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Grow Your Own / Re: Allotment
« Last post by snowdrops on Today at 21:35 »
 Get the hoe going while itís still mild or can you cover it? Weed membrane or cardboard
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Hi, we are lucky enough that manure is delivered direct into our plots so that takes some of the work out of it. Iím not necessarily looking for less work ( although that could be nice!), more what works best for the plot. I was aiming to put manure on raised beds only and then covering paths
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Grow Your Own / Allotment
« Last post by mdjlucan on Today at 20:42 »
Iíve turned all my allotment over But still got weeds and grass started to come up how do I control this  do I turn over again ? Hope someone can help me thanks
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Grow Your Own / Re: allotments closed for winter?
« Last post by sarajane on Today at 20:08 »
I've got 2 greenhouses but one is now hidden from the sun by a very overgrown tree so it's mainly used for storage of pots rec. It needs a VERY good sort out. That's first on my list but it's a job I love to do and feel a bit smug when it's good and tidy. All pots trays fleece rec all tidy for the spring
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Chatting on the Plot / Re: song link ups
« Last post by oldgrunge on Today at 19:59 »
There. is A Mountain - Donovan
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Grow Your Own / Re: allotments closed for winter?
« Last post by jaydig on Today at 19:38 »
I tend to work all through the winter too.  It's the ideal time for doing all of the jobs that needed doing in the sowing and growing season, but lack of time means putting them off until winter. 
I like to tackle the odd nooks and crannies that are a bit 'rough', to try to get them into shape.  Digging over beds, edging paths, and trying to dig out the pernicious weeds that hide themselves in amongst other plants, in particular around the roots of raspberries are just some of my winter jobs. 
It's lovely to feel that at the end of the winter the plot is all ready for sowing and planting, and I don't have to rush to try to prepare the soil.
Apart from anything else, if I continue to work the plot I don't find I suffer so much with aches and pains in the spring, because I've been working my muscles all through the winter, even if it is at a gentle pace. The other benefit is simply being out in the open air, weather permitting, because it certainly helps to blow away the winter blues that a lot of us suffer from when the days are so short.
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Grow Your Own / Re: To rotovate or not to rotovate ?
« Last post by jambop on Today at 18:10 »
I tend to agree with Jambop that's what I would do I've been using a rotavator for 40 years and always use glyphosate to clear couch never had any problems with growing after using glyphosate  roundup

I've just bought a new rotavator because I find it saves me both time and effort and saves my back and we garden an acre of allotment need I say more  ;)

good luck with the cultivation  :)
With an acre to look after and cultivate you could not do that without a rotavator ... or a horse and pough :)  I have an acre but only actually grow veg on a small part of it. If I was younger and had the vim I could probably make a good living out of just growing on my land and selling the produce even down here in France organic is taking off. Now I just take the easy route and grow what we need and more importantly what we like to eat. Winter gardening down here could be very good and very productive ... I just don't like working when the sky is grey and the soil and air is cold .
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General Gardening / Re: moving small acer
« Last post by muckyboots on Today at 17:52 »
Thanks JAY,scorching is the main reason for the move so a more sheltered spot will be its new home.Thanks again for the tips.
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Grow Your Own / Re: To rotovate or not to rotovate ?
« Last post by rowlandwells on Today at 17:47 »
I tend to agree with Jambop that's what I would do I've been using a rotavator for 40 years and always use glyphosate to clear couch never had any problems with growing after using glyphosate  roundup

I've just bought a new rotavator because I find it saves me both time and effort and saves my back and we garden an acre of allotment need I say more  ;)

good luck with the cultivation  :)
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I have to say after reading these replies I really take my hat of to you because you certainly no the meaning of living  life to the full makes me feel how lucky I am to keep my health at 70

so many of my friends enjoy moaning about everything and anything and really depress me sometimes talk about Victor Melldew :mad: they make me feel that I've got one foot in the grave sometimes but when the wife and me get down the allotments its lovely peace and quiet birds singing having a cup of tea doing a job or two  what could be better when your retired

and yes mumofstig quite rite enjoy everyday as it comes and value every mute of the day  :D




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