34 pm
I have had a reply. The waiting list for allotments at my side of town is up to 7 years.

I could be dead (of scurvy) by then.
Title: Re: What have you done on the plot today?
Post by: marna on October 02, 2008, 04:16:19 pm
I have had a reply. The waiting list for allotments at my side of town is up to 7 years.

I could be dead (of scurvy) by then.

Oh boo! Get yourself on the list anyway. I know waiting lists in our little patch were several years, and then a rash of people moving, and a couple of new plots being made available, meant that the waiting list was zipped through and is tiny now. A lot of people on the list had moved away or lost interest in the intervening years, which helped lots.
Title: Re: What have you done on the plot today?
Post by: Eccentrica Gallumbits on October 02, 2008, 09:58:29 pm
I emailed my councillors and pointed out that the council's 2002 allotments strategy committed them to increasing allotment capacity, and asked how a 7 year waiting list fulfilled that strategy.
Title: Re: What have you done on the plot today?
Post by: Wowbagger on October 27, 2008, 10:01:17 pm
Dez has been out and dug over the entire plot during the past couple of days.
Title: Re: What have you done on the plot today?
Post by: nuttycyclist on October 28, 2008, 12:49:22 am
tsk, turn your back for a couple of days and what happens?  championship sized marrows everywhere!...

Lucky bastard!   I'm still waiting for my yellow tomatoes (July) to go red so I can pick them.





You have to do something with compost?  Based on the many books and forum discusions I thought we just composted for the art of it!   ;D

Yup.

I only grow compost in my garden.  Other than putting it on the garden to grow next year's compost what am I supposed to do with it ???
Title: Re: What have you done on the plot today?
Post by: Palinurus on December 07, 2008, 08:36:36 pm
Just a couple of hours cleaning up a bit. It was cold and I wasn't working hard but I always feel warm when down at the plot. I was bloody freezing an hour later while cleaning the commuter bike in the garden.
Title: Re: What have you done on the plot today?
Post by: Palinurus on March 15, 2009, 01:26:02 pm
Finally got properly started. We've been clearing up and digging over some of the plot in the last few weeks. Today planted the potatoes, onions and some broad beans.
Title: Re: What have you done on the plot today?
Post by: rogerzilla on March 15, 2009, 01:35:07 pm
I mowed the lawn and planted Miss Z's runner beans in pots.  Hopefully they'll be able to go out before they take over the kitchen, which is what happened last year.

Yesterday I planted what will eventually be a dwarf box hedge around the (circular) rose bed.  I estimate 5-6 years.
Title: Re: What have you done on the plot today?
Post by: Johnny Thin on March 17, 2009, 08:27:29 pm
I thought it was April for runners? - just what I've been reading up on as I'm going to plant some too.

I planted a few rows yesterday - onions, endive, chicory and cabbage all withstood the severe winter OK  but broad beans didn't - and today sewed/stuck some tough plastic together to cover two 6' x 3' cloches I made using timber and water pipe.  I noticed a blackbird pecking around this morning, hopefully not denuding my new seed beds - if it'd been a pigeon or the squirrel that comes right up to my back door I'd have had my catapult out.  Though went out over the winter one day to find a heap of pigeon feathers next to my nipped-off cabbage leaves - bon appetit, Reynard!  :thumbsup:
Title: Re: What have you done on the plot today?
Post by: Regulator on March 18, 2009, 08:15:26 am
Yesterday was spent planting a new rose (Tequila Sunrise, an orange/yellow hybrid tea rose with a heavy fragrance - just right for tub growing in an enclosed courtyard garden) and planting a blackcurrant bush.

I also sowed early salad leaves and sowed some aubergine seeds (a first for me this year).  Both pots are siting on the kitchen window.

I also prepared a couple of tubs for some early tomato plants I have on order.
Title: Re: What have you done on the plot today?
Post by: Wowbagger on March 18, 2009, 08:18:32 am
I also prepared a couple for some early tomato plants I have on order.

How do you "prepare a couple" Reg? Spreading your wings? And didn't they object?  O:-)
Title: Re: What have you done on the plot today?
Post by: Regulator on March 18, 2009, 08:20:54 am
I also prepared a couple for some early tomato plants I have on order.

How do you "prepare a couple" Reg? Spreading your wings? And didn't they object?  O:-)


Whoops!  :-[

Duly amended!   ;D
Title: Re: What have you done on the plot today?
Post by: rogerzilla on April 11, 2009, 07:14:49 pm
Slaughtered the ivy and nettles in the no-man's-land between our wall and next door's fence.
Title: Re: What have you done on the plot today?
Post by: Si on April 13, 2009, 07:32:59 pm
put the seed potatoes in.  Buggrit, 30 left over. why do I never calaulat the space needed right?  Anyone need some seed potatoes? Maris piper mains I think.

Title: Re: What have you done on the plot today?
Post by: Wowbagger on May 03, 2009, 10:05:24 pm
Poured a pint of fresh piss into the compost!  :thumbsup:
Title: Re: What have you done on the plot today?
Post by: Wobbly John on May 03, 2009, 11:13:10 pm
Not my plot, but today I've been clearing a huge patch of brambles from my daughter's garden.

My forearms are scrtched to buggery, and also scorched from the fire we burnt them on.

I also set my hair on fire.  ::-)

Still got most of my eyebrows, but I think the hair has to be cropped - it's all frazzled.

(http://i7.photobucket.com/albums/y252/wobblyjohn/frazzle.jpg)
Title: Re: What have you done on the plot today?
Post by: Si on May 04, 2009, 10:07:39 am
place yer burnt hair around the seedlings - it keeps slugs off (or so an old wife told me).
Title: Re: What have you done on the plot today?
Post by: Palinurus on May 13, 2009, 06:56:30 pm
Went to B&Q with the bike trailer, bought a lawnmower- one of those push-along jobs.

Took it home and put it together. Back in the trailer and took it to the allotment where I cut my grass (there is still about a quarter of the plot which I haven't cultivated yet).

Beats using shears.

Then I planted some courgettes.

Noticed my potatoes are really slow to get going this year, sure there's usually plenty of green stuff by this time of year.
Title: Re: What have you done on the plot today?
Post by: hellymedic on May 13, 2009, 08:15:19 pm
We don't live far from Palinaurus and our tomatoes don't seem to be progressing.
Title: Re: What have you done on the plot today?
Post by: Wowbagger on May 14, 2009, 06:56:42 pm
We don't live far from Palinaurus and our tomatoes don't seem to be progressing.

Are these two eventualities in some way connected? :o
Title: Re: What have you done on the plot today?
Post by: hellymedic on May 15, 2009, 01:26:01 am
We don't live far from Palinaurus and our tomatoes don't seem to be progressing.

Are these two eventualities in some way connected? :o

They are both Solanaceae. Possibly therefore.
Title: Re: What have you done on the plot today?
Post by: clarion on May 17, 2009, 09:44:58 pm
Right, a rare weekend near the house has let us catch up a bit.

Loving my new hoe - it's a Swoe, and works like a draw hoe or a Dutch hoe.  Much easier to use.

Aaaanyway, we've planted:

Beetroot
Carrot
Parsnip
Runner Beans
More shallots
Radishes
Spring Onions
Marigolds interplanted to stop carrot & onion fly
Lobelia around the blackcurrant bush, which has a lot of currants coming
Begonias & Fuchsias in the front garden
Trough full of herbs

And I remembered to put some canes in for the peas I put in last week.

Fingers crossed for success
Title: Re: What have you done on the plot today?
Post by: Julian on May 17, 2009, 09:53:04 pm
Charlotte has built 3 raised beds, and we're going to build a couple more.

I've been to the plant sale and bought

8 leeks
6 runner beans
2 courgettes
6 caulis
3 gardeners delight tomatoes
2 F1 hybrid tomatoes, which promise to be cherry tomatoes which look like strawberries
and a Tumbling Tom.

The hybrid tomatoes are in already, the others are still in their seedling pots and will be planted over the course of the next week.

I'm really looking forward to having a garden to play with.  This is my first attempt so let's see if we get anything edible out of it...
Title: Re: What have you done on the plot today?
Post by: clarion on May 17, 2009, 09:58:15 pm
Cool.  Raised beds are definitely part of our plan for next year.

I've found my gardening books this evening, including the indispensable and very informative (even for numpties like me) Organic Garden Book, by Geoff Hamilton. :thumbsup:
Title: Re: What have you done on the plot today?
Post by: Julian on May 17, 2009, 10:48:14 pm
I don't know if ours counts as organic.

Eat lead Blue Nasty, slugs!   :demon:
Title: Re: What have you done on the plot today?
Post by: clarion on May 18, 2009, 09:11:40 am
Well, it gives lots of good general gardening advice - you don't have to be organic (completely).  Geoff Hamilton was a luv.
Title: Re: What have you done on the plot today?
Post by: Si on May 18, 2009, 10:00:22 am
Yesterday I chased people of the plot.  Bloody open days.  The notice saying "Please keep of the plots" seems to be interpreted as "Please march all over the plots and pull up what you like".  >:(

Then I got very wet.

Then I patted a retired greyhound and watched chicken poop roulette.

Then I put some peas in and put some more paths in.....finally found a use for the Mail on Sunday.
Title: Re: What have you done on the plot today?
Post by: Johnny Thin on May 18, 2009, 11:30:23 am
... what, you ran out of loo paper?  ;)
Title: Re: What have you done on the plot today?
Post by: clarion on May 18, 2009, 11:32:29 am
You touched the MoS?

Now wash your hands.

And again...
Title: Re: What have you done on the plot today?
Post by: Si on May 18, 2009, 11:55:02 am
It is now buried under several inches of mulch.

In my defence: I don't buy it (I've asked  relations to keep newspapers for me as I'm using them as the base layer for my paths) and the only pages I look at are the crosswords and the sport (believe it or not it is generally quite positive on cycling).  Although sometimes I take a sneaky look at the letters just for entertainment value, but these aren't as good as they used to be as the paper seems to be telling people exactly what to write about these days.
Title: Re: What have you done on the plot today?
Post by: Datameister on May 24, 2009, 09:18:37 pm
Found out what to do when invaded by bees.

The sky went loud, very loud. Allotmenteers scuttled for cover, and a swift trip home to google "swarming bees" ensued.

Chappie came out later and collected them, declaring it to be "only a small swarm" (about 2,000 bees).

Fascinating.
Title: Re: What have you done on the plot today?
Post by: DuncanM on May 30, 2009, 08:42:40 pm
I discovered my allotment, and recreated the path between it and the derelict one.  ::-) The grass was over a metre high.  Serves me right for not going there for 2 weeks of glorious growing weather, but I had bikes to fix!
Did lots of chopping down and a little digging.  Lots of digging needed tomorrow, and also planting my leeks (from their pots).  I need to stop planting things in pots at home (got french beans and broccoli almost ready, and lettuce and spinnach not too far behind) - I can't keep up with the need for space to pot them out!

I have planking and framing left over from destroying my old shed.  Is it worth creating beds? I can't really see the point, but then, I've only just started allotmenting this year - last time I was on an allotment before that was when my dad had one 15 years ago.
Title: Re: What have you done on the plot today?
Post by: DuncanM on May 31, 2009, 10:04:53 pm
Did some digging and planted a fair few leeks (over 40).  When I ran out of space, I gave the rest away!  I think I might have sowed too many seeds. :)
Lots more digging needed before I have enough space for my french beans (also in pots). :(
Title: Re: What have you done on the plot today?
Post by: Kathy on June 01, 2009, 04:24:45 pm
We spent the entire weekend dismantling the shed and replacing the rotten bits before weatherproofing all the panels.

Refugee woodlice fleeing the genocide have been trekking into neighbouring gardens, sneaking under border controls in search of a Better Life...
Title: Re: What have you done on the plot today?
Post by: FatBloke on June 01, 2009, 05:12:55 pm
Refugee woodlice fleeing the genocide have been trekking into neighbouring gardens, sneaking under border controls in search of a Better Life...
Apparently the grass is greener over there!

Meanwhile, I have irrigation to attend to.
Title: Re: What have you done on the plot today?
Post by: clarion on June 06, 2009, 10:22:16 pm
Butterfly repotted all the windowsill veg & herbs.

We need bigger windowsills now :-\

Looking at the plot, there's stuff coming up, including some that look like rows of things.  I need to get the hoe out to clear the sycamore seeds, or else we'll have a forest.

Foxes don't like shallots.  One was dug up, and bitten, but spat out again. 
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Post by: Wowbagger on June 06, 2009, 10:31:14 pm
I've left everything to Dez, who is doing a good, if rather one-sided, job.

Some of the seeds he sowed have failed. The broccoli, on the other hand, germinated magnificently. All the gaps now have broccoli plants in them. I think we will have cornered the broccoli market come April 2010.
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Post by: Regulator on June 06, 2009, 10:35:47 pm
I'll take some off your hands.

I lurrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrve broccoli... :P
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Post by: DuncanM on June 07, 2009, 03:28:42 pm
I dug a patch about 3 foot by the width of the plot, and planted 2 rows of french beans.  And gave away the rest of the pot of beans, cos I didn't have the space or energy to plant out the rest.  I only have another 3 rows worth in my cold frame that are ready to plant out (plus broccoli, lettuce and spinnach that aren't quite there yet)!  ::-)  It's all growing faster than I can prepare the ground for it.  :-\
More digging needed.  I should have done it in Feb/March, so now it's twice as hard.

I also cut the grass back (again) using my shears, though I have bent the handles by trying to cut broccoli or bussels sprout stems.  Now if I close them too vigourously, I punch one hand with the other.  :-[
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Post by: Si on June 07, 2009, 04:28:10 pm
dare not go near mine at the moment - haven't got a life boat to hand.

courgettes going in when the rain stops. 

my paths are coming along nicely: many layers of newspaper with several inches of wood chippings on top - really are stopping the weeds coming back, 'tis a method that I'm going to stick with from now on: free'n'easy.

I reckon two weeks at most until the first early pots are ready to start eating  ;D
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Post by: Bledlow on June 08, 2009, 08:24:28 pm
Butterfly repotted all the windowsill veg & herbs.

We need bigger windowsills now :-\
+1. I've thinned out the windowsill lettuces. The thinnings made a very nice salad, & Mrs. B was impressed with the flavour, which was nice.

The coriander is looking good, though the parsley is coming along very slowly.
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Post by: Bledlow on June 10, 2009, 08:58:54 pm
Picked & eaten the first windowsill coriander. Needed thinning, & waste not want not. As Mrs B said, it smells much nicer than the supermarket stuff.
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Post by: Regulator on June 10, 2009, 11:08:56 pm
I had my first strawberry today (a Cambridge Delight)   :thumbsup:

Nom, nom, nom...
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Post by: Kathy on June 11, 2009, 09:34:54 am
I harvested a fine crop of slugs last night.  ::-) They seem to have eaten all the parsley and radish seedlings. :'(

Got all the netting up over the soft fruit, although I was annoyed to discover that something has snapped one of the two fruit-bearing branches of the raspberry bush, destroying 50% of the crop.  >:(
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Post by: Si on June 11, 2009, 01:48:12 pm
I had my first strawberry today (a Cambridge Delight)   :thumbsup:

Nom, nom, nom...

I feel like a proud dad, after the strawbs doing nothing at all last year, apart from putting out runners whenever my back was turned, I've got my first little green strawberry budettes.  I'm not expecting to ever get to eat them...that would be too much to hope for, but it's an advancement on last year so I'm happy.
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Post by: Kathy on June 11, 2009, 01:56:31 pm
I had my first strawberry today (a Cambridge Delight)   :thumbsup:

Nom, nom, nom...

I feel like a proud dad, after the strawbs doing nothing at all last year, apart from putting out runners whenever my back was turned, I've got my first little green strawberry budettes.  I'm not expecting to ever get to eat them...that would be too much to hope for, but it's an advancement on last year so I'm happy.

Get netting up pronto, or all you'll get is a very fat happy blackbird.

<---- voice of experience.  :-[
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Post by: Si on June 11, 2009, 03:34:45 pm
Netting?  there's no room what with the guard dogs, electric fence, mine field, ground to air missiles and Star Wars SDI system......

having said that, I've a feeling that I've discovered the world's first burrowing magpie  :o
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Post by: Chris S on June 12, 2009, 09:28:13 am
Hurry up and turn red - I want to eat you...  :demon:

(http://www.ivy-house.org.uk/images/strawbs.jpg)
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Post by: Si on June 12, 2009, 10:43:01 am
Onions are a goner.  :'(
Got onion bug....it's slowly sweeping across the whole of the Midlands apparently.

Do you think it's too late to try again if I can find some more onion sets, some enviro-net and a new patch to put them in?
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Post by: Johnny Thin on June 12, 2009, 02:38:12 pm
Aren't onions very sensitive to the length of the day or something?  I started mine off last year (first veg ever) in the shade in mid-May, they hardly grew at all with the 'summer' we had.
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Post by: Bledlow on June 12, 2009, 04:22:38 pm
I had my first strawberry today (a Cambridge Delight)   :thumbsup:

Nom, nom, nom...

I feel like a proud dad, after the strawbs doing nothing at all last year, apart from putting out runners whenever my back was turned, I've got my first little green strawberry budettes.  I'm not expecting to ever get to eat them...that would be too much to hope for, but it's an advancement on last year so I'm happy.

Get netting up pronto, or all you'll get is a very fat happy blackbird.

<---- voice of experience.  :-[
Already been at mine. :(
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Post by: Kathy on June 12, 2009, 04:29:42 pm
I had my first strawberry today (a Cambridge Delight)   :thumbsup:

Nom, nom, nom...

I feel like a proud dad, after the strawbs doing nothing at all last year, apart from putting out runners whenever my back was turned, I've got my first little green strawberry budettes.  I'm not expecting to ever get to eat them...that would be too much to hope for, but it's an advancement on last year so I'm happy.

Get netting up pronto, or all you'll get is a very fat happy blackbird.

<---- voice of experience.  :-[
Already been at mine. :(

I have netting up. The inedibly sour white currants that the pigeon has been eating have been doubling in size and turning red - it's quite a novelty!
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Post by: DuncanM on June 15, 2009, 12:03:53 pm
I chopped down more weeds (that were hiding strawberries :thumbsup:), and I tried to mulch a corner of the plot with compost and cardboard.  We shall see how that progresses.
I failed to put netting up because the allotment shed doesn't stock it as they can't compete with B&Q. :(
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Post by: Jules on June 15, 2009, 03:44:21 pm
I've picked another 2kg of so of strawberries and a lesser quantity of raspberries and cut the last aspargus spear of the year.

Did a lot of weeding and watering and started building a treehouse ;D
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Post by: Si on June 17, 2009, 07:37:51 pm
Lifted our first new potatoes of the year.  They were quite nice (better than shop bought), although not as good as the Lady Cristle I had last year - teach me to use the cheapo option from Wilkos!

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Post by: DuncanM on June 19, 2009, 09:42:51 am
I chopped down more weeds yesterday and did some watering.  I'm hoping to be able to pick strawbs tomorrow... :)
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Post by: Flying_Monkey on June 19, 2009, 12:37:54 pm
What I've been doing is getting rid of all the work we did over the last two years on our tiny garden in preparation for small area of bought-in turf - coz that's how the landlord wants it so new tenants aren't 'put off'... It's a little bit sad really, but we have managed to make larger borders than there were before and therefore keep the strawberries, raspberries and rhubarb etc.

However, planning what we are going to do with our new place is more than compensation for this! (see 'an acre of our own'...)
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Post by: DuncanM on June 21, 2009, 04:47:55 pm
I discovered a wasps nest yesterday  :o while chopping back weeds (again).  The usual method - stand over the hole and then act surprised when a bunch of wasps appear (I was fortunate only to be stung once).  The only anti wasps stuff in Homebase said not to use on the ground or near food.  I didn't buy that, but it means I still don't have a means of getting rid of them (except the evil way - parafin and a match).
I also did a little digging, and picked strawberries and rasberries.  :thumbsup:
With a bit more digging I can transplant the last of my french beans from their pots.  The leeks don't seem to have grown at all, and are quite hard to see.  The onions and garlick are going great guns.
Once the beans are in I've a lot of digging to do before I can put in the spinnnach, broccoli and lettuce.  Thankfully they don't need to go in the ground for another few weeks...
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Post by: Si on June 21, 2009, 08:33:35 pm
today got covered in blood and goo. Magpie had got itself tangled in a net on one of the other plots, damaged its foot. I managed to get it free eventually after it had gooed all over me, yuck.  Once disentwined it seemed to fly off quite happily. I am now expecting it to repay the favour by telling its mates to leave my swedes alone  :demon:

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Post by: Flying_Monkey on June 22, 2009, 08:49:42 am
Today I completely cleaned out my worm composter (worms and their house are going to a local allotmenteer)... it is a rather smelly job, and quite tricky because worms don't always do what they are supposed to (hide from the light) and are also surprisingly fast.
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Post by: Regulator on June 22, 2009, 06:09:02 pm
I had the first of the courgettes today.

Nom, nom, nom....  :thumbsup: :P
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Post by: hellymedic on June 22, 2009, 09:07:26 pm
I had the first of the courgettes today.

Nom, nom, nom....  :thumbsup: :P

Where?   ;) :demon: ;D
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Post by: DuncanM on June 24, 2009, 01:04:00 pm
I picked more rasberries and stawbs yesterday and did some watering.
Is it possible to freeze raspberries without destroying them?  There are an awful lot there to be picked right now. :)
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Post by: SandyV on June 24, 2009, 01:08:49 pm
Today we had the first grapefruit ever from our tree  - and there are more to come!
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Post by: Regulator on June 24, 2009, 01:48:14 pm
I picked more rasberries and stawbs yesterday and did some watering.
Is it possible to freeze raspberries without destroying them?  There are an awful lot there to be picked right now. :)

To freeze raspberries, lay them in a single layer on a tray covered with cling film and pop them in the freezer.  Once frozen, transfer to a freezer bag.  They should be fine.
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Post by: DuncanM on June 24, 2009, 03:57:13 pm
I picked more rasberries and stawbs yesterday and did some watering.
Is it possible to freeze raspberries without destroying them?  There are an awful lot there to be picked right now. :)

To freeze raspberries, lay them in a single layer on a tray covered with cling film and pop them in the freezer.  Once frozen, transfer to a freezer bag.  They should be fine.
Thanks, I'll try that (probably tomorrow).  :thumbsup:
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Post by: Si on June 28, 2009, 05:01:31 pm
Cried.
Something ate my strawberry.
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Post by: delthebike on June 28, 2009, 05:07:55 pm
About 40 watering cans worth of water (it'll probably rain tonight).
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Post by: DuncanM on June 29, 2009, 11:38:46 am
I picked about 5 tubs of raspberries, froze 3, gave 1 away and ate 1 over the weekend. :)  Thanks Reg - freezing on a tray is great.
Not so good for strawbs though - when defrosted the inside turned to mush.  I'll have to eat them fresh, or make jam or something.
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Post by: Regulator on June 29, 2009, 12:58:24 pm
I picked about 5 tubs of raspberries, froze 3, gave 1 away and ate 1 over the weekend. :)  Thanks Reg - freezing on a tray is great.
Not so good for strawbs though - when defrosted the inside turned to mush.  I'll have to eat them fresh, or make jam or something.

'Fraid I can't help with the strawberries - mine have always turned to mush when I've tried freezing them.
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Post by: Maffie on June 29, 2009, 03:09:08 pm
Spent yesterday on a snail hunt to protect the apples and pears.
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Post by: TimO on June 29, 2009, 04:15:26 pm
I picked about 5 tubs of raspberries, froze 3, gave 1 away and ate 1 over the weekend. :)  Thanks Reg - freezing on a tray is great.
Not so good for strawbs though - when defrosted the inside turned to mush.  I'll have to eat them fresh, or make jam or something.

'Fraid I can't help with the strawberries - mine have always turned to mush when I've tried freezing them.

Fine for things like Strawberry Fool though.
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Post by: clarion on July 09, 2009, 08:36:46 pm
Cleared a lot of weeds, and tidied up some plants that had been dug up (including yet another shallot, and a couple of pea plants, complete with pods :( ).

Repotted tomatoes - something coming there.

And we finally got some produce.  Butterfly picked a few blackcurrants (a lot have been left for the birds already), and we got these:

(http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v326/ado15/PICT0668.jpg)

More on the way, but nice to begin the harvest, after a very late start. :)
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Post by: RJ on July 09, 2009, 10:27:48 pm
I picked about 5 tubs of raspberries, froze 3, gave 1 away and ate 1 over the weekend. :)  Thanks Reg - freezing on a tray is great.
Not so good for strawbs though - when defrosted the inside turned to mush.  I'll have to eat them fresh, or make jam or something.

'Fraid I can't help with the strawberries - mine have always turned to mush when I've tried freezing them.

Mash/liquidise with cream and sugar before freezing.  Remove from freezer after an hour or so and re-mash with a fork and return to freezer until set.

Strawberry ice-cream.

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More on the way, but nice to begin the harvest, after a very late start. :)

We started late too.  Plenty of salad and I had chard and spinach with my pasta tonight (steamed in a colander over the cooking pasta, then chopped and mixed with the pasta with garlic and chilli flakes flashed in some olive oil; cheese and black pepper on top).

I'll need to spend some time over the weekend weeding and thinning some of the plants that bolted during the not-quite-a-week I was away either side of the weekend.

Spuds look good, beans pretty poor.
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Post by: Kathy on July 13, 2009, 04:58:21 pm
Time to see how it has fared after a fortnight away. Everything's looking a bit overgrown, the tomatoes have made a takeover move on the carrot patch, and some butternut squash seedlings have mysteriously sprouted in the potato sacks (presumably from the home-compost).  Fortunately the neighbours have kept everything well-watered and eaten all the ripe fruit so that no mould has developed (apparently it made a nice summer pudding), and I'm hoping I should be able to get some beetroot and beans to go with dinner tonight. :thumbsup:
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Post by: Julian on July 19, 2009, 06:22:38 pm
Picked yet more courgettes.  They're taking over the universe. 

Went and talked nicely to the tomatoes about plz turning red and being nommable.  They've been green but there for *ages* and I want to pick some.

Finally got chemical on the blackfly ass.  Soapy water was doing nothing at all.  Got a faceful of spray in a gust of wind and felt a bit queasy for a while.

Seeded two nasturtiums to plant next to the beans to attract the blackfly off it to avoid facefuls of poison in future.

Made a little brick plinth for our new water butt to stand on :thumbsup:

This gardening stuff is going rather well.  What else can I plant?  There is room between the leeks and around the beans, and in between the cauliflowers.  I was thinking about planting some little things like radishes but I don't know if I'm too late...
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Post by: Hot Flatus on July 19, 2009, 06:27:37 pm
  What else can I plant?  There is room between the leeks and around the beans, and in between the cauliflowers.  I was thinking about planting some little things like radishes but I don't know if I'm too late...

Rows of perpetual spinach.  Dead easy.

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Post by: DuncanM on July 19, 2009, 07:41:28 pm
Every occasion I've had the time to go the the allotment in the last week, it's rained.  :( Busy yesterday - nice day.  Today - rained almost all day. :(
I've got probably 3 hours of digging to do before I can plant out the spinnach and broccoli, and they need to go out asap.
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Post by: Johnny Thin on July 19, 2009, 07:48:48 pm
Definitely not too late for radishes - you can plant most other things too, even carrots; turnips, beetroots, salad etc

That's assuming it's not going to rain every day for the rest of the summer and the beans, courgettes and toms are just going to rot ...  >:(
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Post by: Hot Flatus on July 19, 2009, 08:55:30 pm
I had the small first crowns off the broccoli/calabrese, picked off to encourage side shoots.  It tasted fantstic and stayed a deep dark green colour.  Runner beans are starting to go mad, but first row of sugar snap peas are finished and new row is about a week off. Have eaten all my early spuds and so waiting for the next lot to be ready.


Seriously, though liz, bung in a few rows of perpetual spinach.
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Post by: Julian on July 19, 2009, 09:20:44 pm
I'll try that - sounds good.  Perpetual spinach and a shot at radishes, here we come.  :thumbsup:
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Post by: Kathy on July 20, 2009, 02:14:59 pm

Finally got chemical on the blackfly ass.  Soapy water was doing nothing at all.  Got a faceful of spray in a gust of wind and felt a bit queasy for a while.

Me too (having first made sure that the ladybird and various pollinators were all elsewhere).

Pulled up a lot of weeds, picked some beans and the last few peas, salvaged some strawberries before the woodlice ate them (I didn't know until this year that woodlice like strawberries, but believe me, they do), planted a dozen or so carrot seedlings out...
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Post by: juliet on July 21, 2009, 09:38:10 pm
I got back to the UK well past the planting season for most things - Marna got a few tomatoes going for me but the rest of the balcony was sadly bare.  Planted a handful of various things (rocket, some kind of red lettuce stuff, pak choi, sorrel, mizuna) and it's all coming up beautifully.  So any of those should be worth a bash. 

Just went down the allotment to get rid of the unpleasant stuff in the compost-container, and harvested a load of blackberries.  The glut is about to start... Sadly I mostly missed raspberry season :(  Nothing else doing all that well this year, bah. 

We planted some thyme seedlings last week and *some* of them seem to be settling in, so thumbs crossed... 
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Post by: DuncanM on July 22, 2009, 02:21:46 pm
I picked a handful of French beans. :)
The ones that got transplanted a month or 2 ago look good, but the ones that were transplanted recently don't look so hit.  Ah well...
I did a tiny bit of digging.  Need to do lots more...
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Post by: docsquid on July 23, 2009, 07:31:14 pm
I've now got two large buckets full of quite large potatoes from our earlies which were well ready for digging up.  That represents about 1/3 of the expected crop as I have a whole lot more growing down at the woods in both a raised bed and in a patch of soil earmarked as an allotment patch. 

We've also had a good crop from the runner beans and there are masses of them growing now.  Garlic has been harvested as the tops had keeled over and were dying off, and the shed stinks of garlic because I've laid it out to dry.

Plus I've picked a huge courgette which was doing its best to turn into a marrow.

So, dinner for the next few weeks will involved *insert main dish here* with garlic, potatoes and runner beans.

MMMMmmmmm :)
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Post by: DuncanM on July 23, 2009, 07:43:26 pm
I picked some more beans, and did a little weeding and digging (like 10 minutes).  Docsquid has reminded me to check my garlick though.  And if I can pull it then I need to do less digging, so that's a win/win. :)
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Post by: Hot Flatus on July 23, 2009, 08:02:48 pm
3 or 4 hours weeding, trimming tidying up.  Had broad beans for lunch, now tucking into saute potato, kale and rosemary omelette.

Just discovered a row of tatties that are ready.  Now going out to spray some chems on the brassicas as I'm sick of picking off eggs and caterpillers.   Next year they'll be covered in fine mesh or fleece from the off
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Post by: Julian on July 23, 2009, 08:14:02 pm
I've largely been tying our tomatoes to anything stable.  Bloody gale force wind down here at the moment.  >:(
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Post by: Wowbagger on August 06, 2009, 03:41:32 pm
Dez is currently preparing for pickling a basin-full of shallots that he grew.
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Post by: Quisling on October 03, 2009, 11:35:37 pm
Today I made half a dozen jars of apple jelly.

Yesterday, I did some hedgerow shopping and picked up a jumbo carrier bag load of walnuts.  I've just got them drying out now.

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Post by: Flying_Monkey on October 07, 2009, 07:02:02 pm
This weekend I mostly raked up cut grass and leaves - the disadvantage of having an acre of land (which is still all lawn until we dig a lot of it up next weekend!), is that it takes ages to do this. I'm not expecting any sympathy though...

On the plus side I discovered that we have large numbers of green and brown frogs in residence and the squirrels (both grey and black) were going crazy bouncing about all over the place, mainly gathering and burying conkers.
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Post by: Palinurus on October 08, 2009, 07:54:24 pm
Not been to the plot today but I have just made a soup out of my borlotti beans.

They dried nicely outside in their pods during September (practically no rain).
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Post by: Si on October 09, 2009, 10:35:57 am
had my first home grown cauli last night - yummy.

also pulled the first leek of the season - buggers had those little brown grubs in again (onion flea?) but if you poke the grub out and don't tell anyone that it was there in the first place they seem fine when cooked.

The tidying starts this weekend: remains of beans, courgettes, strawberries, turnips, peas, calbrassi, etc all to be pulled and chucked on the compost ready for the autumn dig over.

Only problem is that in my rotation scheme spuds follow the sprouts and swedes and it's these that stay in longest , preventing digging untill early spring - would rather do it before so that the grown can get properly seen too by the frost  ::-)
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Post by: Flying_Monkey on October 14, 2009, 09:18:07 pm
I seem to have acquired a second-hand rotovator.... and raspberry canes and redcurrant bushes... oh, and maybe also chickens for next year!  ;D
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Post by: Flying_Monkey on October 25, 2009, 03:01:09 am
Today I have been rotovating. It might be easier than digging over the 15 square metre veg plot we have planned, but it is still bloody hard work, especially as we are starting from lawn, and the soil here is heavy clay.
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Post by: mr endon on October 25, 2009, 03:28:42 am
I doubt that's going to be satisfactory. Converting lawn to veg growing really requires double digging, with inverted turf buried at the bottom of each trench or used as the basis for a compost heap. Double digging also gives the opportunity to feed/improve the soil, especially as it's clay; mixing in barrowfuls of stable manure/seaweed/compost as you go along.
3m x 5m should take a day, maybe two tops, and getting it right at the start will save time later.
Assuming you don't expect to get all your acre producing veg immediately, cover areas you're coming to later with carpet offcuts to kill the turf. And if the plan is to get an acre of veg going asap then ignore all advice about double digging, and rotavators, and get a friendly local farmer to come and plough you over to start with.
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Post by: Julian on October 25, 2009, 04:45:24 pm
I've pulled up all the summer plants.  All that's left is the leeks.

The five raised beds we've got have been more than enough for the two of us, so I'm abandoning plans to convert the other half of the garden into veg too.  I'm on the lookout for easy flowering plants and I've potted some herb seedlings, although it might be a bit late to have them growing outdoors.
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Post by: docsquid on October 26, 2009, 05:36:36 pm
I've finally ordered the greenhouse and various accessories (not staging - we'll build that out of old pallets).  It will live at the woods.  When it is built I will have six mini-raised beds in it for various fruit and veg and the rest of the greenhouse will be for trees/saplings.  There will be four raised beds outside the greenhouse and of course our orchard of 8 apple trees, 3 plum trees and 8 cobnuts.

What with the chickens, we should be almost self-sufficient :) :)
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Post by: Flying_Monkey on October 28, 2009, 02:07:46 am
I doubt that's going to be satisfactory. Converting lawn to veg growing really requires double digging, with inverted turf buried at the bottom of each trench or used as the basis for a compost heap. Double digging also gives the opportunity to feed/improve the soil, especially as it's clay; mixing in barrowfuls of stable manure/seaweed/compost as you go along.
3m x 5m should take a day, maybe two tops, and getting it right at the start will save time later.
Assuming you don't expect to get all your acre producing veg immediately, cover areas you're coming to later with carpet offcuts to kill the turf. And if the plan is to get an acre of veg going asap then ignore all advice about double digging, and rotavators, and get a friendly local farmer to come and plough you over to start with.

Don't worry, I am not doing anything like the whole acre! And the rotovation is just the beginning - but it makes sense to do this before the winter (which is pretty severe here), during which it will indeed be covered (probably by snow most of the time, but I will covering it with tarps too to make sure).

There will be plenty of digging (or not depending on what methods I use where) come the early spring and lots of soil improvement. I'm making several different types of compost, and I will certainly be buying in plenty of manure from local farmers and sand too.

There's only one small area I will be using during the winter, which is to grow some garlic.

Most of the acre will be fruit and nut trees, and soft-fruit, and plenty of experiments with perennial food plants, including edible hedges (something I've wanted to do for a while - using various varieties of crataegus and prunus spp) and we certainly don't want to be rotovating, let alone ploughing, in those areas.

We will also be keeping one area of lawn and some more conventional flower beds.
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Post by: Julian on November 01, 2009, 04:32:29 pm
I've been busy!

I've turned the compost heap :sick: and moved it from the far end of the garden (where the chickens will be, when we get them) to the near end.

I've used the lovely stuff at the bottom to tuck a blackcurrant bush in for the winter.

I've planted rosemary inna big pot, lavender against the fence, two climbing plants (honeysuckle and solanum) against the fence and put in a whole load of bulbs (anemones, blue squills, snowdrops and tulips) which should come up and cheer the place up in spring.

And now I'm drinking a huge mug of tea and contemplating cake.
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Post by: Flying_Monkey on November 02, 2009, 01:18:27 am
Sounds perfect! I have been raking leaves from my garden and my neighbours' place helped by their little boys (seriously - they worked as hard as I did and they are all of four and five!). I then made a proper leaf composting area for the mountain of leaves we had. Then I started stripping the small branches off the cedars I cut down a few weeks back. They are going to be chipped and used as mulch. The main trunks, I will use to make various things - as I am starting to really get into woodwork. I want to make a traditional barn ladder for a start.
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Post by: fruitcake on November 02, 2009, 10:38:09 pm
I've pulled up all the summer plants.  All that's left is the leeks.

The five raised beds we've got have been more than enough for the two of us, so I'm abandoning plans to convert the other half of the garden into veg too. 

Plant vegetables there too.  Give them to your neighbours.  Or sell them to your local organic grocer.
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Post by: spindrift on November 07, 2009, 03:50:17 pm
I flipping love doing compost this time of year.


I turned a year-old pile I've got in one of those chest-high plastic composters. It's just lawn clippings, lots of coffee Starbucks give away free, shredded material, banana skins and old potato and tomato grow bags. It was rich and crumbly- like a Christmas pudding! I got three wheelbarrow's worth out of the pile and tipped it under the hedge and over the vegetable plot.

I left the bin a quarter full of semi rotted stuff and made a new pile with shredded leaves, more coffee, three big bags of shredded leaves and the cuttings from probably the last mow of the year. That was only  a week ago, and when I took the lid off today steam gently rose, it's cooking up nicely! The worms love the coffee grounds, they're banging on the lid for me. They're simple organisms, I wonder if they get a caffeine boost...

I've just made a gigantic leaf pile. The roads near the house are smothered in fallen leaves. They've been walked on for ages so they've already started to break down and turn mushy, so I walked down with a rake and gloves and a huge blue recycling bin and stuffed the bin full and dragged it up the hill. Three times. There's now a huge steaming heap next to the shed so I'll just leaf it for another year to break down.

 Girlfriend's been promoted, I've just got a new job after a year off, there's a dirty great leaf pile rotting down outside and Norwich won 7-0, a nice day.

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Post by: docsquid on November 09, 2009, 03:40:45 pm
I've been planting my new blackcurrant canes.  They are going to live in the front garden.  We have a lot of veg and fruit in the front garden and nobody has ever stolen any!
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Post by: Jules on November 09, 2009, 06:44:03 pm
Yesterday. Had our allotment society AGM. Then had a huge bonfire, let off a few quids worth of fireworks while eating a wide selection of nice food with a few glasses of wine.

Beats double-digging!

We're not short of a few bob due to our collective cash crop [1]



[1] Charging rugby lovers a small fortune to park their Range Rovers on the less cultivatable areas as we're within 3 minutes of Twickenham
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Post by: Speshact on November 09, 2009, 06:54:24 pm
We're not short of a few bob due to our collective cash crop [1]

[1] Charging rugby lovers a small fortune to park their Range Rovers on the less cultivatable areas as we're within 3 minutes of Twickenham

Maybe it's time to get some raised beds in where the Range Rovers currently fit?

Today, planted the last of the autumn Broad Beans, gently weeded and plotted how to get rid of plot holders not using their allotment properly! Current plan, to bury their remains on their plots..shh.
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Post by: Jules on November 09, 2009, 09:59:29 pm
We're not short of a few bob due to our collective cash crop [1]

[1] Charging rugby lovers a small fortune to park their Range Rovers on the less cultivatable areas as we're within 3 minutes of Twickenham

Maybe it's time to get some raised beds in where the Range Rovers currently fit?

Range Rovers are a far better crop - you ought to try them. The  income allows us the occasional wild party, for us to sell at a discount  all sorts of nice things (like horse manure and anti-pigeon netting) and to have a good range of power tools available for free loan.


Today, planted the last of the autumn Broad Beans, gently weeded and plotted how to get rid of plot holders not using their allotment properly! Current plan, to bury their remains on their plots..shh.

Asylum man 'killed and burned his wife' (From Watford Observer) (http://www.watfordobserver.co.uk/news/944769.0/ ) - Happened on our site ::-)

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Post by: hellymedic on November 14, 2009, 12:01:01 am
Eaten some more of the excellent tomatoes that are still ripening here.
David brought in another half pound today...
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Post by: Flying_Monkey on November 24, 2009, 08:42:27 pm
Last weekend I put in some currants and raspberries kindly donated by a neighbour whose fruit bushes were threatening to take over the world. And I planted my garlic. Should be fine as it had got warmer again here... although it is now taking a turn towards the winter freeze.
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Post by: Pancho on November 24, 2009, 08:45:46 pm
At the weekend, I:

- dug over two veg beds
- covered with copious leaf mould

- dug a bloody deep hole in a flower bed and buried the fox
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Post by: Welsh Man on December 13, 2009, 06:28:25 pm
At the weekend, I:

- dug over two veg beds
- covered with copious leaf mould

- dug a bloody deep hole in a flower bed and buried the fox
Pity for Fox !!!
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Post by: Palinurus on December 14, 2009, 06:53:26 pm
Finally I had a Sunday when I wasn't racing 'cross and it wasn't raining.

What a mess. I covered up the weediest bed and started digging some of the others over, weeding as I went.

Found some forgotten potatoes, dug up some leeks.

Must get some manure delivered soon, I keep putting it off because it means 4 hours of wheelbarrowing to get it from the roadway to my plot.
Title: Re: What have you done on the plot today?
Post by: Jules on December 14, 2009, 11:17:12 pm
Dug over four beds and then decided to join two of the smaller ones together by removing the metre wide strip of grass that seperated them. Went and collected 10 sacks of "well-rotted horse manure" from the other end of the site (we collectively buy our shit in bulk) and dug those into said beds.

Harvested the remaining onions and carrots and half of the leeks.

Went home for a nice hot bath to relax my overworked muscles and remove the smell of horse ordure.
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Post by: matthew on December 15, 2009, 07:38:34 am
I've ordered three blueberry bushes, so now I have to dig out the rosemary stump and dig over the bed to add in compost to our bagshot sand.
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Post by: Palinurus on January 02, 2010, 01:40:57 pm
Cow shit delivery day!

Had some help this time, four of us and two wheelbarrows. Still took about 2.5 hours to get it from the roadway to the plot.

Enough for 2-3 seasons anyway. Won't have to do it again for a while.
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Post by: andygates on January 03, 2010, 11:10:06 am
Man vs. Bramble.

After half an hour of mincing, I remembered my badger-molesting gauntlets.  The proper violence began. :thumbsup:

Half an hour later, Bramble tapped out, snarling "I'll be back, just you wait and see..."
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Post by: Jules on January 03, 2010, 07:56:42 pm
Digging, digging, digging.

Harvested my last onion and half the remaining leeks.
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Post by: andygates on January 07, 2010, 08:39:40 pm
Wrapped the wormery up in an old duvet to keep 'em from freezing solid.  In a regular winter the die-off recovers easily but tonight and tomorrow are bloomin' parky.

(http://farm5.static.flickr.com/4023/4254958878_e92a58ec4f.jpg) (http://www.flickr.com/photos/andygates/4254958878/)
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Post by: Julian on January 07, 2010, 08:46:02 pm
:thumbsup:

The next-door-neighbours have lent us a special insulating thingy to put over the henhouse to keep them cosy - they used to keep guinea pigs and apparently this is the thing to use in cold weather.  It's certainly kept the chooks happy!
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Post by: andygates on January 07, 2010, 08:51:50 pm
There's some internal heat from rotting stuff and worm activity, so it just needs to be kept in.  I imagine the worms will be hunkered down inside the fox skull, passing thin roll-up cigarettes around a samovar and wondering when the cossacks will ride through.
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Post by: Mrs Pingu on January 07, 2010, 09:23:44 pm
Oh crap, I forgot about the worms (mainly cos I haven't been on the bike since before xmas :( and therefore haven't been in the shed). Hopefully the being in a shed will be enough insulation..  :-\
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Post by: longers on January 07, 2010, 10:05:57 pm
Thanks to reading this my worms now have a lovely duvet. I emptied the plentiful liquid over Christmas so hopefully they'll be ok with these measures.
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Post by: Si on January 10, 2010, 03:13:29 pm
Hadn't been up for a while, thinking that there wasn't much i could do in the snow.  Wrong.  One very important thing - clear the snow off all the netting and cages and then take them down!  A few had suffered broken poles due to the weight of snow on them.

Harvested a few sprouts.  Eventually managed to ease some swedes out.  Didn't even consider trying to get a parsnip up.
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Post by: spindrift on January 17, 2010, 11:38:09 am
the garden's stunned after the snow and ice. I think I've lost a Washingtonia palm, it's black and limp. We'll see. This winter will have been a positive Stalingrad for slugs and white fly and grubs, they'll all have frozen to death. Maybe we'll get an imbalance of pests this year, a species taking advantage of an upset in the balance?
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Post by: Pancho on January 17, 2010, 12:09:15 pm
The snow certainly took its toll here as well.

I have a lot of box hedging here - around lawns and beside paths - about 3 feet high. The ones I've looked after and kept trimmed survived and wore the snow like a hat. The out of sight ones that I'd been a bit slack with and didn't bother to trim last year have been flattened. Not sure what the prognosis is as there seems to be broken wood.

Also lost a few big branches of big trees - also to sheer weight of snow. Gave me a bit of a fright when I was out in the snowy garden and started hearing tearing and falling limbs around me.

The melt and rain has flooded the veg patch but I'm sure that will drain away to its usual gravelly arid condition.
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Post by: spindrift on January 25, 2010, 08:22:44 pm
Wyevale had a sale yesterday, all the veg and flower seeds half price and some plants at 75% off. I got an Actinidia Kolomikta for £2, a stunning plant with green leaves splashed with pink, as if they'd been dipped. The plant's also a drug for cats, they munch the leaves and fall over.

Technically I suppose this is theft, but on a bee keeping forum I read about guerilla gardeners in Eccles. On the day the green waste is collected these two chaps went round early in the morning and swiped all the bags from a posh street. The houses had large, established gardens to the bags were stuffed with laurel branches, privet, bay, viburnum, escallonia, beech and yew and so on. The two bods got three hundred and fifty cuttings from the sacks. They planted a mixed hedge the length of the allotment.

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Post by: Wobbly John on February 01, 2010, 09:34:22 pm
Started planting seeds indoors: Red onion, Cauli, Peppers & Tomatos.
All in mini-plugs on the kitchen windowsill.

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Post by: docsquid on February 09, 2010, 06:20:47 pm
I always plant my tomatoes too early - end of Feb is when I usually do it.

We have now got the greenhouse built and sealed and the raised beds inside it ready for the topsoil/compost mixture though!  Exciting stuff to have plenty of indoor room to grow salads and things without worrying about weather.
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Post by: clarion on February 09, 2010, 09:31:03 pm
I actually have done something on the plot today :o

I built the first of three raised beds.  I need loads more compost to fill the other two.

Handy hint:  If you are going to use a cordless drill to assemble your raised beds, ensure that there is at least a tiny bit of charge in the battery :-[
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Post by: spindrift on February 10, 2010, 05:07:09 pm
Mature horse manure £38 a ton round Norfolk, Clarion. Weedkiller free, and beautifully rich and crumbly, like a Christmas pud!
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Post by: TimO on February 10, 2010, 05:56:21 pm
Mature horse manure £38 a ton round Norfolk, Clarion. Weedkiller free, and beautifully rich and crumbly, like a Christmas pud!

I bet you don't eat it with custard though. ;D
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Post by: clarion on February 10, 2010, 06:10:03 pm
Well, I assembled the other two beds today, but I need to dig out the grass to put them in place.  Tomorrow, eh? ;)

I don't fancy bringing a ton of horse manure home from Norfolk. :-\
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Post by: hairyhippy on February 10, 2010, 06:44:48 pm
Main bed cleared and manured. Side bed clear. Stinky stuff tomorrow. Apple trees pruned. Leeks planted. Toms planted.
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Post by: Pancho on February 15, 2010, 03:25:27 pm
I have aching limbs.

Two veg beds are now dug and ready for planting. I also made a start on a third which has been neglected kept fallow for a couple of years.

I may plant parsnips tomorrow.
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Post by: Si on February 16, 2010, 11:07:34 am
Spud beds now all dug and mucked.
Legume beds also dug but need the leaf mould adding.

Not planting anything for at least another month I reckon - much too cold.
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Post by: spindrift on February 16, 2010, 02:17:01 pm
It's too cold or wet to do much at all. Dug a compost trench for the spuds and beans, a barrow load of semi-rotted stuff writhing with tiger worms.
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Post by: Wobbly John on February 16, 2010, 03:22:14 pm
Mature horse manure £38 a ton round Norfolk, Clarion. Weedkiller free, and beautifully rich and crumbly, like a Christmas pud!
I used to be able to have all I could eat  carry, free of charge from a local stables just over the border in Cambridgeshire. Hauling up to 1/4 of a ton, a mile to the allotment in the bike trailer is 'character building'

Stables has changed hands tho'.

I must contact the new people and see if an arrangement can be made.
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Post by: Pancho on February 16, 2010, 03:47:08 pm
Wet and cold here - a real change from yesterday's hints of spring.

So no further on with digging remaining beds over.

Instead, I went to the garden centre and bought most of their display of vegetable seeds - serves 'em right for having a half price sale.
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Post by: clarion on February 16, 2010, 10:42:32 pm
Same here.  I've only got one veg bed ready.  It was raining all day. :(
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Post by: clarion on February 19, 2010, 06:09:49 pm
Done the second one.  The boys were helping me.  It took longer ;D

Never mind, I also managed to turn the compost heap over, and got some nice dark GudStuf in amongst the eggshells, corn cobs and 'compostable' bags. :thumbsup:
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Post by: Butterfly on February 19, 2010, 06:13:23 pm
 :D :thumbsup:
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Post by: clarion on February 19, 2010, 06:22:41 pm
Found loads of bulbs, too, which we've replanted. :thumbsup:

PS: three of your daffs are flowering.
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Post by: Pancho on February 19, 2010, 07:05:10 pm
All the veggie beds now dug and ready for planting when things get a bit warmer. Very cold here - usually by this time of year it's really springlike here on the South Coast.

You know, if I turned over a bit more grassland to veggies, we could be close to being self sufficient here. Not sure I can face the effort of converting, though.
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Post by: Butterfly on February 19, 2010, 11:25:00 pm
Found loads of bulbs, too, which we've replanted. :thumbsup:

PS: three of your daffs are flowering.
Yay! My favourites :D
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Post by: Wobbly John on February 20, 2010, 07:49:15 pm
I dug the compost heap out on the allotment.  :smug:

23 wheelbarrow-fulls  :o

Mostly now piled on: Asparagus bed, raspberrys, currant bushes & rhubarb (cue the old "I have custard on mine joke"). the rest being spread on the section that will have brassicas and courgettes.
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Post by: clarion on February 20, 2010, 09:57:42 pm
Third and final veg bed done with the help of Superstoker. :thumbsup:
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Post by: Charlotte on February 20, 2010, 10:38:42 pm
Been out and mucked out the chooks, changed their bark chippings for Aubiose and generally swept up.  All the old, wet, turdy chippings went in the new tub I made last week.  We're getting everything ready for what I'm hoping will be our first season of "use every square inch" urban food growing.
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Post by: Wobbly John on March 06, 2010, 08:19:02 pm
It's dried out enough to make a start on the allotment.  :thumbsup:

Seed bed raked out and 2 rows of parsnip, carrot & red beet planted, 3 rows of red onion sets, and some aubergines in the greenhouse.

Tomorrow I hope to get shallots in and more broad beans, and some bedding plant seeds

At Easter I am getting another greenhouse - FREE - so long as I take it down and move it.  :D
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Post by: Palinurus on March 14, 2010, 03:31:45 pm
I've hardly been down the plot this winter, apart from a session shoveling a whopping great pile of manure and pruning the trees. Today was a good spring day. I moved my bean supports, dug up some leeks, moved some others, dug trenches for the potatoes (I'll wait a couple of weeks before I put them in though), planted some broad beans.

It was warm enough to take a kip on the grass afterwards too.
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Post by: Pancho on March 14, 2010, 04:56:58 pm
Parsnips are in.

Too early? Too cold? Time will tell.
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Post by: Jules on March 14, 2010, 08:41:45 pm
Weeded the Strawberry bed.

Thought about next extension to the tree house.
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Post by: mike on March 14, 2010, 08:54:33 pm
spuds are chitting in the kitchen.  I'll plant them and the garlic in a couple of weeks, I recon.
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Post by: jellied on March 15, 2010, 03:31:34 pm
Went to plot Saturday.
Got depressed looking at massive amount of work to do.
Weeded one strawberry bed
Dug over one medium bed.
Pottered around already planted garlic bed

Felt a lot better - more inspired now.
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Post by: Wobbly John on March 21, 2010, 09:38:51 pm
Out planting again today:

More carrots & beetroot, mange tout peas, radishes, turnips, cabbage on the allotment.

Courgettes, cucumber and Butternut squash in the greenhouse.

In the garden at home, in raised beds: new potatoes, carrots, beetroot, spring onions and salad leaves.

Took down a laurel bush and shredded it, and started coppicing the hazel.
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Post by: Flying_Monkey on March 21, 2010, 10:43:04 pm
Well, we've ordered all kinds of local trees, shrubs and other plants... from Sugar Maples and Smoothbark Hickory to Red Mullberries. They won't be arriving until the start of May. In the meantime, we've got loads of seeds sprouting inside the house (in the bathroom, to be exact!).

I would have been out forking the veg patch today, but it snowed. It won't settle but the weeding will have to wait until next week. More seeds being planted this week, mainly the squashes and melons of various kinds.
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Post by: Wobbly John on April 04, 2010, 06:12:16 pm
Planting is in full swing now. Over the last 4 days I have planted early & 2nd early potatoes, more carrots, lettuce, parsnips, cabbage, cauli, broccoli, rocket and parsley. In the greenhouse, more tomatoes, peppers, runner beans, baby sweetcorn. Also Geraniums, bizzie lizzies, begonias, pansies.

Potted up tomatoes and peppers from first sowing.

Emerging in the greenhouse are courgettes, aubergines, cucumbers, sprouts, squashes.

Seeds planted outside a few weeks ago and already up are carrots, broad beans, turnip, radishes and red beet. Onion sets and shallots are also starting to shoot.

First pickings of rhubarb should be next week, and asparagus on my neighbour's allotment is just starting to shoot - mine is usually 2 weeks later.  :thumbsup:
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Post by: Kim on April 04, 2010, 06:25:03 pm
With a fair bit of help from a friend who lives in Lincolnshire and is therefore experienced in the mysterious ways of Green Stuff, we murdered the overgrown hedge (which I'm informed is made of privet) in our front garden / student waste disposal facility.  The gate now opens wide enough for a bike with two fully loaded panniers to fit through, and there's a suspicious amount of daylight working its way to the front room.  :thumbsup:

(http://web4.twitpic.com/img/82661814-70d2caf62886f9fb869b48423668665c.4bb8cf25-scaled.jpg)

I remain wholly unconvinced by this 'gardening' lark, though.  Even with power tools (something for which I'm known to have a fair bit of enthusiasm) it's messy and hard work.  If I wanted to get covered in cuts and scratches, and have my hair full of bits of twig, I'd fall off my bike or something!

I am convinced that Birmingham City Council are taking the piss by expecting us to put hedge clippings in their nanometre-thin pre-perforated green waste bags.
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Post by: MSeries on April 04, 2010, 06:27:19 pm
Lopped a Chamaecyparis lawsoniana down a bit, hoed some soil. Turned over the compost bins.
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Post by: Chris S on April 04, 2010, 06:50:06 pm
Checked on the worms. I moved them into the boiler house a few weeks ago when it was -15c in (or around) the garden shed, where I had put them after the rat infestation.

Chuffin 'eck they've been busy - there are millions of the buggers, and all the unrotted stuff that was in the bin has just gone. So stirred up the top layers a bit and added the contents of the compost caddies in the kitchen, along with a few handfuls of shredded newspaper.

Looks like we should have our first batch of compost in a few weeks time  :thumbsup:.
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Post by: spindrift on April 05, 2010, 01:47:55 pm
Five trellises fixed to a south-facing wall, four clematis, three honeysuckles and the evergreen climbing hydreanga to be planted. Gave the lawns the first cut of the year and mixed a heap of grass cuttings with Starbuck's coffee grounds, the compost heap is a writhing mass of worms now it's warmed up a bit.
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Post by: mike on April 06, 2010, 10:06:53 pm
have just mowed the lawn for the first time :)

garlic is up and looking very perky
early spuds have been in for a while but arent showing yet, main crop will go in at the weekend
beans & peas are in, nothing above ground yet
chard & carrots are in, no sign of life yet
first line of lettuce are up and need thinning
raspberries, red & black currants and blueberries are growing nicely
lots of buds on apples, plums and pears
have thinned the beech hedge a bit too, and pruned anything that looked like it needed it
:)
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Post by: clarion on April 12, 2010, 01:12:01 pm
Thought about mowing the lawn and pruning the rose at the front, but didn't get around to either of those.  Butterfly cut back a couple of the bushes to get the washing line up.

I planted the spuds.  I didn't want to take up more than one of the raised beds, so I dug out an ad hoc bed at the bottom of the garden for another 12.  I expect it'll get overrun with weeds pretty quickly, and my back's aching today, but I'm glad I just got stuck in and did it :)
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Post by: Wobbly John on April 15, 2010, 04:32:10 pm
Plum tree is absolutely full of blossom.  :D

Currant bushes also, but not as much as last year.

Had 2 pickings of rhubarb so far.  :thumbsup:

'Sparrow grass' is just starting to poke through the ground.
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Post by: Wobbly John on April 18, 2010, 01:51:51 am
Today I has put up scarecrows. -  proper scaredycrows, and lots of video tape tied to poles - yesterday I went to open the greenhouses on the allotment and there were 4 pheasants eating my beans and peas. one was even inside the netting I had used to cover them.  >:( >:( >:( >:( >:( >:( >:( >:(
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Post by: andygates on April 20, 2010, 08:28:48 pm
Cleared the square-foot bed (4x8) and found that the damn salad potatoes just won't die.  Replanted the happiest of them in a better place and spacing, and planted out some bean and squish seeds.  The cat will use the rest as an epic loo until I get it planted up...
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Post by: Wowbagger on April 21, 2010, 11:13:53 pm
Yesterday my Chirstmas pressie from Mrs. Wow's sister arrived: a small garden pack from Rocket Gardens - Spring Small Vegetable Garden - with free mini starter garden - Vegetable gardens Spring 2010 (http://www.rocketgardens.co.uk/showdetails.asp?id=101) . Pretty well everything is planted now, thanks to Dez. I'm concerned that the runner & french beans and the courgettes might be killed by frost. I reckon it's a fortnight too early for delicate plants to go out.

If all goes well, we are going to have too many lettuces. I'm not that fussed by salads. At the moment, though,we are having excellent purple sprouting broccoli.
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Post by: Si on April 26, 2010, 11:07:46 am
all me spuds are in
the first parsnip, sprout and pea seedlings have stuck their heads above ground
and the battle against the weeds has escalated to full-on conflict

woo-hoo spring has sprung!
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Post by: Wobbly John on April 26, 2010, 11:13:19 am
Pollarded (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Pollarding) a Eucalyptus tree that was somewhat taller than the house, yesterday. Borrowed climbing harness to go near the top, as space below was restricted and it had to be taken down in stages.

Trunk was nearly a foot diameter where I finally cut it. Most of it is now cut into logs. A 'tonne Jewsons bag' has been used to take the shreddings to the allotment (2 trips with the bike trailer) where it will be used to mulch the vegetables when there is a bit more moisture in the ground.
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Post by: clarion on April 28, 2010, 10:21:50 pm
Bored of being ill.

I sowed some cucumber, runner beans, parsnip and carrots.  Planted out shallots, red onions, lettuce (aka slug food), peas and celery. 

Elsewhere, I put some lavender next to the front path.
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Post by: clarion on April 29, 2010, 04:34:36 pm
Another day off work.

Superstoker & I set up the canes for the peas and the runner beans (not yet planted).  Planted tomato, spring onion & radishes in pots.

Oh - and labelled everything from yesterday & today (that I could remember :-[ )
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Post by: Butterfly on April 29, 2010, 11:08:04 pm
Another day off work.

Superstoker & I set up the canes for the peas and the runner beans (not yet planted).  Planted tomato, spring onion & radishes in pots.

Oh - and labelled everything from yesterday & today (that I could remember :-[ )
Woohoo! :D
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Post by: clarion on April 30, 2010, 09:33:41 am
It almost looks like a proper plot now :)
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Post by: Wobbly John on May 01, 2010, 05:39:45 pm
Planted more: carrot, lettuce, french bean, spring onion & spinach seed.

Planted out: leeks, onions, cauli, lettuce.

Potted on: courgettes, tomato, aubergine, peppers, pumkins.

Cut grass paths

Weeded.  >:(

Picked Sparrow-grass for tea.  :D
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Post by: Flying_Monkey on May 03, 2010, 04:13:29 pm
Over the weekend, I planted: two kinds of beets, two kinds of lettuce, black raddishes, rainbow chard, purple carrots, chinese cabbage, komatsuna, shungiku, torpedo red onions, Musselbrugh leeks, calabrese, pattypan summer squash and zucchini.

I also mowed half an acre of grass with a cylinder mower. 3 hours. Very hard work. But a good work out too. There will be less in the future though: some of this, we are going to chop out as flower and herb borders, there will be some taken over by the chickens when we get them, and there is another half-acre which will be forest-garden / orchard - many of our trees and shrubs will be arriving in the next few weeks. The lawn grass there we will try to kill off by covering over the next winter and replace it with native woodland plants and pararie grasses in the more open sections. Lawn grass is very hard to kill off though...
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Post by: Si on May 04, 2010, 10:41:41 am
First earlies have their heads above ground  ;D

been doing beans on the anti slug bench.

and a brave new venture - the MiL's garden is large and jungle like - she is giving me free rein to tame it by whatever means necessary...I feel more veg plots on the way!   SO...a question - what's the best way to remove rampant brambles?
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Post by: clarion on May 04, 2010, 10:47:49 am
I have done nothing this weekend except marvel at the way that the spud plants are growing day by day, and take a childlike delight at the emergence of seedlings - radishes outside, lettuces, cucumber and, just this morning, runner beans inside.  No signs from the carrots or parsnips yet.  I don't mind.  I can wait.  A bit. ;D
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Post by: clarion on May 12, 2010, 08:02:34 am
This morning, I have been mostly looking out at the garden, and going:

FROST!!! :o :o :( :'(
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Post by: Wobbly John on May 13, 2010, 12:24:07 pm
Frost has caught my potatoes, some of the french beans and some tomatos and pumpkins in the greenhouse.  >:(

Hope some will recover.  :-\

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Post by: Palinurus on May 15, 2010, 06:38:11 pm
Frost got at my potatoes too. Bollocks.

They may yet recover, I'll give them a few weeks.
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Post by: Chris S on May 15, 2010, 07:13:49 pm
I fed the worms. F*ck me - they've been busy; clearly all they do is eat and shag - they are chomping their way through everything I give them, and there are 1,000s of the buggers. Excellent  :thumbsup:.

Mrs S has been beavering away in the greenhouse, repairing the damage wrought by the Great Slug Disaster of 2010. She had to resort to the garden centre for new tomato and cucumber plants. The slugs are currently enjoying drowing in some of my precious stash of beer. Things I do for the cause...  ::-)
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Post by: Si on May 17, 2010, 11:36:30 am
my spuds have gone a bit frilly around the edges due to frost too.  but I find that if you just pull the black bits off they soon recover as long as the frost doesn't linger.

Jerusalem Artichokes - just say NO.  they are easy to grow, taste quite nice and I've not noticed too much gas, but they seem to be trying to take over my plot and make a bid for world domination: buggers am coming up everywhere.

My compost dalek is full of wood lice.

Cats have had half the toms.
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Post by: Palinurus on May 17, 2010, 12:55:25 pm
my spuds have gone a bit frilly around the edges due to frost too.  but I find that if you just pull the black bits off they soon recover as long as the frost doesn't linger.


Oh cheers, I'm more hopeful now. I'll get down there this week and pull the withered bits off.
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Post by: Cyclops on May 17, 2010, 01:46:40 pm
Made some rhubarb crumble with the first few stalks. Planted out leeks, spring onions and celeriac. Sewed some lettuce, spinach and pumpkins.

Despite living in Scotland the tatties seem to have escaped the frost (why don't we have a crossed finger smiley?)
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Post by: Wobbly John on May 17, 2010, 03:03:27 pm
Hopefully there will be no more frosts - I planted runner beans out yesterday as they were up to 18" high and starting to tangle with each other.

Pumpkins planted out under a cold frame. Lots of stuff potted on in the greenhouse.

As an experiment, I mulched the carrots with shreddings from the eucalyptus tree that I pollarded several weeks ago. I'm hoping the smell will discourage carrot fly.
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Post by: jellied on May 19, 2010, 02:27:35 pm
Honestly, drop you're guard for a minute and the place is overgrown. So three sessions with the strimmer, lots of weeding.

Spuds probably wiped out due to the frost although for some reason the weeds seemed to have survived.
 
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Post by: clarion on May 23, 2010, 07:37:38 pm
Butterfly borrowed next door's petrol mower again, and turned the chaotic meadow-styled weed collection into a lawn :thumbsup:

TGL & I followed up with some weeding, earthing up & watering on the veggies.  I fear that, in quick succession, the parsnip seedlings froze and the lettuce seedlings cooked in the greenhousette :(  Otherwise, there's much progress.  Even my pathetic peas have some reluctant buds appearing :)
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Post by: Wobbly John on May 23, 2010, 11:29:47 pm
Built a fruit net cage over the currant bushes, cherry tree and first row of strawberries - I used our marquee-sized gazebo frame to hold the net up.

 Asparagus is cropping well  - I can cut 3 times a week.  :thumbsup:

Eating rhubarb from the allotment and icecream at the moment.  :smug:

Early broad beans have pods on.

I'm spending an hour or so weeding and watering most evenings, but still not on top of some areas.
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Post by: Si on May 24, 2010, 01:53:23 pm
Had a Spring Fair.
Excellent turn out, loads of happy people in the sun, plenty of money for the asociation, and a hog roast almost at the end of my plot.

Apart from that: weed, water, weed, water, weed, water, weed, water, weed, water, weed, water, weed, water, etc

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Post by: Flying_Monkey on June 01, 2010, 09:10:07 pm
Over the last week, I have planted a second succession of salad veg as well as the daikon and fennel. I am also experimenting with an old First Nations' technique called '3 sisters', where you plant alternate mounds of 1. sweetcorn and climbing beans; and 2. squash. It's going pretty well so far with everything coming up. We also got our rainwater barrels, which I plumbed in just in time for the first heavy rain we have had for ages. Oh, and we had a truckload of well-rotted horse manure delivered, which should help with planting out our trees and shrubs (when they finally arrive).
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Post by: Palinurus on June 01, 2010, 09:27:27 pm
my spuds have gone a bit frilly around the edges due to frost too.  but I find that if you just pull the black bits off they soon recover as long as the frost doesn't linger.

Bodger you were right. They seem to be thriving again.
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Post by: Tail End Charlie on June 03, 2010, 08:52:13 pm
Wired together several pallets which I had collected to make some compost bins. I still have several more waiting for me to turn them into whatever comes to mind.
A rustic table and seat is the current favourite.
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Post by: Flying_Monkey on June 04, 2010, 10:48:32 am
All my trees, shrubs and native flowers arrived whist we were away yesterday. Looks like I am not going to work today, as I have to get the trees planted!
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Post by: RJ on June 04, 2010, 11:04:17 pm
A half-day at school and temporarily in sole charge of FirstBorn.  It's been dry and warm, so I eventually dragged him down to "our" quarter-plot to weed and water.  Sowed 2nd lot of peas, plus french beans.  FirstBorn dug some big holes for compost and courgette/summer squash seeds. Picked the last of the broccoli and some rhubarb.  Saw the resident fox and three trains.  FirstBorn didn't want to leave. Bribed him with promises of ice-cream   :)
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Post by: Wobbly John on June 04, 2010, 11:55:15 pm
Did quite a bit of weeding yesterday. Planted out 2nd lot of runner beans. and first lot of outdoor tomatoes. Potted up cucumbers and watermelons into BIG pots.

Today I had the first pickings of broad beans - yum.  :P
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Post by: Flying_Monkey on June 05, 2010, 02:22:21 pm
Well, this tree-planting business is not quick - I got 3 yellow birches, a butternut, both a shagbark and a shellbark hickory, a serviceberry and a sweet chestnut planted yesterday on another very sunny day. Only 17 to go...
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Post by: Bledlow on June 06, 2010, 03:34:29 pm
All this allotment talk! For those of us with only a tiny garden, but yearnings for a bigger one, it's frustrating. Still, my tomato plants are coming along nicely, & this week we've had our first windowsill coriander & lettuce of the year - & very tasty they both were. We've been eating fresh basil for a while, having invested in a supermarket pot & transplanted it to a bigger pot. I've put in some more pick & go lettuce seeds for a late crop.

Strawberries are late, though.
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Post by: Si on June 07, 2010, 08:45:04 am
Quote
All this allotment talk! For those of us with only a tiny garden, but yearnings for a bigger one, it's frustrating.


I you can't get an allotment without a 100 year wait have you consdered things like LandShare?
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Post by: Si on June 07, 2010, 08:46:14 am
Finally earthed up my 1st earlies - this time last year they were almost ready to harvest!

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Post by: Flying_Monkey on June 07, 2010, 11:08:53 am
More trees in: a black cherry, serviceberry, hackberry and flowering dogwood. But we've had lots of rain (thankfully, as our well was getting low), which means less outdoor activity.
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Post by: Tail End Charlie on June 11, 2010, 12:54:19 am
Cleared an area which is shaded and will put some comfrey plants in there to grow rocket fuel.
Planted some pumpkin plants following recommendation from another thread I started.
Planted some squash seeds aswell.
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Post by: Tail End Charlie on June 11, 2010, 12:55:08 am
Forgot to add, I have literally, yes at almost 1am, just come back from a slug hunt.
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Post by: hellymedic on June 11, 2010, 08:26:59 pm
David has just brought in the first ripe strawberry of the season.
 :thumbsup: :thumbsup: ;D
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Post by: Chris S on June 11, 2010, 09:29:10 pm
David has just brought in the first ripe strawberry of the season.
 :thumbsup: :thumbsup: ;D

:)

I had the first batch on my cereal during the week. Not that sweet yet - later batches should be better.
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Post by: Flying_Monkey on June 12, 2010, 11:39:44 am
We've been fighting the ants for our strawberries. We have so much Bok Choy, we made two enormous jars of Kimchee just from the thinnings... Our corn, beans and squash mounds are doing great. And the tomato plants are getting big already.

A few more trees and shrubs still to go in (including a new white oak seedling we just got given), and then it will be the turn of the woodland flowers. The rest of the remaining turf in between, I will strip off before autumn and cover it. Getting rid of lawn is hard work, but eventually we will have a forest on about a third of our acre.
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Post by: Tail End Charlie on June 13, 2010, 11:59:21 pm
This is getting obsessive. Just back from another slug hunt.
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Post by: clarion on June 14, 2010, 09:00:58 am
I emptied out all the old pots that aren't growing anything but weeds, and collected all the stones & crocks.  Should give the slugs & snails fewer laces to hide in amongst the pots.

I sowed some more beetroot, cucumber, spinach and tomatoes - all very late, but trying to make upt for things which haven't been so successful.

And I dug over a patch and cleared it of weeds ready for the pumpkin plants which are going really well so far.

Oh - and planted out the French beans.  I may need to organise more support for them.

Peas, which started off really mimsy, now have pods, the third set of spuds (which I wasn't going to plant out, but Butterfly had more faith in) are coming up well, and I accidentally harvested a single new potato as I was earthing up the second patch.

I hadn't meant to do any gardening yesterday, it just sort of happened...
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Post by: Si on June 14, 2010, 09:25:01 am
earthed up spuds at last (well, FEs anyway) - was harvesting them this time last year !!!!!!!

Thinned and transplanted sprouts and earthed up.  Think I may have grown too many again, but they taste so good.

Had heart attack when I found blight on the toms in hanging baskets.  A closer inspection revealed it to be flecks of compost thrown up by rain splash.  :-[

More carrots and peas in - should still be time for them to grow.
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Post by: mike on June 14, 2010, 09:34:36 am
My earlies got frosted and have been overtaken (by about a foot) by my main crop spuds :)   Did lots of weeding at the weekend, broken up with tieing roses back and admiring my poppies and dahlias.  
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Post by: Wobbly John on June 17, 2010, 01:27:49 am
Picked Broad beans:
(http://i7.photobucket.com/albums/y252/wobblyjohn/P1030644.jpg)

Shelled and blanched them for freezing:

(http://i7.photobucket.com/albums/y252/wobblyjohn/P1030646.jpg)

No, I didn't cook them in a plastic bowl. ::-)

I picked almost as much on Sunday and expect to be able to pick again at the weekend.
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Post by: Chris S on June 17, 2010, 09:27:35 pm
Broad Beans make me fart - more so than any other beans.
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Post by: Julian on June 17, 2010, 09:33:57 pm
Weeding!!  Lots and lots of weeding!

And (finally) put out the last of the seedlings: leeks and courgettes.

I've given up on ever having any sweetcorn.  And I picked the very first few sugar snap peas :D
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Post by: Tail End Charlie on June 17, 2010, 09:40:51 pm
Put in some supports for the vine I planted (I was given it as a present so had to put it in).
Mowed the paths either side (next door got evicted today, which hopefully means someone else will take it over and do the weeding).
Sowed some red veined sorrel, am interested to see what that'll be like.

Bad news on the home front, my hedgehog (mine because it lives under my shed, I think) drowned in next door's water feature (they have a channel running diagonally across the garden). I am really sad about this, it always made me smile when I saw the hedgehog scuttling about.
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Post by: Sergeant Pluck on June 17, 2010, 10:56:23 pm
my hedgehog (mine because it lives under my shed, I think) drowned in next door's water feature (they have a channel running diagonally across the garden). I am really sad about this, it always made me smile when I saw the hedgehog scuttling about


Poor hedgepig  :(
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Post by: Wobbly John on June 21, 2010, 11:06:43 pm
Picked another trug full of broad beans this evening. About to start a late night of bean shelling, blanching and freezing.

Had new potatoes for tea yesterday & today.  :D
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Post by: Bledlow on June 23, 2010, 06:01:55 pm
Admired my baby tomatoes.
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Post by: RJ on June 24, 2010, 01:45:49 pm
Watered, weeded, cut some lettuce and lovage.
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Post by: Wobbly John on June 24, 2010, 10:31:32 pm
Weeded, watered and planted some celery plants that a neighbour had left over.

To accompany the chicken breasts we had for tea, we had new potatoes, carrots, broad beans and the last of the asparagus - all from the allotment.  :smug:
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Post by: RJ on June 30, 2010, 11:03:06 pm
Watered, cut some salad and fed the midges.
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Post by: Si on July 01, 2010, 09:26:11 am
first early spuds of the year.

Lady Crystl. 

Basic boiled spuds is something that I just don't get on with - at the very least they have to be covered in butter or gravy to make them palatable. But these Lady Crystls - well, I can just stand there eating them straight out of the saucepan.  In fact I think that I over did it a bit last night and should probably exchange my trousers for a moo-moo.
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Post by: Flying_Monkey on July 05, 2010, 02:06:48 pm
We made pesto from the enormous amount of basil we have and the garlic scapes. Lovely.
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Post by: Wobbly John on July 05, 2010, 05:35:06 pm
At the weekend, I lifted shallots and replaced them with tomato plants.

Now harvesting: courgettes, french & runner beans, carrots, beetroot, spinach, spring onions, new potatoes. First cucumber will be ready before the end of the week, and tomatoes in the greenhouse should be turning soon.

Will be lifting garlic sometime this week, and onions in a week or two.
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Post by: mike on July 05, 2010, 05:38:18 pm
Will be lifting garlic sometime this week

how do you know when Garlic is ready to lift, WJ?  Mine looks perky from above but I've been fooled before...
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Post by: Wobbly John on July 05, 2010, 05:41:51 pm
I used to lift mine a week after the old guy on the next plot (who had been there 40 years) lifted his. Unfortunately he died last year - so it's guesswork.   :(

I may check the books/t'internet before I lift them.  :-\
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Post by: Tail End Charlie on July 05, 2010, 07:55:09 pm
Pulled some beetroot, took them home, sliced and roasted them in olive oil, garlic and balsamic vinegar. Delicious, not had beetroot like that before.
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Post by: Wobbly John on July 05, 2010, 08:28:24 pm

how do you know when Garlic is ready to lift, WJ?  Mine looks perky from above but I've been fooled before...

Apparently "when a third of the leaves die back" When the bulb is firm and the cloves are not separating.

BTW, it's 'Elephant garlic' that I grow.

I must take the camera down there sometime and get pictures of my crops.

Picked carrots, spring onions, mange tout, french beans, courgette, a red onion, last few sparrowgrass and parsley to make tea tonight.  :D
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Post by: Flying_Monkey on July 06, 2010, 02:13:41 am
Our cut and come again Bronze Arrowhead lettuce continues to produce more than we need. Amazing - best lettuce we have ever grown. We also have turnips, courgettes, beets, spring onions, Pattypan summer squash and carrots. All the herbs are fantastic - so it was courgette, carrot and sage fritters tonight, and a salad with lemon balm and chives, plus rice cooked with our own kimchi we made with the bok choi explosion a few weeks back. Yum!
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Post by: spindrift on July 10, 2010, 07:56:54 pm
I got three wheelie bin loads of wet leaves and chucked tons of coffee grounds over it, left it for eight months then dug it into a border to rejuvenate it a bit:

Picasa Web Albums - solomonsky - garden (http://picasaweb.google.com/solomonsky/Garden#5491978858193074738)

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Post by: clarion on July 10, 2010, 08:08:33 pm
Long overdue weeding, and clearing some stuff like the peas, which are over.  I pinched out the growing tips on as many bits of runner bean as I could see...
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Post by: Palinurus on July 11, 2010, 10:08:31 am
Yesterday evening got a final bag full of broad beans and started harvesting some potatoes- same plants that'd gone all brown and floppy due to a late frost, so that didn't harm them too much. I'll go along later today to pick the last of our cherries. Also- for the first time ever- got a cauliflower, I'll cook that later. Didn't plant them firmly enough- heads aren't nice and dense. Courgettes, squash and pumpkins getting started nicely. Borlotti beans slow getting going but should have some in a few weeks.

Could do with some rain. The remaining grassy bits of the plot are nicely browned- it'd be a good time to dig some of them up, stuff is really weak at the moment.
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Post by: Wobbly John on July 14, 2010, 05:04:27 pm
Garlic now lifted, and last of the early broad beans harvested for next years seed. The area from these has been cleared and late salads (lettuce, radish & rocket) planted also turnips & pak choi.

French & runner beans are cropping well, but because of the dry weather, they are intent on producing seed and so are going tough early.  >:(

Because I didn't pick any crops at the weekend, I have marrows instead of courgettes.  :o

Need to catch up with some weeding this evening.
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Post by: Tail End Charlie on July 19, 2010, 08:22:55 pm
Gathered what felt like a full harvest (I only started late in the year as this is my first). Loads of broad beans, potatoes, mangetout, beetroot , one french bean and a deformed carrot and some strawberries.
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Post by: Flying_Monkey on July 23, 2010, 02:44:35 pm
Loads of (cosmic purple) carrots, most of which I have pickled in an Indian style; chard (made into a test version of kimchi); endless courgettes and summer squash, third lot of lettuce and radishes (including daikon); (yellow Kentucky Wonder) beans are just coming; tomatoes are reddening (or blackening depending on the variety!); the first aubergines and peppers are ripening; autumn squashes are already getting big, and we also have berries! Life is good...  ;D
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Post by: Wobbly John on July 23, 2010, 03:05:53 pm
Picked my first ripe tomato yesterday, as well as picking a large carrier bag full of french beans for freezing, and a trailer full of courgettes marrows.

I was dissappointed with my strawberrys again this year. I think I need to establish a new bed of them. Can anybody recommend a variety?
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Post by: hellymedic on July 23, 2010, 04:39:26 pm
Picked my first ripe tomato yesterday, as well as picking a large carrier bag full of french beans for freezing, and a trailer full of courgettes marrows.

I was dissappointed with my strawberrys again this year. I think I need to establish a new bed of them. Can anybody recommend a variety?


My strawerries were very disappointing this year, having cropped heavily in most of the ten years since I bought them from Woolworth's.
I put it down to the harsh winter just past.
they've been moved twice.
They are El Santa, which is a little bland but I'm not really complaining.
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Post by: Mike J on July 25, 2010, 04:03:17 pm
A bit of digging and watering and burning of the bay tree that has been cut down on our plot.
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Post by: clarion on July 25, 2010, 08:37:16 pm
A trip to the garden centre brought lots of stuff to do in the garden.

I dug over the 'failed' potato bed, and was surprised to find that there were quite a few atractive spuds down there (artfully arranged in a bowl):

(http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v326/ado15/P1000949.jpg)

I then planted out some carrots (Hush!  Don't tell the carrot flies :-\ ) and some lettuce seedlings, and spread around some organic plant food.

Butterfly repotted a whole load of stuff, including our tomato plants.  Then sprayed the naughty blackflies on the runner beans with organic spray stuff.

Oh - and we got a longer hosepipe to end the long walk to & fro with buckets & watering cans.  Expect a hosepipe ban imminently.

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Post by: Mike J on July 25, 2010, 08:50:35 pm
I then planted out some carrots (Hush!  Don't tell the carrot flies :-\ )

A tip I've been given for this is not to thin them out too much.
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Post by: Tail End Charlie on July 25, 2010, 11:26:08 pm
Thinned out some lettuces I'd sown a little while ago, picked two more deformed carrots (although they were tasty) and am generally getting things ready before I go on holiday at the weekend.
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Post by: RJ on July 26, 2010, 01:01:55 pm
Harvested salad, peas and beans.
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Post by: Flying_Monkey on August 01, 2010, 10:52:39 pm
Picked pounds and pounds of beans.

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Post by: Chris S on August 03, 2010, 04:41:21 pm
Uh oh. We have a rather large wasps nest right in the middle of the lawn.

Now we could just dust off and nuke the site from orbit (it's the only way to be sure). #1 son suggested some CN20, or perhaps half a gallon of petrol and a match  ::-).

I don't want to leave it because sure as eggs is eggs, they'll attack the next poor f*cker who mows the lawn or goes weeding the border in that area; and that may well be me - I don't react very well to wasp stings in that I react a lot to them.

Is it worth getting Rentakil out for £80, or will a dusting of Ant killer and a large paving slab over the hole do the job?
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Post by: matthew on August 03, 2010, 05:25:01 pm
What ever you choose, if you react to the stings, make sure someone else does it. You should be safely inside behind closed doors and windows for the 12 or so hours when the wasps are going to be very upset but not yet dead.
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Post by: clarion on August 05, 2010, 04:18:14 pm
Over the weekend, the plot has had no attention, but, last night, we had spuds & runner beans from the garden and some lovely aromatic parsley to flavour.  It's really good to eat your own produce.  I don't think I've ever had more than one item from the garden on the plate at any time.  I look forward to the day when I can do a whole meal from the plot.
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Post by: clarion on August 09, 2010, 08:05:49 pm
Couldn't do an awful lot today because of a bad back, but I got 1.5kg of spuds off three plants, which is pretty good.  With French beans, parsley and celery from the garden, it was a real treat. 
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Post by: Flying_Monkey on August 12, 2010, 03:15:30 am
Tomatoes is what I am going. Loads of them: red ones, yellow ones, black ones, big ones, small ones, round ones, pear-shaped ones, oval ones, crinkly weird ones... but mainly just loads of them!
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Post by: Si on August 12, 2010, 10:58:13 am
Tomatoes, lots of.  Beans even more of. Courgettes, marrows - out numbering the beans and toms.

Oh, and not even halfway through the first early pots.


This years seems to have been a bit different for pests:

Very little sign of carrot root fly or onion fly yet (touch wood), whereas last year there was loads.
Hardly seen any slugs either - normally a slug fest.
Not too much mosaic virus.
No caterpillars yet.
White fly going mad again (esp on kale).
But lots of pea moth :sick:

Lorra lorra lady birds, and a number of leather jackets.

Andfox holes in my muck heap.
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Post by: Flying_Monkey on August 22, 2010, 02:45:11 pm
Our courgettes are now having a second wind, but the other autumn squash are looking good: we have a gigantic French one, some Guatemalan blue squash, butternut and acorn. The sweetcorn is also just about ready. Lots more tomatoes to go, and the aubergines and peppers are still producing. I've just been making some very concentrated tomato sauce to freeze for winter...
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Post by: SteveC on August 22, 2010, 07:00:06 pm
Lots of winter salad sowed in pots and in the ground.
Harvested out first beetroot (it's been a busy summer  ::-)) which is now cooking in the oven.

S
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Post by: Si on August 23, 2010, 01:35:45 pm
Come back from a week away- carpet o' weeds  >:(

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Post by: Wobbly John on September 21, 2010, 11:35:55 pm
This week I is mainly digging 'tatties.

Better crop than last year.  :smug:

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Post by: SiD on October 09, 2010, 06:37:08 pm
This week I are be mostly thinning carrots for christmas.
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Post by: Welsh Man on October 09, 2010, 08:09:29 pm
In the middle of assembling my new greenhouse ready for the spring.

 ;D
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Post by: geoff on October 10, 2010, 04:18:24 pm
Digging out a gigantic brier...episode one last week, episode two this, probably three, four and five  to come. It was the mad rootstock of a loganberry-gone-feral that we transplanted (fools that we were!) when we moved out here from Oxford. Now it's hellbent on taking over the planet.
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Post by: SteveC on October 16, 2010, 02:09:01 pm
Switching to 'winter' set up (and I ought to be outside doing stuff not in here typing!).
Cold frames are now where the outdoor tomatoes were this morning.
Said frames have seed trays and modules for sweet peas and other flowers, and MrsC's collection of auriculas.
I don't know where the strawberries I potted up the other week are going to spend the winter!
Maybe another cold frame is called for?

S
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Post by: Tail End Charlie on October 25, 2010, 09:28:46 pm
Dug up some raspberry canes and put some chippings down for paths.

Scrounged some wood to make some cold frames, already have the glass.
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Post by: Wobbly John on October 25, 2010, 11:30:56 pm
Cleared much of the allotment. replaced oil, spark plug & starter cord on rotovator and turned over all clear ground. Had bonfire with weeds & hedge trimmings.

Took 2 large pumpkins to the pub as they are making pumpkin soup for Halloween.  :smug:

(http://i7.photobucket.com/albums/y252/wobblyjohn/P1040977.jpg)
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Post by: Tail End Charlie on October 27, 2010, 09:54:10 pm
Nice pumpkins WJ!! Am trying to eradicate the bind weed on my plot and it is amongst the raspberry canes I inherited. I cut the canes down last year so will have a crop next, but am not sure if I shall keep them after that as the bindweed is so tied up with them I'll never really get rid of it unless I hoik all the canes out. Spent some time today excavating around the canes but there is still lots there.

Anyway, off to watch Colditz now.
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Post by: Wobbly John on November 07, 2010, 10:00:17 pm
Planted broad beans and garlic.  :smug:
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Post by: Flying_Monkey on November 08, 2010, 11:37:25 am
Picked our last squash... and really it's getting too cold to do much else here now. It's not yet hit minus double figures yet, but I'm sure it won't be long.
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Post by: Regulator on November 15, 2010, 07:52:09 am
Yesterday was spent digging over another couple of chunks of the allotment.  Only about 1/6th left to do now...  :thumbsup:

My onions and garlic are coming on well.  Mr R's parsnips need thinning (again) and the radishes are still going strong.
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Post by: Si on November 15, 2010, 03:03:12 pm
planted 'orrible spikey bushes around the perimiter fence.

C'mon you horrible vandalising yoofs - try climbing the fence now*!


*OK, in a few yers when they've grown a bit to fill the gaps.
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Post by: mike on November 15, 2010, 03:08:46 pm
spent a happy morning on saturday spreading the old compost heap about the patch.  Probably about a ton gone in so far, with more to follow.

I'm going to leave planting till the spring, so it's just a few leeks, chard and radishes to look forward to through the winter.

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Post by: Tail End Charlie on November 16, 2010, 06:56:01 pm
Spread a load of manure over most of the plot.
Tidied up the pallets I seem to have accumulated.
Replaced some of the broken and rotten pieces on my bench with bits from the pallets.
Hammered in some metal posts to help support the raspberry canes.
Made a wooden box, four pallets. Plan is to fill with manure/ compost and plant pumpkins in next year.
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Post by: Regulator on November 17, 2010, 07:27:20 am
Hmmm.... where can I get some pallets?

I want some for a wood supply on the allotment - but all the pallets I see tend to be jealously guarded by their owners.  I know the blue ones are worth money.
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Post by: Tail End Charlie on November 17, 2010, 05:08:47 pm
I just keep my eyes open for builders doing extensions and the like. They always let me take them.
My local garden centre often has pallets (and other bits of fencing, posts etc) which they are only too glad to get rid of.
As you say, the blue ones can't be taken.
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Post by: Regulator on November 22, 2010, 07:30:16 am
I've decided the last part of the allotment will be the 'soft fruit' area.

It has been dug over and a blackberry planted.  Next week some raspberries, a gooseberry and a blackcurrant will go in.  Space will be kept for strawberries.
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Post by: LEE on December 20, 2010, 10:17:44 pm
Here's a quick summary of some of the results from the new veggie patch (all my wife's doing.  I build the raised beds and she grows stuff in them).

(http://i170.photobucket.com/albums/u249/freddered/Home%20and%20Garden/IMG_8634.jpg?t=1292883086)

(http://i170.photobucket.com/albums/u249/freddered/Home%20and%20Garden/IMG_8632.jpg?t=1292883115)

(http://i170.photobucket.com/albums/u249/freddered/Home%20and%20Garden/IMG_8635.jpg?t=1292883146)

(http://i170.photobucket.com/albums/u249/freddered/Home%20and%20Garden/IMG_8633.jpg?t=1292883439)

She's been busy up there all autumn so there should be some nice surprises in spring and summer 2011

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Post by: Regulator on December 28, 2010, 03:29:19 pm
Last part of the allotment dug over today.

Cleared the last of the radishes from Mr R's part of the plot and dumped them on the compost heap.  He needs to sort out his parsnips as well.  His winter greens and cabbages have been decimated as he was too lazy to net them.   ::-)
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Post by: Tail End Charlie on January 08, 2011, 01:54:41 am
Pulled up some leeks and made more leek and potato soup.
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Post by: Pancho on January 08, 2011, 01:44:41 pm
Raked leaves from the drive.

Re-planned majorly revised garden layout; including area for coppice to power biomass heating and removal of tree to create shadeless area for solar panels. Have yet to get final quotes and work out returns on investment but we could be heating towards negligable heating bills.
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Post by: Regulator on January 08, 2011, 02:33:31 pm
I've planted a couple of David Austin Heritage English Climbing Roses in the back garden today.  I'm going to train them along the back fence.

I've also purchased some fruit bushes for the allotment: early, mid and late season raspberries, a blackcurrant, a whitecurrant and a gooseberry bush.  They'll all be planted up tomorrow (weather permitting).
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Post by: Regulator on January 10, 2011, 06:57:28 am
Fruit plants all planted.  :thumbsup:
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Post by: spokenword on January 13, 2011, 11:19:35 am
Sown, in the unheated greenhouse, today; broadbeans,cabbage, sweet peas, winter salad leaves.
Covered one deepbed with polythene sheet to keep off the rain ready for erection of giant cloche next month for early pots to harvest in mid/ late May. Bought seed pots yeaterday fron a nersery with a choice of 50 varieties, but some, especially the salad varieties, were selling out.
Managed to stand up the plastic 200 gallon water butt after the ice had distorted it so much at the bottom that it was in danger of toppling into the greenhouse and I had to push it over the other way. It has taken 3 weeks to thaw the ice so that I could lift it back onto it's stand.
It's good to get on the plot now the weather is mild and there is a promise of spring, but not for a couple of months yet.
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Post by: Tail End Charlie on February 07, 2011, 04:07:18 pm
Pruned my vine which was planted last year. Hope I've done it right as I found the books very hard to decipher what to do, there being so many different types of layout. Have gone for a multiple cordon, I think.
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Post by: hairyhippy on February 16, 2011, 12:14:20 pm
Spread 2 tons of horse sh*t over everything.
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Post by: longers on February 20, 2011, 12:23:35 pm
I'm just back from getting an allotment. I've been waiting nearly eight years for one or another and had a choice of two plots on what seems like a really friendly and helpful site and picked the one with small shed and small greenhouse for not very much on top of the rent.
The greenhouse needs a serious fettle but will come good.

 :)
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Post by: Welsh Man on February 20, 2011, 12:48:00 pm
Been busy pruning some trees at the back of my garden this morning , going to sow a few herb seeds this afternoon.

 ;D
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Post by: SteveC on February 20, 2011, 04:59:20 pm
Rhubarb split and one portion passed to a neighbour
More seeds moved from heated propagators to the greenhouse
blackcurrant and gooseberry pruned
A little tidying

S
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Post by: Tail End Charlie on February 20, 2011, 06:22:14 pm
Likewise split my rhubarb and gave some bits away.

Put some frames over one of my beds to warm the soil a bit.

Planted some more comfrey bits in the shady area.
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Post by: Si on February 21, 2011, 03:47:01 pm
Been to Wilkos to get the Desiree seed spuds, and am using the let overs of last years Lady Cristl for the 1st early seed spuds (considering they are £7 a bag I think that it's worth a go).  All sat there happily chitting in the shed now.
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Post by: Tail End Charlie on February 26, 2011, 01:08:45 am
I, too, am chitting.

Planted some more comfrey bits. Rocket fuel, here I come.
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Post by: Pancho on February 26, 2011, 06:00:56 pm
Made a new herb garden nearer the back door.

Did a bit more digging but was saved by the rain and driven indoors.
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Post by: spokenword on March 02, 2011, 04:10:42 pm
Cut lawns, pricked out onions, put broad beans in frame to harden off and errected 4ft by 30ft cloche over a deep bed that had been covered by a sheet of polythene for the last month, lovely tilth now.
Next week broad beans will go under cloche and potatoes (Maris Bard) will be planted with a view to harvesting fron mid May depending on the weather.
The advantage of the early beans is to get them before the black fly do. I used to sow the autumn variety Aquadulce, but to be honest I find the texture a bit mealy and this method works as well.
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Post by: Tail End Charlie on March 06, 2011, 06:09:28 pm
Bought some seed potatoes to chit. And some seaweed meal and poultry manure.
Dug in the horse manure which had been lying on the top of two of my beds over the winter, the others I'll do another day. Found more bindweed and horse tail roots whilst doing this.  :demon:
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Post by: border-rider on March 06, 2011, 07:59:33 pm
Bought 7 fruit trees:

1 apple
2 pears
1 Mirabelle
1 Cherry
1 Mulberry
1 Medlar

We already have a motley collection of ancient apples trees of all sorts of never-before-seen identities, and some damson trees.

We've got some ornamental chestnuts & a Corsican oak that we grew from gathered nuts/.acorn that moved in pots with us also.

Much digging to be done this week.
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Post by: Pancho on March 06, 2011, 08:23:46 pm
1. Another veggie patch bed dug.

As per another thread, I'm setting aside a couple of beds to experiment with "no dig" gardening (I have no expectations of success) and will be layering up with (bike (of course)) boxes this week.

2. A bonfire

3. Mowing

4. Digging 3 feet depth of leaf mould in the woods and spreading it on the beds to sustainably keep down weeds and fertilise.
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Post by: Regulator on March 13, 2011, 09:02:58 am
The polytunnel is up!   :thumbsup:

Today my tasks are to dig over the last part of the allotment and to plant some carrots and spinach.  I also need to mulch the fruit bushes.
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Post by: Regulator on March 13, 2011, 03:13:02 pm
Well, last part of the plot has been dug over again.  I've also mulched the fruit bushes.

I'll leace planting the carrots and spinach for a couple of weeks.
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Post by: Wobbly John on March 13, 2011, 07:36:33 pm
Last week I rotovated all of the unplanted ground. This weekend I planted shallots, parsnips, carrots, beetroot and spring onions.

Broad beans that were sown in the greenhouse are now out 'hardening off'

The peas I planted in the greenhouse have all been eaten by mice.  >:(

Planted more peas and sealled the trays inside big plastic bags.
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Post by: PaulR on March 14, 2011, 04:25:02 pm
Buried the rabbit, between the rhubarb/redcurrant section and the empty bed that's too dry and shady for veg (under a judas tree).  And planted out a vigorous bay tree.
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Post by: Pancho on March 14, 2011, 05:14:22 pm
Prepared asparagus bed.

Created experimental no-dig bed.

Mowed.

Had bonfire.

Started seeds on windowsills.
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Post by: Tail End Charlie on March 14, 2011, 09:06:49 pm
Put in a row of spuds (Pentland Javelin).

Planted several rows of broad beans.

Dug over part of my neighbour's plot.

At home planted some sweetcorn to get them going.
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Post by: Tail End Charlie on March 15, 2011, 09:09:31 pm
Planted a row each of beetroot, parsnips and turnips. If they come up great, or I'll just sow again.
Planted them into freshly sieved soil, which makes getting the depth for the smaller seeds much easier.
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Post by: Pancho on March 15, 2011, 09:26:48 pm
Planted a row each of beetroot, parsnips and turnips. If they come up great, or I'll just sow again.
Planted them into freshly sieved soil, which makes getting the depth for the smaller seeds much easier.

My soil is full of gravel and stones; digging is something like driving a spade into your drive. Once things are going, they grow pretty well really (and my long term programme of pouring on leaf mould helps) but planting is a nightmare of lost seeds. This year I am experimenting with sieved soil and, in the case of parsnips, starting them in bog rolls and then planting in their ultimate location.
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Post by: a lower gear on March 16, 2011, 11:31:16 pm
Yet another day cutting a row of 50ft high sycamores into manageable pieces before they begin to get into leaf (the sap is rising; I may loose the race...).

Memo: think carefully before planing species that will, in a mere 30-odd years, grown ginormous. Your children, if they live in the same house after your day, will thank you.
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Post by: Si on March 17, 2011, 12:06:42 pm
Spent an hour trying to unravel my endless* ball of string so that I could mark out my spud and radish rows.  I felt that I ought to make the effort as it's famous string - it's been on TV!


But by the time that I'd unravelled it I was too cold and knackered to plant anything apart from a few radishes.




* well actually it turned out to have seven ends
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Post by: a lower gear on March 17, 2011, 06:54:28 pm
Must be a big plot to have endless rows of spuds and radishes! (or maybe they're in a circle...?)
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Post by: MikeFromLFE on March 20, 2011, 05:49:48 pm
Finally got some spuds in, and dug over the other half of the spud patch. Got the Broad Beenz in, as well as three rows of beetroot.
Investigated inside the falling-down-greenhouse  :o  which I nw find only has half a roof, and the 'potting bench' is actually a bedstead  :-\  . There's a tree growing inside, which has been tied to the rafters at some point, so maybe it's going to produce something?
On our last visit I discovered that I'd inherited a row of healthy looking, but quite old, raspberries. I found them just after I'd planted my own ones. Raspberries with everything later?
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Post by: Tail End Charlie on March 21, 2011, 09:25:15 pm
Sieved a few buckets of soil so that the seeds, when I plant the next lot, have a good start.
Am thinking of growing carrots in pots of sieved soil.
Put some more chippings down on newspaper.
Decided where to put some gooseberry bushes I've grown from cuttings.
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Post by: Pancho on March 21, 2011, 10:07:23 pm
More onions in. Carrots in. Parsnips in. Is the family really going to eat that many onions, carrots and parsnips?

Bonfire.

Leaf mould digging, barrowing and spreading.

Found hole in my wellies and gardening gloves. Any suggestions for wellies or welly repair, chaps?

That was all in the morning. After lunch I walked down to the sea and back. Absolutely glorious weather. Beats being in the office any day of the week.
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Post by: Palinurus on March 22, 2011, 07:10:23 pm
Not much so far. Uncovered one of the beds, started digging over another, stuck my bean canes up (borlotti beans later- oh yes), sowed some broad beans.

Dig the potato bed is next.
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Post by: Si on March 23, 2011, 03:33:53 pm
First row of first earlies (am going to stagger them more this year so that I can get the whole lot while they are small and new and buttery).

Wilkos red onions in as they were 'chitting' in the cupboard.

Spring onions and assorted lettuce into the salad bed.  Am intending to eat less curry and more salad this year!

Raddishes have sprouted.

started last bit of digging but but too painful so gave up and nuked it with Wilkos cheapo systemic weed killer - I prefer not to use da chemicals o'deth but if used very sparingly I don't feel that they do too much harm.

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Post by: Tail End Charlie on March 23, 2011, 08:32:03 pm
Planted some Jerusalem artichokes, braaaaap. Was given them by another plot holder. They should do nicely in a shady part I have.
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Post by: SteveC on March 27, 2011, 05:45:33 pm
MrsC and I have this weekend filled seven old compost bags with weeds to go to the tip for recycling.
I am knackered and may have to have a restorative, pre-prandial something as a reward!  :smug:

However, both veg beds are now reasonably clear of weeds and the remains of last year's crop (a few beetroot and some small but perfectly formed leeks) so it was worth it.

S
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Post by: Tail End Charlie on March 27, 2011, 05:54:39 pm
Planted some spuds, Pentland Javelin and Picasso.
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Post by: Regulator on March 28, 2011, 07:12:14 am
Yesterday I managed (despite creaky knees following the Cam to the Coast Ride) to give a final dig over to one part of the plot and to plant white sporuting broccoli and perpetual spinach.

I also dug over the ground in the polytunnel, and planted tomatoes ('Big Boy' beefsteak and 'Black Russian) and 'Little Gem' lettuces.

Two of the raised bed were dug over and carrots (Nantes Early) planted.

Now my knees ache...
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Post by: Palinurus on March 28, 2011, 12:57:41 pm
We planted our spuds yesterday too. And got a bit more of the plot dug over ready for more planting.
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Post by: Si on March 28, 2011, 02:59:05 pm
Went to the allotment AGM.

There was much gnashing of teeth and unrest over petty issues. 

For instance, to help fund raising some people bake cakes to be sold at open days.  They claim back the money that they spend on ingredients, but not for their time or the use of their kitchens/power/etc.  The cakes re sold and what they make minus the money for the ingredients goes into the allotment funds for the good of us all.  The allotments have never lost money doing this.  For reasons that beat me, there were complaints from people (that weren't contributing to the funds themselves), that the cake makers shouldn't be allowed to claim back their ingredient money.  When it was pointed out that the cake makers actually make a personal loss and that if they stopped making cakes then the allotments would lose out, the complainers said that that was how it should be.

Jeez, and I thought cyclists were bad!
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Post by: Pancho on March 28, 2011, 08:50:16 pm
Sieved a couple of barrowfuls of compost and soil. Am knackered and about to look up powered sieves.

Planted loads of broccoli.

Packed the tools away at 11ish and walked to a pub along the coast a couple of hours away. Very low tide today.
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Post by: Pancho on March 29, 2011, 07:14:09 pm
Planted loads of broccoli.

Well, that didn't last long.

Eaten in under 24 hours. Bastard wild life.
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Post by: spindrift on March 29, 2011, 09:05:34 pm
This is my new garden:

https://picasaweb.google.com/solomonsky/LastOfTheHedges#

The nine trees at the bottom of the garden are Amelanchiers.

Three 20 foot by 15 foot gardens, seperated by a 6 foot privet hedge. I've been cutting that hedge for 15 years and stuffing the clippings under the hedge to rot down in the soil. Too big, too much shade, too much work. I lopped them off at about knee height then wrestled the roots out of the ground. The soil is lovely and packed with earthworms.

I've planted a thousand summer bulbs, mostly Dutch Iris , Gladioli, lilies, and the new carpet dazzler lily:

http://www.thompson-morgan.com/medias/sys_tandm/8797075537950.jpg


Next, a bargain from Van Meuwen plants, 450 bedding plants for £14.99, and some shrubs for height and winter form, haven't decided which yet.

I'll keep track of the changes and post photos.
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Post by: clarion on April 06, 2011, 09:31:12 pm
We actually did something!

Set the spuds out for chitting, and Butterfly bought a load of compost and several plants. 

So we dug over the raised beds and added some of our own compost (actually a lot lot better than I thought it would be) and the new stuff.

Put in canes for the beans.

Now to do:  Planting, building fourth raised bed & filling it, digging out the other beds.  Good thing we aren't off camping this weekend as previously planned. :)
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Post by: Wobbly John on April 06, 2011, 10:39:10 pm
At the weekend, I planted out 4 rows onions (from seed) 1 row Spring onions, 2 rows peas, 1 row lettuceses one row broad beans.

Also planted several trays of baby sweetcorn, Mange tout, french beans & runner beans in the greenhouse at the allotment.

Planted several trays of peppers, tomatoes, caulis, courgettes, cues, butternut squash & pumkins in the greenhouse at home.

Carrots are up :D and shallots are sprouting.

Plenty of blossom on the plum tree & the currant bushes. Picked Rhubarb during the last 2 weeks. Still picking last years spring onions & leeks.

Next week I'll plant maincrop spuds & carrots, red onions & leeks, french beans outside (got hit by frost when I tried last year, but I have pleny of seed saved).
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Post by: Mike J on April 06, 2011, 11:33:13 pm
I don't know if I'm going to have an allotment much longer :(

We got ours in July last year and have dug a small amount, but it was in quite a state when we got it and had a bay tree that had been cut down on it.  I got a letter today saying we hadn't complied with the rules (not that I've had any) and if we don't cultivate 75% in a months time, we will lose it  >:(
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Post by: Tail End Charlie on April 07, 2011, 07:44:59 pm
Planted some parsnips and beetroot on the plot. Shoved in some Jerusalem artichokes in an out of the way part. Broad beans coming up well and the beetroot and parsnips I sowed a while ago are showing. Generally faffed around aswell.
Planted sweetcorn, French beans (climbing and normal), leeks in the greenhouse at home.
Where does the time go??
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Post by: Ashaman42 on April 10, 2011, 05:33:14 pm
Well I've started late but didn't do any growing at all last year so doing better at least.

No allotment but lucky enough to have a south facing garden so will try and grow a few bits, the year before last I had four successful tomato plants (at least until the wind blew them down and they were too bushy/big to get upright again) and a couple cucumber plants that grew well initially but suffered from being on a patio that retains water when it rains.

Hoping toms and cucs will do better this year, our neighbour has said yes to me putting some trellis up on our garden's dividing wall and I've read that cucumbers can be trained vertically so that'll avoid the patio problem.

Over the past couple days I have:

Main job left is to dig out the flower bed (which is 80% poo at this point) and replace the soil with the contents of the year before lasts grow bags.

Have seen some signs on the way home from work for sacks of manure so might grab one or two to dig in as well.
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Post by: clarion on April 10, 2011, 06:38:40 pm
It's been a busy weekend.  Planted some stuff yesterday, and today started digging out for our fourth raised bed.  Lots of deep woody roots :(  May take a bit longer, but it's for the spuds, so we've got some time.  I've done a third of it, and may do a bit more after tea.

Had fun taking the trailer to the garden centre to get compost.  I got a 35 litre bag, cause I wasn't sure how hard it would be to tow, but I should have got more. :)
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Post by: mike on April 10, 2011, 07:17:58 pm
busy here too - broad beans, spuds, carrots, lettuce all safely in the beds and 2 of the others dug & weeded, the bastard climbing rose pruned back quite hard, lawn mowed (again), half a tonne of horse shit wheelbarrowed from the drive down to the garden and three tonnes of gravel spread out on the drive. 

might cancel my gym membership at this rate.
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Post by: Tail End Charlie on April 10, 2011, 09:26:14 pm
Put in two gooseberry bushes which I have grown from cuttings 18 months ago. Still have two more to plant.
Started off two water barrels with comfrey in them to make a superb feed. 
Transplanted some broad beans which I had planted too close in the expectation that not all would germinate, but they did!
Put up netting for climbing beans.

Need to put up supports for the mangetout. Last year I used pea sticks, which were OK but made picking awkward. Bit of time here as I've only just planted the seeds.
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Post by: Regulator on April 11, 2011, 06:50:52 am
Well, I've put up a pea and bean frame, and planted broad beans and mange tout.

Also got courgettes and aubergines planted.  Last part of the last bed dug over, ready for  planting.

Plus we've been asked if we'll put our allotment in to the "Open Gardens and Allotments Weekend" in June.  They want an example of how you can turn round an unused, overgrown plot.   :smug:
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Post by: delthebike on April 11, 2011, 04:56:31 pm
Dug up from the base of a 30 year old compost heap.

Name that jaw bone.
(https://lh3.googleusercontent.com/_45o2t790K90/TaMjwRFGORI/AAAAAAAAGOY/Qu9fPLtiqoE/s640/p4114810.jpg)
(https://lh4.googleusercontent.com/_45o2t790K90/TaMjw44Z8DI/AAAAAAAAGOc/7dY7zWXRsvg/s640/p4114809.jpg)
(https://lh6.googleusercontent.com/_45o2t790K90/TaMjwi0Q9tI/AAAAAAAAGOg/gr7qCq3RdYk/s640/p4114811.jpg)

I think it's a dog fox but ICBW and probably am.
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Post by: clarion on April 11, 2011, 04:59:25 pm
Anywhere near Piltdown? ;D
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Post by: Ashaman42 on April 11, 2011, 08:47:21 pm
Dug out a section of flower bed, moved some soil and a lot of plant bits elsewhere in the garden.

Inserted a piece of board sideways into the front of the bed to try and stop the lawn from collapsing into my new hole, dug too deep for board though and then had to fill in under it so not sure how secure it'll be, plus it's softwood from an old pallet so it'll probably just rot to pieces very quickly.

Covered the area with cardboard (weighted with the rest of the above wooden pallet) for the time being as still lots of bits of root in the soil, not sure whether to give it a decent bit of time covered over or just dig in my old grow bags tomorrow and risk needing a bunch of initial weeding.

Meant to take some 'before' photos but only remembered once I'd dug the top layer off, haven't done the whole length of bed though so could take some side by side shots for comparison.

A couple of the seeds in my little veg set propogator have sprouted but some of the other compost plugs and just covered in a fine white 'hair', not sure if this is mould (too much watering?) or what. May take some photos after tea.
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Post by: Tail End Charlie on April 11, 2011, 09:45:25 pm
Planted the final two gooseberry bushes I have grown from cuttings. Transplanted some more broad beans.

Dug up some more bindweed roots, very satisfying that.

It's getting to the time when I go down after dark slug hunting.
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Post by: clarion on April 11, 2011, 09:56:48 pm
I dug a bit more of the spud bed.  There are some serious root systems in there :(

Got a bit windy; I got a bit bored; TGL came home, so I went in ;D
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Post by: RJ on April 11, 2011, 10:47:40 pm
Dug up from the base of a 30 year old compost heap.

Name that jaw bone.


I think it's a dog fox but ICBW and probably am.

Doesn't look like fox (or carnivore) to me.  Pig, perhaps??
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Post by: RJ on April 11, 2011, 10:50:58 pm
Got stuff for wormery and (yesterday) for a small raised bed to put in our bit of shared border.  It'll be about 5' x 4', I reckon - mainly salad and herbs.  Getting it built is a small project for me and FirstBorn while Dr RJ is away.  The wormery is a secret ...
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Post by: Tail End Charlie on April 12, 2011, 09:33:04 pm
Dug up from the base of a 30 year old compost heap.

Name that jaw bone.


I think it's a dog fox but ICBW and probably am.

Doesn't look like fox (or carnivore) to me.  Pig, perhaps??

I would guess at a sheep.
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Post by: border-rider on April 12, 2011, 09:35:20 pm
I'd say sheep or goat

Looks like a grazer to me.
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Post by: RJ on April 12, 2011, 10:27:47 pm
Dug up from the base of a 30 year old compost heap.

Name that jaw bone.


I think it's a dog fox but ICBW and probably am.

Doesn't look like fox (or carnivore) to me.  Pig, perhaps??

I would guess at a sheep.

Jaw-bone is possibly too deep (top to bottom) for sheep ...
I'd say sheep or goat
... and thus also for goat
Quote

Looks like a grazer to me.

Absolutely - but which one?!

Photos:

 Pig (http://www.skullsite.co.uk/Pig/pigdom.htm)
Sheep (http://www.skullsite.co.uk/Sheep/sheep.htm)
Goat (http://www.skullsite.co.uk/Goat/goat.htm)
Fox (http://www.skullsite.co.uk/Fox/fox.htm)
Horse (http://www.skullsite.co.uk/Horse/horse.htm)
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Post by: clarion on April 12, 2011, 10:30:54 pm
I dug a bit more.  Lots of roots to get out, but it's worth doing it thoroughly, I suppose.

The foxes have come to have a check what I've planted :-\
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Post by: RJ on April 12, 2011, 10:42:38 pm
Started clearing and levelling the ground for the bed ...
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Post by: a lower gear on April 17, 2011, 10:05:54 pm
Yet another day cutting a row of 50ft high sycamores into manageable pieces before they begin to get into leaf (the sap is rising; I may loose the race...).

Memo: think carefully before planing species that will, in a mere 30-odd years, grown ginormous. Your children, if they live in the same house after your day, will thank you.

Completed felling them yesterday and today completed cutting them up and loading them into friend's van so he can convert them into his next winter's fuel. Hooray!  :D

Now I can catch up with everything else in the garden.

Said friend will bring his chainsaw around at some point to tidy up the stumps.

Hope to plant some flowering cherries in the autumn to replace the sycamores - varieties with a good spread for shade, but limited height. Anyone got suggestions for potentialy suitable varieties?
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Post by: clarion on April 17, 2011, 10:27:58 pm
Yesterday, I finished digging and then built the raised beds for the spuds.  There were some epic roots in there!  i think quite a few from the tree at the end of the garden.  Hope there's no recurrence. :-\

Just watering and tending for the moment, then, till the spuds go in.
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Post by: Ashaman42 on April 19, 2011, 08:41:04 pm
Bought a heated propagator from B&Q on the way home (though it's probably warm enough now to not need one, oh well, will be good for starting earlier next year).

Have one half planted with spring onion and radish (both in a compost filled half seed tray), and the other half has a half seed tray with six compost 'plugs', 2 each of brocolli, cayenne pepper and rocket.

This time I've written myself a note of what's where.

Yesterday I potted three cucumbers, one tomato and planted a windowsill tray/trough with mangetout. And ripped a bunch of ivy off the garden wall.

Still have some tomatos and cucs to repot but couldn't be arsed today.

Have also taken some pics of the garden so as to get some advice on what I should do where.
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Post by: perpetual dan on April 20, 2011, 09:41:00 pm
Watered the pots as they were looking really rather dry.
Cut the asparagus crop. That's two spears then.
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Post by: Ashaman42 on April 23, 2011, 04:16:46 pm
Bought a 55 litre trug and drilled some holes in the bottom, a bit of gravel and then rather a lot of compost and I've got some carrots sown. Got fiddly with spacing the seeds so it turned into more of a sprinkle and I'll just have to thin once they germinate (hope they do germinate).

Not sure if I've drilled big enough holes and not sure if the net curtain draped across the top of the tub (to prevent the neighbour's cat taking an interest) is blocking too much light but will wait and see.

One or two more trips to B&Q and then I've got to stop buying things or this will be the most expensive veg ever  :-\
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Post by: Jules on April 25, 2011, 07:29:14 pm
Put in a couple of strawberry plants to fill gaps in the strawberry bed. Realised I  had a few self-seeded  potato plants from last year coming up so let them be. Planted a 4x4 cluster of sweetcorn, two sweet peppers and weeded the blackcurrent bushes.
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Post by: Regulator on April 27, 2011, 05:09:05 pm
Watered the pots as they were looking really rather dry.
Cut the asparagus crop. That's two spears then.



You practising to be Nutty?   ;D
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Post by: Tail End Charlie on April 27, 2011, 09:09:48 pm
Carried on earthing up the potatoes.
Erected the support for mangetout.
Planted out some more sweetcorn.
Tied in the raspberry canes.

Watered things with a weak comfrey feed. This stuff is potent !!

Dug out horsetail and bindweed.
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Post by: perpetual dan on April 27, 2011, 10:57:37 pm
Watered the pots as they were looking really rather dry.
Cut the asparagus crop. That's two spears then.



You practising to be Nutty?   ;D

There's only two crowns and they are only three years old and haven't had as much attention as they probably need to be more productive. Nutty with spears sounds dangerous.
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Post by: clarion on April 28, 2011, 10:13:26 am
Carried on earthing up the potatoes.

Ah.

*thinks of chitted spuds and prepared raised bed which are yet to be brought together*

maybe next week, when I'm back from camping, eh? ;)
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Post by: RJ on April 28, 2011, 01:15:53 pm
Started clearing and levelling the ground for the bed ...

Delayed by a bout of  :sick:, the bed is now built and filled with compost (2 trips to Homebase @ 1 mile pushing 120 litres of compost lashed to the back of the Marin with half an old 9mm climbing rope).

Discussions with Dr RJ about precisely where to put what in its "spacious" 1.8m2 are currently interrupted by Work  ;)

Will sort tomorrow (but basically:  lettuce; chard; rocket; a few peas; a couple of sunflowers; space for a few french beans; and a sprinkling of pot marigold - herbs in pots around the outside).

That's Plan A, anyway.
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Post by: Tail End Charlie on April 28, 2011, 10:00:25 pm
Damn, potatoes got a little frosted last night. Have tucked up the sweetcorn for tonight.
Put up some more mangetout supports.

More horsetail and bindweed dug out.
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Post by: Ashaman42 on April 29, 2011, 07:33:36 pm
Planted some mint, sunflower and squash seeds.

Had some small plants outside for a bit to harden them up.

Earthed up my potatoes slightly, didn't completely bury the current growth.

And purchased a small (1.5mx45cm) polytunnel for £1. Along with a few other bits and pieces, yay for Poundland.
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Post by: Mike J on April 29, 2011, 07:40:06 pm
Will be doing some work on our new plot on Sunday (the old plot is too big for us and is totally overgrown with couch grass - tried cultivating the plot and it's just not working).
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Post by: MikeFromLFE on May 01, 2011, 07:28:00 pm
Pulled out as much bindweed and couch as I could be bothered with.
Earthed up some potatoes
Did lots of watering.
Nuked the bindweed and couch around the edges of the plot, and on the bed that I'm going to 'getaround to digging soon'.
Eat cake
Drank fizzy pop.
Watched the cloudless sky. (And very quietly wished for rain..... but only at night)
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Post by: Ashaman42 on May 01, 2011, 08:58:55 pm
Earthed up potatoes, sowed some sweet pepper, spring onion and cress.

And found one (out of two) lettuce in the otherwise empty veg bed has been eated (I assume by slugs), which is annoying as it was protected (so I thought) by a plastic bottle cloche.
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Post by: Tail End Charlie on May 01, 2011, 09:59:06 pm
Sowed some rocket, beetroot and some mangetout to fill in the gaps where the first planting hasn't come up. 
Watered things with a weak comfrey feed.
Lettuce and kale at home in greenhouse doing well, as are the various beans and squashes I've planted.
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Post by: Regulator on May 02, 2011, 01:06:39 am
Did a hell of a lot of weeding...  :-\

Had the first of the lettuces from the polytunnel to accompany dinner.  :thumbsup:

Radishes are coming on nicely - and the beets aren't far behind.

But my aubergines are looking a bit forlorn...
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Post by: SandyV on May 02, 2011, 01:05:30 pm
Today we planted a lychee tree, a red pawpaw (papaya) and a passionfruit vine.
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Post by: Regulator on May 02, 2011, 03:34:56 pm
Today we planted a lychee tree, a red pawpaw (papaya) and a passionfruit vine.


Ooh - which sort of passionfruit?  We used to have several banana passionfruit vines in the garden in NZ and one of my abiding memories is passionfruit that's just been picked...  :P
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Post by: Mike J on May 02, 2011, 05:17:41 pm
Started work  on our new plot yesterday - it's relatively easy to de-weed (unlike the old one).

Planted potatoes, garlic, onions and rhubarb.
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Post by: Kathy on May 02, 2011, 07:55:19 pm
Planted out all the peas and sweet peas.

Forgot that there were edible ones mixed in with the ornamental ones.  :facepalm:

Guess I'll have to wait until they flower to see which are which.  ::-)
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Post by: MikeFromLFE on May 04, 2011, 01:49:48 pm
Pulled out as much bindweed and couch as I could be bothered with.
Earthed up some potatoes, and admired the broad beans.
Did lots of watering.
Nuked the bindweed and couch around the edges of the plot, and on the bed that I'm going to 'getaround to digging soon'.
Eat Lidl blueberry muffins
Drank fizzy pop.
Watched the cloudless sky. (And very quietly wished for rain..... but only at night)
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Post by: Tail End Charlie on May 04, 2011, 09:24:46 pm
B****cks, my sweetcorn has succumbed to the last couple of cold nights (and windy cold days) despite being fleeced up. Still, I knew I was risking it putting it out so early.
Got a few still in the g/house to go out and planted some more seeds today.

Everything else looks OK though, the potatoes will recover.
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Post by: Regulator on May 05, 2011, 07:12:50 am
Thinned out the lettuces that are absolutely flourishing in the polytunnel.  Which meant last night we had a large salad for tea...

Unfortunately, the hot dry conditions means that my aubergines may be goners...  :(
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Post by: RJ on May 07, 2011, 10:07:02 pm
Well - over the last couple of weekends we've got most of the seeds in, repotted the old herbs and potted up some new ones (rosemary, more chives and some replacement thyme), plus a geranium.  Just french beans to go in and build the wormery, which could be an excuse to get a couple more plants ('cos we got to carry the last lot home in a tray just made for replacing the base of the boxes I've got for that project).
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Post by: clarion on May 07, 2011, 10:19:10 pm
Cleared a lot of weeds with TGL, and planted some spuds.  Not sure how much chance they will have, as I disturbed an ants nest which seems to have been established in the bed since I built it.

Discovered the pumpkin shoot has been eaten through.  I think this was slugs rather than ants, though :(

Beans, carrots and onions are doing particularly well. :)
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Post by: SandyV on May 09, 2011, 01:23:35 am
Today we planted a lychee tree, a red pawpaw (papaya) and a passionfruit vine.


Ooh - which sort of passionfruit?  We used to have several banana passionfruit vines in the garden in NZ and one of my abiding memories is passionfruit that's just been picked...  :P

I had to check.  It's called a Panama Red but the picture looks like the ordinary purple ones to me!
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Post by: Pancho on May 14, 2011, 10:36:38 pm
Weeded.

Inspected fruit trees. I reckon we'll get loads this year. Ditto nuts from the walnut and hazel trees.
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Post by: spindrift on May 14, 2011, 10:42:10 pm
Today I squished 5 lily beetles until their guts came out.

Repotted a bamboo that was utterly potbound, the roots had whizzed round and round the pot so I mixed potting compost 50-50 with horticultural grit and planted it in a much larger pot than the one it's been in for ten years. I used the same mixture to do lavender and rosemary cuttings, I went to a garden show at the Norfolk Showground last weekend and they were selling farty little lavender cuttings 3 inches tall for £2.45. I thought "Sod that" and did 450 cuttings. If half make it...

On another gardening forum I read about a chap who had a couple of acres and some poly tunnels near a main road. Last year he did enough heather cuttings to sell £60k worth, working full time. Classic FM on, cup of tea, snip, prune, tear off lower leaves, dip in water, dip in hormone rooting powder, carefully plant, repeat 300,000 times. Not a bad life, eh?

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Post by: spokenword on May 18, 2011, 06:13:21 pm
Harvested the first potatoes of the year. Just enough for the 3 of us on one root.
The first ones are just devine, dug up and in the pot within `10mins.
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Post by: Tail End Charlie on May 18, 2011, 08:44:40 pm
Topped up some of the paths with newspaper and chippings.
Birds have had all my gooseberries. Serves me right for failing to net them.
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Post by: spindrift on May 19, 2011, 10:11:11 pm
We have had no rain for 100 days. I drenched some honeysuckles trained up the garage wall but everything is parched and no rain's on the horizon.
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Post by: Si on May 21, 2011, 09:13:15 am
mmmmmmmmmmmmmmm first new pots of the year.  didn't mean to harvest them but they just fell out the sides while I was earthing up.  Now I remember why I go to all this trouble to get spuds.
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Post by: clarion on May 21, 2011, 09:36:44 pm
My spuds are just coming up.  Well, the one in the bean bed is storming away, but the ones in the potato bed are just coming up.

Carrots are getting nice & big on the shoulder, but are still very pale.  Parsnips are finally growing.  Cabbages are doing OK and lettuces are doing well.

But we didn't do much with the edible stuff today.  Instead, we borrowed our neighbour's lawnmower and strimmer and hacked away at the towering grass to find we do actually have a lawn.  She then mentioned that the ivy growing on the wall was causing her concern when she was driving out on to the road, so we set to and pulled it all down, and pruned back a pretty much dead tree.  No idea at all how we are going to get rid of the piles of ivy, but it felt good to have helped someone in return for her generosity. :)
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Post by: RJ on May 23, 2011, 10:00:09 am
Potted some plants.  Started building the wormery.
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Post by: Tail End Charlie on May 28, 2011, 12:45:29 am
Everything looks very battered with the wind. Some of my beans have had their leaves ripped off. Time to plant some more.
Put straw round the strawberries and netted them.
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Post by: Pancho on May 28, 2011, 11:41:59 am
Planted three rows of swedes (note for northerners and jocks: not turnips).

Never had any joy with them before but try and try again and all that.
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Post by: tiermat on May 28, 2011, 01:18:25 pm
Over 4 weeks ago I planted:

Garlic chives
Red Basil
Butternut Squish
Broad beans
Runner beans
Tomatoes

All as seeds.

Looking round the garden this morning I have, growing:
1 squish
5 tomato plants
3 garlic chives
a metric shitload of weeds....

Maybe I should have planted weed seeds, in the hope I got wild tomato, squash and beans growing?

Today I have planted some spuds in bukkits.

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Post by: corshamjim on May 28, 2011, 03:01:31 pm
I had some seeds planted in bog-rolls filled with compost on the kitchen windowsill, but they got a bit mouldy and smelly.   In the interest of matrimonial harmony today I inexpertly self-assembled a flat-pack cold frame from the local garden centre so the seedlings can all go outside.

Tomorrow I plan to move the compost bin from the garden to the allotment which will make room for the cold frame.
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Post by: graculus on May 28, 2011, 06:23:21 pm
Built a brassica cage from pieces of old aluminium tent pole, re-used plastic tube (redundant from a previous project of my Dad's), some old clothes line and some plastic mesh. Feeling highly pleased with the result. Followed up by planting out cabbage, cauli and kale seedlings.
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Post by: Wobbly John on May 28, 2011, 10:04:26 pm
Rotovated most of the empty ground and planted celery plants. Courgettes, pumpkins and french beans will fill the rest, with lettuce wherever they will fit.
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Post by: Charlie Boy on May 28, 2011, 10:09:36 pm
Put up guttering around my shed in the pouring rain and installed new water butt. Guttering leaks, butt still empty.
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Post by: Speshact on May 29, 2011, 07:46:50 pm
taken down some wood and used growbags, and brought back paint (Kennington People on Bikes: unskipping with joy (http://kenningtonpob.blogspot.com/2011/05/unskipping-with-joy.html)) and Mrs Speshact transplanted her purple Pak Choi and advised her neighbours on options for planting their asparagus crowns. Picked another shed load of strawberries and some rasperries and elephant garlic.
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Post by: Tail End Charlie on June 03, 2011, 10:52:49 pm
Planted some climbing bean seeds.
Transplanted some kale and beetroot.
Topped up my paths with chippings.
Watered everything.

Had my first strawberry  :thumbsup:
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Post by: Wobbly John on June 03, 2011, 10:56:00 pm
Weeded

got sunburnty
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Post by: Regulator on June 05, 2011, 07:08:37 am
Weeding is on the cards today  :-\

The bit of dampness last weekend means that every weed on the allotment has come to life and it now looks very green - but with the wrong stuff.  I shall be spending the day on my knees...
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Post by: Regulator on June 05, 2011, 07:36:04 pm
Two thirds of the allotment duly weeded  :thumbsup: - it did take about 5 hours  :(

I also took a trug full of lettuces and radishes to the WeightWatchers meeting tonight. 
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Post by: corshamjim on June 05, 2011, 08:13:56 pm
Don on the plot next to me yesterday asked me if I would thin out his lettuces and I could take the seedlings so I duly did.  I ended up with dozens of little lettuce seedlings though - not wanting to waste any I planted them all on my plot so I've ended up with lots more lettuces than Don now.  I hope he doesn't think I've been greedy!  ::-)  I did some weeding while I was there too though.

I can see I'm going to have to visit the allotment pretty much daily now.  Stan (over the fence) explained to me how 20 minutes after work can easily turn in to a couple of hours.  I hope I'm not turning Claire in to an allotment widow.
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Post by: Regulator on June 06, 2011, 06:49:03 am
It's raining  :thumbsup:
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Post by: Tail End Charlie on June 15, 2011, 11:05:35 pm
Squeezed in some leeks wherever I could.
Spread grass clippings round the spuds.
Have now run out of space.
Ate some strawberries.
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Post by: clarion on June 18, 2011, 09:12:39 pm
Salad this evening - lettuce, spring onions & grated carrot - all from the garden.  Wonderful.

Also: Thinned out potato plants (better success rate than I expected, given the fox & cat digging that goes on) and planted betroot seedlings out.

I should have put some mange tout and french beans in, but I forgot where I put the pots :-[
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Post by: longers on June 19, 2011, 04:30:57 pm
An hour and a half of fruitpicking and an hours weeding. Plus the only bits of yoga I know.

Off back there now for some raspberries, ran out of tupperware.
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Post by: Tail End Charlie on June 19, 2011, 10:07:19 pm
Had a meal largely made up from allotment produce.
Lettuce, radishes, rocket, potatoes, grated turnip and grated raw beetroot (especially good) with quiche and lashings of balsamic vinegar followed by strawberries.
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Post by: Regulator on June 19, 2011, 10:59:26 pm
More broccoli and some leeks in today.

Harvested the garlic - and some of the onions.  The rest of the onions should be ready in a week or so.

The garlic is a nice size - and some of the onions are massive.
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Post by: arry_b on June 20, 2011, 02:27:53 pm
Spent an hour with my Lidl flame gun giving the weeds some love and attention.

It's nothing like as effective as a hoe, but far more fun.
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Post by: LindaG on June 20, 2011, 02:53:08 pm
I admired my nearly-ready cucumber. My first ever. 
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Post by: Wobbly John on June 20, 2011, 10:55:24 pm
Harvested a lettuce from the allotment yesterday that weighed 1.1kg!  :o  :smug:

Also had the first of the new potatoes.
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Post by: Tail End Charlie on June 22, 2011, 11:08:45 pm
Love digging up potatoes, it's like discovering buried treasure.

Also sauteed some tips of broad beans which were delicious, not as strong a taste as spinach.
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Post by: Regulator on June 23, 2011, 11:19:33 pm
More onions harvested today.  I reckon the rest will be ready in the next two weeks.

The garlic is almost dry.  I shall have to practice my plaiting...
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Post by: Bledlow on June 24, 2011, 04:53:12 pm
Killed greenfly on lettuces. I doubt I got 'em all.
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Post by: clarion on June 24, 2011, 04:55:21 pm
I had a go at the blackfly yesterday. 

I planted out some peas and mange-touts to feed the slugs now they've just about finished the first course of runner beans and peas :(

And I had a poke at the parsnips to see how they were shaping up.  Getting fatter :thumbsup:
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Post by: arry_b on June 24, 2011, 09:27:52 pm
Harvested a potato grobag of Maris Pipers. The dry period in May seems to have reduced the yield compared to last year.

But boiled in their skins and served with a little butter, omm, nom, nom nonetheless.
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Post by: spindrift on June 26, 2011, 11:08:26 pm
Dahlias are going mental after the rain. Buy some tree lilies. That's all I'm saying. I planted one I bought in Poland two years ago and this year it's a 6 footer with 16 buds. I watch tv in the front room and people who walk past swivel their head 180 degrees.
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Post by: corshamjim on June 26, 2011, 11:15:05 pm
Watered everything today - it needed it!  :thumbsup:  And scoffed a couple of raspberries because they were there.

Marvelled at how well everything is growing ...


... on everyone else's plots!  :-[
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Post by: longers on July 03, 2011, 06:55:00 pm
Done 6 and a half hours today, mostly playing with the new chainsaw onna stick they've bought for the hedges.

Am bitten, scratched, stung and tired but happy I've done my bit. A couple of people said how nice my plot was looking for a new boy which cheered me up as I think it's one of the scruffier ones.

Might have the opportunity of a new to me shed and a couple more beds from next doors plot. We're allowed a fire up there even though it's written in the official rules it's forbidden. Came home with panniers full of edibles.

A very good day! . .  despite getting nettled right in the face, a lot.
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Post by: border-rider on July 11, 2011, 03:54:28 pm
We had a power cut this afternoon so I couldn't do any work.  I gritted my teeth and started the War Against Ragwort.  Long sleeves, long trousers, wellies & a 20 litre backpack sprayer. Geeeez it was hot & sticky :)

Loads and loads of cinnabar moth caterpillars were helping; I felt a bit guilty about depriving the stripy fellows of dinner but I'm sure I missed plenty.  They'd made a proper meal of quite a few plants  :thumbsup:

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Post by: arry_b on July 15, 2011, 11:00:35 am
Garlic lifted and drying in the shed. Some of the beetroot pulled, washed and in the pan. Weeds beheaded and added to the compost bin. Lots of watering and feeding for the tomatoes, squashes and French beans in pots.
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Post by: longers on July 16, 2011, 10:33:03 pm
Bit of tidying to make it toddler proofish and grabbed some vittles between the showers.

Just checked the forecast for tomorrow - it's changed and doesn't look so ideal for a picnic. Wellibob job then.

Rellies have taken over a cafe (http://www.bridgeviewcafe.co.uk/l)* recently and the local "wherever  . . .  in bloom" judges have booked a five course evening meal with them and have requested local produce. Was planning on offloading some edibles onto them and cadging a lift home tomorrow but might just cut some for us and run.

I'm spending roughly equal amounts of time gardening and cycling - not enough of either, but enjoying both.

* not been round the museum but the cafe owners are great.
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Post by: border-rider on July 26, 2011, 05:06:19 pm
We had a power cut this afternoon so I couldn't do any work.  I gritted my teeth and started the War Against Ragwort.  Long sleeves, long trousers, wellies & a 20 litre backpack sprayer. Geeeez it was hot & sticky :)

Loads and loads of cinnabar moth caterpillars were helping; I felt a bit guilty about depriving the stripy fellows of dinner but I'm sure I missed plenty.  They'd made a proper meal of quite a few plants  :thumbsup:

Round 2  today; it's a long process but it seems quite effective - the ones I nuked last time look well-nuked, and there are not that many new ones.  I might start on the other fields tomorrow if the weather holds

If we can eradicate the ragwort then we can borrow some sheep to keep the fields in order for us :)
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Post by: Tail End Charlie on August 12, 2011, 10:10:16 pm
Not been to the plot, but when I got home today there's an official looking letter saying I have been "highly commended" in the annual plot competition for the area. Invite to awards night and photo opportunity. I'm well chuffty. Any tips on my acceptance speech? I'll try not to blub.
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Post by: longers on September 04, 2011, 12:44:04 pm
Well done TEC  :) I'll be surprised if a couple of folk near me don't get prizes, they reckon it's a good do at the awards night but won't get told until november.

Just a bit of pottering and giving away of produce to my neighbours today. Very pleasant couple of hours.

Did dig this beauty up, almost 800g.

(http://i53.tinypic.com/wuovhi.jpg)

There's another four more like it but a wee bit smaller that I didn't photograph.
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Post by: corshamjim on September 04, 2011, 04:00:33 pm
Wow.  That's a spud and a half!

The only potatoes I had this year were some stragglers left by the previous tenant of the allotment.  I'll have a go at planting some next year.

Today, I finally got around to doing some hoeing.  Wow!  If I'd have known how easy and effective it was I'd have got started on it ages ago.  At least part of my allotment is finally looking a bit cared for now - especially with a cheerful sunflower in the middle of it which just happened to decide to grow there.

I guess I need to start planning what I'm going to do next year now.  It feels a whole lot less daunting now after one season of experimentation and lots of super help from the neighbouring gardeners and plot holders.  My Mum gave me some gardening vouchers as a  thank you for fixing her computer the other day, so I'm going to the garden centre during the week to get a huge compost bin (yes I know I could make one but I'm lazy and there's too much other stuff to do).  I've already filled the two plastic bins on the plot so I'll see if I can get a nice big wooden slatted one.
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Post by: clarion on September 04, 2011, 09:26:30 pm
I did my first ever onion (and shallot) plait the other day!  It looks pretty cool :smug:
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Post by: border-rider on September 08, 2011, 02:47:58 pm
Ate the first apple from the trees I planted in the spring.

The damn squirrel got all the cherries & the mirabelles :)
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Post by: border-rider on October 23, 2011, 07:11:22 pm
Yesterday there was a take your apples to work apples day in Trellech. very good - the Gwent Wildlife Orchards officer was there and they're going to come along and help us develop a plan to recreate some local-species low-density orchards :)

They're also going to have a poke about at the rest of our wilderness and see what's worth managing, and how.
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Post by: Dinamo on October 23, 2011, 08:23:29 pm
Picked approx. 15 kgs of white grapes from my vine.
Hopefully the wine will be ready for Christmas  :thumbsup:
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Post by: corshamjim on October 23, 2011, 09:23:13 pm
I'd not thought about planting a grape vine.  Good idea!  :thumbsup:
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Post by: mike on October 31, 2011, 07:52:05 pm
finally picked the beans!  MrsMike had planted these without telling me they were a bit odd...

(http://i8.photobucket.com/albums/a19/mikes99mail/MRT_0626.jpg)
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Post by: Tail End Charlie on November 04, 2011, 09:00:56 pm
Great looking beans those, what sort are they?

Me, I had a strawberry today off the plot. Didn't taste too bad either, I thought it was going too be horrible.
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Post by: Canardly on November 04, 2011, 09:14:19 pm
I have just rediscovered slow cookers and am messing about with lentils and green things.
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Post by: Pancho on November 05, 2011, 06:51:10 am
finally picked the beans!  MrsMike had planted these without telling me they were a bit odd...

(http://i8.photobucket.com/albums/a19/mikes99mail/MRT_0626.jpg)

Beans or penguin eggs?
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Post by: SandyV on November 15, 2011, 10:07:38 am
37degreesC here today and it's still 2 weeks until summer.  :o
Aircon at work gave up so came home early and soaked the garden which is suffering.  The mangoes and peaches are in for a bumper year if we can keep the water up and the flying foxes (bats) away.
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Post by: corshamjim on December 24, 2011, 10:35:45 pm
I took a trailer load of composting stuff to the allotment today, my first visit for a few weeks.  Thankfully not too many new weeds.  I did find that my neighbour, 80 year old Don, bless 'im, has laid some more path.

Now Don used to be a railway worker.  As a result he likes to lay paths around the allotment like they are railway tracks, so they're all made using a stout timber frame filled with gravel ballast.  These tracks paths are all exactly the same width designed to be just wide enough to take a normal sized wheelbarrow.  In one way this is great because it makes use of the thousands of stones we're digging up all the time.  Unfortunately these paths are all just a bit too narrow to take my bicycle trailer.  :facepalm:  I really don't have the heart to tell Don that actually his labours are making life more difficult for me, so will just have to work around it for the time being.  Don is a massively generous chap (he even built me my bean canes last year) so I'm sure he won't mind if I park my trailer next to his plot whenever I visit.
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Post by: Pancho on December 24, 2011, 10:42:49 pm
Today I picked (plucked? dug up? harvested?) a test parsnip - just to be sure all's OK for the big dig tomorrow morning.

A bit worried to be honest; first parsnip was all of two centimetres long. Second (of two) was average parsnip size. Not the JCB-requiring whoppers I usually seem to get.

Fingers crossed for tomorrow!
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Post by: Pancho on December 25, 2011, 04:31:30 pm
Well they were a bit undersize by usual standards but when roasted up by Mrs P they were bloody delicious.

Maybe next year all or veg well be garden grown.
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Post by: hellymedic on December 25, 2011, 11:57:29 pm
David brought in one of the last tomatoes of the season; there are still a few that look like they'll ripen...
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Post by: spokenword on January 06, 2012, 02:08:01 pm
Getting busy now.
Cabbage seelings (Hispi) sown last week are through, and today I bought Maris Bard and Charlotte seed potatoes from the nursery at Enderby whilst out on a ride. Yesterday I sowed salad leaves in the unheated greenhouse and ordered more of that seed as it's on offer at T&M for 49p a packet. They also have Sungold tomato seed at 20p, and last year they cropped from early July to late Nov with 13 trusses on the vine. 
It's about time to sow the broad beans and sweet peas in the greenhouse.
I'll cover over a deepbed, destined for the early crops, with a sheet of plastic to keep the worst of the rain off.  I think that's safer than putting the big cloche out in view of tyhe wind we have had over the last few days. That can go over the bed at the end of Feb
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Post by: border-rider on January 21, 2012, 06:49:08 pm
Started clearing the head-high brambles where our new wood is going. Unfortunately a broken hitch pin on the tractor stopped play, but I've found another that I *think* will fit, so back at it tomorrow.

I did a dormouse check first. They're about, but hopefully not where I'm clearing.
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Post by: cyclone on January 23, 2012, 08:55:20 am
More digging of veggie plots (in an area less prone to having springs appear when it rains  :-[) Also a bit of fallen timber logging...just got to decide where its going to store for 2 years....
MV what trees are you thinking of planting??
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Post by: border-rider on January 23, 2012, 09:04:14 am
 biodiversity woodland; fairly low density assorted native species.

We also plan on some apple trees, but that's in a different bit of field.
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Post by: a lower gear on January 23, 2012, 09:18:11 pm
Finished cutting the garden wall foundation trench through the old poplar tree roots. The biggest root was 15" diam. Beneath it was ground made entirely of solid roots and big stones, the molecules of soil having been squeezed out by the mass of roots, leaving only rocks. Couldn't use the axe much for fear of blunting it on stones; couldn't get the saw in due to roots being inter-twined and stones; couldn't get the spade in for the stones. Desperate stuff! Took three half days to cut this particular two linear feet of trench about 18" wide x 30" deep. The other 45 feet were a dawdle in comparison - merely boulder clay overlying shale.  ::-)
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Post by: Tail End Charlie on March 01, 2012, 10:21:18 pm
Firmed up my blackberry supports which had come a bit wobbly.

Dug up the last of my parsnips, and some leeks.

Dug in some of the green manure I'd sown last Autumn.
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Post by: Tail End Charlie on March 12, 2012, 06:03:03 pm
Saturday I put in the wires for the blackberries, moved some raspberry canes, moved some sage and chopped the other bushes back, did a load of digging and generally mooched. Great day.
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Post by: Pancho on March 12, 2012, 07:49:53 pm
Mowed the lawn. Guess that's what I'll be doing every weekend for the next 9 months, then.

@TECharlie - planting blackberries? Don't you have bramble patches and hedgerows where you are then?
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Post by: Tail End Charlie on March 12, 2012, 09:31:37 pm
We do, but the berries don't seem to form and besides, being next to roads, I'm not sure I'd eat them in any case. Leave them for the birds.
The ones I've planted are thornless.
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Post by: tiermat on March 18, 2012, 10:40:29 am
Assembled new lawnmower.

Cut the lawn.

Planted pumpkin, tomato and chili seeds in seed trays and placed them on the kitchen windowsill.

Now just need my brother to come around to sort out price and timing for replacing a fence and building a second deck.
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Post by: mrcharly-YHT on March 20, 2012, 05:07:14 pm
Sunday.

I actually planted something.  Early potatoes gone in.  Finally, we are using the allotment.
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Post by: Tail End Charlie on March 23, 2012, 09:29:46 pm
Dug in some more green manure planted last autumn (Hungarian rye grass). It had grown very well so should add lots to the soil.
Pruned gooseberries.
Planted early potatoes, laid them on some comfrey leaves for an extra boost. Haven't done this before so will see how it works.
Planted some lettuce seeds in greenhouse at home. And split loads of snowdrops and transplanted some primroses.
Great day, best of the year so far. I would have gone on a bike ride, but I'm saving myself for the weekend.
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Post by: Pancho on March 24, 2012, 04:48:17 pm
Planted spuds. Worried that I didn't get a chance to feed the soil - piled a mountain of leaf mould on top afterwards instead. Hmm.

Dug over other beds and piled on leaf mould.
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Post by: perpetual dan on April 05, 2012, 10:57:11 pm
Did a spot of brick laying, to repair the steps and replace some bits of wall that were propped up to hold stuff back when we moved in. Sometime soon I might have to do something with plants.
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Post by: perpetual dan on April 07, 2012, 10:54:37 pm
Today I built a couple of small decking platforms, with stakes hammered into the ground to support, to act as steps up to an existing bit of decking and the wendy house. This replaces the unfinished bouncy "walk the plank" effect of the original (not my work), who just let some of the deck extend in the general direction of hard ground. (our garden slopes quite steeply).

I moved a few plants that were going to vanish under all this, so I did indeed do something with plants.

My hands ache now.

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Post by: Palinurus on April 15, 2012, 09:02:08 pm
Since I'm going to be busy working on the flat I'm leaving half the plot covered this season, got some onions and broad beans on the go last week. Today Ms P and I put the potatoes in and planted borlotti beans (looking forward to making soup with those in the autumn).

Cherry tree was in blossom. I guess it's been there about six years now, damn thing is one and half times my height already- and about the same wide. Expecting huge cherry crop.

Picked some sprouting brocolli today, just made a risotto with it. Wish i'd planted more last year- fairly small crop from a half dozen plants. First time at it though.
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Post by: clarion on April 20, 2012, 07:38:03 pm
Late starting on the plot this year.  During the week, I bought plug plants, sets and seed potatoes, all carried home by bike trailer.

A couple of days ago, I started clearing one of the four raised beds, and began digging a bed for the first early spuds.

Today, I dug out the compost from the bottom of the bin.  Really good this year, I think.  Proud of that.
I finished digging that bed, and planted the spuds.
Cleared the other beds (with Butterfly's help).  We found that some of our plants have been late starters, so we have celery and lettuce growing, both of which we'd given up on as a dead loss last year.  Theremaining cabbages had bolted, so I removed them.  The beetroot, which had also been laggardly, we harvested.  Not in any way record breaking, but it was the first time I've grown them (not put any in this year).
Also planted:
(more) celery
red cabbage
carrots
parsnips
runner beans
french beans
onions
shallots
garlic
spinach
tomatoes
strawberries

Just need to dig another bed for the maincrop potatoes now, and we're ready for the season.  Transformed the garden :)
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Post by: Palinurus on April 21, 2012, 11:13:11 am
Today, I dug out the compost from the bottom of the bin.  Really good this year, I think.  Proud of that.


One of those jobs that is so much more satisfying than you imagine it will be.

I put some of my compost over my borlotti beans last week, lovely dark stuff it was.

And I found the vegetable peeler in amongst it- its replacement wasn't as good so I was extra pleased.
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Post by: spindrift on April 21, 2012, 12:13:18 pm
Just done the same, a large compost pile turned. people had been putting way too much grass cuttings in and they'd made a dense slimy stinky mat, I raked everything out then reloaded the pile and stuck a fork into the lumps of material and jiggled the fork over the pile so they separated and will rot down quicker, Mr Robin hopping around by me. The heap's freshly turned and after another 5 boxes of grass cuttings mixed in along with plenty of woody matter it will heave and then slump down, get the anaerobic activity going on.
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Post by: Palinurus on April 25, 2012, 07:43:56 pm
Nothing, again. Raining.

Perfect excuse not to work the plot, plus the potatoes are going to get fat.

On the downside I've had four soakings in less than two weeks while commuting.
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Post by: clarion on April 25, 2012, 08:56:39 pm
I had planned to plant the spuds today.

I deferred it.

I didn't even move the tarp which has blown across the root veg. :-[
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Post by: Tail End Charlie on April 27, 2012, 07:04:45 pm
Over the last few days I've planted mangetout, more broad beans, climbing beans, moved strawberries around and dug out some bindweed and horsetail which was showing. Also put shreddings on most of the paths. Looks great now.
Took some rhubarb and made a crumble, pernod in the rhubarb and white chocolate in the crumble, delicious.
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Post by: Pancho on April 27, 2012, 08:48:42 pm
Am I a bad person for putting me spuds in the bed that had toms last year?

I only have two beds left now. Toms and TBD.
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Post by: chris n on May 08, 2012, 10:54:51 am
Loads over the weekend:
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Post by: clarion on May 08, 2012, 11:03:02 am
I weeded the raised beds, counted the spud plants coming up, retied the bean canes, sighed at the poor performance of the beans, and laughed at the size of last year's celery.
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Post by: chris n on May 13, 2012, 04:46:27 pm
More today:

I just wish it would all hurry up and grow so we can start eating it.  Only had radish thinnings out of the garden so far.
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Post by: a lower gear on May 13, 2012, 06:40:51 pm
After spending yesterday slightly advancing a foundation trench through tree roots and dense subsoil, today I was more sensible and went for a nice cycle ride with the smaller gears.  :D
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Post by: Pancho on May 14, 2012, 06:55:11 pm
Strimming all weekend. I now have a terribly bad back.
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Post by: spindrift on May 16, 2012, 08:18:14 pm
Cleared an old bed of wild garlic and ground elder,planted dahlias, hostas, irises and euonymous, sowed about 500 seeds of flowering annuals in nine seed trays, turned the compost and sanded down the garden furniture ready to paint. I love May.
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Post by: Bledlow on May 22, 2012, 09:24:18 pm
Planted some lettuces, to replace those which were swamped & chilled.

The rocket's doing very well, though: been eating it for a week. And the chard seems to be unkillable.
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Post by: spindrift on June 03, 2012, 04:20:14 pm
Front garden:

(https://lh6.googleusercontent.com/-9bKgDDP4UlY/T8kE5XdvDPI/AAAAAAAAAoo/9wTrZFbgHlw/s640/Olympics%252031.3.2012%2520022.JPG)

(https://lh5.googleusercontent.com/-RtoAIUSh2PE/T8kFJp-VLwI/AAAAAAAAAow/5syNOIYwacw/s640/Olympics%252031.3.2012%2520023.JPG)

I put lavender in the gravelly bit in front of the window, a hydrangea petiolaris to the right of the window, behind the acer seiryu is a square of box I grew from cuttings I nicked from the gardeners in Wencelas Square, Prague, the tree lily on the right is now four foot tall, 3 years old.

Hydrangea "Annabelle" on the right.Busy and crowded.
Title: Re: What have you done on the plot today?
Post by: perpetual dan on June 30, 2012, 09:00:21 pm
I've moved some logs about (dead trees have been chopped down), made a little bug house from some, repotted the kids seeds that have survived and built a couple of compost bins, all with the help of Miss Dan the Younger and Older who had become bored helping Mrs Dan with the weeding (there's a lot of it).
Title: Re: What have you done on the plot today?
Post by: mrcharly-YHT on July 02, 2012, 03:27:39 pm
Cut the 4-foot-high grass and nettles back with a sickle. Very satisfying.

Cut grass and weeds along the edges of allotment fencing with same.
Title: Re: What have you done on the plot today?
Post by: Bledlow on July 03, 2012, 10:06:06 pm
Planted some more salad in the windowsill pots. It's not doing well this year. About one pot out of three is failing. Got enough lettuce & rocket to eat for the moment, though.

Ate my first home-grown potatoes of the year last night. I love digging a potato out of the soil. And I love the earthy smell of a fresh potato.
Title: Re: What have you done on the plot today?
Post by: Bledlow on July 08, 2012, 07:10:29 pm
First day on the new allotment (£50 a year, to be shared between us & our next door neighbours).

Pretty overgrown. Turns out that the previous tenant died of a heart attack. His widow soon decided she couldn't cope, & it's been vacant since late last year. Long grass, brambles starting to encroach, nettles, etc., but they left a lot of useful stuff behind, including three sheets of heavy-duty black plastic, plywood, carpet tiles, a double compost bin with well-rotted compost, five bottomless bins, some other bins, cold frames, netting, fleece, several raised beds, a chair, bricks for weighting down the plastic sheets, two green cones (neither dug in, one without a lid), assorted pots, bits of timber, baskets, & some lino.

The bare area where the plastic sheets & carpet tiles were is now dug over, with a green cone dug in to a corner, & the compost dug in to another part. A single tomato plant has been planted there. The encroaching brambles have been cut back to the hedge,

The compost bin has been refilled with green stuff cleared from some of the raised beds, as have some of the bottomless bins. The plastic sheets, plywood & carpet tiles are covering those beds, with some parts deliberately left uncovered because there are plants which are wanted. The complete green cone is full of bits of bramble, in the hope that it'll get hot enough to kill it all.

Overall, a good start. We felt an immense sense of satisfaction & well-being as we left, dirty, sweaty, tired, hungry & thirsty (chocolates, some cereal bars, water & flasks of tea all gone).

Oh yes - and we annoyed a toad. We were, of course, careful not to harm it. Welcome to stay, & there's plenty of vegetation left for shelter.

What it looked like before we started work -

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Title: Re: What have you done on the plot today?
Post by: LEE on July 08, 2012, 10:43:15 pm
Started work on a new greenhouse as a feeder for the raised beds.

(http://i170.photobucket.com/albums/u249/freddered/Home%20and%20Garden/IMG_2816.jpg)

Would have been easier if the 8'x6" greenhouse was actually 8'x6' as advertised rather than about 4" bigger all round.  That meant I had to enlarge an existing 8x6 hardstanding.

Anyway, just the polycarb glazing to go in and I can hand it over to my wife (the green-fingered one)

Note.  Don't be fooled by the sunshine, that was a brief sunny period between rain.
Title: Re: What have you done on the plot today?
Post by: clarion on July 09, 2012, 08:30:14 am
I still have raised bed envy.
Title: Re: What have you done on the plot today?
Post by: longers on July 15, 2012, 08:11:33 pm
Best harvest of the year, so far:-

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Nice to get/eat some results. Makes it all worthwhile.
Title: Re: What have you done on the plot today?
Post by: Ashaman42 on July 16, 2012, 10:10:03 pm
Started a bit late this year as I only really got going last Sunday :-[

Did start 8 strawberry seeds of a few months ago but they gradually died and then the last two blew away in the wind  :'(

Still, started a bunch of toms, potted up four chillis that a coworker gave me and got a few other seeds going. Onl the toms and basil have sprouted well. Not sure if the mint and spring onions are just being slow or deaded.

Need to get outside and clean all my pots and gravel trays from last year but we've not had much luck with the weather. I guess I should HTFU and get out there but is easier to have another cup of tea in the warm  ::-)

Still a start is a start and just have to make suyre I do better next year.

I've put up my little greenhouse that I got for my Birthday but is currently in living room as contrary to what I understood from the box it doesn't come with the fixing to wall mount it. I see a trip to B&Q in the week.

Title: Re: What have you done on the plot today?
Post by: Tail End Charlie on July 17, 2012, 05:20:05 pm

(http://i45.tinypic.com/spj4w3.jpg)

My harvest so far. Not as good as other years, the slugs have been horrendous this year, but that's life I guess.
Broad beans are superb at the mo, such a great taste.
Title: Re: What have you done on the plot today?
Post by: LEE on July 17, 2012, 06:29:12 pm
My work here is done.  I'll have an official ribbon-cutting ceremony this weekend after which my Wife can take full ownership of the whole production-line.

(I do need to make more net cages like the one at the end though).

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Update on the garden plot.  The Greenhouse is now rammed with tomato plants, lots of flowers and the start of some tomatoes.

The difference in growth between tomato plants outside (see raised bed next to greenhouse) and inside is extraordinary.  5x the rate of growth for the plants inside I'd guess.  This shouldn't come as a surprise I suppose but it's still amazing that you can almost see them growing (5-10cm a day on some days !).

(https://lh6.googleusercontent.com/-ta7iMGHq74s/UDyVTAe9QYI/AAAAAAAAAT4/A47YgWF0YoA/s912/Tomatoes%25203jpg.jpg)

(https://lh5.googleusercontent.com/-DLcAUd9NbPI/UDyVTLdUHfI/AAAAAAAAAT8/b5XTu1_iEpw/s912/Tomatoes%25204.jpg)
Title: Re: What have you done on the plot today?
Post by: Bledlow on July 23, 2012, 10:20:55 am
Yesterday afternoon:

Cleared more brambles & some lesser growth; filled the remaining bins with compostables; planted out the tomato plants I had in pots for lack of anywhere to plant them in the garden (may get a small crop from them, & the alternative was composting them); planted my remaining radish seed; planted dwarf beans on the rest of the patch I dug over last time (green manure if too late for any beans: at least, they'll get some nitrogen into the soil); started digging a new patch; planted out some leeks in it (thinnings offered by a neighbouring allotment holder); found some lino & more old carpet & laid them out on new ground to kill the weeds; laid down some of the big rectangular plastic bins (what did he use them for?) inverted for the same purpose.

Found the baskets from the two green cones that the previous tenant left. One's buried, but the cone had become separated from it, & the other was hidden by plants that had grown over it.
Title: Re: What have you done on the plot today?
Post by: Tail End Charlie on July 24, 2012, 08:44:46 pm
Picked gooseberries and have just had some stewed with yoghurt.

Picked a load of strawberries, broad beans and dug some spuds. Had a few raspberries aswell.

Blackberries looking good. Dwarf beans not so good, slug damage.
Title: Re: What have you done on the plot today?
Post by: Bledlow on July 27, 2012, 10:21:59 pm
More digging, more clearing of weeds. Got a big pile of vegetation now.

Found the top of the second green cone, by treading on it, buried in the undergrowth. Now they're both complete.

Planted some daikon (japanese white radish). We should have a crop for the autumn.

Found a clump of thyme, by smell, when raking up weeds hacked down last night by Mrs B (she enjoys that job). Removed the weeds from around it & marked it for keeping.

Got ickle babby tomatoes now. The plants are thriving on the allotment. They get more sun there than anywhere in our garden.
Title: Re: What have you done on the plot today?
Post by: Bledlow on August 02, 2012, 11:13:35 pm
Found blight on the biggest, most fruitful tomato plant in my garden, which now has one fewer green tomato on it.  :'(

I haven't had the heart to dig up the whole plant. It has loads of lovely looking - but unripe - tomatoes on it.
Title: Re: What have you done on the plot today?
Post by: Bledlow on August 11, 2012, 09:29:53 pm
Mrs B & I started digging over a bed which we'd previously not touched except to hack down the worst of the undergrowth, & found potatoes! No plants showing above ground (perhaps Mrs B missed 'em when she cleared the weeds: I'm pretty sure she did that patch), but half a bucket of small taters turned up by our digging.

We've dug up a hell of a lot of hardy geranium roots over the last couple of weeks. Shoving 'em in the green cones, in the hope the heat kills 'em. I'm not averse to leaving a few, perhaps under the overhanging tree & along the top edge, but they'd taken over a large part of the plot, & had to be got out. They take some digging to remove.

The daikon is looking good, as is one lot (I planted out two lots of self-sown plants dug up from my garden) of tomatoes. I successfully moved one of the small trees which were in the middle of a bed, to a less inconvenient spot, & propose to move the other.
Title: Re: What have you done on the plot today?
Post by: Tail End Charlie on August 13, 2012, 06:47:10 pm
Pulled some beetroot. Two sorts, one has red and white rings, very decorative.

Pulled some spuds, I'd forgotten that they were black and at first I thought I didn't have any as they were hard to see, but have just had some fried for tea.

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Title: Re: What have you done on the plot today?
Post by: Palinurus on August 14, 2012, 12:52:12 pm
Not today so a bit OT, but on Sunday we held an open day to raise a bit of awareness- the allotments are under threat of being developed-upon. I'll probably start a thread about this later.

Anyway afterwards there was a bit of a get-together. It's amazing the range of alcoholic stuff plotholders have made! homebrew beer (yup- from hops), rhubarb wine, even runner bean wine.
Title: Re: What have you done on the plot today?
Post by: Wobbly John on August 14, 2012, 01:28:26 pm
I'm thinking of giving up half of my allotment - I can't keep the weeds down at the moment & we are not eating all the veg it produces.  :(
Title: Re: What have you done on the plot today?
Post by: Palinurus on August 14, 2012, 04:44:47 pm
I could often do with a bit less plot as well- this year definitely. It's already a bit smaller than many other plots on the site since some of it was taken to build a service road a few years back.
Title: Re: What have you done on the plot today?
Post by: Bledlow on August 16, 2012, 10:45:19 am
I think I'd be a bit overwhelmed with a full sized plot, so (apart from her idiosyncrasies) sharing my next-door neighbour's plot is ideal.

Looking at the map of the site, one can see that several of the plots have been split, but there are still some very large ones, bigger than ours, & their tenants all seem to struggle (or in one case, completely fail) to keep on top of them. The smaller plots are mostly much better tended.
Title: Re: What have you done on the plot today?
Post by: LEE on August 28, 2012, 11:14:56 am
Then..

(https://lh5.googleusercontent.com/-gvDyGR_KzIY/UAWeXWz2sZI/AAAAAAAAAOY/-LYJgO5Z33s/s912/IMG_2827.JPG)

Update on the garden plot.  The Greenhouse is now rammed with tomato plants, lots of flowers and the start of some tomatoes.

The difference in growth between tomato plants outside (see raised bed next to greenhouse) and inside is extraordinary.  5x the rate of growth for the plants inside I'd guess.  This shouldn't come as a surprise I suppose but it's still amazing that you can almost see them growing (5-10cm a day on some days !).

Now...

(https://lh6.googleusercontent.com/-ta7iMGHq74s/UDyVTAe9QYI/AAAAAAAAAT4/A47YgWF0YoA/s912/Tomatoes%25203jpg.jpg)

(https://lh5.googleusercontent.com/-DLcAUd9NbPI/UDyVTLdUHfI/AAAAAAAAAT8/b5XTu1_iEpw/s912/Tomatoes%25204.jpg)
Title: Re: What have you done on the plot today?
Post by: madcow on September 12, 2012, 01:05:29 pm
Thats a very tidy raised bed and greenhouse set up. :thumbsup:
 Does the garden get plenty of sun?  Do you control the temp in the greenhouse just by opening the door?

Courgettes in full flow at present. Too many to eat ourselves , but still  cutting them to encourage new flowers. Although they seem to take up a lot of space all summer,I would always find space for one or two courgette plants. They are also easy to grow in containers .
Title: Re: What have you done on the plot today?
Post by: Bledlow on September 14, 2012, 09:55:26 pm
Mrs B & I paid a brief visit today to do minor tasks such as clearing up fox crap, & while we were there I looked at the daikon (Japanese radish - big white things) I planted in late July, with the idea of deciding whether more thinning was needed (a little bit is, I think), & discovered that any thinnings should be just about big enough to eat.  :thumbsup:  Never planted it before, but it's flourished with minimal care. The bigger ones are approaching the size of those sold commercially. Almost ready. Only the taste test left.

Mrs B is thrilled. At the price charged for mooli in Tesco the packet of seeds I bought has paid for itself a few times over from the two short rows of plants currently growing, & we should have a steady supply from spring to late autumn next year from the rest of the packet, plus plenty to give away.
Title: Re: What have you done on the plot today?
Post by: madcow on September 17, 2012, 09:46:30 am
Very late sowing of dwarf green beans (14th July) is now producing reasonable qty of small beans. Took a picking yesterday afternoon, some went in the freezer,  some were eaten straightaway.
 By picking small beans you avoid the stringiness and toughness that comes with maturity.
There seems to be enough for another couple of pickings as well if weather keeps reasonable.
Title: Re: What have you done on the plot today?
Post by: Bledlow on September 29, 2012, 06:16:46 pm
Watched Mrs B pull up this -

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It will be sliced, lightly salted in the traditional Japanese manner, & served as a side dish with dinner tonight. Yum!

Any excess will be grated into a salad tomorrow.
Title: Re: What have you done on the plot today?
Post by: Bledlow on October 06, 2012, 11:32:47 am
Mrs B popped up to the allotment yesterday & got our first harvest of komatsuna. Japanese greens a bit like spinach, but IMO nicer.
Title: Re: What have you done on the plot today?
Post by: Pancho on October 06, 2012, 03:14:21 pm
Cleared a patch ready to put some garlic in.
Title: Re: What have you done on the plot today?
Post by: Bledlow on October 06, 2012, 05:26:38 pm
Went up there today for the first time for a while to find that Mrs B 'weeded' a lot of green manure yesterday.  :facepalm:

Ah well, she chucked it in the compost, so all is not lost.
Title: Re: What have you done on the plot today?
Post by: Palinurus on October 09, 2012, 12:50:43 pm
So our allotments are under threat from development, which means I get to go to lots of meetings with allotment holders. They tend to be a bit older than me, at least the ones that go to meetings are.

About a year ago a storage unit made out of a shipping container appeared on the allotment. In the last week we've found out that it's for our use and we have a key. So, the meeting was asked, what do we use it for?

"tea" was the first answer.

"sex" was the second.
Title: Re: What have you done on the plot today?
Post by: Bledlow on October 14, 2012, 06:10:30 pm
Planted garlic while Mrs B harvested pak choi for dinner.

She's just admitted that she picked too much.
Title: Re: What have you done on the plot today?
Post by: Welsh Man on October 27, 2012, 12:37:13 pm
Planting my new mini orchard this afternoon , Apple , pear and plum tress.

 ;D
Title: Re: What have you done on the plot today?
Post by: Pancho on October 29, 2012, 06:49:01 pm
Garlic all in now.

Not much left to do for the rest of the year - except dig everything over and put it all to bed for winter.
Title: Re: What have you done on the plot today?
Post by: Chris S on November 02, 2012, 11:02:37 am
Not much left to do for the rest of the year - except dig everything over and put it all to bed for winter.

If the local farmers are anything to judge by, you need to tip huge amounts of shit all over it, and leave it to fester for a while before digging it in.
Title: Re: What have you done on the plot today?
Post by: Bledlow on November 10, 2012, 01:39:14 pm
Went up there yesterday to pick some komatsuna (Japanese greens) & found the garlic was sprouting. Is that good, or is it too early & making it vulnerable to the winter cold?

Last daikon lifted, along with the last of the late planted chantenay carrots. Only stuff still pickable is pak choi.
Title: Re: What have you done on the plot today?
Post by: Bledlow on December 08, 2012, 07:58:55 pm
I was re-arranging storage to optimise use of the plot (i.e. putting it under the trees where nothing thrives, thus freeing up the good bit under where it is now), when the French bloke on the next plot offered me some of his surplus raspberry canes.  :thumbsup:

More than I have room for, in fact. I've offered the excess to the next door neighbour.
Title: Re: What have you done on the plot today?
Post by: Pancho on December 08, 2012, 08:43:54 pm
Not much left to do for the rest of the year - except dig everything over and put it all to bed for winter.

If the local farmers are anything to judge by, you need to tip huge amounts of shit all over it, and leave it to fester for a while before digging it in.

Which is largely what I tend to do as well! If I'm lazy, it's leave mould from elsewhere in the garden. If I'm energetic with the barrow it's the Real Thing from a stable down the road. But it's time consuming and tiring so the garden often goes without. I quite often think of buying a cheap bike trailer purely for this purpose.
Title: Re: What have you done on the plot today?
Post by: hellymedic on December 10, 2012, 01:13:05 am
Ate some of the late tomatoes, still ripening on the vines despite plants dying back. They are much more tasty than the bland pulp of the early season.
Title: Re: What have you done on the plot today?
Post by: Wascally Weasel on December 10, 2012, 02:17:02 am
Lost it.  ;D
Title: Re: What have you done on the plot today?
Post by: Tail End Charlie on December 10, 2012, 08:04:51 pm
I pulled some parsnips and leeks and have just had them for tea. Parsnips both mashed and roasted and leeks steamed.
Still find it hard to get ALL the soil out of the leeks though. No matter how much I was them, some crunchiness always remains.

Put some more chippings down on some of the paths, much more to do yet though.

Tomorrow it's gooseberry pruning time.
Title: Re: What have you done on the plot today?
Post by: Bledlow on December 14, 2012, 01:24:48 pm
Over the last couple of days I've planted the donated raspberry canes, finished moving all the storage & the assorted junk the previous tenant left behind to its new location, repaired a raised bed with some skip timber (declining the offer of other stuff from the skip), burned a load of brambles, including roots, lifted the old carpets which were under the old location of the storage (discovering in the process that the path had encroached on the plot a bit), dug in a log to help mark the edge of the plot a bit better & started marking out the new locations for paths & beds now the storage is sorted out.

On schedule for getting everything ready in time for planting.
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Post by: Wobbly John on December 27, 2012, 12:25:28 pm
Really struggled to get parsnips out of the ground before Christmas. they have gone down into the very heavy clay, and the top 'spit's worth' is so waterlogged and sticky that it offers no leverage. I still have 2 rows (10 metre rows) of them to dig as well as 2 rows of carrots.  :-\

Yesterday I managed to burn up all the tree & shrub clippings I had built up down at the allotment (2-3 cubic metres of them) using Christmas pressie boxes & wrapping to get it going.  :smug:
Title: Re: What have you done on the plot today?
Post by: Bledlow on January 26, 2013, 09:31:51 pm
Busy busy busy!

After weeks of being ill on & off but mostly on, & only being fit to do anything for a couple of days, then it all being covered in snow, fine weather coincided with wellness, at last.

Marked out the new beds & paths on my plan. Roughly dug one bed & mulched it with the heap of vegetation I piled up last summer (rotted enough - the worms can finish it off). That'll be for potatoes, which shouldn't mind the rough digging & incompletely rotted mulch. hacked down the green manure on another bed which was prepared last year, to start getting it ready for planting. Started digging another new bed, half of which was previously under carpet (the previous tenant was very keen on carpets) & was packed down hard. Filled with stones (garnered from vegetable beds) a hole in a path which filled with water when it rained heavily. Laid a couple of old strips of left behind carpet on paths, after scraping off all the stuff growing on & through them, & the earth adhering to them. That'll provide something to walk on that isn't mud until I can sort out a more permanent covering.

After that lot I felt a bit tired, so gave up. I may be restored to health, but I've lost a lot of fitness.
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Post by: Tail End Charlie on January 30, 2013, 04:43:33 pm
Checked on the rhubarb which I started forcing two weeks ago. The stalks are appreciably bigger than the uncovered ones already.
Saw there had been a delivery of wood chippings, so nipped down and got in early to grab a load for the paths.
Tidied up the rear of the plot and tied some pallets together to make two more compost bins. I'll earmark one of these for leaf mould as there is a huge pile of leaves which the council have delivered.
Love mornings like that, lots achieved in really windy weather.
Title: Re: What have you done on the plot today?
Post by: Bledlow on January 31, 2013, 10:55:11 am
Of the three new beds I decided to make (that part of the plot had been neglected long enough for boundaries to disappear, & part of it had been used for storage which I've moved under the trees at the site boundary, hence new plots were needed), two are done, & the third is cleared of all the carpets, marked out & half dug. Digging's a bit slow because of all the roots which need to be got out. There were lots of nettles there. Stones, too, which are going to paths.

Buried a dead rat, in case it had died of poisoning. I'd not like a cat or fox to suffer from eating it.
Title: Re: What have you done on the plot today?
Post by: graculus on February 02, 2013, 02:13:04 pm
Went up there for a couple of hours this morning as it was the first time being free and good weather had coincided for a couple of weeks.
Split some chunks of the rhubarb root for friends who want some and my Dad (whose existing clump had all but died).
Cut down autumn raspberry canes from last year and pruned blackcurrant bush.
Dug up the remaining leeks - mostly pencil sized, they didn't do at all well this year.
Picked a few kale leaves.
Surprised that there was only one other person on the site given how sunny it was.
Title: Re: What have you done on the plot today?
Post by: Pancho on February 02, 2013, 03:14:56 pm
Rescued a flower bed from overwinter neglect and early brambles. There are very few flowers I actually appreciate so this bed will soon be filled with more edible and productive greenery. As it's next to the "formal" lawn, I'll make some nod towards appearances by maybe making it a herb and strawberry patch.

My job for this afternoon (ie now - the rugby's on in 50 minutes) is to chainsaw off a tree branch. I've been procrastinating as I really don't like chainsaws.

If I don't post again, it'll be because I've lopped my arm off and am unable to type - or I've just died from bloodloss; expired out of sight of the house.
Title: Re: What have you done on the plot today?
Post by: Pancho on February 02, 2013, 04:20:34 pm
My job for this afternoon (ie now - the rugby's on in 50 minutes) is to chainsaw off a tree branch. I've been procrastinating as I really don't like chainsaws.

If I don't post again, it'll be because I've lopped my arm off and am unable to type - or I've just died from bloodloss; expired out of sight of the house.


Back safe. The tree lost the limb, as intended, and I have retained all mine (also as intended). Still really don't like chainsaws, though.
Title: Re: What have you done on the plot today?
Post by: Wobbly John on February 17, 2013, 09:05:53 pm
Over the weekend, I've harvested the last of the leeks and parsnips and also dug as many carrots as we need. The cleared ground has been rotovated. I also planted a couple of rows of broad beans.
Title: Re: What have you done on the plot today?
Post by: Bledlow on February 18, 2013, 10:21:11 pm
Almost finished Mrs B's pond. Tomorrow I'll finish it. Let's hope that the frogs & toads find it.

This'll clear the way for digging over the last & smallest of the new vegetable beds, the extra one I realised I could fit in after measuring up around the pond. I've not decided yet what to put in it this year. All the old raised (or at least, plank bordered) beds have been refurbished, though some new timber wouldn't go amiss in a few places. Not much left to do in the way of clearing, new beds, new paths, moving stuff, etc., & almost all the digging's done. Mostly tweaking round the edges (there's always some of that) & planting, for now.

The allotment looks very different from the overgrown wilderness we took over last summer. I spotted some little hardy geraniums springing up, though. Have to keep an eye on them. They were all over half the plot before our campaign of elimination began (Mrs B is a very enthusiastic & effective destroyer of weeds - the difficult part is keeping her from devastating crops), & obviously (& unsurprisingly) some bits of root were missed.

Carrots & some radishes planted. The neighbours with who we share the plot have planted broad beans. Rhubarb's looking healthy, as is the garlic. The leeks planted last year (thinnings given by another allotment holder) are still a bit small to harvest. Of the three currant seedlings obtained last year, only the blackcurrant seems to have survived, which is annoying. I have blackcurrant cuttings a-plenty, & I wouldn't have cared much if it had died. I wanted the red & white to thrive.

The council hedge trimming revealed that the occupiers of one of the new houses backing on to the site have been throwing their grass clippings & leaves over the fence. Gratefully received & put where they'll rot down, but I wish they'd be tidier, & chuck 'em over in a slightly more convenient place. I have a big plastic bin left behind by the previous tenant. Should I put it up against the fence with a sign saying "Grass clippings and leaves in here, please"?  ;D
Title: Re: What have you done on the plot today?
Post by: Bledlow on April 06, 2013, 07:55:49 pm
Thiose radishes,  & the winter peas I also planted, are coming up, albeit slowly. No signof carrots. I'll assume them lost.

Lovely day. Several people on the allotments.

I fixed the deficiencies of the pond I made for Mrs B, & took a chance on some planting. Fingers crossed!
Title: Re: What have you done on the plot today?
Post by: Bledlow on April 12, 2013, 09:32:15 pm
When it was briefly warmish, in the dim & distant past, I planted some carrot seeds. Since they were well overdue, no signs of life at all after several weeks, I decided a few days ago that sometime next week I'd hoe those rows & re-plant.

But today, Mrs B & I paid a brief visit to the allotment - and they've sprouted! Oh frabjous day!
Title: Re: What have you done on the plot today?
Post by: Pancho on April 12, 2013, 09:36:08 pm
Maybe my parsnips are still alive as well, then.

I'll be out there tomorrow.
Title: Re: What have you done on the plot today?
Post by: Bledlow on April 13, 2013, 11:58:06 pm
I am now a member of the East Reading Horticultural Society.

Search engines don't believe in it, so here's the URL - http://www.erhs.org.uk/index.html (http://www.erhs.org.uk/index.html)

Bizarrely, the large allotment site where it has its trading shed is only half-used despite having 30 people waiting for plots. The uncultivated part was abandoned by the council in 1990 when demand for allotments was low, & a few years ago the council decided it would pay people to manage the whole of the abandoned section for wildlife (BTW, it's next to a wildlife reserve which is larger than the entire site) rather than bring any of it back into use for allotments.

Although managed by Reading Borough Council, the site is in Wokingham Borough. In Earley, the part of that borough which includes the site, the waiting list for allotments was closed when it reached seven years. So, we have a half-used allotment site with a waiting list of over a year, surrounded by people who want allotments.  When Earley council asked Reading if it would be willing to discuss handing over the site, the response was "there were no current plans to transfer the management of the site because all of the plots were in use and there was a waiting list". When Earley asked about re-opening the currently abandoned part of the site, Reading first said it didn't have a budget for that :facepalm: Somehow, it couldn't connect the two requests. Eventually, at a meeting at the request of the Earley voluntary group trying to get access & Earley council, Reading said that if someone else came up with a plan & funding it might consider it. Are these people thick, or just deliberately obstructive? Why wasn't that the first response?

OK, maybe this should have been in the rant thread.
Title: Re: What have you done on the plot today?
Post by: Tail End Charlie on April 15, 2013, 08:47:35 pm
Finally planted something - broad beans. These are usually in around a month ago. Guess they'll catch up though.
Also put some shallots in.
Did a bit of weeding, amazing how dandelions grow so well even when it's so cold.
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Post by: nuttycyclist on April 15, 2013, 10:35:22 pm
Bailed the water off the plot.    Weeded (sort of).    Emptied compost bin onto plot.


Some point this week I'll dig it all in and see if I can get some seeds in.   Hadn't done them earlier as I was waiting for the frosts and rain to stop.
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Post by: SteveC on April 27, 2013, 08:11:43 pm
First decent weekend day when I haven't been committed to something else.  I have been busy. Three fifteen minute hits of weeding in the veg bed; edged the front lawn, edged the veg bed; strimmed and flymowed the back lawn; tidied the green house (including harvesting the 'Christmas' potatoes);  pricked out loads of seedlings; run the weed wand over the patio; and moved the furniture back up onto the lawn.
Then we decided it was warm enough for a drink sitting on said furniture!   :smug:
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Post by: a lower gear on April 29, 2013, 10:20:31 pm
The smallest gear (age 13) has started the Scouts smallholder badge (http://members.scouts.org.uk/supportresources/596/smallholder-activity-badge/?cat=7,64,172&moduleID=10), going for this option: 1. Cultivate an area of garden or an allotment for a period agreed beforehand with the leadership team;  2. Grow successfully ... eight types of plant; 3. Discuss the work done and the results achieved.

So on the Saturday we rolled back part of the the silage sheet that has covered my veg patch these last few years and dug 150 ft2, raked, traded, raked, and planted short rows of : carrots, beetroot, salad leaves, radishes, onions, peas, broad beans, one wigwam of runner beans, and three potatoes (sprouty ones from the bottom of the kitchen vegetable cupboard).

Some of the seed was pretty old so he may have to replant ones that fail to come up. No idea how the potatoes will do. Its an interesting experiment and there's plenty of time to replant with newer seed if necessary.

He's keeping a diary augmented by photos - will post a couple of images when he downloads his camera.

It was good to introduce him to veg gardening.

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Post by: Bledlow on May 02, 2013, 10:40:56 am
I haz liddle tater plants. None showing on Monday, one on Tuesday, two on Wednesday.  :thumbsup:

And the second lot of komatsuna is showing already.  :thumbsup:

All three of the currant bushes I bought last autumn (red, white & black) are now sprouting merrily, as are all the raspberry canes I got from a neighbour. I thought some of both had died.

The new pond is now teeming with small invertebrates. Lots of little crustaceans, a few water beetles, & a couple of snails. Plenty of algae & a bit of pondweed. Apart from the pondweed & the snails (donated by a neighbour) they all made their own way to it.

Life, life everywhere!
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Post by: Bledlow on May 11, 2013, 10:12:23 pm
Now I haz loads of tater plants, loadsa runner beans, & the first dwarf French beans showing. And of the four types of Japanese veggies which I put in pots in the airing cupboard, three have germinated with success rates of 85 to 100%.

Got to cut the grass on the paths, though, & no sign of the fourth lot germinating. Also, I mixed up the aubergines & cucumbers, so I'm not sure which lot have succeeded.  :facepalm: I think I may have cucumbers, from looking at pictures of seedlings.
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Post by: ferret on May 12, 2013, 05:31:09 pm
One of my customers has a rather splendid pond, however it has been invaded by blanket weed,
does anybody have any suggestions on how to clear it, all I know is to use a stick or rake and pull it out by hand.
It is a large pond fed from a land drain so plenty of nutrients getting in that way plus it is silted up a bit so the water warms up and the other plants like lilies & rushes aren't that established, I'm thinking it needs a lot of the sediment taking out then regular raking to get the blanket weed out allowing the other plants to get established and therefore out compete the blanket weed, how does that sound.
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Post by: longers on May 19, 2013, 10:12:44 pm
Managed six and a half hours today, it's looking fair tidy, not getting cocky but it's nice to see where the hard work has gone.
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Post by: IanDG on May 19, 2013, 10:19:21 pm
Finished the raised beds (https://www.facebook.com/photo.php?fbid=10151679921898092&set=a.10151679921383092.1073741825.571753091&type=1&theater) with Josh (son#2) and he planted the first one up.
Title: Re: What have you done on the plot today?
Post by: Bledlow on May 19, 2013, 11:04:01 pm
One of my customers has a rather splendid pond, however it has been invaded by blanket weed,
does anybody have any suggestions on how to clear it, all I know is to use a stick or rake and pull it out by hand.
It is a large pond fed from a land drain so plenty of nutrients getting in that way plus it is silted up a bit so the water warms up and the other plants like lilies & rushes aren't that established, I'm thinking it needs a lot of the sediment taking out then regular raking to get the blanket weed out allowing the other plants to get established and therefore out compete the blanket weed, how does that sound.
Sounds about right to me, but I'm no expert.

AFAIK blanket weed grows like mad when there are loads of nutrients & not enough competition & grazers. The RHS says summat - http://apps.rhs.org.uk/advicesearch/Profile.aspx?PID=162 (http://apps.rhs.org.uk/advicesearch/Profile.aspx?PID=162)

So far, the algae in my little pond seems to be kept down by snails (their grazing leaves tracks on the pond liner), & perhaps the hordes of Daphnia visible in the water.

After a little skip diving, I had enough timber (nearly new roof timbers, from a house which had been built bigger than its planning permission & is being partly rebuilt) to edge the upper side of the last bed that needed it, & the lower side of the last bed with nothing to stop its soil from sliding down the slope. Did I mention the plot is on a slope?

It's now pretty much fully terraced, with all the beds brought up to at least the level of the path - well, when they're filled up. Some of 'em need more soil, &  the main need is for organic material. There's clay mixed with sand only a little way below the surface. Compost is being made as fast as possible, leaves are stacked up & mouldering (with more to be added, come autumn), & humus being dug from the bottom of the waste heap in the not-part-of-any-plot corner of the site, handily adjacent to our plot. Some people throw away anything woody, or with a weed root in it, or which won't fit in their small compost bin - & several years later, it's turned into nice crumbly brown stuff.  :thumbsup:
Title: Re: What have you done on the plot today?
Post by: Tail End Charlie on May 20, 2013, 09:59:44 pm
Netted my gooseberries.
Thinned out the broad beans and used the transplants elsewhere.
Added a level to a raised bed as part of my master plan to give extra protection to the sweetcorn when I transfer them from the greenhouse to the plot.
Planted parsnips into sieved soil.
Put up some netting for the mangetout to climb up.

All in all, a good day.
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Post by: Tail End Charlie on May 31, 2013, 11:03:55 am
Planted out sweetcorn (although they are still under glass).
Mulched and netted more gooseberries.
Planted beetroot and more parsnips into sieved soil.

Mangetout coming up nicely now.
Broad beans looking good.
And the odd climbing bean poking its nose out.
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Post by: ferret on May 31, 2013, 10:36:13 pm
five hours of weeding, in fantastic sunshine, bring it on !!
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Post by: Tail End Charlie on June 11, 2013, 03:45:57 am
Parsnips growing now, sweetcorn coming on apace. Lettuce plumping up well.
Planted some mangetout plants out to clamber up a frame.
Strawberry and gooseberry crop looks promising. The plum trees also have a good number of plums developing, which is great as last year I didn't get one.

Pleased with my Hungarian rye grass. I use it as a green manure and, as the seed is quite expensive, this year I've left some to seed. They have developed ears (exactly like corn) and are over six feet tall. They look lovely when swaying in the wind. It'll be a while before they are ripe enough to harvest though.
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Post by: Bledlow on June 11, 2013, 12:07:28 pm
In the last couple of days I've put up some poles for my runner beans to climb, added taller pea sticks because the peas were outgrowing the first lot, & transferred the cucumbers & tomatoes to bigger pots, from which they'll go into the ground before long. And weeding.

Lots of stuff growing. We've been eating radishes & komatsuna for a while, as well as assorted salad leaves from the window boxes. Had to plant more parsley. Pea pods a-plenty, but it'll be a while before they fill out.

I'm tempted to fiddle around under the biggest potato plant to see what's there. Maybe some tasty new taters. Big, bushy, & flowering nicely.
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Post by: longers on June 11, 2013, 12:55:32 pm
Pleased with my Hungarian rye grass. I use it as a green manure and, as the seed is quite expensive, this year I've left some to seed. They have developed ears (exactly like corn) and are over six feet tall. They look lovely when swaying in the wind. It'll be a while before they are ripe enough to harvest though.

I'd be very interested to hear how you get on with this if you don't mind keeping us informed.
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Post by: Pancho on June 11, 2013, 10:34:57 pm
Found that 50% of my squashes are growing. Had abandoned them thinking they'd succumbed to cold.but starting to clear the bed, I find them
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Post by: Bledlow on June 12, 2013, 12:32:17 pm
Flower buds on some of my onions & garlic. What to do?

It seems that it may be due to the late cold spell. It may have fooled 'em by resembling a second winter.
Title: Re: What have you done on the plot today?
Post by: longers on June 12, 2013, 05:33:00 pm
Unless someone has a better idea - we just nip them off.
Title: Re: What have you done on the plot today?
Post by: Tail End Charlie on June 12, 2013, 10:22:42 pm
Pleased with my Hungarian rye grass. I use it as a green manure and, as the seed is quite expensive, this year I've left some to seed. They have developed ears (exactly like corn) and are over six feet tall. They look lovely when swaying in the wind. It'll be a while before they are ripe enough to harvest though.

I'd be very interested to hear how you get on with this if you don't mind keeping us informed.

Will do, longers. I can't see why it shouldn't work and am looking forward to harvesting with my sickle !! Or a pair of scissors.
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Post by: Bledlow on June 13, 2013, 12:15:03 pm
Unless someone has a better idea - we just nip them off.
That was my first thought (& I've now done it), but I found suggestions that it might not be wise. What the hell. If I don't snip, I expect I get puny bulbs because everything's gone into flowering,.
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Post by: Bledlow on June 16, 2013, 06:54:05 pm
Thinning out cabbages yesterday. Ate some as greens - & they were a grave disappointment. Flavour OK, but too tough. I wonder why.
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Post by: Tail End Charlie on June 19, 2013, 05:42:46 pm
Bledlow, are your cabbages really that advanced? Mine are nowhere near and the leaves on them are the tough outer leaves. Were you trying to eat these?

Everything is growing well now, just need to keep the pigeons, birds, mice and slugs at bay.
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Post by: Bledlow on June 20, 2013, 11:57:03 am
They seemed ready for greens.

Perhaps I didn't trim enough outer leaves off. I'll let 'em grow longer & make sure that next time we only use the hearts. I've not grown cabbages since I was a child, & helping my grandparents, so I'm having to re-learn stuff.

I've been advised that the outer leaves are best cut up into small strips & stir-fried, or used for wrapping things (as in stuffed cabbage leaves).
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Post by: Bledlow on June 22, 2013, 08:18:34 pm
Picked my first peas. Just a couple of pods, to see what they're like. Very sweet.
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Post by: Tail End Charlie on June 23, 2013, 07:48:17 am
Apart from rhubarb, I've only had lettuce and broad bean tops from my plot so far this year. Everything will catch up though.
I'd say Gooseberries are only a week away, everything else a good while longer.

My plan planting parsnips into sieved soil seems to be working, they are growing well and hopefully the roots won't fork.

Need lots of sunshine to make the sweetcorn grow. I suspect it'll be like other years where the time runs out and I end up with nothing from them, which, given the care and attention I've lavished on them, will be disappointing.
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Post by: Bledlow on June 24, 2013, 06:45:37 pm
Some of the garlic leaves were turning yellow, so I thought I'd lift 'em & see what I've got.

White rot.  :facepalm: I think I'd better lift the lot & see what can be salvaged. The third & fourth plants I lifted showed no sign of it, & had big healthy bulbs, looking ready to eat, so I may still get a respectable crop.

Ah well, now I know where to transplant the cabbage & kale thinnings to.
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Post by: Bledlow on June 29, 2013, 07:10:55 pm
Debbie next door has enormous turnips.
Title: Re: What have you done on the plot today?
Post by: longers on July 06, 2013, 06:54:53 pm
We ate our first strawberry of the year. Half each.
Title: Re: What have you done on the plot today?
Post by: perpetual dan on July 06, 2013, 10:33:05 pm
We have a steep garden (matches our 3 storey house) and the retaining walls / terracing are a bit iffy, or even missing, in places. It hasn't been helped by some over enthusiastic weeding of grassy "weeds" that were holding the soil together. Mrs Dan the Misses Dan are away this weekend, so I'm starting on some new, timber, retaining walls to add to and replace the existing ones. Today was a bit hot really, but found me digging round old roots, chalk and flits to put new boards into the soil and hammering post holders into the same ground. I went and hid indoors for most of the afternoon - as well as being steep the garden is also south facing!
One post is rather wonky but not coming out and progress hasn't been as fast as I hoped, but there's soil being held up the hill that wasn't this morning. You can pencil me in for a similar post tomorrow.
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Post by: Tail End Charlie on July 10, 2013, 08:19:16 pm
I have great hopes about my sweetcorn this year. Compared to those of anyone else, mine are much more advanced so my idea of raising the wood around the raised beds, allowing me to keep the glass on that bit longer may have paid off. Fingers crossed.
The lettuce under the sweetcorn is fantastic aswell. Already had several heads.
Gooseberries are days away from picking. Those not netted have gone but I have plenty more.
The globe artichokes are developing well. the beast of a plant is about 7 foot by 7 foot. I was going to dig it up this year, but didn't have the heart.
Strawberry plants are not good though, I think I need to replace them. This time least year I had loads, I thought I had replaced some with newer plants, but perhaps not.
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Post by: Palinurus on July 17, 2013, 06:58:05 pm
Yesterday picked some cherries and made some jam.

Maybe the last crop of cherries- barring a legal challenge the allotment will be redeveloped. Might get another season out of it if lucky.

Potatoes doing well, borlotti beans, broad beans, onions, plenty stuff growing. I'm going on holiday next week but would almost rather stay home and potter around.
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Post by: Bledlow on July 18, 2013, 09:26:38 am
Picked my first outdoor grown cucumber* yesterday. A Japanese variety: short & a bit spiky. Mrs B was pleased.

[Edit - 5 days later]
*My first ever home grown cucumber. Now ripening at the rate of at least one a day, with enough growing to keep us going for weeks. We've started giving 'em away, along with lettuce.
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Post by: Eccentrica Gallumbits on July 20, 2013, 05:50:53 pm
I just put some chili plants with little fruits on into my window boxes, so I hope the good weather holds enough for them to grow and ripen.
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Post by: Tail End Charlie on July 22, 2013, 09:45:20 pm
Had a super meal of shallots, broad beans, mangetout and lettuce the last couple of days. So good to be able to eat so fresh.
I had it with samphire and squid (not from the allotment!!).
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Post by: Bledlow on August 18, 2013, 02:42:34 pm
Just picked six cucumbers.

Picked eight on Friday, four on Wednesday, & so on for the last month. Even Mrs B can't eat that many.  I've not noticed neighbours hiding when they see me coming with cucumbers yet, but it may yet happen.
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Post by: Bledlow on August 21, 2013, 09:04:10 am
My tomatoes are turning red at last!

I was starting to worry that my Japanese variety needed hotter weather than we get here.
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Post by: Tail End Charlie on August 21, 2013, 09:18:08 pm
First sweetcorn yesterday. It was a little under ripe, but so tasty nonetheless. Hopefully many more to come. They really are worth the effort.
The Hungarian rye grass needs harvesting and then dehusking.
Loads of French and climbing beans gathered, love them.
And about six huge blackberries, very very tasty. When they're that good, I don't even mind the pips getting stuck between my teeth.

Cleared a bed and planted some lettuce, should get a few leaves from them.

It's our allotment show in a couple of weeks, need to decide what I'm going to exhibit.
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Post by: hellymedic on August 22, 2013, 01:58:52 am
My tomatoes are turning red at last!

I was starting to worry that my Japanese variety needed hotter weather than we get here.

Our tomatoes appear nowhere near redness. There again, I was feeding Giraffe home-grown tomatoes just before the last AUK AGM.
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Post by: Bledlow on August 28, 2013, 05:58:35 pm
We started eating our garden tomatoes yesterday, & today went to the allotment to do some watering & pick a few things, & found the tomatoes affected by the dread B word.  :( Slight so far, but now it's a race between ripening & death. We picked a few ripe ones.

Picked a load of runner beans to give away, & a Savoy cabbage to eat.
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Post by: Tail End Charlie on September 11, 2013, 06:06:43 pm
Saturday was the area allotment show. I've never shown anything before but thought I'd have a go this year. Entered three beetroot, two sweetcorn, a vase of dahlias and five plums. Hardest thing was getting them to the scout hut intact on my bike.

The sweetcorn won second prize and the plums third !! So if you want to see a picture of prize winning sweetcorn, here they are (very tasty when I ate them later in the day aswell)

(http://i41.tinypic.com/2eci5x1.jpg)

It was good fun entering and I really enjoyed it, some people take it really seriously. Next year I'll go for the "comical vegetable" award (this year various deformed parsnips and carrots were the entries).
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Post by: Bledlow on September 17, 2013, 10:30:48 pm
Dug up some taters today (I like tater-digging. I love the buried treasure aspect). Two varieties: Charlotte, & Rocket. The latter should really have been dug up earlier, despite going in late, but I've had too many, so left a lot in the ground - to the delight of the slugs, as I found today. :(  Only a few ruined, but quite a lot of superficial damage.

The Charlottes, on the other hand, are in excellent shape.
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Post by: Palinurus on September 23, 2013, 10:00:24 pm
I also dug up some potatoes, big ones. Had jacket potatoes a few hours later with roasted veg (tomatoes, onions and courgettes from the allotment and peppers and mushrooms from Sainsbury's).

Harvested the Borlotti beans I'd allowed to dry in their pods.

Had to clean up a lot because I've not been for a while. Found out we have huge pumpkins and a few good sized squash. Also some late raspberries, some apples- a trailer full of produce today.
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Post by: Tail End Charlie on October 03, 2013, 04:41:08 pm
After harvesting my Hungarian Rye grass, which I'd let develop, (rather then digging in in April), I had some of this ..
(http://i44.tinypic.com/20qhp1j.jpg)

After dehusking and blowing out the chaff, I've got some of this...
(http://i39.tinypic.com/rjkr3t.jpg)

Now I need to plant to over-winter in the spare ground I have. I can't see any reason why it shouldn't work.   
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Post by: longers on October 05, 2013, 09:05:32 pm
Looks good that does. Will have to have a go ourselves and see what yield we get. Thankyou.
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Post by: Bledlow on October 07, 2013, 09:28:45 pm
I went to put some stuff in the compost bin today. As I took hold of the bit of old carpet on top of the compost, I felt heat on my hand, & when I lifted it off, I could feel warmth on my face. Really cooking in there.
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Post by: Bledlow on October 22, 2013, 03:09:30 pm
Decided I hadn't planted enough garlic, & thought that since the supermarket garlic I planted last year tasted so good (much better than originally - maybe it's the freshness), it'd be nice to plant some of that. But a small patch of the bed had suffered from allium white rot, so I didn't want to risk putting any of it in the ground, even the apparently unaffected bulbs.

Easy answer: plant some in pots of compost. I now have a row of pots on a windowsill, where they'll get the most sun.

First sproutings from the autumn onion sets. Last lot sprouted early as well, & came through the winter well.

Still getting some runner beans! Cabbages & kale yielding well, & leeks coming along nicely, so no worries for greens. Mrs B is very pleased with the flavour of the Durham Early cabbages (which weren't ready early!).
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Post by: nicknack on December 04, 2013, 03:24:07 pm
Planted 30 trees. Another 60 to go. Back is complaining already.
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Post by: Bledlow on December 06, 2013, 07:32:43 pm
Ripped out rotten plank on a raised bed & replaced it with the old roof timber that's been sitting around for six months waiting for a tuit.
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Post by: woollypigs on December 27, 2013, 11:30:01 am
Not me but dog, she started to nibble our last remaining wild strawberry, just as it was nearly ripe.
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Post by: SteveC on January 05, 2014, 03:05:22 pm
Yesterday I started the annual 'I'm going to be more organised next year so I don't end up with hundreds of pots to clean in the depths of winter' cleaning of the pots.
Whilst doing this I found some bulbs which are beginning to sprout and some seeds.
So today, as well as continuing with the 'I'm...cleaning...', I have sown some honesty seeds (supposed to be done in autumn but I'll give them a go and planted the bulbs.
And I have ordered seeds: chillies, tomatoes and cucumbers.

I am going to be more optimistic about the garden this year, whatever the weather does to it!
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Post by: SteveC on January 11, 2014, 04:31:59 pm
Grabbing the opportunity of a dry day at a weekend in January!
We have some steps going up from our patio to the lawn. When we moved, these were framed by a cherry tree and a leylandii-type conifer. The latter went very shortly after we moved in, and to keep the sense of separation between the two areas, we put an arch in with a rose climbing over it. The arch lasted a few years and was replaced (they've both been fairly light metal structures as MrsC doesn't like things to be too solid-looking in the garden). The second arch has now come to the end of its time and, rather than replace it, I've removed it and trained the rose into a wild pear nearby. It's made quite a difference to the way that bit of the garden looks. We'll have to see whether we like it or not come the summer.
Good to be outdoors and dry!
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Post by: Bledlow on January 12, 2014, 11:16:29 pm
Up to yesterday . .
Moved rhubarb. That was hard work. Big hole needed (with plenty of muck in it), & the roots were bigger than I expected. But now it has its own bed, with (I hope) enough room.

Pruned overhanging oak trees, to let a bit more light into one corner, especially to the hedge between the plot & the git whose garden backs onto that bit.

Spread a load of rotted leaf mould onto one bed as a mulch. Hope it's taken down by the worms by the time I want to plant.
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Post by: oddballdave on January 13, 2014, 06:19:55 pm
Have you moved your garlic pots outside? They (like rhubarb) like a bit of frost, which is why we plant on shortest day.

My garlic bed was nice and sparkly yesterday morning.
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Post by: Bledlow on January 13, 2014, 08:14:01 pm
My garlic has never been inside, & is flourishing. Most is on the allotment, but I have some in pots as a backup, in case of the dreaded allium white rot which affected part of the crop last year. Planted in a different bed this year, of course, & all bought-in fresh stock, no re-using old cloves, but better safe than sorry.
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Post by: Tail End Charlie on January 21, 2014, 04:20:06 pm
Pruned some of my gooseberry bushes. Boy, those thorns are vicious.
Dug over some of the beds and tried to get the horsetail out when I saw it. I know it'll be back.
Spread manure and leaf mould over a large part of the plot.
Knackered.
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Post by: Bledlow on January 23, 2014, 12:33:34 pm
One of the overhanging oak trees I pruned is now a stump. I thought it was on the boundary, but the council tells me that it's (just) the other side of it, & the owners of the two houses whose land it was on the boundary of jointly cut it down, because it was shading their gardens too much.

It's been there for decades. The houses were built in 2009. Gits.

Ah well, maybe the hedge will grow thicker now it's no longer shaded by the tree.
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Post by: spindrift on January 23, 2014, 07:24:55 pm
Demolished an old compost heap that had sort of burst, the stuff was rich and dark and crumbly so spread it over the kitchen garden about three inches thick, the worms will do the rest. It was warm enough to do the lawns so that's three big boxes of grass clippings mixed with chopped up leaves to get the new heap off to a good start, I lasagnered it with some of the old compost and some topsoil.

(http://farm3.staticflickr.com/2845/12106694263_16c88b8abb_m.jpg)

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Post by: spindrift on March 12, 2014, 10:28:48 pm
Allotment dug:

http://www.flickr.com/photos/99498418@N05/13109041504/lightbox/

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Post by: Pancho on March 15, 2014, 05:15:41 pm
Last weekend: Dug beds, spread mulch, cut back overgrowth, mowed lawn.

Repeat for 9 months...

(Which is fantastic by my book).
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Post by: SteveC on March 16, 2014, 05:55:06 pm
Sowed loads of seeds today: mostly salads and half-hardy annuals.
But just nice to be able to work outside after so long. I even ended up wearing shorts!
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Post by: Ham on March 16, 2014, 09:23:09 pm
Today's score:


Mahonia 0, Human 4
Compost 0, Bags 15

And, in a game that went to extra time after  being tied at 5 all, Bamboo 6, Human 7

I are knackered

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Post by: Bledlow on March 20, 2014, 05:11:16 pm
Planted some taters.

Onions & garlic looking good. Hoping for a good crop this year.
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Post by: Wobbly John on April 10, 2014, 09:39:02 pm
Allotment is about 3/4 planted up.

1st early taters are just through.

Took grandson down there to plant some french beans and mangetout peas yesterday:

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(http://i7.photobucket.com/albums/y252/wobblyjohn/P1080302_zpsb5f43a7c.jpg)

He's two and a half years old - start em young.

 :smug:
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Post by: spindrift on April 12, 2014, 05:57:28 pm
Tore tons of ivy off the back wall and let a lot more light in, tulips and Forget-Me-Nots:

(https://farm3.staticflickr.com/2892/13801940084_d840f7e4e8.jpg)
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Post by: Bledlow on April 13, 2014, 06:09:06 pm
1st early potatoes flourishing. Daikon & radishes just showing. Peas sprouting, but had to be protected from slugs. Some early cabbages showing - ditto. Onions & garlic growing very well.

After a leisurely ride, took a lost frog to the plot (there's a pond, plenty of cover, & abundant food there), & found it looking dry, so did a lot of watering.
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Post by: chris n on April 26, 2014, 09:06:45 pm
Planted broad bean, pea and French bean seeds. Got the potato patch ready so I can get the Charlottes and Desirees in tomorrow. Need to pick up some sweetcorn seeds and some tomato plants to full the rest of the garden.
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Post by: perpetual dan on April 27, 2014, 09:45:32 pm
Replaced one of the retaining "walls" (planks) in the hanging gardens of Dan for something more substantial and less held in place by old pipes. In the process one of the beds got a good dig!
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Post by: chris n on May 11, 2014, 07:15:27 am
Planted a block of sweet corn yesterday - that's all of the big spaces in the garden filled. Just waiting for some tomato plants to go in the raised beds then I'm done for the year. The peas and broad beans have started to sprout already. As have last year's potatoes. ::)
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Post by: Bledlow on May 12, 2014, 06:40:54 pm
Last few days:

I had a lot of celery seedlings crowded together in a square food container, so I transplanted them into fibre pots so when they're a bit bigger I can plant 'em outside without disturbing the roots again.

Put my tomato plants into bigger pots.

Planted shiso & choi sum.

Put in some sticks for the peas, because they're getting big enough to need it.

Weeding.

I also have some of last year's potatoes.
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Post by: Bledlow on May 15, 2014, 06:59:38 pm
My garlic has rust.  >:(

Nothing I can do about it, apparently, except hope that I can still harvest a reasonable crop. Most of the plants are pretty big, & have been for quite a while, so I may still get decent sized bulbs.

I also have a few in pots at home, & they're unaffected - and huge..

Doesn't seem to be bothering the onions. According to the RHS there's a good chance they'll be unaffected. But I won't be transplanting any leeks to the currently bare patch next to the garlic.
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Post by: perpetual dan on May 26, 2014, 04:25:26 pm
Yesterday I finished the hanging gardens of Dan (our garden rises to 3rd storey height in about 25m and I've been putting in wooden retaining walls for the terraced bit in the back half). The parts that I did last year have weathered in a bit and look better than the newer sections. Today we put some plans in and I got the bits to make a small pond, though by the time I got back I had lost enthusiasm for mucking about in the mud.
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Post by: perpetual dan on June 01, 2014, 10:20:11 pm
Shed at the top of the garden taken apart and taken to the tip. Whoever put it up had laid it on a few old bits of slab and some sand. Inevitably one corner had ended up below the soil line and rotted beyond salvage. I've been keeping it at bay since we moved it, but now its time for a new shed. In the process many spiders had to find a new home and we found a collection of snail shells and old charcoal that I presume rats had collected.

Also put a planting tub in the garden as a little pond.
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Post by: Bledlow on June 02, 2014, 12:23:54 pm
Pigeons had started getting at the cabbages, & I'd seen white wings fluttering around 'em, so I thought it was time to give them some protection.

I had some tanalised battens recovered from a neighbour's bathroom rebuild, & lots of netting left behind by the former plot holder, so I knocked together some frames to hold the netting. Plant ties to fasten bits of net to each other (the only piece of the fine stuff anywhere near big enough had been bagged by the neighbour we share the plot with for her currants & gooseberries) & the frames, a few pegs to hold down edges, & voila! Cabbages covered, & not a penny spent. The nails & plant ties cost, of course, but they've both been sitting around for ages (at least 10 years, for the nails).
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Post by: spindrift on June 03, 2014, 06:14:25 pm
found this in the back yard:

(https://farm3.staticflickr.com/2923/14284592546_6d22690438_b.jpg)

Giant hogweed. Scary stuff. NSFW and horrible:

http://www.google.co.uk/search?q=giant+hogweed+burns&safe=off&es_sm=122&source=lnms&tbm=isch&sa=X&ei=XwKOU-DgFfKY0QXeyIC4AQ&ved=0CAgQ_AUoAQ&biw=1366&bih=635
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Post by: clarion on June 12, 2014, 03:55:42 pm
Cleared a bit more of the overgrown beds and planted some stuff that could have done with going in ages ago, but we'll see what happens.
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Post by: Bledlow on June 13, 2014, 11:43:06 pm
Weeded.

Cut away some of the grass which had put roots into the pond, which should slow down the loss of water from it, so we don't have to top it up so much. We'd left it until now because it was providing cover for the frogs & toads. They have less now, but I think it's still plenty. I hope we didn't disturb them too much. Avoiding disturbance was another reason for not cutting it, but they seem used to us now, from us topping up the water. They usually hang around while we do it. Middle toad goggled at us from the middle of the pond while we did the grass clearing, but stayed in place.  :thumbsup: Pot the frog had come out earlier, but hopped off in a huff when Mrs B started cutting back the grass. Didn't see Notpot the other frog today, or either of the other toads. They seem to keep away from the pond.

After weeding, put cages over the sorry remnants of the choi sum. It was looking pretty damn good a few days ago - & then pigeons happened. Stripped every plant of most of its leaves in one day. I've planted some more in little pots at home, in case the stripped ones don't recover.

The feathered rats went for the neighbouring radishes while they were at it, but didn't touch the shiso. That's looking healthy, as is the other batch of radishes.

Celery's been planted out for a while, & is thriving. Onions are getting admiring comments: some of them are huge. Ate one tonight, & it made my eyes water. Quite potent. Had a look under a potato plant to check progress, & got a few baby new potatoes, but not enough to do any more.

The Japanese turnips looked very miserable after being transplanted (they'd been in a big pot), but have almost all perked up now. One of the Japanese cucumber plants has died. I think it got overheated when I had them under plastic. Should have taken if off earlier. The others are flourishing, though, shooting up.
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Post by: Pancho on June 15, 2014, 08:36:47 pm
Went to pick my strawbs. Found them all gone.
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Post by: Basil on June 15, 2014, 08:42:58 pm
Went to pick my strawbs. Found them all gone.

I think they broke up in 1980.
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Post by: clarion on June 17, 2014, 04:43:29 pm
Part of the disunion?
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Post by: clarion on June 17, 2014, 04:44:56 pm
I went out and pruned back the tree that's keeping the rain off the veggie beds.  Then I pruned back the tree that tries to block our access to the back garden.  Then I poured myself a cup of tea.  need to clear the last of the branches and water the plants later.
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Post by: Ruth on June 18, 2014, 07:14:14 pm
I've planted up some pots and hanging baskets in my back yard.  The baskets were here when I came, but I've replanted them for this summer, really just with a few random annuals so the yard didn't look too bare.  I brought the pots from my old house, again they were just quickly planted up with flowers as I didn't know when or where I would be moving house.

I've just seen this page http://www.deborahsilver.com/blog/tag/nicotiana-mutabilis/ and it's made me think I might like to be a bit more adventurous in my next container garden.  Again, my new place has a back yard I'll be able to sit in, but this one will accommodate my car (off street parking is good!).  I'm thinking I might even try to make some screening with trellis or something to section off the parking.  It'll all have to be containers though, the ground is all concrete.  Some really beautiful containers might make it something really special though. 

(https://farm6.staticflickr.com/5535/14429913996_7fa8b70cde_z.jpg) (https://flic.kr/p/nZ85GC)IMG_1246 (https://flic.kr/p/nZ85GC) by ruthturner3 (https://www.flickr.com/people//), on Flickr

This is now.    Sunshine in the morning in the summer, very private, very quiet, but on a Tuesday evening you can hear the bellringers practice at St Cuthbert's down the hill.  I love that.

I was thinking it might be nice to paint the metal furniture - maybe something mad, like bright pink.  Do hammerite do pink?  It's all a bit rusty now, more gris than verdi, so it needs done.  My new yard has white painted walls as well.
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Post by: mcshroom on June 18, 2014, 07:47:11 pm
There's a couple pink ones on here.
http://www.hammerite.co.uk/products/direct_to_rust_metal_paint_smooth_finish_colour_mixing.jsp

Don't know if either are bright enough.
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Post by: Ruth on June 18, 2014, 07:49:36 pm
I just saw that site M, I like the way they've mixed up different colours in their sample pictures.  I wonder if B+Q or Wilko''s would order some funky colours in for me?
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Post by: clarion on June 18, 2014, 09:30:48 pm
I cleared away the bits of tree I hacked off yesterday and trimmed back some brambles.  Then weeded the cabbages and watered everything.
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Post by: Bledlow on June 22, 2014, 11:15:39 pm
Dug out the bolted daikon. All gone to pot. Nothing edible. In the compost. But we're eating delicious lettuce (assorted), coriander, parsley, rocket, radishes, garlic, onions & new potatoes, & a few raspberries & strawberries. We'll have edible cucumbers & peas soon, & Japanese turnips (like big white mild radishes). We plan to eat our first shiso (a Japanese herb) tomorrow.

Mrs B decided to use the wheelie water butt (inherited from previous tenant) as I'd intended before noticing the crack in the bottom, i.e. filling it at the tap, wheeling it around the plot & dipping into it for water to pour on the beds. Much easier than trekking back & forth with watering cans (hoses verboten). She thought the crack was small enough that it'd hold water long enough - and she was right!  :thumbsup:

The plot has had a good watering.
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Post by: clarion on July 08, 2014, 04:54:56 pm
A very busy, if Quixotic, 24 hours.  I've been weeding and watering, of course, but planted some potatoes which had sprouted in the cupboard, and some broad beans from the community allotment we hadn't got round to eating quickly enough.  We'll see if they come up, though I suspect they won't.  Then I earthed up the spuds we planted earlier in the year.

I moved the strawberries into the sunshine in the hope of ripening the fruit before the snails get it.  And cleared some more of the fourth bed, though the brambles looked up at me with puppy eyes and I spotted the blackberries coming on nicely.  Maybe I'll leave it till the fruit is over.

Today I got out our tiny strimmer, and, thus armed, went into battle against the hayfield which has taken the place of our garden.  With a degree of success, though my hand is still buzzing twenty minutes later.

Beans and tomato are flowering.  Spuds and cabbage growing well.  Garlic putting out roots.  Pansies being a splash of colour.  Shallots coming up.  Onions making slow progress.  Celeriac...well, I think it might be doing OK, but I don't have a good record with root crops. :-[ 

I think we've been pretty lucky this year, considering we've had two years without being able to do anything, started late this year, and have had to do the gardening around the needs of a very curious bairn.
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Post by: SteveC on July 08, 2014, 08:24:53 pm
Just been out feeding all the containerised plants plus the tomatoes in the greenhouse.
That used to be part of a weekly ritual; every Monday evening. 'Feed and Fettle'. Tie in the tomatoes and anything else which needed it. Remove side shoots. Feed.
I used to really enjoy that. But somehow, like others have been finding with regard to bikes, the 'mojo' isn't quite there anymore.
I mean, there's lots to do out there, but I'm in here wittering on the computer.

Suggestions?
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Post by: clarion on July 08, 2014, 10:15:03 pm
No idea.  Personally, I'm scanning negs at the moment, so, while it's doing, I pop out and do something.

We had the first decent amount of produce today - chard.  It was nicer than I expected.  :)
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Post by: Bledlow on July 10, 2014, 01:02:35 pm
We've had a few meals with chard. We're doing well with greens, what with the chard, (Japanese) turnip & radish greens, & komatsuna.

Had some peas, but a disappointing crop this year. Hoping for better from the beans. Lots of flowers on them.

Onions & garlic are very sucessful, having to give away cucumbers, & we've started on the potatoes.

Lots of baby tomatoes, so fingers crossed.
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Post by: peliroja on July 14, 2014, 01:24:32 pm
I'm still astonished at how well our little yard-en (see what I did there?) is growing. My mum set us off and is now jealous of our little pocket of green and colour. We have herbs, potatoes, courgettes, wild strawberries, a cherry tree, nasturtiums, lavender (four types, in fact), cosmos, snapdragons, a freaky purple-and-yellow South African daisy that looks like it's fallen off a Dr Who set (Woolly got it free off the market), and lots of other colourful plants whose names I have failed to learn. Indoors, our chilli plant has almost reached the ceiling and is making an escape attempt out of the kitchen window.

We just need to find a use for the dark creeper-corner where the coal shed used to be. The ivy and honeysuckle are not doing well there as they don't see much sun.
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Post by: Ruth on July 14, 2014, 09:31:20 pm
Pictures please Vicky?
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Post by: peliroja on July 15, 2014, 12:24:57 pm
Ooh, there's an idea. I'll take some when the yard(en) isn't full of washing. :)
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Post by: hellymedic on July 16, 2014, 07:19:51 pm
Yarden is Hebrew for Jordan...
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Post by: Bledlow on July 17, 2014, 02:54:33 pm
Yard & garden are from the same root. Variants of the same word.
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Post by: clarion on July 23, 2014, 08:49:45 am
So Yardies and Gardai need not conflict? ;)
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Post by: Bledlow on July 27, 2014, 08:17:59 pm
Took this picture of Allotment Fox.
(http://i432.photobucket.com/albums/qq48/Bledlow/Gardening/IMG_0816.jpg) (http://s432.photobucket.com/user/Bledlow/media/Gardening/IMG_0816.jpg.html)
It was quite a long way off lotsa zoom), watching & waiting for us to leave.
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Post by: spindrift on July 28, 2014, 05:28:23 pm
You got Cabbage White caterpillars Bledlow? They're all over my nasturtiums. I don't mind 'em.
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Post by: Bledlow on July 29, 2014, 11:03:31 pm
It's not my plot.

There are a few nasturtiums growing wild in corners of my plot, but I've not noticed any caterpillars on 'em. My cabbages are netted for protection.
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Post by: Bledlow on August 02, 2014, 04:10:02 pm
Picked my first ever home-grown celery.
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Post by: hellymedic on December 23, 2014, 06:29:32 pm
Asked David to pick a few cherry tomatoes.
There are others, still ripening on the vine.
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Post by: Tail End Charlie on December 29, 2014, 07:22:50 pm
Dug up parsnips, scorzonera and salsify. Not had either of the last two before so look forward to trying.
Saving the Jerusalem Artichokes for when I'm alone.
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Post by: spindrift on January 02, 2015, 12:10:41 pm
Used the fishing net to scrape out dead leaves and pond weed from the pond, tipped two buckets of stinking black sludge on the compost.
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Post by: Moleman76 on March 30, 2015, 04:59:16 am
Harvested collard greens, as the plants were beginning to go to seed.  Washed the leaves, bagged to give most away to friends - far more than we can eat.

Finished weeding the asparagus patch - many shoots 1 inch high, one up about 8" (and had been visited by slugs)
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Post by: spindrift on April 13, 2015, 10:56:05 pm
Seedlings are dragged out into the sun:

(https://farm9.staticflickr.com/8729/17109516282_3d147a84e0.jpg)

Next batch stacked in the greenhouse:

(https://farm8.staticflickr.com/7598/16903667077_97f359085c.jpg)
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Post by: Bledlow on April 14, 2015, 12:45:12 pm
Is that a cat seedling? When do you plant them out?
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Post by: Tail End Charlie on April 19, 2015, 09:32:40 am
Garden - planted some hardy annuals, godetia, nemophila, and alyssum. The plum trees have a mass of flowers which bodes well for later. I still have plums in the freezer from last year!!

Allotment - carrots, spinach, chard all planted. Broad beans coming along nicely. The four apple trees I planted a month ago as cordons are all sprouting. Gooseberry bushes all developing fruit.
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Post by: Aunt Maud on April 27, 2015, 12:14:18 pm
Dug my first plot in well over 15 years. I'm now looking forward to re-starting a huge veggie garden.

It's taken a four day bonfire to clear the patch and a good day to get it ready for planting, but it's been worth it, as it's transformed the garden and I can see the house now.
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Post by: Basil on April 27, 2015, 03:05:49 pm
Yesterday.  Wandered over to have a look at my broad beans.  Did a little half hearted and rather unnecessary hoeing.  Buggered off to the pub.
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Post by: perpetual dan on May 02, 2015, 01:46:21 pm
Put some plants in our little pond (been meaning to do that for a while). Later I shall water the veg.
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Post by: Bledlow on May 02, 2015, 05:41:50 pm
Allotment: planted out some runner beans & sugar snap peas which were in pots. Pulled up lots of weeds & threw 'em in the compost bin.

Lots of taters on the way. Pulled leek for lunch (Japanese fried noodles).

Home: dug up old woody carrots, creeping buttercups, dandelions etc. Hacked back ivy. Compost! Re-potted peppers & cucumbers - they'll be going outdoors under plastic later. Planted some more lettuce seeds in pots for window ledges.
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Post by: CAMRAMan on May 10, 2015, 02:14:32 pm
In the garden I made a pot for my upside down cherry tomato experiment and got it set up on a bracket. Time will tell. I planted three other tomato plants traditionally. I put some of the remaining sunflowers in a tub. Ever since I set up the irrigation system last week it has poured down, but the new additions above will need watering separately.
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Post by: perpetual dan on May 16, 2015, 08:08:19 pm
Picked some spuds ... that were growing in the compost heap  :-[
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Post by: spindrift on May 27, 2015, 08:36:58 pm
echiums gone mad:

(https://c4.staticflickr.com/8/7791/17895799599_2d2f07dc21_z.jpg)

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Post by: Bledlow on June 01, 2015, 09:34:50 am
I planted out my cucumber plants yesterday. Under plastic for now. The ground was soaked from the rain earlier, so they should be OK without watering for a little while.
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Post by: SandyV on June 01, 2015, 09:47:25 am
Picked some bananas and split off two young plants for a friend who gave me eggs as a thanks  :thumbsup:
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Post by: tiermat on June 14, 2015, 03:40:47 pm
Yesterday, removed a rotten,  tatty, fence panel to reveal a tatty block work wall. Today I took the bits of fence panel to the tip then went to B&Q to buy decking boards to build a vertical planter to cover up said tatty wall. Am now 1/2 way through building the planter, but my electric screwdriver had run out of electrons.
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Post by: woollypigs on June 14, 2015, 04:02:49 pm
The plan was to liberated two, which then turned out to be four small trees, from a pot that had a dead thyme plant and some other random things growing. We think they are sycamores. They are now living in small pots, until we figure out something. Might make wooden pot for them each to live in. I like trees me :)

Then I put into a bigger pot a loganberry plan/bush we got yesterday.

Counted four worms, found six-seven bulbs of unknown origin. So I think I have done my share of green fingering for this month.
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Post by: Bledlow on June 26, 2015, 11:01:04 am
Last night we ate our first (for this year) home-grown kabu (Japanese turnip-like but more radish-flavoured vegetable), & our first home-grown onion of the year, along with home-grown lettuce, rocket, basil & coriander.  :thumbsup:

Garlic's being lifted. Currants are ripening. There are red raspberries, & pea pods, & little peppers forming, & new potatoes,
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Post by: Basil on July 08, 2015, 06:41:36 pm
I have just harvested my first ever crop of broad beans. 
OK. Not the foot long things I see in the supermarket, but some damn good efforts.
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Post by: Tail End Charlie on July 20, 2015, 10:22:36 pm
I bet your broad beans are vastly more tasty than the supermarket ones. I started picking mine about ten days ago and have had them every meal since, they are one of my favourite dishes. They are one of those crops which always do well on the allotment, regardless of the weather.
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Post by: Bledlow on July 22, 2015, 10:59:31 pm
We've eaten a couple of home-grown cucumbers so far, & more will be ready soon. Garlic, onions, spring onions, spinach, chard, kabu, daikon, tayberries (from the empty plot next door) & raspberries all eaten so far, & first leeks ready. Maize, cabbages, french beans & runner beans coming along nicely.

Birds have stripped one blackcurrant bush & most of the redcurrants, though.
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Post by: Tail End Charlie on August 16, 2015, 07:08:23 pm
Beans, beans and more beans, love `em.

Blackberries will be picked shortly, I'll have a bumper crop and I netted them this year.

Carrots are great, and the pak choi from my greenhouse has been great. I eat really well at this time of year. 
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Post by: woollypigs on August 20, 2015, 04:17:12 pm
Tree golf ball sized potatoes from one potato from aldi.
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Post by: Bledlow on August 20, 2015, 11:10:28 pm
French beans, potatoes, cabbages, chillies & leeks eaten, & more ready to eat. Chilli is strong & delicious. First runner beans ready. Steady flow of cucumbers. Sweetcorn looking good, but won't be ready for a while. Lots of chard.
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Post by: Moleman76 on October 07, 2015, 07:09:16 am
Harvested /  brought in to storage the winter squash.

From 2 plants, 9 Red Kuri
From 2 plants, 10 Kabocha
From 3 plants, over two dozen Delicata.

I think we will be eating squash every night until March.

This was also the year for cantaloupe.  On a whim, bought a 12" peat saucer with melon starts in it at the farmers' market.  Cut holes in the bottom to  give the roots a way to escape.  Probably 20 two-person sized melons.
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Post by: Planet X on October 19, 2015, 10:11:19 am
Used one of 6 celery plants for my Ragu sauce for Saturdays spag. bol.
They're small but full of flavour.
They were bought just for fun but I might grow them next year.
A veg we use every week.
Compost heap put to bed for the winter. It's a new build with pressure treated wood. 1.8m X 1.4m approx. I've easily got a cubed meter of compost going on. Carpet on top now and with my new Bosch shredder I've taken the garden apart 😂.
Alot of urine has gone into it.
I've six raised beds to top up. Mostly 12' by 6'.
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Post by: Bledlow on October 20, 2015, 02:37:51 pm
Just ate some home-grown sweetcorn. Ate home-grown Japanese cabbage, onions & garlic last night.

Just tidying things up for winter, picking the last sweetcorn & cabbages, & leeks (planted too many!), & kabu (Japanese radishy-flavoured but bigger & white vegetable). Celery is going strong, providing plenty of leaves for flavouring soups, etc.

Time to think about planting garlic.
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Post by: runsoncake on October 21, 2015, 10:29:58 pm
Rescued a couple of windfall apples before the wildlife made inroads, eaten one absolutely brilliant. Adams Pearmain if anyone is interested, ripens Novemberish with a flavour you wouldn't believe.
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Post by: hellymedic on October 21, 2015, 11:14:12 pm
Late season, tree-ripened apples are indeed wonderful. I really love November Bramleys if they can stay up that long.
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Post by: Bledlow on October 21, 2015, 11:33:18 pm
We don't have an apple tree but we're eating various allotment apples, for some of which we traded excess vegetables. At least six different varieties, all good, all different. There are still some unpicked, which I think we can have a few of. :thumbsup:
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Post by: ElyDave on November 09, 2015, 11:21:03 pm
started the winterisation on Sunday, tender cuttings etc into the greenhouse, one of the display benches and the less hardy bonsai followed.

The remaining bonsai or future bonsai will follow as they drop their leaves.

Leeks earthed up, chard still cropping surprisingly well, cima di rapa looking ready to start picking.
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Post by: Bledlow on November 10, 2015, 10:38:33 am
We're also still getting plenty of chard.
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Post by: jamesld8 on November 10, 2015, 12:16:30 pm
Late season, tree-ripened apples are indeed wonderful. I really love November Bramleys if they can stay up that long.

our little Bramley has held its fruit (all 16 of them about 10lb weight not bad for a 5-7 year old tree) until yesterday when a few fell off, so given high winds I picked the rest. The flavour is absolutely marvellous, crisp, sharp  :thumbsup: :thumbsup:

As for what doing, as we`re partly bordered by woods and larch trees it`s sweeping / raking / blowing up leaves, leaves, leaves, more leaves each day  ::-) don`t know whether it`s best do a bit each day or wait until whole lot off !! So far about 15 large barrow loads but very good leaf mould in 2016  ;D ;D .

 Planted out 50 garlic a week ago and will space out purple broccoli (what`s left after caterpillars...) later this week
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Post by: Riggers on November 10, 2015, 12:38:40 pm
Ooohhh, we planted out 50 garlic about a month ago! Good luck to us both then!
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Post by: Bledlow on November 15, 2015, 08:57:13 pm
Put a layer of partly broken down compost on a vacant bed in the hope it'll be in the soil when I plant.
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Post by: spindrift on November 15, 2015, 09:17:57 pm
we haven't had a frost yet, the nasturtiums are going crazy ape and trying to escape from the garden. Mahonia's in flower and there are bees or wasps or something buzzing round. Crazy.
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Post by: jamesld8 on November 20, 2015, 09:06:15 am
Ooohhh, we planted out 50 garlic about a month ago! Good luck to us both then!

garlic now popping up ---as is a MOLE in the veg plot, but s/he will soon encounter a tunnel trap :demon: and will be an ex mole ;D
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Post by: ElyDave on November 21, 2015, 01:31:16 pm
My autumn garlic has not done well.  :(

Winter broadbeans planted in October now through the soil and doing well, leeks and hamburg parsley also doing well and cropping now.  Cima-di-rapa ready in a week or so I think.

Now the trees have lost their leaves, I can get the rest of the bonsai in the greenhouse for the winter.

Uncharacteristically I'm home during the week so may get a chance to do it in bits and pieces.
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Post by: ElyDave on December 10, 2015, 05:30:18 pm
Still cropping chard amazingly.  Cima-di-rapa coming on well as well.

Starting to harvest the smaller leeks now as well and the thinning of the Hamburg parsley continues.

Winter broadbeans well established.

As it's been bonkers warm down here in Fenland, I've noticed one asparagus crown pushing up a new shoot and a fresh green bud on a rhubarb. Hope they don't get hammered by later frosts
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Post by: hellymedic on December 10, 2015, 05:34:58 pm
We are eating the last of our tomatoes; well it's only a fortnight to Christmas Eve...
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Post by: spindrift on December 11, 2015, 12:04:51 am
Got a hollyhock side shoot in flower. Freaky.
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Post by: hellymedic on December 24, 2015, 02:00:59 pm
We are eating the last of our tomatoes; well it's only a fortnight to Christmas Eve...

We still have a few tomatoes ripening.

It is Christmas Eve...
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Post by: jamesld8 on January 03, 2016, 05:32:48 pm
After WEEKS chasing mole tunnels (and digging up significant amounts grass and veg plot) I saw mole digging his way around a trap a week ago and tried to obliterate it with a spade  :demon:

Don`t think I got it though---however did some more reading up on `art of mole trapping` to discover best way forwards. So armed with knowledge about main tunnels , feeding tunnels etc had a systematic approach and located two main tunnels and set 4 traps

AND caught the blighter  :thumbsup: :thumbsup: :thumbsup: :thumbsup:

No more mole to destroy my veg patch
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Post by: ElyDave on January 07, 2016, 10:13:17 am
rats in the compost heap  >:(

I blame next door deconstructing some sheds that used to house chickens and putting up new sheds.  I think they've just relocated.
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Post by: jamesld8 on January 28, 2016, 10:55:22 am
Cut down autumn raspberries and massacred pruned hard an old apple tree---it was getting choked out some have put `some` extra light into centre thro` extensive pruning  :facepalm:
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Post by: ElyDave on February 01, 2016, 09:27:08 am
that reminds me - need to do my raspberries as well.

Leeks coming on well, chard still going.

Bought some seed for this years planting.
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Post by: spindrift on February 12, 2016, 08:54:16 pm
An echium seed has germinated in the front garden and is now a foot high. To my knowledge no echium has matured and set seed in the front garden for 15 years, and the soil hasn't been disturbed. *reads thread title* oh.
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Post by: jamesld8 on February 14, 2016, 07:06:23 pm
Cut some broccoli (actually all the sprouting heads) to go with Valentines DIY meal (garlic and lemon chicken avec rice avec home grown runner beans from freezer)  with OH at home  :thumbsup:
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Post by: Wobbly John on February 14, 2016, 08:24:26 pm
Lifted the last of the leeks. Changed the oil on the rotovator and rotovated all the clear area of the allotment (about 15 pole) most of it had been done in the autumn, but I decided it was worth churning it up to let the frost in.
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Post by: ElyDave on February 18, 2016, 07:52:54 am
Still got lots of standing leeks to harvest.

Need to clear some parts of the veg plot for the early sewings though.

This morning before the wife left to take daughter out for breakfast I finally got round to pruning the grape vine, fig tree and cutting down the autumn fruiting raspberry canes.  By the time I got to that my fingers were too cold and wet to feel their prickliness.

Still need to prune the gooseberries and blackcurrants.
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Post by: SteveC on February 27, 2016, 06:05:41 pm
We have started a custom of placing a suitable plant over the ashes of our deceased pets (we've lost two of our three cats in the past eighteen months).
The first was quite straightforward. Dolly died on Michaelmas day and MrsC found a Michaelmas daisy called Dolly.
Wes (https://yacf.co.uk/forum/index.php?topic=42883.msg1959755#msg1959755) went just before Christmas. He proved a bit more difficult. Nothing suitable called 'Wes' or 'Wesley'.
In the end we've gone for this  weigela (http://www.thompson-morgan.com/flowers/all-other-seeds-and-plants/shrubs/weigela-black-and-white-large-plant/t66523TM) as he was black and white (officially a 'tuxedo').
So far, so good.
"But where is it going?" asks I.
"Well, that flowering currant's past its best and a bit in the way..."
It took over an hour with a fork, spade, crowbar, two pruning saws (breaking one in the process) and an axe...

To get a quarter of it out....

The beer will taste good later I suppose.

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Post by: jamesld8 on February 28, 2016, 07:13:30 am
slightly off plot -- but cut the lawns yesterday pm to remove the flush of grass grown during mild December; first opportunity of ground being dry enough since then too. Last cut was late November
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Post by: ElyDave on February 28, 2016, 08:32:19 am
Haven't even contemplated the lawn yet, but I know I must.

General tidying up this morning, nice cold crisp morning.  REmoving last years dead stems in the borders, pruning the gooseberries, tidying the veg plot, a bit of weeding.

Pulled up last years chard plants, still growing, but making room for this years plantings. In any case I'll have nice chard omlette for lunch.
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Post by: SteveC on February 28, 2016, 12:57:54 pm
"Well, that flowering currant's past its best and a bit in the way..."
It took over an hour with a fork, spade, crowbar, two pruning saws (breaking one in the process) and an axe...
To get a quarter of it out....
The good news was that the next half of the thing was much easier to deal with. The original bole had died back entirely and had largely rotted away, and the smaller piece in front of that came out quite easily. We've decided to leave the remaining quarter as it's in a sensible place at the back of the bed.
Then we attacked one of the ponds. Very smelly!
And this afternoon will be the first grass cut of the year and the first with my new lawnmower, bought this morning.
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Post by: ElyDave on March 04, 2016, 01:31:02 pm
last of the leeks harvested

Brussels and parsnips sewn.

Dahlias dug up ready to split and move.
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Post by: mcshroom on March 05, 2016, 06:04:08 pm
A quarter of the garden is no longer gravel as I've now bagged it. More to do tomorrow
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Post by: Ruthie on March 05, 2016, 06:14:50 pm
A quarter of the garden is no longer gravel as I've now bagged it. More to do tomorrow

Wow!  That must have been a heck of a workout.
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Post by: mcshroom on March 05, 2016, 06:27:00 pm
A quarter of the garden is no longer gravel as I've now bagged it. More to do tomorrow

Wow!  That must have been a heck of a workout.

I'm still in the shallow end, so it'll get harder as I work down the garden. My arms are a it sore though. I'm currently thinking of plans and seeing how much of the bottom of the garden I really need to clear.

After I've moved the gravel, it'll then be the small matter of digging over the compacted, stone embedded garden underneath :-\
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Post by: ElyDave on March 05, 2016, 10:49:17 pm
A quarter of the garden is no longer gravel as I've now bagged it. More to do tomorrow

Wow!  That must have been a heck of a workout.

I'm still in the shallow end, so it'll get harder as I work down the garden. My arms are a it sore though. I'm currently thinking of plans and seeing how much of the bottom of the garden I really need to clear.

After I've moved the gravel, it'll then be the small matter of digging over the compacted, stone embedded garden underneath :-\

 That's where I was ten years ago. After 8 years of digging in compost and grit, last year I went from sub-standard clay soil that I was struggling to get much out of, to raised beds with good friable, nutritious topsoil.
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Post by: ElyDave on March 06, 2016, 05:43:45 pm
More planting - PSB outdoor sowing, cucumbers and courgettes in pots to germinate.

Pruned the tree hydrangea - I give it a hard hack every couple of years - and tidied up around it, fallen leaves etc and removed the stalks of last years perennial chrysanths and geraniums. 

Then the hail started

Spring is still just around the corner
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Post by: Pancho on March 06, 2016, 05:49:27 pm
I've blitzed the garden this week - between icy frost and showers of rain/hail/sleet. No amazing progress or milestones - just clearing beds and doing the stuff I was too busy to do last Autumn (too busy for the last decade, actually).

Did first mild cut of about a 1/3rd of the lawn today. Not ideal conditions but I'll be absent shortly and cannot risk leaving it until after my return.

It's been fantastic to be able to start gardening jobs knowing that I can complete them tomorrow. Or the day after. Or however long it takes.
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Post by: jamesld8 on March 09, 2016, 12:51:39 pm
Thought about planting out some what may be onion sets (ie very very small onion bulbs from seed in 2015 which I gathered and have stored dry) but as it`s just 3c , raining and a gale decided to delay.

Nevertheless under a plastic tunnel cloche placed for onion bed found a couple onions left over from 2015 sprouting up; so added some dried chicken manure, hoed it all over put cloche back and plan plant next week. Worst that can happen is they`ll fail best is actually get a crop of sorts  :thumbsup:
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Post by: Bledlow on March 11, 2016, 11:36:49 pm
Fixed up a raised bed in the one patch that still had a slope. Planted some carrots of a variety that's supposedly resistant to the depredations of carrot fly. Did some digging.

Our allotment site is being devastated this year. On one side there's a road running across the top of an 18th century dam which holds back a lake in what is now the grounds of the university. That dam has been deemed by the Environment Agency to require reinforcement, lest it collapse & unleash a flood over eastern Reading. The road is expected to be closed for about four months.

So the allotments along that side must be temporarily vacated, half their topsoil scraped off & piled up on the other half until the work is done. Two other plots are also being taken over to provide working space. Recently vacated plots have been kept unlet to provide land for the displaced tenants to store stuff, including temporarily transplanted fruit bushes. A patch left overgrown for assorted reasons has been cleared of brambles (our blackberry source is lost & gone forever, along with poor allotment fox's hidey-hole) & will be given to the one tenant whose plot will be permanently lost, but for the time being he just has enough ground to heap up his stuff on. He'll lose a fine old apple tree.

Our plot isn't directly affected, because of where it is (we wouldn't even be flooded if the dam went), but everything's going on around us. One bloke who's been on the verge of eviction for ages for neglect of his plot (he's never really got the idea that one's supposed to grow things, & keeping the plot tidy with lavish applications of weedkiller doesn't really count as looking after it) has realised that lending half of it to one of the displaced for her to cultivate will earn him yet another stay of execution. The newly cleared patch borders us on one side, & the biggest storage area on the other.
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Post by: Pancho on March 12, 2016, 07:32:19 am
Don't worry, the brambles will be back. I'm fighting a perpetual war with the things. Post apocalypse, the world will populated with, we're told, cockroaches feasting on a diet of blackberries.
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Post by: ElyDave on March 12, 2016, 10:34:52 am
Don't worry, the brambles will be back. I'm fighting a perpetual war with the things. Post apocalypse, the world will populated with, we're told, cockroaches feasting on a diet of blackberries.

The two most pernicious weeds in my garden are the brambles, shat out by the birds and the ivy from the previous owner's attitude to ground cover.

The brambles I'm just about keeping on top of, but it's taken me 5 year of serious effort to remove the worst of the ivy from one patch
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Post by: Bledlow on March 12, 2016, 01:06:31 pm
Don't worry, the brambles will be back. I'm fighting a perpetual war with the things. Post apocalypse, the world will populated with, we're told, cockroaches feasting on a diet of blackberries.
No, that patch will be a new allotment for the bloke whose plot is being turned into hardstanding. He's quite keen, so I don't see him allowing it to turn into a tangle of brambles again.
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Post by: SteveC on March 12, 2016, 03:45:59 pm
Good news: mowed both lawns, the back one for the first time this year.
Bad news: I 'did' my back earlier in the week and getting the lawnmower out of the garage, past the trailer tent, up onto the lawn, back down, past the trailer tent again, up onto the back lawn and back down into the garage involved a certain amount of hurt.
More bad news: the back lawn really, really needs some serious TLC this year. Seeds or even turf will be involved.
More good news: I found the two missing perspex panes from the greenhouse. They'd not blown away but had obviously been found and put somewhere safe by the builders.

I suppose I should go back out while it's dry and still light.
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Post by: Wobbly John on March 12, 2016, 07:25:26 pm
I planted parsnips and carrots.

Since spotting that the grounds from the coffee machine at work were being chucked in the bin, I persuaded them to save them for me to use in the garden - I'm bringing home about 10 litres of coffee grounds a week!

As an experiment, I planted the carrot seeds in a bed of coffee grounds.

If it works, I should not only be able top see in the dark, I'll be up all night to make the most of it.  ;D
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Post by: ElyDave on March 12, 2016, 07:38:50 pm
I planted parsnips and carrots.

Since spotting that the grounds from the coffee machine at work were being chucked in the bin, I persuaded them to save them for me to use in the garden - I'm bringing home about 10 litres of coffee grounds a week!

As an experiment, I planted the carrot seeds in a bed of coffee grounds.

If it works, I should not only be able top see in the dark, I'll be up all night to make the most of it.  ;D

ICBA with carrots this year, never had them work.  Coffee grounds though, very good, I've had them from Waitrose in Ely before.
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Post by: hellymedic on March 12, 2016, 07:43:08 pm
We have also FAILED big time with carrots and parsnips.
Can't be bothered to keep trying.
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Post by: Basil on March 12, 2016, 07:51:22 pm
I managed carrots in the Bourneville garden many years ago and was reasonably successful.  Only trouble was, that when they were cropping, carrots were about 3p a ton in the local green grocers.  Seemed a bit pointless and I've never bothered since.
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Post by: ElyDave on March 12, 2016, 08:42:50 pm
Yes, I tend to go with whatever I know we'll eat masses of, or stuff you can't get in the shops easily.

Oddly, although carrots have been a major failure, parsnips and hamburg parsely have done pretty well.
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Post by: Wobbly John on March 12, 2016, 09:51:18 pm
We are on a heavy loam, so germination of things like parsnip and carrot is a bit dodgy - early season can be either wet cold, or dry and it sets like concrete. If they do germinate, crops are usually big - "A pound of carrots? - it seems a shame to cut one in half!"

Anyway, freshly pulled carrots taste sooooooooooo much better than shop bought.  :P
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Post by: Bledlow on March 12, 2016, 11:54:09 pm
Yeah, that's why I try to grow 'em. Same with potatoes (though I grow relatively expensive varieties), onions, leeks, cabbages . . . .  It's not the price, it's the flavour. Some of what I grow is stuff that's hard to buy, such as kabu & other Japanese vegetables.
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Post by: ElyDave on March 13, 2016, 02:30:37 pm
more general pruning of the fruit trees, plus some tree cuttings in the nursery bed, they've made good growth in three years.  The apple, gages and cherry I put in two years ago look like they'll produce this year. 

Topped the lawn off as well, hopefully  abit of sun will get in there so I can give it another go during the week
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Post by: SteveC on March 13, 2016, 05:44:17 pm
Tomatoes, caraway and clary sage seeds sown and in propagators or cold frames as appropriate.
(Which wasn't bad seeing we had friends calling for a walk down to the local stately home for a look round and some lunch, and I managed to watch the rugby)
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Post by: ElyDave on March 17, 2016, 09:47:35 pm
First courgette of the year has germinated  :thumbsup:
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Post by: jamesld8 on March 18, 2016, 10:37:32 am
Planted out onion sets and mixed salads seeds outside under plastic cloches on Wednesday, when it felt quite pleasantly Spring like  :thumbsup:.

Last night it was -2c so I`ll have to see what happens now.
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Post by: ElyDave on March 29, 2016, 02:22:00 pm
a load more stuff sewn into the outdoor beds over the weekend.
Chard, beetroot, lettuces, rocket, beans
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Post by: Basil on March 29, 2016, 03:46:18 pm
Very short back and sides to the raspberry canes.
Yes I know I'm a bit late.  I'm late with everything in the garden this year.  It will be a write off veggie wise, but that was more or less planned.
The only thing I managed to do timeously over the winter was pruning the fruit trees and espaliers.
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Post by: rafletcher on April 03, 2016, 08:20:18 pm
Potted up sweetcorn seeds, some onion sets and shallots. And planted some potatoes.
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Post by: Bledlow on April 04, 2016, 09:24:10 pm
Things coming up! Tomatoes & chillis indoors, taters outdoors.
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Post by: woollypigs on April 04, 2016, 09:29:20 pm
A potato, some rockets and some peas. Along with some random wild flowers in various empty pods. Oh and a wee tree into a old walking boot, just for a laugh.
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Post by: ElyDave on April 05, 2016, 10:09:03 am
Things coming up! Tomatoes & chillis indoors, taters outdoors.

Haven't started my toms or chillis yet, best get off and get some seeds
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Post by: woollypigs on April 05, 2016, 11:52:38 am
fecking heck, I'm going back to the supermarket.

Grow your own food they said, it will be fun they said.

I'm bloody starving, planted stuff for a great potato salad yesterday and there is nothing to eat today ... ;)
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Post by: jamesld8 on April 19, 2016, 07:56:38 pm
cut lawn (third time in 2016); trimmed lawn edges; put cloches over spuds to protect from forecast Artic blast :( ; Rounduped ground elder ; had small bonfire; dug out dandelions ; thought about what`s OK to plant with a forecast of a cold spell and cold Spring...
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Post by: SteveC on April 19, 2016, 08:43:19 pm
Managed a half hour out there this evening.
Front lawn mown and edged, ten minutes of weeding done (barely scratched the surface!), closed the cold frames down for the night, sorted some pots in the garage.
Nice to get out there again. Now just have to make a habit of it!
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Post by: spindrift on April 22, 2016, 12:07:36 pm
this year there are tons of weeds where it grows on the soil like a rosette then a stem shoots up with white flowers. It's everywhere.
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Post by: jamesld8 on April 29, 2016, 07:40:16 pm
probably Shepherd Purse, https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Capsella_bursa-pastoris  quite easy to pull out though as shallow rooted
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Post by: rafletcher on May 02, 2016, 05:13:38 pm
Planted out the onions and shallots that we started in pots three weeks ago.
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Post by: jamesld8 on May 03, 2016, 07:00:08 pm
dug dandelions out of lawn, 4 bucket full so far  ::-)
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Post by: spindrift on May 11, 2016, 02:09:00 pm
dug dandelions out of lawn, 4 bucket full so far  ::-)

When I dig up borage roots I don't want to waste the goodness so I smash them with a spade and leave them in a bucket of water for a few weeks. It's like rocket fuel as compost tea watered down but the smell is utterly disgusting and may get the murder squad knocking on your door. 
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Post by: Bledlow on May 12, 2016, 10:59:18 pm
Planted some fennel & a Japanese salad green thing which I can't remember the name of. I'll have to ask Ms. U to write it in hiragana for me.
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Post by: Ruthie on May 13, 2016, 07:59:18 am
Yesterday I re-potted my honeysuckle and put some jasmine plugs out.  Hoping the slugs don't notice 'em before they establish.
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Post by: ElyDave on May 15, 2016, 11:48:21 am
planted the courgettes out last week thinking the last of the frosts had gone.  They got hammered by the rain instead. Just made some backup direct sowings.

Resowed the Cos lettuce after the local cat had a play with the germinating seedlings. Also resowed chard and beetroot which I think got hit by the late frosts.

Plus a bit of general pruning of the rambling rose, fig tree and a couple of shrubs.

It's hot out there already, having a rest before lunch now.
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Post by: Bledlow on May 15, 2016, 10:30:27 pm
Planted out cabbage seedlings & put a big frame covered in butterfly & bird proof netting over them. Emptied out lovely rich compost from the bottom of a bin.
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Post by: jamesld8 on May 20, 2016, 05:22:16 pm
Planted out courgettes on compost heap / potted up Vampire chili plants into big pots >> conservatory / potted up 6 tomatos into big pots >> conservatory / reconstructed larger cloche of polythene for lettuce, salad greens / put 50 runner bean plants out in shed to harden off / removed a few of remaining dandelions  ;) thought about cutting grass :(
Title: Re: What have you done on the plot today?
Post by: Ruthie on May 21, 2016, 05:18:32 pm
Removed the cat poo from the planters with the little jasmine plants in, and replanted the one that was completely dug up.  I hope it survives.  Put some big stones over the bare soil to discourage further activity, I'll have to move the stones again when the sweet pea plants arrive from the growers but that's all right.

I can't decide whether to plant some sweet peas to intertwine with the honeysuckle by the back door.  They're perennial sweet peas, with no scent, but the honeysuckle is scented.  I wonder whether the sweet peas might overwhelm the lonicera *ponders*
Title: Re: What have you done on the plot today?
Post by: Ham on May 21, 2016, 08:46:30 pm
Cleared (first pass) about 150 sq m of this

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Title: Re: What have you done on the plot today?
Post by: SteveC on May 22, 2016, 08:32:27 pm
Finally got some of my gardening mojo, if not properly back, at least within reach.
The tomatoes are planted, ten plants in five grow bags along by the garage and seven (I've no idea why it's seven but that's what I grew last year) in the greenhouse.
The greenhouse also has closer to the correct number of panes of glass/perspex in it.
And all the plants which overwinter in said greenhouse are now back outside.
Doesn't sound a lot when written down like that but it does seem to have taken most of the day.
This obviously has nothing to do with the very nice meal with very nice drinks we had last night.
Title: Re: What have you done on the plot today?
Post by: Palinurus on May 29, 2016, 08:42:56 pm
I had some fun cutting the grass. Some areas of the plot- especially the edges- had really long grass. I didn't fancy tackling it with shears. Considered buying a strimmer but I remembered someone on here- probably on another thread- suggesting a scythe*. That seemed a bit much so I bought a japanese sickle.

First time out with it and I did the plot plus the pathway leading to it. Didn't take long to get the hang of it and I've still got all my fingers.


*this must've been it, actually suggested a sickle.
I chose the sickle for a similar reason, I didn't want to walk through a busy residential area carrying a scythe- especially if the football was on, the jokes about DEATH would be too much.

https://yacf.co.uk/forum/index.php?topic=3588.0 (https://yacf.co.uk/forum/index.php?topic=3588.0)
Title: Re: What have you done on the plot today?
Post by: Palinurus on May 29, 2016, 08:53:54 pm
Not sure how much more allotmenting I'll be doing though, this week the government have approved the disposal of our allotment for development. It is in a pretty central location only 15 minutes walk from the town centre.

Might get another one, not sure yet. When we got this plot (Ms P is the plot holder) about 12 years ago we lived in a one-bed flat with no outside space. Now we have a one-bed flat with a small garden, not big enough to grow large quantities of stuff to eat but it does provide some pottering opportunities. Currently growing some carrots in a container, some radishes, some tomatoes, cucumbers, strawberries.
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Post by: MikeFromLFE on May 30, 2016, 08:46:33 am
Not sure how much more allotmenting I'll be doing though, this week the government have approved the disposal of our allotment for development. It is in a pretty central location only 15 minutes walk from the town centre.

I was musing on this yesterday with another plotholder. My end of the allotment site is prime building land with potentially good road access and several overgrown plots.
The two plots to my left are untended (although one is currently let) the one to my right has a tenant who turns up once in a blue moon, and the one opposite hasn't has a tenant for about two years. There are several other vacant plots nearby, so I do wonder how much longer we've got.
Anyone want an allotment in Leicester?
Title: Re: What have you done on the plot today?
Post by: TimO on June 05, 2016, 06:30:20 pm
Cleared (first pass) about 150 sq m of this ...

Not quite on the scale of Ham, but I've been progressively trying to get my back garden back to a state where I can do something useful with it.  I just had another hack away at the growth, and sprayed some herbicide deeper than I could before, since I can now get there!  Zev is not amused, since I've closed her access to the garden tonight, to minimise her exposure to it.

I found that I have some garden furniture that I did not know existed!

(http://balius.sp.ph.ic.ac.uk/~timo/stuff/small.php?size=256&file=IMG_20160605_173944_adj.jpg) (http://balius.sp.ph.ic.ac.uk/~timo/stuff/IMG_20160605_173944_adj.jpg)
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Post by: Bledlow on June 05, 2016, 10:51:57 pm
Not sure how much more allotmenting I'll be doing though, this week the government have approved the disposal of our allotment for development. It is in a pretty central location only 15 minutes walk from the town centre.

I was musing on this yesterday with another plotholder. My end of the allotment site is prime building land with potentially good road access and several overgrown plots.
The two plots to my left are untended (although one is currently let) the one to my right has a tenant who turns up once in a blue moon, and the one opposite hasn't has a tenant for about two years. There are several other vacant plots nearby, so I do wonder how much longer we've got.
Anyone want an allotment in Leicester?
Can you deliver it to Reading?  ;D

There's a bit of a shortage of plots round here.
Title: Re: What have you done on the plot today?
Post by: Riggers on June 08, 2016, 12:11:15 pm
Blasted garlic has blasted rust. Realise I done it by putting too much manure in the solid prior to sowing last September. Fool! Should I strip as much of the blasted leaves off, and still leave in the ground do you think?

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Title: Re: What have you done on the plot today?
Post by: rogerzilla on June 08, 2016, 07:24:08 pm
The grass seed I raked in on Saturday teatime was up this morning.  It's amazing how quickly it germinates in the heat - if you can keep the soil moist.
Title: Re: What have you done on the plot today?
Post by: Riggers on July 04, 2016, 11:51:21 am
Done a bit of tidying-up. Mowed some of the blasted grass walkways we've inherited, from our absentee landlady, who now resides in France, but still has the allotment in her name. Tackled a few weeds that have been encouraged by the seemingly incessant rain and mildish-warmish weather masquerading as an English Summer.
Title: Re: What have you done on the plot today?
Post by: Bledlow on July 04, 2016, 01:26:20 pm
Blasted garlic has blasted rust. Realise I done it by putting too much manure in the solid prior to sowing last September. Fool! Should I strip as much of the blasted leaves off, and still leave in the ground do you think?
My garlic had rust. I pulled it all up last week, & the bulbs are fine, mostly ready to lift anyway.

We have one bulb left of last year's garlic, so it's just in time.  :thumbsup:
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Post by: Bledlow on July 05, 2016, 11:36:28 pm
The daikon is bolting, so I pulled up the most affected. The roots are small, but very tasty. Mrs B is very pleased with the flavour.

Lifted some kabu as well, & it's also pretty good.

Potato leaves are looking sorry for themselves so I rummaged around under a plant & came up with my first tater of the year.

Got up all the autumn planted onions. Spring planted ones are coming along nicely.

Ate our first home-grown cucumber of the year.

More rhubarb than we know what to do with.
Title: Re: What have you done on the plot today?
Post by: ElyDave on July 08, 2016, 11:17:38 pm
Not sure how much more allotmenting I'll be doing though, this week the government have approved the disposal of our allotment for development. It is in a pretty central location only 15 minutes walk from the town centre.

I was musing on this yesterday with another plotholder. My end of the allotment site is prime building land with potentially good road access and several overgrown plots.
The two plots to my left are untended (although one is currently let) the one to my right has a tenant who turns up once in a blue moon, and the one opposite hasn't has a tenant for about two years. There are several other vacant plots nearby, so I do wonder how much longer we've got.
Anyone want an allotment in Leicester?

I'd say yes, but I'd have to be an absentee tenant, and the MIL is a bit past it these days
Title: Re: What have you done on the plot today?
Post by: MikeFromLFE on July 09, 2016, 08:43:47 am
 The right hand tenant has obviously had a letter from The Committee, because when I called in yesterday he'd strimmed everything down to ground level.
I'm seriously wondering about asking about taking on the other plot, but putting it all down to orchard/fruit as a relatively low maintenance way of keeping the plot in production and keeping (some of) the weeds off my veg.


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Title: Re: What have you done on the plot today?
Post by: Bledlow on July 09, 2016, 10:15:06 pm
Picked some very nice raspberries today.
Title: Re: What have you done on the plot today?
Post by: MikeFromLFE on July 10, 2016, 08:13:56 am
Picked some very nice raspberries today.
Fresh raspberries from the bushes we inherited on our plot were a complete revelation to me. Heavenly nectar.


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Title: Re: What have you done on the plot today?
Post by: Legs on July 11, 2016, 09:55:00 am
Stamped out about 25lb of cut-comb honey from the super I'd taken to Hull and sold it at Avenues Open Gardens.
Title: Re: What have you done on the plot today?
Post by: MikeFromLFE on July 11, 2016, 09:25:08 pm
I went to see the plot steward about the overgrown plot next to mine - he's given the current tenant notice, which will expire at the end of the month.
He's delighted that I'm willing to take it on, and is happy with my outline for fruit bushes and low growing trees. Once I've taken tenancy of Plot2 he'll arrange for a couple of trailer loads of wood chippings to be delivered to the plot for me to use as mulch, and will let me have more if up I need them.
And it looks like I get another shed, and a falling-down-shed too!
All in all, a very successful visit to the site. (Assuming the current tenants don't suddenly get all enthusiastic)


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Post by: woollypigs on July 11, 2016, 10:16:25 pm
Yesterday we harvested our bumper crop of two pea pods.
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Post by: Wobbly John on July 19, 2016, 02:13:27 am
Picked 2 out of 6 rows of dwarf french beans, approx 1/100th of the beetroot, a few rhubarbs and a punnet of mange-tout - I should have taken the trailer...

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Title: Re: What have you done on the plot today?
Post by: Legs on July 19, 2016, 11:57:22 am
 :thumbsup:
Title: Re: What have you done on the plot today?
Post by: Bledlow on July 19, 2016, 11:54:26 pm
I went to see the plot steward about the overgrown plot next to mine - he's given the current tenant notice, which will expire at the end of the month. ....
All in all, a very successful visit to the site. (Assuming the current tenants don't suddenly get all enthusiastic)
There's a bloke on our site who's been clinging on by a whisker for ages. He's been given notice, put in a short burst of activity, been allowed to stay. Rinse & repeat. And he complains that he shouldn't be hassled, because he keeps it tidy. :facepalm: He doesn't seem able to grasp that turning up occasionally & dumping weedkiller on his plot, or planting some widely spaced maize which he never harvests, is missing the point. The plot is for growing things, not hanging on to for the sake of it.

It might be different if we had different management, but it's a small site directly run by the council.
Title: Re: What have you done on the plot today?
Post by: woollypigs on July 21, 2016, 06:23:00 pm
Nothing but I got told about the politics in allotment up keep. Two people whom I have never seen before let me know that the councils are up to no good. The road - that I walk the mutt up to get to the green - is the access road to the allotments which is cared for by the county and the allotments are over seen by the town. The county have just put up a gate and is planning to block vehicular access. The road is about 200 yards long up hill and ends in a car park, room for 2-3 with further 5-6 inside the gate to the allotment. Sooo why are they blocking access and calling it a path, when there is speed bumps and signs that they are about to resurface - I was asked. Along with a moan about the upkeep of the grass - well weed - verges, they - the councils - never come up here. Where shall we park, how can I carry 5 x 100 litres compost up that hill, the neighbours would moan if we park at the bottom, the councils never talk together, already spend £1000 on the gate/bollard thing* etc etc.

From the posters at the entrance and the headline on the local rag I take it that there have been a meeting today and they weren't best pleased.

* Which they have done in a crap way. We looked at it about two weeks ago and quickly figured that if you drive a car through it you would have to go off the tarmac and over time that would just make a major mess. Oh yes they left a little gap on the side for wheelbarrows, though I do think that most of the wheelbarrows I have seen up on the allotment would struggle to squeeze though.
Title: Re: What have you done on the plot today?
Post by: Bledlow on July 21, 2016, 11:04:37 pm
We don't have vehicular access & never have had, but we should be getting a vehicle gate & enough hard standing for one truck later this year, opened for deliveries by prior arrangement.

Done today - watering! And picking two cucumbers.
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Post by: Marmitegeoff on July 29, 2016, 04:53:12 pm
I have just got a small plot and so have started looking here.

today finished the first rough dig,  (I think the first in about 5 years ).
Planted out some leek plants that I was given, as well as some beetroot seedlings.  See how they go.
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Post by: MikeFromLFE on July 29, 2016, 05:42:13 pm
I had a very quick visit to the plot today on my way home from my volunteering job on the canal - picked three courgettes, and barrowed three more loads of wood chippings from the communal pile onto my heap.


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Post by: MikeFromLFE on July 31, 2016, 09:22:41 am
Yesterday we managed a good session - officially told we could take on the adjacent plot, so I did a monumental amount of strimming, and sprayed far too much glyphosate (yes, I know). There's all sorts of cr@p underneath the growth, which will need to be removed.
Picked some spuds, courgettes, broad beans, raspberries, blackberries, onions (that the slugs had had the tops of) and sowed some swede and turnip in a couple of new raised beds.


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Post by: Marmitegeoff on August 05, 2016, 08:06:39 pm
Not really down at the plot,   but I sowed some seeds of spring cabbage, as well as some kale and put them in the greenhouse at home.
Title: Re: What have you done on the plot today?
Post by: rogerzilla on August 08, 2016, 08:38:49 pm
Cut and watered the lawn.  I shudder to think what my water bill will be (I'm on an evil meter; my work colleague has been watering his new turf 24/7 at no cost because he isn't metered) but a new lawn seeded at the start of June really needs to be mollycoddled.  It's looking pretty good - there are a few small bare patches still but it should be thick and complete by the end of this month, which is about right.

I'm also having to look after the rear lawn at the rented house in the town centre, which is empty until the 19th.  The front garden has small ornamental beds which are a mess of weeds and litter.  I occasionally spray the weeds with glyphosate but it doesn't work on the litter, which is just as bad after 24 hours if cleared up.  I'm sure the do-as-ya-likeys next door just fling their used baby wipes from the car (a giant Brokeback Mountain pickup) onto the garden, as well as using our wheelie bin for their overflow fag packets and pizza boxes.
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Post by: Bledlow on August 08, 2016, 10:48:15 pm
Picked four cucumbers (& there'll be more in a couple of days - time to start finding people who like Japanese cucumbers to give some away to). Fennel's coming along nicely. Plenty of French beans, komatsuna & radishes ready to eat. First japanese cabbage ready! No more cabbage buying for a long time, considering how much further behind many of them are. Some of the leeks could be eaten now.

Chugging along nicely except for the disappointingly green tomatoes. Plenty of 'em, but green, green, green!
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Post by: MikeFromLFE on August 13, 2016, 06:55:08 pm
We brought home a big bunch of roses and gladioli. We got some huge blackberries from the bush bordering the top of the plot, a few raspberries and some measly strawberries. The last of the broad beans are now out.
I've made some more temporary 'roofing tile raised beds' and put salad stuff in them.
Plus the usual weeding.....
Most importantly I've staked out where seven of the fruit cordons are going on the second plot, in advance of digging holes to prepare the ground for the trees; I'm also confident that I know where two of the bush trees are going. But, the bottom end of this plot is turning into a problem - full of buried 'treasure' - mostly string, plastic and odd bits of wood, it's also much more uneven than the other end, so it might need the winter to sort it out.


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Post by: Bledlow on August 13, 2016, 09:28:52 pm
Picked french beans for dinner (tasty - eaten half an hour after picking), & a cucumber, radishes & kabu for tomorrow.

We ate the first cabbage two days ago & none of the others are quite ready yet.
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Post by: jamesld8 on August 23, 2016, 05:43:40 am
Have been able pick loads Runner beans, so far about 15lb from nearly 70 plants at locations across garden and same to come. After early blossom end rot courgettes doing well and steady supply; tomatos indoors all ripened now---a very warm conservatory  :thumbsup:  Masses of Vampire chillis coming on  two large plants---raised from last years seeds of an F1 strain so slightly surprised that they`ve fruited so well, over 100 pods present

Slight downside of ravaging attack on broccoli and purple sprouting broccoli by caterpillars, one day plants were OK next stripped of leaves. Have tried combination of flicking caterpillars off, and spraying with dilute washing up liquid which has reduced numbers but fear a lot of plants destroyed :(
Title: Re: What have you done on the plot today?
Post by: SteveC on September 04, 2016, 02:29:18 pm
Having been away for the past five weekends (including a two week holiday) I've finally got out into the garden.
So far I have pruned the cherries and plums (well overdue), sorted the tomatoes, tidied the pond a bit, cut a hazel in the front garden back down to the ground (I'm trying to get rid of it the lazy way and failing), pruned the summer raspberries, and done a bit of weeding.
Both lawns need mowing, there's a load of weeding which still needs doing...
And MrsC has decide the herb garden (mostly raised beds and pots on the patio) needs a good sorting out this autumn.
I suppose I should get back outside really.
Title: Re: What have you done on the plot today?
Post by: MikeFromLFE on September 06, 2016, 08:13:04 am
Greengages. We've always had two greengage trees on our allotment plot, but there's three more (plus saplings) on the second plot. Over the last five days I've brought home eight bucket loads of greengages. That's without going up the stepladder.
Yesterday I cut down the saplings that had no more fruit on them and cut out some of he dead / crossing branches - I've now got two huge bonfires building nicely for the 1st October (when we're allowed to have incendiaries on our plots) - I think they'll be visible from space.
The second plot now has a good path along the edge topped with wood chippings, and weed control fabric over where most of the fruit trees are going. The bottom end of this plot is looking more problematic than I expected due to the amount of buried crap I'm finding (cans, plastic, metal objects, wood) which needs digging out before I can use it.
I've cleared out the two sheds I've inherited - no treasure, just more crap.
The free horse muck I got, that I mulched the potatoes with was the worst stuff ever - it contained super-charged couch grass, that all now needs digging out. I think that's a fallow area for next year.
The small raised salad beds made with roofing tiles are proving a big success, best salad I've ever grown - I wonder if the concrete tiles are heating up in the sun enough to give a little warmth to the bed.


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Post by: Bledlow on September 08, 2016, 07:01:14 pm
The cucumber glut is in full swing, & now the tomato glut strikes!
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Post by: matthew on October 08, 2016, 01:32:57 pm
Strawberries planted though I'm probably 4-6 weeks late and they may not make it through the winter. Another bed had been prepared for gooseberries redcurrants and raspberries which have been ordered and should arrive in 2 weeks.
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Post by: Bledlow on October 08, 2016, 06:25:40 pm
Picked what I think is probably the last cucumber. Those still on the plants don't look as if they'll get big enough to eat.
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Post by: MikeFromLFE on October 08, 2016, 07:57:14 pm
Another bonfire!
Mrs M planted 35 of her rooted strawberry runners, and I put in a few broad bean seeds to overwinter.
Picked a few beetroot, and probably the last of the squash.
And digging, and more digging.
I've had a rethink with the second plot, and am going to putt six more stakes in for the fruit trees.

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Post by: matthew on October 09, 2016, 07:55:24 pm
Installed all the eyebolts and wires ready to support the Raspberries and the gooseberry and redcurrent cordons.

Tasks left are to dig in manure in the beds and then plant in the new plants when they arrive in a couple of weeks.
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Post by: mrcharly-YHT on October 10, 2016, 04:46:35 pm
Picked crabapples

We planted a tree 18 months ago, didn't harvest any fruit last year. What a mistake and waste.

This year was a bumper harvest. MrsC decided she's going to make crab apple wine and we set to harvesting. 23lbs from one little tree!

I tried eating some, they are actually really sweet and juicy, I'd assumed they would be too tart.

They've all gone into the freezer now.
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Post by: MikeFromLFE on October 14, 2016, 06:14:26 pm
 Helped seven other plot holders tale some trees and bushes down on a hedge-line that had gone rampant. How no-one got seriously injured I don't know. Last time I get involved in amateur hedge hacking (and amateur chain-sawing).


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Post by: matthew on October 16, 2016, 05:43:16 pm
150 litres of manure dug into the beds ready for planting the soft fruit in a couple of weeks. I have another 100l ready to mulch the plant once they are in.
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Post by: rafletcher on October 25, 2016, 10:18:36 am
Planted the garlic last weekend, hope they'll be more successful than in the past.  A "hard necked" variety called Red Duke, supposedly a really pungent one.
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Post by: Aunt Maud on October 25, 2016, 11:35:32 am
Prepared my rose bed and am now waiting for the last of the flowers to die before I move the shrub roses which I propagated from cuttings into it.

Have also mulched with a lot with Beech leaves and started coppicing and pollarding the Beech and Wych Elm.

Once that's done I'm going to plant a new 2 acre coppice with Hornbeam and Oak which I grew from seed and hedging it with thorn mix to keep the deer out.
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Post by: Legs on October 26, 2016, 12:12:47 pm
Picked a couple of Laxton's Superb (https://www.orangepippin.com/apples/laxtons-superb) from the tree just before getting in the car for work.  Truly the best apples ever!

Still getting a handful of delicious raspberries in the evenings when Junior gets home from nursery.  Since we finished the fruit cage (5mx7mx2.2m) last weekend, we've got high hopes that next year's soft fruit (raspberries, currants, gooseberries, blueberries, strawberries) won't all get nicked by the birds.

The netting on the top is removable so that it won't tear under snow loading, and the sides are chicken wire up to about 80cm and down beneath the soil surface to prevent/deter ingress by our geese and the neighbourhood rabbits.
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Post by: Riggers on November 08, 2016, 12:53:44 pm
4 varieties of garlic in the allotment now.

172! That's right! Whether they'll all grow – who knows!
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Post by: MikeFromLFE on November 08, 2016, 01:47:48 pm
My garlic bulbs (not as many as you!) including the Elephant Garlic are all sprouting already. I'm told this is not a bad thing.


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Post by: spindrift on November 17, 2016, 07:40:40 pm
Made a leaf pile. Every year the council sweep the road and tons of leaves go to landfill, breaks my heart, so I wheeled the garden wheelie bin down, raked up a load, wheeled them back and piled them up. Did the same last year and filled a bed about fifteen feet deep and six wide and the leaves just..disappeared. By July they'd pretty much gone so this year I'm making the pile about 20 inches deep. Did you know leaf mould can hold up to 300% its weight in water? Marvellous stuff.

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Post by: rafletcher on November 19, 2016, 10:14:38 pm
Emptied one of our 3 compost bins out to mulch the roses, then transferred the contents of a second into it. Now my wife ha an empty bin to fill. The third one will sit for a couple of years.
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Post by: Aunt Maud on November 20, 2016, 02:31:52 pm
Planted three new white, single shrub roses "Kew Gardens" from David Austin roses, beautiful bare root plants. Pricey but worth the money.

Planted 30 6-8 foot Beech whips in the new 2 acre coppice......only another 200 to go after I've cut what's there and dug the whips up. That should keep me busy for a couple of weeks before the frost comes and I can start cutting the Birch coppice.
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Post by: mrcharly-YHT on December 22, 2016, 03:36:09 pm
Dunno if you'd call it 'the plot', but due to pressure from the landlord I had to do stuff on mooring on Sat.
   
So

After due consideration I agreed with his assessment that mooring pole needed resiting. Unfortunately that meant digging it out (it was only half-dug in due to flood washing out bank). Dug new hole for it to go in three feet further up bank. Dug down next to pole/concrete.
   
This is a 6" square steel pole, which I thought was only 6' long, 3' in concrete, 3' sticking up. I was wrong. It was 9' long. So I dug, and dug and dug. Then I dug out my new home for it some more.
   
Got farm jack out (I love that farm jack) and started jacking up pole - the pole is attached to a 7meter steel beam. This is all attached to a steel pontoon and a 20ton barge. Oh, and I rigged a rope to another pole on the bank and winched that tight, so the whole lot wouldn't fall over when I jacked it up. This didn't go quite as smoothly as I'm making it sound, the jack slipped off a few times, jammed on it's linkages a few times and there were a few fboab words said. There was the stage when all of it was swinging in the air and I had to scrabble in the hole and scratch a bit more soil away.

But finally it dropped into place. Job's a good-un.

I did have offer of help from someone else who had a boat on adjacent pontoon, but I'd only just met them and this sort of stuff is very prone to going wrong - make a mistake and people get very hurt. I don't want to be responsible for someone losing teeth (common accident with farm jacks slipping or handle kicking back) or getting crushed by hundreds of kilos of steel falling on them.
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Post by: jamesld8 on December 28, 2016, 07:54:19 am
Planted the garlic last weekend, hope they'll be more successful than in the past.  A "hard necked" variety called Red Duke, supposedly a really pungent one.

I`ve given up on garlic growing now after 2 years just getting small chestnut sized bulbs.

Over last few days have cleared up last of leaves--a big pile now going to mulch, cut lawns on Xmas Eve  :facepalm:, did more firewood from the increasingly large `leftovers, hard to split etc pile`, and pruned apple and pear trees.
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Post by: Bledlow on December 28, 2016, 10:24:02 pm
Digging.

Odd about the garlic. Summat missing from the soil, perhaps? I had some pretty small bulbs this year, but also plenty of decent size ones.
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Post by: mrcharly-YHT on January 05, 2017, 09:49:54 am
Pruned the two small apple trees and cut back the bastard bamboo again. MrsC said she'd get me better secateurs [translation; she doesn't like me abusing hers] but she didn't. Bastard bamboo is a bastard to cut.

I don't like pruning. Too worried I'll get it wrong.
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Post by: HeltorChasca on January 07, 2017, 04:46:57 pm
8 shrubs transplanted (fruit) and 22 trees (mostly fruit) and roses pruned. I'll leave transplanting my summer raspberry canes till tomorrow. All organic. Off for a sarnie and cider.
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Post by: campagman on January 07, 2017, 06:30:43 pm
inspired by this thread I planted some Garlic in Oct or Nov. It is now poking it's heads above the soil. The local allotment has some plots to rent and I was very tempted. I then thought about how I am not keeping on top of my home garden, so to take on more garden would be silly. I decided that this year I would try to make best use of the small plot and Greenhouse I have at home and keep on top of the rest of the garden. If that goes ok then I could take on a half plot next year.
I sowed some chilly seeds which are now keeping warm in the airing cupboard. Last year I had good success with some seedlings that I bought in Tesco. I had some seeds that I'd saved so thought I'd sow them to see what happens.
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Post by: Bledlow on January 07, 2017, 10:13:25 pm
Digging.
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Post by: spindrift on January 17, 2017, 10:46:25 pm
Cutting back a 40 year old privet.
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Post by: spindrift on January 17, 2017, 11:07:21 pm
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Post by: mrcharly-YHT on January 23, 2017, 09:35:15 am
I cut back effing bamboo.

Anyone have any suggestions for dealing with the stuff? Cutting it off at ground level results in little razor sharp stubs all over the bed.
I was wondering about slates dug in vertically to stop it spreading.
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Post by: Riggers on January 25, 2017, 10:35:49 am
Depends on the variety (is it 'running' or a more slow-growing variety) but it'll come down to dig it up. If it starts to come back – dig it up. It's amazingly resilient, and yes, it isn't easy digging up a 'clump' that's been there for years. I've seen a seemingly insignificant piece of rhizome (which looked gnarled and dead) spring back to life.
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Post by: Riggers on January 25, 2017, 10:39:44 am
Checked my 172 garlic last weekend, and not all have been successful, but we'll just have to see how the rest do. Haven't counted what remains.

Found a couple of bed supports (with metal bars) which I rescued from a street, and now up the Lotty. When supported vertically, will make a splendid ready-made framework for growing green beans, etc.
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Post by: SteveC on January 27, 2017, 05:46:44 pm
I cut back effing bamboo.
We have been living in this house for sixteen and a half years. MrsC objected to the bamboo in our first summer here. I am still digging the wretched stuff up and cutting it back when I find it.
My next door neighbour dug a trench and lined it with slate to stop the bamboo appearing in his greenhouse.
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Post by: ElyDave on February 27, 2017, 11:51:59 am
Yesterday, mainly pruning of shrubberies including the tree hydrangea and fig tree, plus general tidying up of all the standing seed heads etc from the winter, picking up leaves and whatnot.  Pulled out as many brambles as possible.   Filled the green bin.

Decided to get rid of the grape vine as it is simply not consistent enough with the warmth we get.  Will relocate the lavenders below it to a sunny patch and turn that area into a herb bed as it's just outside the patio door.

Today started the indoor plantings, now in my office to propagate.
- 2 varieties of courgette
- cucumbers
- harlequin squash
- 2 varieties of chilli
- Brussels sprouts
- Some Gazanias and some yarrow for the flower beds

Will do a bit more clearing of the veggie patch as well this afternoon and see if I can get the parsnips in.

Need to get out and buy a few more packets of seeds as well.
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Post by: spindrift on February 27, 2017, 03:36:59 pm
Bloke down the pub reckons you sow sunflowers indoor on St Patrick's Day. I planted some plug lobelia in a Belfast sink in a sheltered bit but if we get a frost it will probably do them in. £3 for 24 in Wilko.
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Post by: ElyDave on February 27, 2017, 04:16:09 pm
parsnips did not go in.

I spread the compost from one of the heaps on the veggie beds and then the heavens opened, wind, hail, rain.

I beat a retreat and have been inside since
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Post by: Marmitegeoff on March 01, 2017, 04:27:31 pm
A bit more digging and planted 1 row of garlic, and 3 rows of shallots.  A bit late but we will see what happens,  we have the plot just to the north of the boundary hedge, so I am not that hopeful.
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Post by: MikeFromLFE on March 04, 2017, 04:26:16 pm
Nice and warm in the sun today down at The Plot. Even warmer after I'd done some digging, and some more digging.
Mrs M has almost finished cutting down the Autumn fruiting raspberry canes. We've had another good bunch of daffodils. The new redcurrant bushes on the second plot are starting to show some leaf growth which is heartening.
I've put some beetroot in - maybe a bit early, but I'm an optimist.
I'm trying some 'temporary-semi-raised-beds' this year - about six-eight inches depth of mixed composted-wood-chipping/old-grow-bag mixture/soil/old cow muck edged with planks - the beetroot have gone into one of these. It's the same arrangement that the garlic are successfully growing in (without the cow muck). The hope is that it will ease weeding, make harvesting easier, and add some roughage to the heavy clay base soil.
Oh, and a bit of a bonfire too.
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Post by: ElyDave on March 06, 2017, 07:02:22 am
Put the wild garlic in a pot prior to relocation
Direct sowing of parsnips and beetroot, after grubbing up last years chard which yielded up enough for a meal
Also indoor showings of some brassicas, tomatoes and cucumbers, and some early beans and peas in peat pots in the greenhouse
Indoor sowing of some pretty flowers selected by swmbo

My new office seems to be very good for propagation, the other cucumbers and some flowers are up after less than a week.
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Post by: ElyDave on March 09, 2017, 08:31:59 am
can't believe the effectiveness of an east facing but quite light office with the boiler in it as an incubator.

All my courgettes, squashes and cucumbers planted 10 days ago are through and romping away as are gazanias and yarrow.  Chillies which have always been slow are just peeking through.  The batch that are going great guns through are the cosmos that I sowed last Sunday and were germinating by Tuesday and are now up to 2" tall already
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Post by: spindrift on March 10, 2017, 03:47:24 pm
Hairy bittercress everywhere, seeded all over any bare soil. Millions of them.
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Post by: T42 on March 10, 2017, 03:57:34 pm
You could probably flog them to a health-food shop.
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Post by: ElyDave on March 10, 2017, 07:04:48 pm
Mowing
Trellising
Moving Bonsai out of the greenhouse
Started creation of the new herb patch
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Post by: Ham on March 11, 2017, 06:59:47 pm
Today? too much digging  :'(

I cut back effing bamboo.

Anyone have any suggestions for dealing with the stuff? Cutting it off at ground level results in little razor sharp stubs all over the bed.
I was wondering about slates dug in vertically to stop it spreading.

When I removed ours a while back, I resorted to a kango....

This is the stuff you need (http://best4garden.co.uk/root-barrier/bamboo/rhizome-barrier/) - you dig it in before you plant, leaving the edge an inch or so proud,  and keep an eye out for the little bugger climbing over the top

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Post by: SteveC on March 11, 2017, 07:34:17 pm
MrsC decreed that the patio was a mess and needed dealing with.
So we now have about a dozen fewer pots on it, including the ones which did have the ivies, a rather tatty sage and an even tattier rosemary. I will need to drive to the tip at some point as there's no way we can get all of that into the compost heap.
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Post by: Riggers on March 21, 2017, 12:13:49 pm
As I said earlier, not all the garlic I put in has risen (fair enough) but did notice that the ground around the garlic seems to have fewer weeds than other areas of the lotty. The area where the garlic grew last year is similarly denuded of weeds, so assume the garlic acts as a weed inhibitor.
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Post by: spindrift on March 25, 2017, 06:39:42 pm
Cleaned the green algae off the greenhouse, planted 3 white lupins and about 100 anemones after they'd soaked overnight. My neighbour has got a fantastic display of anemones in a window box that get less than 2 hours sun a day. She planted hers in November, mine should be out June. Painted the garden furniture, got the seed trays ready. 
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Post by: SteveC on March 26, 2017, 05:53:54 pm
Must have done loads, I'm knackered.
Lots of weeding, emptying and refilling one of the ponds, pruning one of the holly trees, doesn't seem a lot when written down but it has taken most of the day.
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Post by: Basil on March 26, 2017, 06:05:56 pm
Mowed the lawn (AGAIN!).  Cut back all the dead stuff in the borders.  Continued to de bramble the brambly area.  A little light weeding. 
My weeding philosophy is little and often, so that it doesn't feel like a chore.
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Post by: SteveC on March 26, 2017, 06:21:33 pm
I mowed the back lawn on Friday evening. I have not mowed the front one as I assumed, wrongly, that it wouldn't need cutting again so soon.
I'd like to get the weeding to 'a little and often' but at the moment it's 'a lot and all the time'.
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Post by: Bledlow on March 26, 2017, 10:43:42 pm
After getting home from a bike ride, I dug out some compost from the ready bin & plonked it where I'm going to plant this year's cucumbers. Watered where I've planted seeds as it was looking a bit dry.
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Post by: matthew on March 27, 2017, 12:15:52 am
planted 10 raspberry canes.

Unfortunately I have missed the window to plant the red currents and gooseberries I wanted to after the nursery failed to deliver the plants and refunded me without communication.
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Post by: mrcharly-YHT on March 28, 2017, 01:32:42 pm
Today? too much digging  :'(

I cut back effing bamboo.

Anyone have any suggestions for dealing with the stuff? Cutting it off at ground level results in little razor sharp stubs all over the bed.
I was wondering about slates dug in vertically to stop it spreading.

When I removed ours a while back, I resorted to a kango....

This is the stuff you need (http://best4garden.co.uk/root-barrier/bamboo/rhizome-barrier/) - you dig it in before you plant, leaving the edge an inch or so proud,  and keep an eye out for the little bugger climbing over the top
Looks identical to the stuff you use for flashing at the edge of a roof. I wonder if it is the same stuff, rebadged and sold for twice the price?
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Post by: matthew on April 01, 2017, 09:40:53 pm
Replaced 3 fence posts, two had rotted with one having failed in the high winds a few weeks back. I was away and the neighbours only told me two weeks ago.

I managed to snap the third whilst trying to get the panel back in when the first post wasn't quite right.
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Post by: Ham on April 01, 2017, 10:10:53 pm
Today? too much digging  :'(

I cut back effing bamboo.

Anyone have any suggestions for dealing with the stuff? Cutting it off at ground level results in little razor sharp stubs all over the bed.
I was wondering about slates dug in vertically to stop it spreading.

When I removed ours a while back, I resorted to a kango....

This is the stuff you need (http://best4garden.co.uk/root-barrier/bamboo/rhizome-barrier/) - you dig it in before you plant, leaving the edge an inch or so proud,  and keep an eye out for the little bugger climbing over the top
Looks identical to the stuff you use for flashing at the edge of a roof. I wonder if it is the same stuff, rebadged and sold for twice the price?

Not impossible, it's much thicker/stiffer than any flashband, but there may be a type of pvc flashing I haven't seen.
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Post by: ElyDave on April 02, 2017, 08:31:32 am
Hacked back some very old lavenders.  Found that they had plenty of growth at the base so moved them to where I want lavenders.  Gave them a good soak and fingers crossed they'll take
Burned a load of stuff in the incinerator, kippered myself and singed the fence in the process  ::-)

The old lavender patch will become a new herb patch.

Lawn mowing today, some direct sowing of early lettuces as well I think, and maybe a row of chard
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Post by: HeltorChasca on April 02, 2017, 08:47:34 am
Hacked back some very old lavenders.  Found that they had plenty of growth at the base so moved them to where I want lavenders.  Gave them a good soak and fingers crossed they'll take
Burned a load of stuff in the incinerator, kippered myself and singed the fence in the process  ::-)

The old lavender patch will become a new herb patch.

Lawn mowing today, some direct sowing of early lettuces as well I think, and maybe a row of chard

Good luck with the lavender. Interesting plant. It puts down an essential oil where it has been growing and effectively poisons the soil around it so other plants can't compete. It's worthwhile replacing with other 'sterile' topsoil if you can. As you will be putting herbs in there isn't too much point in feeding the soil with compost or anything.

I need to get myself a bonfire tan. It's a good look.
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Post by: spindrift on April 02, 2017, 03:41:57 pm
Took the lid of the barrel that feeds the pond and found a foot of stinking black sycamore sludge that I bucketed out and tipped on the compost heap. The pond needs draining cos I bet there's the same at the bottom of that but it's alive with tadpoles at the moment and they're doing a pretty good job of cleaning round the edge.
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Post by: spindrift on April 02, 2017, 03:42:32 pm
If you poke the bottom of the pond with a stick bubbles come up and are disagreeable.
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Post by: SteveC on April 02, 2017, 04:52:09 pm
We've turned the pump/stream/waterfall back on in the pond.
Both lawns have been mown.
I've done more weeding.
I need to water things before dark, but I'm having a rest by making bread instead.
(I would have done more but I've been out in the car three times to get 'emergency' supplies of one sort or another as well.
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Post by: David Martin on April 03, 2017, 10:56:37 pm
Cleared out the greenhouse. Replaced the missing pane of glass. Planted out 5 tomato plants and one pepper in growbags,  and a dozen strawberries in two window boxes. SWMBO carried on the good work getting seed sown (courgettes etc.) and potatoes chitting.
Shredded the remaining dry stuff including the very prickly rose stems.
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Post by: Legs on April 05, 2017, 11:41:57 am
Today? too much digging  :'(

I cut back effing bamboo.

Anyone have any suggestions for dealing with the stuff? Cutting it off at ground level results in little razor sharp stubs all over the bed.
I was wondering about slates dug in vertically to stop it spreading.

When I removed ours a while back, I resorted to a kango....

This is the stuff you need (http://best4garden.co.uk/root-barrier/bamboo/rhizome-barrier/) - you dig it in before you plant, leaving the edge an inch or so proud,  and keep an eye out for the little bugger climbing over the top
Looks identical to the stuff you use for flashing at the edge of a roof. I wonder if it is the same stuff, rebadged and sold for twice the price?

Not impossible, it's much thicker/stiffer than any flashband, but there may be a type of pvc flashing I haven't seen.

See also; raspberries coming up all over our fruit patch - all through the gooseberries, currants and blueberry bushes...
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Post by: spindrift on April 05, 2017, 08:47:53 pm
There's a border I haven't touched for years apart from cutting a giant rosemary back and the wild garlic has gone mad, dense clumps of it that make your hands smell.
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Post by: ElyDave on April 05, 2017, 11:06:19 pm
Having been away this week, I have Instructed youngest and swmbo to open/close greenhouse an water seedlings as required.

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Post by: ElyDave on April 08, 2017, 04:24:07 pm
Youngest helped me today, canes for beans, posts and net for peas, planted out and protected from late frosts with a length of fleece pegged to the uprights and held down with bricks at ground level.  They were just getting too big for the greenhouse.

She then helped me create a hawthorn bonsai group
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Post by: Legs on April 27, 2017, 03:39:39 pm
Put the bird-netting up over the top of our fruit cage, since the currants have emerged and the gooseberries are just beginning to swell.  :thumbsup:
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Post by: ElyDave on April 30, 2017, 10:43:36 am
Planted out squash, courgettes and outdoor cucumbers, brocolli and sprout seedlings as well.

Sewed more letttuce and beetroot. 

Fleece off the beans and peas but over the brassicas to try and discourage the caterpillars
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Post by: Bledlow on April 30, 2017, 09:39:17 pm
Fed both robins!

There's been a half-tame robin hanging around recently that was obviously feeding another one.  Depending on the person, he'd get pretty damn close, following any digging or other activity which might turn up anything edible (one plot-holder has him diving on turned-over soil while it's still on the spade he's holding), filling his beak & flying off. I've thrown cockchafer larvae a few feet to where he can conveniently pick them up, & he's grabbed 'em while I watched. We assumed Mrs R was sitting on eggs, & he was feeding her.

Late this afternoon Mrs B & I paid a brief visit to the allotment. He arrived, & Mrs B turned over some ready-to-use compost for him. He started fishing around - then another one joined him! I've always thought of 'em as fiercely territorial, but they seemed totally amicable. No. 2 was slightly slimmer & definitely more cautious of us, & only took food near us when no. 1 was already there. Looked very much like Mr & Mrs, collecting grub for the youngsters.

They love ant larvae. Presented with a load from a nest under black plastic, Mr stuffed his beak. There was a row of little white grubs sticking out of the side when he flew off.
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Post by: ElyDave on May 04, 2017, 10:19:47 pm
Male and female robins look alike, so your pair was probably Mr and Mrs
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Post by: Bledlow on May 05, 2017, 10:52:27 am
Yes. That's what I said. Mr & Mrs collecting food for their chicks.
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Post by: MikeFromLFE on May 06, 2017, 05:46:12 pm
After missing 3 weeks due to gallivanting round the Mainland of Europe today's visit to the allotment was always going to be a 'surprise'. It was seriously depressing how much grass can grow in such a short space of time, but thankfully not too many weeds have taken root in the beds - but not too much has germinated in the beds either. We must have had a touch of frost as the tips of my potatoes have just been burned off.
A good session with the strimmer, a while crawling around pulling out weeds, and a fair bit of earthing up the tatties seems to have made it look a whole lot better.
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Post by: ElyDave on May 14, 2017, 11:19:34 pm
Last week was big in weeding, this week big on planting.

All the flowers raised from seed went out today, cosmos, gazania, yarrow and mixed daisies. Also split and redistributed a mahhooosive clump of red hot poker.

That's almost everything out now. The courgettes were protected from the recent cold by a fleece tunnel, but it looks like the outdoor cucumbers have had it, but I ha e a couple of spares. Tomatoes still to plant into the greenhouse.
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Post by: runsoncake on May 30, 2017, 12:56:20 pm
Was on hands & knees pulling up weeds from the path by a raised full of chives in flower. My face was only a few inches away from about 30 bees of varying shapes, sizes and colours.  It a delightful experience until the scent from the chives became too overpowering.
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Post by: Bledlow on May 30, 2017, 01:28:38 pm
Just had some home grown icicle radishes with lunch. More, & some kabu, to go with dinner. The first lot of Japanese spinach is pretty much finished, but more has been planted. Planted some ordinary radishes & did a lot of weeding. Everything's growing like mad. Mange-tout, green beans, komatsuna, potatoes, Japanese cabbages & leeks looking good. Garlic looking weedy, which is a pity. Got some in pots in the garden which is flourishing, but not enough to make up for a poor allotment crop.

Time to plant out the cucumbers, I think. They're starting to outgrow their pots.
 
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Post by: Ham on June 03, 2017, 07:36:21 pm
Today I planted out > 200 things.

What a difference a year makes

One year ago
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Today
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Post by: ElyDave on June 17, 2017, 06:50:43 pm
Just found a huge clump of lemon balm in the garden, had some with my salad, and then on my fruitsalad of strawbs, raspberry and apples  with double cream, yummy
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Post by: alexberry on June 17, 2017, 10:07:07 pm
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Post by: Legs on June 19, 2017, 01:13:23 pm
Today I planted out > 200 things.

What a difference a year makes
Wow!

Mrs Legs and Andrew harvested about 2lb of redcurrants yesterday morning.  Nommy!  There are stacks more coming.  :thumbsup:

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Post by: Bledlow on June 20, 2017, 12:17:02 pm
Just found a huge clump of lemon balm in the garden, had some with my salad, and then on my fruitsalad of strawbs, raspberry and apples  with double cream, yummy
They get huge unless you wage war on them. I have one which the council once complained to me about because it was sticking out over the pavement.
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Post by: Ham on June 22, 2017, 07:53:14 pm
Today, I haz set up a trial website http://watering-exchange.co.uk

No idea if it is a good idea or bad, anyone interested in setting up a section for their own allotments, let me know.

Oh, and if a kind mod would point the way to disabling the point count boxes or whatever they are under the username as here, please let me know. I've managed to get rid of the newbie/super user etc groups (what Alt-255 was made for)
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Post by: ElyDave on June 25, 2017, 10:53:26 am
glyphosated a huge area of ivy, smothering everything in its path.  Plan is knock it down chemically, and then deal with the regrowth using a blow torch I've just bought

Harvested blackcurrants, gooseberries - looks like a big crop this year, and more rhubarb - may make some wine with that.
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Post by: MikeFromLFE on June 25, 2017, 05:08:55 pm
All this week I've been barrowing wood chippings. Our allotments can have as much of the stuff as they can deliver. Trouble is it's always delivered a fair way from my plot. But I saw the bloke delivering some a couple weeks ago, and asked him (nicely) to drop a load next to my plot - which he did. Trouble is, I've now had another load (possibly a load and a half) dumped at the end of my plot - and it has been blocking the access for other plot-holders (it's between the fence to the real world, and my muck-heap) - so much shifting has been called for.
I'm mainly using it on top of the weed barrier in my 'orchard' area, and on paths, but I am experimenting with various ways of composting the stuff as well (with mixed results to date).


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Post by: MikeFromLFE on June 25, 2017, 05:09:57 pm
While Mrs M was picked vast quantities of raspberries, (huge) strawberries, redcurrants and gooseberries


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Post by: ElyDave on June 27, 2017, 08:37:33 am
I have a fairly large shrubbery that grows down the side of the house, and is a haven for bees in the summer, but does tend to get a bit above itself growing across a path and blocking light to the veggie patch. I started its 2-3 yearly prune yesterday.  It tends to grow nice straight, long stems, almost like coppicing, so I also tend to get some pea/bean supports out of it.

Also finished up relocating the water butts to be able to link them, which I finished this morning, just ahead of the rain.  A bit of a lash-up but let's see how it holds.

Some very nice thinnings of broccoli and home grown courgette to go with my venison sausages yesterday.
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Post by: runsoncake on July 08, 2017, 07:19:59 pm
Harvested some new spuds, growing them in reuasable bags, 5 seed potatoes per bag. Magnificent foliage but roots seem a bit overcrowded. will reduce to 4 per bag next year. The actual taters are lipsmacking tossed in butter 'n chives.

The bag method is less backbreaking than growing in the ground, AND no sign of the blight we are usually plagued with.
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Post by: Bledlow on July 08, 2017, 09:59:12 pm
Mrs B gave everything a good drenching, while I cut the grass on the paths & made a start on hacking back the hedge* which separates our plot (& the rest of our side of the site) from the outside world. The council used to send someone to cut it back once or twice a year, but that's stopped.

*Privet with hawthorn, brambles, a bush I don't recognise & a small oak tree.
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Post by: ElyDave on July 10, 2017, 08:14:18 am
Courgettes are now romping away and cucumbers and runner beans starting to produce.  Peas just about done.

Spent some time yesterday and today tidying the greenhouse staging and shed, in particular the pot collection, rationalising and giving a bit of order to it, and throwing quite a few un-useful sizes and broken plastic pots into the recycling.  Also did a bit in terms of tidying shelving, rationalising chemicals and tidying the kindling heap.

My Robinia Pseudoacacia bonsai, that I grew from seed 20 years ago is definitely dead.  The large cloud shapes bonsai pot that it was in was replanted yesterday with a collection of drought loving plants, an aloe, a couple of cacti and some crassulas that I've been growing from cuttings.  Looks quite good with gravel top dressing and a couple of small smooth polished rocks collected from one holiday or another.
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Post by: Ham on July 25, 2017, 10:45:08 pm

As above, a few weeks later, what a difference a year makes

(https://2.bp.blogspot.com/-91jf6pt_m7I/WXe5cq69z_I/AAAAAAABBs0/Z8JBYlXaLigJDp7DiUtEgTnZj3HospFjACKgBGAs/s1600/IMG-20160716-WA0000.jpg)

(https://1.bp.blogspot.com/-Lt3HmuWnURU/WXe5ch7ZqJI/AAAAAAABBs0/N8-ZAH72dNoekS-qONvH1bZoOExm6MLxwCKgBGAs/s800/IMG_20170725_183144.jpg)
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Post by: ElyDave on August 01, 2017, 05:55:58 pm
mowing, weeding, pruning, hedge trimming, sewed a few second crops of lettuce and beetroot

thinking - going to move some stuff around in the winter to make a Japanese-style area using some of the trees I'm training as bonsai, but are currently in the ground or in training pots.

Also picked the first raspberries of the year, early for the variety I grow.
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Post by: ElyDave on August 13, 2017, 08:32:18 pm
Fig tree is heavily laden, and lots ripe already. Cucumbers, chilli's, Tom's in the greenhouse all going great guns. Brassica massacre - caterpillars have moved in whilst I was away. Chard going well as well.

Spent about two hours today hacking at a pyracantha that was infested with bramble. Had to reduce it by about three quarters to get to the base of the brambles, some as thick as my thumb. Also removed a lot of deadwood from the pyracantha, but it should sprout back easily. Plenty of wood now for the next barbecue
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Post by: Bledlow on August 15, 2017, 10:32:00 pm
Something's been eating cabbages, but no sign of caterpillars. Snail trails on leaves. Still, plenty are thriving. We've just eaten the first one.

The cucumbers seem to have died! They were doing very well, cucumbers galore, then the plants started shrivelling up. Now they've all gone. What's gone wrong? Disease?

Leeks looking good, dwarf french beans yielding well, & the old daikon seeds I chucked in en masse because they were well past their use by have germinated far too much. I've had to compost loadsa seedlings for lack of space to transplant them to.
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Post by: ElyDave on August 26, 2017, 07:18:44 pm
Tom's, cucumbers, courgettes, chard, runner beans all going like the clappers

Bumper crop of fruit this year and all early, figs, raspberries, apples, pears. My raspberries are an autumn fruiting variety, but in full production now and the apples are not far off.

I've pressed two big supermarket bags of apples from mils garden today and have a gallon of cider on the go, should be pretty strong as well if it ferments out, good sugars in the fruit already
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Post by: Bledlow on August 29, 2017, 08:18:16 pm
Tomatoes are blasted by blight. Bugger! There are a couple of plants with a house between them & the rest that are untouched so far, but the rest are done for. I've got a few tomatoes off then, & I'm holding off ripping up the least blighted plants for a little to see if I can get a few more. We've had perfect blight weather. Luckily we got a decent crop of potatoes before it struck.

The cucumbers finished early. The plants wilted & died. A disease, I think, but what? I'll plant as far as possible from that patch next year. Ah well, we had a lot for a short time.

Japanese cabbages are flourishing, but Mrs B thinks they don't taste as good as last year. Daikon is looking good so far, but it has a while to go. I'm worried about the leeks. Looks like the beginnings of rust.

I'm not happy. Why is everything diseased this year?
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Post by: ElyDave on August 29, 2017, 11:43:15 pm
The only time I had any success with outdoor tomatoes was in a courtyard garden with plenty of sun, in growbags. Every time I've planted into soil I've had blight. All my Tom's are now under glass.

How tf does this correct growbags to brisbane ffs?
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Post by: SteveC on September 03, 2017, 11:02:03 am
We're lucky with tomatoes. There is a gully between our garage and our pond, so the tomatoes (in grow bags) have a south facing brick wall behind them, and are protected in front, but the ends of the gully are open, so there's usually a bit of a breeze. Seems to keep them fairly blight free. I do have some in the greenhouse as well.
The only thing I managed in the garden yesterday was to paint three fence panels. Needed to do it yesterday as the weather here is horrid today.
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Post by: De Sisti on September 03, 2017, 11:59:03 am
Put chicken manure pellets all over my lawn to improve its quality and that of the soil. Worked well last time I applied it.
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Post by: Bledlow on September 06, 2017, 10:48:40 pm
The only time I had any success with outdoor tomatoes was in a courtyard garden with plenty of sun, in growbags. Every time I've planted into soil I've had blight. All my Tom's are now under glass.
I've had more than I knew what to do with some years, but not this. Ah well, the few we have taste good, & there are still two plants, the last two to go out (makes superstitious gestures).
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Post by: ElyDave on September 11, 2017, 08:31:50 am
disposed of the last of the pyracantha massacre into the green waste bin this morning, and while I was out there, pruned all the most recently planted fruit trees.  They've been there about 4-5 years now and starting to develop lots of fruiting spurs, so looking good for next year.  Need to get a ladder out to take the vertical leaders out of two of them.

Found an unnoticed courgette over he weekend, of marrow like proportions.  Stuffed it with mince, with the tomatoes from the greenhouse, sage and thyme from the herb patch, baked in the oven. All very tasty.
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Post by: Quisling on September 12, 2017, 10:29:14 am
Sunday we pressed a load of russet apples and left the juice to stand for 24 hours to settle out.  Russet juice is very fibrous and experience shows it's worth not bottling it straight away.  Yesterday we filled and pasteurised 31 old wine bottles full.  It normally keeps for a year if required but rarely avoids being consumed before that long!

Next job, gather in the pears and some bramleys and make some mixed juice and/or perry.

Last night we also "did the sciencey bit" of making the rhubarb wine.  Should turn out around 12.5%, and jolly tasty if it's like last year's batch.  Which strangely has all gone...
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Post by: Jakob W on September 12, 2017, 05:19:33 pm
Looks like we'll be getting a small plot at the allotments down the end of our street next month; apparently it's all rather overgrown, but we shall see. Not being a gardener myself I'm a little apprehensive, but we shall see what happens - I suppose I'll have the winter to prepare...
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Post by: ElyDave on September 13, 2017, 08:49:41 am
Sunday we pressed a load of russet apples and left the juice to stand for 24 hours to settle out.  Russet juice is very fibrous and experience shows it's worth not bottling it straight away.  Yesterday we filled and pasteurised 31 old wine bottles full.  It normally keeps for a year if required but rarely avoids being consumed before that long!

Next job, gather in the pears and some bramleys and make some mixed juice and/or perry.

Last night we also "did the sciencey bit" of making the rhubarb wine.  Should turn out around 12.5%, and jolly tasty if it's like last year's batch.  Which strangely has all gone...

How do you pasteurise?
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Post by: Quisling on September 14, 2017, 10:04:47 am
Sunday we pressed a load of russet apples and left the juice to stand for 24 hours to settle out.  Russet juice is very fibrous and experience shows it's worth not bottling it straight away.  Yesterday we filled and pasteurised 31 old wine bottles full.  It normally keeps for a year if required but rarely avoids being consumed before that long!

Next job, gather in the pears and some bramleys and make some mixed juice and/or perry.

Last night we also "did the sciencey bit" of making the rhubarb wine.  Should turn out around 12.5%, and jolly tasty if it's like last year's batch.  Which strangely has all gone...

How do you pasteurise?

Fill the bottles and stand in a deep saucepan (preferably on a trivet so the glass isn't touching the bottom of the pan). Heat until the juice hits 70C and keep it there for 20 minutes.  Screw the bottle tops on and lay the bottles down, and the hot juice then sterilises the caps.
Our digital thermometer packed up though, and I fear I may have overcooked some of the juice.  The flavour normally "softens" a bit when pasteurised (making Bramley's drinkable as juice), but the Russet juice has a hint of caramel about it so some of the sugars might have been affected by excess heat.  I've not had problems in the past though, and the juice tastes fine to me. 
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Post by: Aunt Maud on September 19, 2017, 06:56:40 am
Had the scaffolding out to hand shear the high Beech hedge I planted 8 years ago . It's now 4' thick and 10' high in a south facing garden and conceals the house nicely from the gawpers.

I love clipping a hedge with shears, it's such a beautiful sound.


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Post by: spindrift on September 19, 2017, 01:21:54 pm
200 tulips planted. £4 a kilo in Wilko, about 33 in a bag.
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Post by: ElyDave on September 25, 2017, 06:42:25 am
lawn mowed.

I was just about to go back over one section when BANG, GRAUNCH as the mower height adjustment rod sheared and sent the spring through the mechanism. It's 20 years old, but the bits still seem to be available.
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Post by: Legs on September 25, 2017, 08:14:16 am
Mostly slipping about on the Nostoc commune that's infested our driveway...
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Post by: Bledlow on September 26, 2017, 08:49:35 pm
Harvested leeks for dinner. We also had home-grown daikon (AKA mooli).

Home-grown tatties with lunch, & yesterday we had home-grown cabbage with dinner, & the last home-grown sweetcorn afterwards.

Plenty more cabbages, leeks, potatoes & chard.
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Post by: Aunt Maud on October 29, 2017, 03:33:31 pm
Mowed the leaves up for the second time and made a few piles around the garden for the birds to root around in over the winter.

Mowed the small wildflower meadow and am going to sow Yellow Rattle to keep the grass down for next years display. Hopefully it'll just get better and better as the Yellow Rattle does it's thing on the grass.

Thinking about coppicing more Downy Birch for next years firewood. Hopefully I'll get 30 cubic meters of it cut this year.
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Post by: SteveC on October 29, 2017, 04:19:34 pm
Mowed the lawns yesterday for the first time in far too long.
Today I have moved all the tender plants into the greenhouse for the winter, moved the lawn furniture onto hard standing, played with my new (very antisocial) leaf vacuum and started this years collection of leaf mould, planted some cyclamen, and sown some sweet peas.
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Post by: campagman on November 03, 2017, 07:23:19 pm
At the allotment where I volunteer somebody had sown a whole packet of leek seeds in a raised bed. The leeks have come up well but needed thinning. That was my job today and the unwanted leeks have been transplanted to my patch.
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Post by: campagman on November 11, 2017, 06:21:45 pm
Planted some garlic cloves in-between the Leeks planted ^^.
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Post by: MikeFromLFE on November 12, 2017, 09:30:08 am
Removed the covering from a bed I'd foolishly covered with free horse muck, dug it, and it's still full of viable couch grass roots.
Dug yet more potatoes from my raised bed experiment (although some are getting a bit manky now - wood lice I think).
Tried unsuccessfully to have a bonfire (too wet)


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Post by: Aunt Maud on November 29, 2017, 08:36:56 pm
8 bare root roses arriving any day now from David Austin.

3x Jude the Obscure
2x Alba maxima
1x R. Complicata
1x Crown Princess Margareta.
1x Charlotte

Jude The Obscure, Crown Princess Margareta and Charlotte are for the front and the big brutes for the bank round the back.
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Post by: ElyDave on November 30, 2017, 09:12:29 am
Did a bit on Monday, mostly winter pruning of the fig tree, and a bit on the apples/pears and cutting back to ground a bed of Japanese Anemone, about 2ft deep by 10ft long, the last of those patches.  Also took out a few more stems on the pyracantha I massacred earlier in the year, and reglyphosated the remaining brambles underneath it. 

All really prep for the winter project of creating an area as a small Japanese gravel style garden using some of the trees that I intend to train as bonsai later on. I'd like to get some of them out of pots to reduce maintenance.
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Post by: Bledlow on December 06, 2017, 02:28:08 pm
Pulled up some leeks, a cabbage & some big white radishes yesterday. Leeks with dinner last night, cabbage tonight.
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Post by: MikeFromLFE on January 12, 2018, 02:11:56 pm
Pruned hacked the garden fig tree - a truly hateful job due to the sap and the weight/density of the branches. This year it's had a lot taken off - nothing seems to affect its productivity!
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Post by: Aunt Maud on January 14, 2018, 07:41:15 pm
Stomped all over the emerging snowdrops whilst admiring the bright red dog rose hips, dopey git.

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Post by: spindrift on March 13, 2018, 07:15:17 pm
First camellia flower's out.
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Post by: ElyDave on March 23, 2018, 10:44:27 am
Pruned hacked the garden fig tree - a truly hateful job due to the sap and the weight/density of the branches. This year it's had a lot taken off - nothing seems to affect its productivity!

I do ours every year, it's still triffid-like
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Post by: ElyDave on March 23, 2018, 10:47:09 am
unfleeced my favourite bonsai. It's too big to get through the greenhouse door.   Always the first in flower (I believe the Japanese use cherry blossom as a sign of spring), and I should have taken the fleece off earlier, but for the BFTE.

This is actually the reverse side - of the three trees this one always flowers first. A bit of extremity die back but not too much.

(https://i.imgur.com/uB90MIt.jpg)
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Post by: Aunt Maud on March 28, 2018, 08:56:05 am
Lovely stuff ElyDave.
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Post by: ElyDave on March 28, 2018, 09:25:39 pm
Thanks,

I've had those for about 19 years, always grown as a group and only ever styled by pruning, never wired.
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Post by: ElyDave on April 15, 2018, 02:10:25 pm
Out in the garden today, managed to get quite a few jobs done

- completed the support structure for the raspberries, 1" stakes, bracing and two levels of wires
- general tidy up of the veg plot and removal of the weed cover
- direct sewing of some beetroot, chard and salad crops, sewed some brassicas in a seed tray
- potting on of some nasturtiums
- a couple of other pottings.

Had planned on more potting of stuff but ran out of compost
Next big job is to create a Japanese-ish area of some trees that I have in pots as potential future bonsai, it's got a nice slope to be able to graduate from pines/conifers down to deciduous
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Post by: rafletcher on April 15, 2018, 04:17:32 pm
Laid turf around the raised beds. When did turf start coming in 1sq m rolls? When harvested from Chilterns clay after a wet spring, the rolls are both quite heavy and very slippery!
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Post by: Legs on April 19, 2018, 12:55:57 pm
Pulled up loads of groundsel.
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Post by: spindrift on April 19, 2018, 07:44:08 pm
Wild garlic is taking over, dirty great clumps of it. If soil's moist you can pull a load up and the bulbs come with them, otherwise you just rip them and your hands stink even through the gloves.
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Post by: ElyDave on April 21, 2018, 11:41:19 am
Bought some bedding and ground cover, to go out tomorrow
Planted out some early lettuce - a tray from waitrose at £1.10 of little plug type plants, ideal.

Pruned a few bonsai to direct future growth and took a few cuttinsg from the pomegranate that had gone leggy over the winter

Tomorrow will be a day to get at it with a plan to move around a lot of my trees into one place and replant other areas as more traditional flower beds
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Post by: Aunt Maud on April 21, 2018, 02:47:12 pm
Drank beer on the lawn.....fell asleep.
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Post by: ElyDave on April 25, 2018, 08:12:44 pm
from this, dug up out of the garden at 7am

(https://i.imgur.com/0J3SnUk.jpg)

via this

(https://i.imgur.com/EjujNq7.jpg)

and this

(https://i.imgur.com/xPvx7JP.jpg)

to this, by 9am

(https://i.imgur.com/QfnV688.jpg)

some tidying up to do, but its looking good alongside another one I did on Sunday

(https://i.imgur.com/ROQZdyW.jpg)
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Post by: Bledlow on April 26, 2018, 10:54:55 am
unfleeced my favourite bonsai. It's too big to get through the greenhouse door.   Always the first in flower (I believe the Japanese use cherry blossom as a sign of spring), ...
Oh yes. Along with drunken parties under blossoming cherry trees. Parks can get rather lively in sakura season.
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Post by: spindrift on April 26, 2018, 11:42:45 pm
Those Wilko tulips that went in last September:

(https://farm1.staticflickr.com/861/26742690627_5b9fbab8d1_k.jpg)



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Post by: Aunt Maud on April 27, 2018, 08:39:30 pm
Tidied up the shuttlecock ferns Matteuccia struthiopteris ...

(https://i.imgur.com/3Vn990A.jpg?1)

And inspected the Yellow Rattle Rhinanthus minor seedlings in the wildflower patch. They may be small, but they are essential to creating a wildflower meadow in grassland.

(https://i.imgur.com/xR7k0TV.jpg)
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Post by: Si S on May 13, 2018, 05:26:03 pm
Taken about 8' off the hedge from hell. I reckon I know how Sisyphous felt. I'd planned to do this today last week and nearly put it off after WVM had a moan about it being too overgrown to drive down the alley on Friday but it looks like someone has spilt a bag of nails down there.  :demon:
 
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Post by: campagman on May 17, 2018, 07:43:41 pm
Due to being away cycling I thought that I missed the best time for sowing seeds. I saw today that now is still good for sowing runner beans outside. I bought some new canes and now have a Wigwam ready for some of last years saved beans to shoot up, hopefully.
While I was at it I also potted up some tomato plants in the G'house. They are in their final positions now.
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Post by: rafletcher on May 27, 2018, 07:49:10 pm
Planted out the sweetcorns, and split and inter planted the red cos lettuces in between them.
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Post by: ElyDave on May 29, 2018, 07:46:09 am
all veggies now in their final positions.

yesterday, some major pruning on a shrubby/bushy/tree-ey thing that get seriously out of hand if you leave it.  Then decided that that I was finally going to do something about the compost heaps and the raised bed layout.  Said shrubby thing overshadows and dried out the raised bed next to it, compost heaps in a corner that is hard to get to with a wheelbarrow, so decided to swap the two.

So, build compost heap number 1 (rat resistant prototype, mk2 mods already in mind).
Start dismantling existing heaps, spread well rotted compost out in the base of where the raised bed will go
Temporarily move the rhubarb, raspberries and buxus cuttings out of the raised bed into a loose pile in the corner.
Dismantle raised bed from the outside and reposition (fits almost exactly)
Start moving dry topsoil to allow room for new compost heap, position and fill heap
Move all remaining topsoil
Replant

Got about ten minutes help from daughter, about an hour from wife. About 5 hours in total from picking up the fist piece of wood for the new heap, to heading in for dinner having also watered everything that needs it. 
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Post by: ElyDave on June 03, 2018, 06:58:13 am
Fruit cage constructed today.  Needs a bit more work but sufficient for now.

Next task, find a new pane of glass for the greenhouse.
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Post by: Legs on June 11, 2018, 01:14:25 pm
Put the roof over the fruit cage yesterday evening - it's a 2-person job so we had to wait until the little people were asleep.  Pulled out a ridiculous amount of couch grass, buttercups, docks, nettles, rosebay willowherb and errant raspberries over the weekend, but we've still got about 3/4 of the fruit patch to weed...  Picked the first ripe strawberry - hurray!  Loads more coming if we can keep the slugs at bay.  ;D
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Post by: Basil on June 16, 2018, 08:07:17 pm
Not my plot, the next door neighbour's.
Their garden is completely overgrown and has fecking leylandii at the bottom perimeter.  Last time I spotted the landlord visiting I asked him if it be all right if I lopped them a bit.  He agreed readily,  so today was spent precariously perched up a ladder with a saw.
Took about 5 feet off them.
I'll be doing it every year now. I consider the permission to on going.   And they'll get shorter every year.  :demon:
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Post by: Riggers on June 18, 2018, 12:56:39 pm
Went up the lot late yesterday afternoon, to do some 'damned good watering', as it hasn't rained for at least a couple of weeks, and find the blasted garlic is developing rust spots. Damn. Serious infection can inhibit or completely stop the bulb growing, and it's an air-bourne fungus affecting alliums (so can affect/infect onions and leeks too).

Just read up about it this morning, and somebody suggests pulling off/cutting the affected leaves and getting rid of them, making sure you wash your hands and implements (such as scissors or shears used) so the infection isn't carried over to over plants, and the garlic should still be able to photosynthesise and continue developing! I'll try it!

'They' also suggest it's helpful to water during the day, rather than in the evening, so the plants have a chance to dry out rather than remain damp overnight, because the 'rust' likes damp warm air.

Some of the garlic leaves are yellow as well, and you think: "Too much water? Too little?" Gawd.

Also some bastard insect has been enjoying the onion leaves. Bastards.
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Post by: Aunt Maud on June 19, 2018, 07:15:56 pm
Bastards, kill them all Riggers.
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Post by: Riggers on June 20, 2018, 12:48:14 pm
Bastards, kill them all Riggers.

The bastards always flee the scene of the crime unfortunately.
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Post by: Aunt Maud on June 20, 2018, 08:03:49 pm
Urinated on the roses which were showing signs of iron deficiency.

I figured that if there was a trace of iron in urine, this may cure the problem.....Am I misguided ?
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Post by: Aunt Maud on June 21, 2018, 09:18:27 am
Scythed the lawn for the first time with my new blade on a stick and I like it, nice and quiet.

The grass is now drying in the sun, waiting to go on the compost heap.
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Post by: ElyDave on June 22, 2018, 06:58:41 pm
Urinated on the roses which were showing signs of iron deficiency.

I figured that if there was a trace of iron in urine, this may cure the problem.....Am I misguided ?

Male urine has some very good hormones for plant growing. My cucumbers and tomatoes seem to like it  :D

For me, just replacing a broken pane in the greenhouse.  The whole frame seems to have twisted.  I'm thinking the ground has moved beneath it due to lack of water, it's not even July and my water butts are almost empty
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Post by: Aunt Maud on June 24, 2018, 12:41:33 pm
(https://farm2.staticflickr.com/1821/42931069432_44af9cbac4_h.jpg) (https://flic.kr/p/28pEXfh)

Fed the veg with Ultra Stinky Nettle Soup™

Now watching a herd of Small Whites lay eggs all over the sprouts  >:(
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Post by: Riggers on June 25, 2018, 11:25:30 am
(https://farm2.staticflickr.com/1821/42931069432_44af9cbac4_h.jpg) (https://flic.kr/p/28pEXfh)

Fed the veg with Ultra Stinky Nettle Soup™

Now watching a herd of Small Whites lay eggs all over the sprouts  >:(


Looks very picturesque!
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Post by: hellymedic on July 02, 2018, 06:19:53 pm
David has planted the rose bush we were given at last night's party.

The garden fork has broken in the process. I thought I'd bough a good quality tool (Stanley IIRC)

I am not impressed.
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Post by: ElyDave on July 08, 2018, 12:29:56 pm
I've broken at least 2 forks in the past, fatigue, abuse, heavy clay soils etc all take their toll.

For me over the last few days, finished trimming next door's leylandii hedge, he's supposedly taking it out but he's not made much progress so far. It'll take me a few rounds of green bin collection to get rid of it all.

Yesterday, repotted two bonsai and mowed the lawn - only a littlle trim as it's not growing quickly at the moment, still needing the sprinkler on the more fragile bits of the new lawn. 

Today,  bit of pruning on the greengage, keeping the structure nice and open.  Thinned/spaced the brocollis and cabbages adn netted them against the butterflies.  In the greenhouse the tomatoes are starting to ripen and both the peppers and cucumbers are really taking off.  Outside is a bit different, lettuces doing well, courgettes starting to pick up, but the relocated raspberries are looking a bit touch and go.  Waterbutts both empty, which is a record this early in the year, I think
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Post by: rafletcher on July 17, 2018, 03:09:26 pm
Lifted the onions to break the roots, and left them on the bed to dry out. Another warm dry week forecast, so should get them started nicely. We coul£ have had our first picking of chard, were it not for the fact we’re eating salads everyday!
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Post by: Johnny Faro on July 26, 2018, 06:44:53 am
Watered
Before that watered
Before that watered
I'll tell you what the difference in quality of compost and water retention is vast. The stuff last year that sieved the water got well mixed with compost I'd made myself. Well the clever worms and bacteria needs watering every three to four days. Some of my pots and raised beds need daily soaking
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Post by: ElyDave on August 01, 2018, 01:21:47 pm
waterin, and more watering. Apart from the lawn which I will now mow.  This morning however I spent chopping back the shrivelled adn brown leaves of a 10ft long bed of Japanese anemone which should be in full bloom right now, and picking up lots of small fallen pears and apples.

Salads doing well, tomatoes nearly finished already and cucumbers adn courgettes starting to produce.  Spotted two cabbage whites underneath my net, ba$tards!
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Post by: Basil on August 05, 2018, 04:54:34 pm
Dug over and then dug in loads of manure in the area I have identified as where I shall attempt espaliers.  Not sure what I'm going for yet.  Possibly a pear and a plum.  Not sure which ones exactly.
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Post by: Basil on August 05, 2018, 05:32:27 pm
Also very pleased with this year's hanging baskets.  Constant watering and feeding have led to two veritable giants.

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20180805_172028 (https://flic.kr/p/28JPW1o) by Basil W (https://www.flickr.com/photos/153328377@N08/), on Flickr
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Post by: madcow on August 06, 2018, 08:59:57 pm
First sweetcorn of the season. Not bad for North Yorkshire.
 These are the super sweet type, grown from seed. They are so easy to grow that they would probably do well as a patio plant.
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Post by: ElyDave on August 17, 2018, 12:43:12 pm
figs, figs and more figs, it's a bumber year both in size and number this year.  Looks like there may even be a few second crop that reach ripeness if the weather remains warm.
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Post by: hellymedic on August 17, 2018, 05:46:56 pm
Our neighbours' first crop figs finished about 3 weeks ago. I presume you are only one degree north of here...
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Post by: Quisling on August 21, 2018, 10:37:22 am
Pressed more apples for juice last night and pasteurised some first thing this morning.  More to do later.  Thats 27 litres so far and we've not got to the Bramley and Russet crops yet.  I think I'll mix those for a natural cider when we get back from holiday.

Harvesting giant courgette/marrows, and lots of cucumbers and small tomatoes.  We grew a bush tomato variety this year which are rather floppy but otherwise (apart from watering) subject to zero maintenance and provide reasonable yield.  Plenty of spuds but yield down on last year due to the dry weather - although less rotten spuds eaten by sluggery folk.
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Post by: ElyDave on August 21, 2018, 11:30:22 am
Big effort on the veg patch this morning before heading into the office (at home).  Mostly trying to dig up the thistles, roots intact after having pulled up the dead peas and tidied away the netting.

Lots of cucumbers outdoors getting big, the small crystal apple cucumber in the greenhouse is finally fruiting.  Harvested the first of the early sowing radicchio, some chard, courgettes and a few windfall apples, Lady Hollendale. Also planted out a few strawberry runners.  My tomatoes were also a bush variety this year and already mostly done.
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Post by: ElyDave on September 10, 2018, 06:44:31 am
tidied one of the decorative beds, mostly weeding self-seeded things I don't want there, keeping on top of the bindweed and removing the dead trees that I thought were a long-shot to take in the first place. 

The patch has a backdrop of a nice conifer and maple, and I'm using it as a sort of Japanese influenced bed to keep and maintain bonsai stock.   Yesterday I also planted out into there a small shrubby thing wth red summer flowers to give a bit of alternative colour to the backdrop, some harts tongue and Japanese painted ferns and moved some self-sown verbena to form a screen and movement against the fence that forms the the other side of this. 

Also created two new bonsai, winter jasmine, took a load of cuttings of that, some verbena cuttings and some root cuttings from the sea-kale.
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Post by: madcow on September 17, 2018, 11:11:54 pm
 Harvested this lot a few weeks ago and have just finished topping and tailing them.
I had sets and home grown seedlings side by side. The seeds produced bigger bulbs and grew on for longer.
Beginners luck as I have never grown onions before .My allotment gets twice the amount of sunshine compared with the house garden.
it's heavy soil and these took a lot of watering.
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Picked these this weekend.
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Also started the winter digging as I am expanding the allotment and need to get it dug over before it gets wet.
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Post by: Aunt Maud on September 19, 2018, 07:18:43 pm
Nice.

Chopped the long stems off the Jerusalem Artichokes coz we're in for a bit of blustery weather.
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Post by: ElyDave on September 20, 2018, 07:09:51 am
Good crop MC, my butternut squashes have produced lots of greenery but no fruit this year. Courgettes have been poor as well. 
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Post by: ElyDave on September 21, 2018, 07:24:38 pm
Two bonsai repotted.  One is only into a temporary pot - three trees to shuffle pots.

The other one is a Japanese black pine, grown from seed in 1997, into a bonsai pot for the first time.  Still got a lot of styling to do though
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Post by: rafletcher on October 21, 2018, 02:58:16 pm
Removed the last of the outdoor tomatoes. Planted out 12 purple sprouting broccoli, 24 leeks and 24 kale plants. We only have 5 small raised beds, so any planting is in small quantities.
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Post by: MikeFromLFE on November 19, 2018, 09:09:28 am
figs, figs and more figs, it's a bumber year both in size and number this year.  Looks like there may even be a few second crop that reach ripeness if the weather remains warm.
I've just noticed this (from August, sorry) - we had two, yes 2, figs this year. Normally - here in Leicester - we have so many we don't know what to do with them. I think it was the dreadful Monty Don that said that the hot dry summer (I think I remember that) made the fig trees think they were in the tropics, and they lost the main crop and produced a huge number of buds for a later crop. I spend a happy hour or two removing bucket loads of thumb sized figs off the tree over the last couple of weeks to try and encourage next year's crop.
We missed out on our poached figs in Cassis this year.
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Post by: MikeFromLFE on November 19, 2018, 09:18:41 am
I've spent an inordinate amount of time at the allotment plots this weekend.
I've constructed a small wildlife habitat out of a couple of old boots I found in shed number 3, bricks with holes in, bits of old bamboo cane, roofing tiles and hazel cuttings. It looks a bit pathetic at the moment, but hopefully it'll become home to a few bugs/ mammals.
I've managed to get a few new 'semi raised beds' made that will be at a  height that Mrs M can get to to weed - unfortunately they are in the area where she has been planting flower bulbs for the last few years, so as much as I construct the beds I'm digging up perfectly salveagable bulbs that need to be replanted in the new beds - but the new beds aren't as big as the old patches ('cos of paths between them) so I may have to find a way of repurposing the old bulbs, possibly just dumping them in a trench in plot #2. And more importantly I need to stop Mrs M from buying new flower bulbs for at least 12 months.
Plus I've been able to do a fair bit of weeding / hoeing done - it's astonishing how well the weeds are growing at the moment!
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Post by: madcow on December 21, 2018, 05:03:07 pm
  The sprouts are already boiling so I thought it was time to lift a few parsnips for roasting on Christmas day.
This year I thinned them quite hard as in previous years I have had lots of small roots.
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Post by: SteveC on December 21, 2018, 06:22:09 pm
I've managed to get out into the garden for the first time in what feels like months. Only for half an hour or so before it got dark, but I did manage to get the Braeburn apple (which has cropped wonderfully this year) upright again. It has been gradually leaning over all year and once the fruit started to swell the extra weight got it nearly horizontal. It now has a fairly hefty stake holding it up.
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Post by: Bledlow on December 31, 2018, 10:46:48 pm
Not done anything for a while, but last week I, Mrs B & Mrs B mere were walking beside the river near where my mother in law lives, in a suburb of Tokyo, & passed some allotments, which I (but oddly, not Mrs B) had seen before. We paused to look, & a woman who was there greeted us. Turned out she was the administrator (an unpaid voluntary post), & she showed us round. Very well organised. Very neat. They have a little office in a shed. Oh, & no fence around the site. Wide open.

They have a scheme to donate vegetables to a local special school, for cheap meals for the kids.
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Post by: ElyDave on January 29, 2019, 01:22:26 pm
Sunday, too windy to be out on the bike, so went with one of my son's carers plus son to the garden centre to buy seeds for this year's veggies. 

Today, cleared the veg plots and greenhouse of the remnants of last years crops adn weed in preparation, put the cold frame over the remaining pak choi in the hope that they'll give a spring crop.  It was good to get out there, both from a horticultural and injury recovery POV
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Post by: SteveC on February 02, 2019, 04:19:56 pm
We have a very vigorous almond-leaved wild pear, given to us as an engagement present. When it arrived, it was basically a twig. Sixteen or more years later and it's now getting towards 20 feet. It is also very spiky. Today's job, weather permitting was to prune it. Which I have done. I've not finished sorting all the bits which have come off as my hernia is grumbling which means it's time to sit down for a decent interval, but I am pleased to get that 'winter' job done.
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Post by: ElyDave on February 03, 2019, 08:06:46 am
I have a lot of pruning still to do, including a still very vigorous fifteen year old fig, a large buddliea, and need to remove a couple of espaliered pear trees that I want to replace with heritage varieties.
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Post by: MikeFromLFE on February 14, 2019, 06:57:02 pm
The last of the allotment parsnips are out, and the first of the allotment daffodils have been brought home.
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Post by: ElyDave on February 18, 2019, 08:45:32 am
Two 14 year old pear trees out - wood drying for use in barbecueueueues later in the year.   The replacement trees were delivered much quicker than I expected, two new heritage variety pears and two new heritage variety apples from the East Anglia Apples and Orchards Project. The pears are from Norfolk and Suffolk as they had no pears from Cambridge, but that's the bordering counties, so close enough.

Ground prepped and canes up for the new trees.  I have one remaining cox's apple as an espalier, I'll plant the new ones as cordons either side that, apple in the middle, pears either side and apples outside of those.  Looking at the new trees, some already have the bigger furry buds on them so if lucky may get a few fruit this year
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Post by: offcumden on February 18, 2019, 07:44:10 pm
Although I must admit to being a bit of a fairweather gardener, I love the early days of spring (OK, we can kid ourselves!) when I can get out and prepare the raised beds for the year ahead.

Dug over four beds - pretty easy, as they'd mostly been under cardboard for the winter. I'll uncover the others as I dig them.
Moved the framework for the brassica 'cage' to follow the rotation; the netting (scaffolding net) goes up when the plants go in.
Broke some new ground for a couple of long narrow beds to be used for raspberries and runner beans. Off to the woodyard later to buy timber for framing and supports.

The sap is rising!
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Post by: offcumden on March 09, 2019, 09:15:02 pm
Balmy February having given way to wet, cool and windy March, my progress has slowed somewhat.

Long beds for raspberries and runners now almost ready, just need to fix the uprights and support frames.  Inspired by Monty 'The Don' on Gardeners' World last night, I pushed in 5 short rows of broad beans across the raised beds. Potatoes now chitting ready for planting next month. Will be sowing salad stuff, leeks soon, and am itching to get the onion sets in. Finished pruning apple tree and gave grass its second trim of the year.

Followed by a quick burst on the turbo - but that's another plot altogether.
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Post by: Ginger Cat on March 17, 2019, 03:39:53 pm
On the allotment:

Checked polytunnel pegs and guylines (again). Gave the grass on the pathway around the plot the first cut of the year. Put some peas and dwarf French beans into a space in the polytunnel. Picked some purple sprouting broccoli, watered the polytunnel beds (carrots, winter radishes, onions, various winter greens) from the water butt, trimmed the flowers off the bolted Pak Choi (bolted thanks to the unseasonal warm spell). Planted a nicely-sprouted comfrey cutting.

At home:

Sorted out my propagator, cleaned the trays, made up a compost/vermiculite mix and sowed tomato and chilli seeds, put them on the windowsill on the heated propagator. Cleaned up the "indoor garden" units that I use to bring on the seedlings so they are ready once the tomato/chilli seedlings are up.


I have rationalised this year to planting stuff I really like and that does OK. Tomatoes- you cannot have too many tomatoes, eating them sun-warmed straight off the bush is best. All the varieties I am planting this year are indoor/outdoor, and I am including the variety that was my Most Favourite last year (a yellow cherry "Galina").

This years "new thing" is Oca tubers, currently they are in the salad drawer in the fridge, will plant them in a couple of weeks. Other "new things" to try this year are amaranth (leaves and grain variety) and Calloo.

GC
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Post by: ElyDave on March 17, 2019, 04:01:21 pm
One row of broad beans into the ground midweek

This morning with my son, got all the squash and courgette seeds into 4" pots, tomatoes and chillies also into same size pots to propagate and prick out later.

Into 24-cell seed tray inserts, various flowers for the borders lettuces, pak-choi and cavolo nero.

Cucumbers and french beans will get done in a couple of weeks
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Post by: SteveC on March 17, 2019, 04:03:16 pm
With the only spare day out of this weekend and the next two, I've pruned the hydrangea (which is one of those season critical jobs), sowed some more seeds, pricked out the indoor tomatoes, and weeded, and weeded, and weeded. And MrsC weeded. And it still doesn't really look like anything has been done.
I am now looking forward to the end of the month, when the clocks go back and I will be allowed to lift heavy things again (and incidentally get back on the bike, seeing this is a cycling forum). Then I will be able to mow the lawns (I may need to borrow a goat the way things are growing), move compost bags around, start sorting our dying fence out, and various other heavier jobs.
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Post by: Legs on March 18, 2019, 03:04:57 pm
Spent an hour or so on Saturday afternoon, while Jr Jr was having his nap, cutting down the plum tree next to our oil tank and outbuilding.  Said tree had developed a nice 2' split down its trunk from a fork, and was twisting threateningly in the wind.  So I had to stand on the oil tank in 40mph wind, taking off the branches that I could, before we felled the bugger.
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Post by: ElyDave on April 12, 2019, 02:21:49 pm
Repotting a patio peach, I rescued a shaggy old thyme from the pot, and did this

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Post by: perpetual dan on April 13, 2019, 10:31:12 pm
Enjoying the bonsai, though not much left for the pot :)

The last two days, I’ve taken up our rotting decking, and it’s even more sponge like bearers. Then we abandoned the idea of putting in new decking, and instead I levelled and turfed the patch.
I also put up a piece of pergola to replace a bit of fence that had fallen apart.
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Post by: rafletcher on April 14, 2019, 08:19:22 pm
Planted potatoes.
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Post by: rogerzilla on April 14, 2019, 09:37:33 pm
Fairly savage hedge pruning to keep it under control (the green wheelie bin is now stuffed - I had to jump up and down on it a few times).

Planted the hanging baskets with ivy-leaved geraniums pelargoniums.  They can sit in the conservatory until May.
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Post by: rafletcher on April 19, 2019, 05:24:16 pm
Sowed a couple of rows of radish over the potatoes as a catch crop, plus a row of parsley in another bed. Cleared the winter cabbage and planted out the sprouted onion sets. Other jobs for the weekend include pruning the armandii, plus adding wires to train it. Repotting a small acer. Clearing (and cooking for the freezer) The chard before it bolts. Planting sweet corn seeds in the greenhouse. And finding a home for a revived Rosa mundi somewhere.
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Post by: ElyDave on April 23, 2019, 05:05:05 pm
Managed quite a bit over the weekend.

- weeding a few patches
- planted out impulse bought marigolds and verbenas - tray of ten for £2
- cuttings from and planted out a few Cape Daisies
- plated out courgettes and squash that were getting a bit lanky in the greenhouse
- direct sowed some lettuces adn beetroot
- sowed some more flower seeds in modules, and some chard as well
- couple of bits of prunings
- sewed soem kumquat seeds for No1 son to look after

Beans and cucumbers are coming on well, tomatoes OK but need to pull their socks up, chillies doing OK.  Some of the tray-sown veg are looking a bit spindly and may need redoing as direct sow. They have this week to sort themselves out
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Post by: rafletcher on April 26, 2019, 11:26:22 am
This afternoon and weekend I'll hopefully get a couple more rows of radish sown on the potato bed as the first two are nicely sprouting. I'll need to get the sprinkler out too as the garden's getting quite dry and the promised rain hasn't materialised. Put rose feed around all the roses before the watering, and some blood, fish and bone on the sweet peas, clematis and wisteria, which are all getting into their stride. Plus water the potted acers before our water butt runs out of rainwater.
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Post by: Ginger Cat on April 28, 2019, 01:51:45 pm
Yesterday I had an emergency trip over to the plot to repair my polytunnel before the wind took it. (Another allotmenter was over there, saw it and phoned me- got there just in time to stop the torn cover turning into shredded cover). Taped up the damage with a roll of black tape. Saved it (just).

Off back over there now to do a bettter repair which includes a clear tarp to cover the damaged area and a roll of clear polytunnel repair tape to hold it all down.

GC
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Post by: matthew on April 28, 2019, 06:06:23 pm
Weeded and mulched the raspberries, dug over the fallow bed and planted some bedding plants for summer colour. I still need to sort out the bed on the other side of the garden.
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Post by: MikeFromLFE on April 28, 2019, 11:41:48 pm
Earthed up the potatoes for the first time this season

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Post by: rafletcher on May 25, 2019, 09:08:36 pm
Potted on 45 sweet corn, and a dozen each of “Big Daddy” and “Gardeners Delight” tomatoes, plus a couple of a tumbling variety, all to the backdrop of bluetits in our nesting box. Plus re-trained the “Creme de la Creme” rose on our arch.
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Post by: rafletcher on June 09, 2019, 04:20:33 pm
Planted out the sweetcorn, and inter-planted climbing French beans, so hopefully the sweetcorn stalks will provide support for the beans. I’ve done it successfully with borlotti beans in the past so it should work.

Side-shooter the Big Daddy tomatoes, and put the tumbling ones into a raised tray on the potion.

Cut the grass.
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Post by: ElyDave on June 29, 2019, 08:10:56 pm
Mostly keeping the weeds down.

in the greenhouse both tomatoes and cucumbers doing well, setting flowers and producing embryos, chillis adn peppers poised to spring into growth I'm sure

Outside all going well.  Embryo courgettes apearing, leafy green stuff going well, including the seakale thongs that I was worried about.  Sucession sowings of lettuces/greens. Netted the soft fruit and the brassicas.  Had half a bowl of early blackcurrants the other day - superb.  Started cropping the lettuces as cut and come again
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Post by: hellymedic on July 05, 2019, 04:00:11 pm
David has just brought around 5kg of potatoes in from the garden; that's about two months' supply and our fridge is full of Other Foods...

This abode has no cool storage areas and it's HOT in Londonton right now.
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Post by: MikeFromLFE on August 17, 2019, 08:30:22 pm
Four hours at the plots today (including time spent hiding from severe downpours). The main veg plot is looking like a jungle, and I'm convinced I could see the grass growing before my eyes after the rain.
I snaffled just about the last of the wood chippings to put another layer on the main path to ease Mrs M's passage - the supply of chippings at our site is very spasmodic, so it's a case of 'get as much as you can, when you can'.
Picked a bag full of potatoes, three decent cauliflowers, a cabbage, a few carrots (some of them had split - presumably the dry/wet/dry this year hasn't helped), and .... more bloody courgettes. Raspberries are starting again - that's good! Good neighbour gave us a couple of cucumbers. Mrs M brought loads of Gladioli, and dahlias home to brighten up the place.
I had a feel of the sweet corn, but decided to leave it for another week before I pulled the first one. The apples and pears are looking very good, but no where near ready - and of course, the squirrels have had all the hazel nuts.
Lots of hoeing, and weed pulling - I've culled a lot of the borage that's been invading the main path, the trouble is now, that there's borage seedlings springing up everywhere.
Absolutely kkkknakkered!
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Post by: MikeFromLFE on October 27, 2019, 07:46:18 pm
A fairly short session at the allotments today when I failed to get a fire going.
Picked a splendid head of calabrese, and a bit of lettuce. Mrs M picked a margarine tub full of raspberries.
The carrots, beetroot and parsnips are looking good, but there might just be only enough brussels for Christmas lunch.
I staked the wilting pear tree and covered the old flower bed with cardboard ready for a good go at digging in early next year.
All the rhubarb leaves have died back, so they've been cleared away.
The mice have had all the sunflower seeds I was saving.
Sunday late lunch was homegrown cabbage, spuds,  roasted carrots, leeks, parsnip & beetroot, and a chicken from the Coop.
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Post by: offcumden on October 27, 2019, 08:16:59 pm
Zilch; far too wet today. Early this week I returned home after 3 weeks away, during which time it seems to have rained much of the time, and the garden is beginning to resemble a rain forest. Dry weather is forecast for the next few days, however, so maybe I'll get a chance to wrest back control before winter sets in.

in the meantime I'm keeping out of mischief decorating the spare bedroom  :( .  Did manage 3 hours on the bike this morning, though  :)
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Post by: campagman on November 21, 2019, 07:13:02 pm
met a friend at her plot today as she had some unwanted Jerusalem Artichoke tubers. I have heard some good things but don't think I have ever tasted these before. Will have some with my b'fast tomorrow am. I'm forecasting tomorrow may be quite windy.
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Post by: rafletcher on November 30, 2019, 03:42:59 pm
They make a good soup, and also a gratin with cream and whole grain mustard is good.

As today was actually dry (well, not raining) I took the opportunity to prune down 4 clematis, moved the Rosa Munda to a more appropriate location, and planted my wife’s Christmas present, a Vibernum Judii, in the front garden alongside the path. Hopefully both will survive, and the Vibernum will complement the Daphne in the front for scent.

Also prepped a couple of beds for garlic planting tomorrow, and started to remove the dead Clematis Armandii. It’s thrived for 15 years, but has suddenly died. We suspect honey fungus again  :-X.
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Post by: SteveC on November 30, 2019, 04:16:16 pm
Got out into the garden for an hour or so this afternoon. First time for a month. I've started to remove the leaves from the hellebores and have moved all MrsC's auriculas into the cold frames for the duration. I'm not sure they really need it, but that's what she prefers. 
I will need to get back out there tomorrow as soon as I can (having wrapped up warm) as there is a lot more to do.
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Post by: Johnny Faro on November 30, 2019, 04:22:10 pm
Built a compost bin from pallets. The rest of our allotment is just too wet to do anything much
Title: Re: What have you done on the plot today?
Post by: MikeFromLFE on November 30, 2019, 09:00:46 pm


. The rest of our allotment is just too wet to do anything much

We went down to ours for a couple of hours today. The soil was very heavy, it might just have been digable if I'd have put my lazy mind to it. I was having too much fun trying to get the bonfire to get going to bother with the fork.
Title: Re: What have you done on the plot today?
Post by: rafletcher on December 09, 2019, 01:40:11 pm
Another dry weekend, so Saturday was spent pruning the "Rambling Rector" on the pergola. Thumbs up for the cheapo Chinese made pigskin gauntlets!  Sunday I took the rose trimmings to the tip, cut back the choysia (Mexican Orange) to let a bit more light into the garden, and then pruned the quince. I also put the Christmas lights up on the front of the cottage, but they'll not be turned on for a couple of weeks yet.
Title: Re: What have you done on the plot today?
Post by: SteveC on January 18, 2020, 05:08:13 pm
I finished coppicing the large hazel in our shade bed (the north-facing one).
That has taken me most of last weekend and most of this afternoon. The coppicing itself has been done. The lawn is now pretty well covered in twiggy bits and there is a large pile of not so twiggy bits to be cut up to feed campfire in the summer. No idea when I'll be able to finish the job, though.