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Grow Your Own / Re: wood ash
« Last post by booklady on Today at 00:03 »
Several years ago a professional grower told me it was good for soft fruit and I now give all my bushes/canes a top dressing in early spring with excellent results. As JayG says, it is alkaline so don't overdo it as most soft fruit prefers a soil slightly on the acid side of neutral.

Yes, our soil is slightly acidic, hence the wood ash is beneficial, especially for the soft fruit.
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Design and Construction / Re: Labelling of plots
« Last post by snowdrops on Yesterday at 23:54 »
Ours are only labelled on a map.  No plot signs!

Our allotment officer seems incapable of identifying the correct plot number/holder without the plots being individually numbered. People whose plots were spotless receiving non-cultivaton letters, stopped being amusing after a while  ::)  :lol:


Haha thatís the same on ours even with the numbered signs, plus he offers rented ones out to people at the top of the list !!
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Design and Construction / Re: Labelling of plots
« Last post by mumofstig on Yesterday at 23:18 »
Ours are only labelled on a map.  No plot signs!

Our allotment officer seems incapable of identifying the correct plot number/holder without the plots being individually numbered. People whose plots were spotless receiving non-cultivaton letters, stopped being amusing after a while  ::)  :lol:
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Design and Construction / Re: Labelling of plots
« Last post by Yorkie on Yesterday at 23:10 »
Ours are only labelled on a map.  No plot signs!
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hi it looks ok sand might be a bit deep only 3 inches needed to get a even heat, we used to have a hot bench 8feet wide 110 feet long it had polystyrene base 1inch of sand cable then 2 inch of sand  it kept constant 65 degrees but could be sectioned off to raise the temperature for different seeds.     jezza
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Equipment Shed / Re: Help spark plug removal on RLT30CESA
« Last post by jezza on Yesterday at 22:29 »
hi the only way to get at the spark plug is to remove the plastic housing I have the same problem with a stihlFS400 if I pull the plug cap off the end comes off then its a right pain putting it back in to the high tension lead  jezza
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Chatting on the Plot / Re: What's for tea? 2017
« Last post by mumofstig on Yesterday at 22:11 »
I don't think we have a local/independent butcher in Ashford any more, such a shame. All we can get is the s/market offerings - so little choice of cut, even with their counter sevice :(
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Chatting on the Plot / Re: Are you Crafty ??
« Last post by chrissie B on Yesterday at 22:07 »
Tryed my hand at a biscornu or 2 , need a button for one .
chrissie b
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Grow Your Own / Re: Onions from seed with a difference
« Last post by mumofstig on Yesterday at 22:05 »
Some of the big varieties like Ailsa Craig are just
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Not recommended for long storage.
http://www.suttons.co.uk/Gardening/Vegetable+Seeds/All+Vegetable+Seeds/Onion+Seeds+-+Ailsa+Craig_172866.htm

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Grow Your Own / Onions from seed with a difference
« Last post by AlaninCarlisle on Yesterday at 21:45 »
I followed others and sowed seed in January. For the hell of it, I grew some monster onions by planting out, not in open ground but in rich beds in the polytunnel. Some of these ended up as big as any I've ever seen in competitions. However, they all had one failing - their keeping qualities were rubbish and I've just had to discard at least half of them as they were rotting. The more normal sized ones are fine.

Is this typical of monster onions?
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