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Linny's allotment

Discussion in 'Allotments Discussion' started by Linz, Feb 6, 2017.

  1. Linz

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    So happy! I got my plot!

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    I was going to pick one in the corner but advised it was full of clay and hadn't been worked properly.. anyhoo, the rest of it. From half 12 till 2.45 this afternoon. (It's not dug over underneath the plastic.. yet!)
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    20170206_132038.jpg added 2 of my pots.. testing the slugs!
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    Found weed suppressant yay! And then was given 2 huge sheets of plastic.. struggled in the wind with them!
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      Huge sheets donated!20170206_134901.jpg

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        Few other bits..

        Rhubarb patch
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        Strawberry patch.. think it needs total replacing. Ho hum!
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        Currant bush? What colour? :scratch:
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        Raised bed/box
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        And some weed? It's a pretty tough one and growing out if the sides of the beds in a few places.
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          Wow, how exciting! Hope the weather will be kind to you so you can get working it! You'll have it looking lovely in no time
           
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            Thank you @Snorky85 :) Really pleased with it, couch grass is not hard to pull up either which is good! Fingers crossed it's dry tomorrow and I will try clearing what's not covered and tidy up the other paths.
             
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            • Kandy

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              Congratulations @Linz on getting your new plot and the soil looks good if it is the black stuff in one of your photos.:thumbsup:

              The bush in the photo with the yellow gardening glove looks like a black currant and the fat buds on it are called Big Bud which is caused by the Blackcurrant Gall Mite.If you can you need to break off those big buds and either burn them or put them in your dustbin.

              You might be able to save the strawberry plants,just get rid of the dead leaves and see what the plants look like.Mine looks like yours in the winter months but after I have got rid of the dead leaves the new leaves soon start to look better.

              I would recommend that the first thing you do is get a compost bin set up so that you can start adding your own veggie and fruit peelingsplus lawn clippings when you start mowing your lawns if you have any grass at home.Exciting times:thumbsup:
               
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                Thank you @Kandy I haven't had any currants before (or my parents) so that's good to know, I'll get googling in a bit. Do you think I should chop it by at least half? It's quite big!

                I was told when I picked the plot the strawbs had been down a few years so I'll see whats there under the dead leaves and if there's any decent ones I'll salvage them and put mine from the garden in there as well.

                There is some half arsed attempt of an open composter made from pallets but I'm going to empty one of mine into the other and take it up with me. Got a lot of chicken poo already and I'll have some grass clippings in a few weeks :smile:

                Thanks again :biggrin: I'm so chuffed..like a kid at christmas here!
                 
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                  Kandy Will be glad to see the sun again soon.....

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                  @Linz the Black currant looks the right height to me a bit like ours.It also depends on how tall you are when it comes to picking the fruit as Mr Kandy picks ours.You might need to just prune out any crossoing branches and see if you can weed at the base and inside the bush if you can:smile:

                  Are you going to be working the plot on your own or have you anyone else that can help you with it?

                  That raised box bed if you can either get it weeded or take out the old compost,you can refill it with decent compost and you will have a bed ready to sow either carrots,parsnips,beetroot etc or you can use it as a seed bed if you are growing veggies like greens etc.

                  The chicken poo will be good if it has lately been composted down:thumbsup:
                   
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                    Ok great, I'll just try and trim/tidy some bits of it then. Yup will weed in and around it too.. hope to get the plot mostly weed free asap :)

                    I'm working it on my own when the wee ones are in school, other half is "only interested in the rhubarb"... he'll help out when he can (when I need him too) and others my age are not interested. To be honest I want to do it by myself!

                    That was the plan with the box! Parsnips! The soil is quite stoney underneath (apparently) and most roots come out forked..we also got a club root problem with brassicas on the plot so have to go for certain varieties I've been told.
                     
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                      Glad you've joined the club Linz, thats a good start!
                       
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                          @Linz try not to overdo it if you are going to do it on your own as I know how easy it is to be eager to get started and at the moment time is on your side as we are still in the middle of winter. I am not sure which part of South Wales you are in so don't know how the weather fares with you down your way:smile:
                           
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                            Ah thanks I'll try not too. I had second thoughts about going down this morning (even though it was sunny for a bit) had too much to do in the house. I'm in a village just outside of the Brecon Beacons, so it can get rather wet and quite cold at times
                             
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                              Took down a post with some sort of frame that had broke and started clearing the paths.
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                              Took one of my water butts up, few more tools/wood, "fixed" the net on the strawberry patch, collected 2 buckets of stones, took home 5 bags of [email protected]

                              No idea what this stuff is but it's used to edge beds and for the paths. It's falling to bits and leaving the metal struts.. can't for the life of me lift them out, so frustrating!! Job for the other half.
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                              Think my rhubarb is done for.. rot everywhere and woodlice have taken home in it. Turns out there's 2 Currant bushes.. still to prune. Also found this in the raised box.. scorz what its face? Or summin else?20170208_140142.jpg
                               
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                                Salsify, Scorzonera has dark roots. Hens will eat the leaves.
                                 
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