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JackMcH's Allotment

Discussion in 'Allotments Discussion' started by Jack McHammocklashing, Aug 25, 2015.

  1. Jack McHammocklashing

    Jack McHammocklashing Sludgemariner

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    After a long wait, I was called out of the Blue today, to take my allotment

    It is in a listed buildings Victorian walled garden, and the plots are immaculate
    I have to wait and allow the present tenant to harvest her crop, She moves up
    to a full plot, I get her old half plot
    I have included the site URL so as to let you see it
    http://www.balbirnieallotments.org.uk/

    Happy days

    Jack McHammocklashing
     
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      Nice one Jack.....spade at the ready!

      Steve...:)
       
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        Congratulations, Jack, that is great news!!:snork:
         
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          Looks a lovely site Jack !!
           
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            Blimey Jack, that looks posh! :biggrin: Congratulations :dbgrtmb:
             
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            • Jack McHammocklashing

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              Thankfully all the work has been done, you access through large steel gates set in the North wall (with your own key) gates must be locked at all times, as you enter it is like a patchwork quilt
              every site tended, and full of produce, flowers and Veg

              My problem is I have nothing to do, and I do not have a dickie doo of what to plant first in Oct and look as if I know what I am doing

              At home it was a case of a 3m x 3m bed, potatoes, runner beans, peas, carrots in buckets, onions and a clump of rhubarb in an out of the way corner,

              Time to quiz all you good folk on GC :-)

              Jack McH
               
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                October is Garlic planting time :blue thumb:
                 
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                  Good job that you're a long standing member of the GC Gang then, Jack!!:heehee:
                   
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                    That looks a brilliant place Jack well done!


                    Looking forward to seeing which is your plot.
                     
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                    • Jack McHammocklashing

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                      I will post some pics in about ten days
                      Just off to Eastbourne on a holiday, to get over the cruise that never was :-)

                      Jack McH
                       
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                        I don't think you'll go near it but do avoid the A27 around Shoreham, it's still closed following the air crash.

                        Have a great time and hope the weather improves for you.
                         
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                          What a great community project. !!! :yay:
                           
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                            I had my meeting today with the Committee, shown round, and met the folk,
                            everyone was most helpful,
                            The listed building glass houses have been restored, if wanted then you can rent a part of it (I am unsure how it will work, as people growing tomatoes have different needs to people growing cucumbers, or melons, chillies etc )

                            My plot is 63 on the map, has been well tended and still is, I got a crop plan for current and past years. the main water tap is ten feet away, we can use a hosepipe, but people with cans have priority
                            In addition to my £5 a year rent there is a compulsory donation of £5 a year to the committee, this pays for, manure, and seeds, along with two or three social bonfire and BBQ's

                            You can bring your car on hard road surface, right to your plot, to pick up or deliver stuff but must park outwith the allotments, there is hard standing on the grass that the Council maintain

                            I left my camera back in the house :-(, though the site is exactly as per the pics on the web site
                            http://www.balbirnieallotments.org.uk/

                            Original, my site is the red block
                            Myplot.jpg

                            Asis.jpg


                            The toilets have running water, male female and disabled
                            One container has under lock and key, expensive items that have been donated or bought, rotovators, shredders, mini tractor and carts
                            One cabin has a collection of gardening RHS encyclopedia and magazines, notice board and kettle

                            I do not have access until the Council have processed my lease agreement and paid rent, then £10 deposit for set of keys about two weeks time

                            Lucky Jack McH
                             
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                              They painted your plot red?? :yikes:
                               
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                              • Jack McHammocklashing

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                                Yes Pots, I requested submarine black, but that is the Council for you

                                Jack McH
                                 
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                                  You struck lucky there Jack, that's a cracking plot :thumbsup:
                                   
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                                    £5 is a bargain, that's less than a gallon of paraffin! Whatever it's suitable for, it'll be worth it.
                                     
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                                      Looks terrific Jack. Daughter goes to the Balbirnie gym and I've been to the hotel a couple of times. If I wasn't lucky enough to have plenty space here I'd be fighting for an Allotment space. As it is with your allotment being walled and you can have a decent space in a heated greenhouse for a fiver I can feel a green tinge creeping over me! You are sure to have great results, delighted for you.
                                       
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                                        crikey, my plot is £112/yr!!

                                        looks great :)
                                         
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                                          Wow, you have very good facilities and it's so cheap too. Definitely go for the greenhouse space too for £5/year.
                                           
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