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Chatting on the Plot / Re: Morning all :)
« Last post by snowdrops on Today at 11:26 »
Well weekly shop✅, time to play in the garden & maybe at the Lottie if the threatened showers don5 stop play. Tomatoes are germinated so Ill pot those up before the day is our hopefully.
Chatting on the Plot / Re: seed V plugs
« Last post by New shoot on Today at 11:06 »
Depends what I want  :lol:  I do grow a lot from seed, but it doesn't stop me buying plugs or potted plants.  If I have a gap and my cabbage seeds have failed, I grab a plug plant tray.  Similarly, if I see a potted plant I really want and I have the cash, I buy it.

Gardening should be about enjoying yourself, be it through a show of flowers or growing fruit and veg.  I've worked in normal garden centres and nurseries selling the big specimen plants you see on makeover programmes, so I don't judge.  People come and fill trolleys, usually with huge smiles on their faces and enjoying every second of it all.  It pays a lot of wages and supports a huge industry  :)

Grow Your Own / Re: Large soil clumps
« Last post by New shoot on Today at 10:47 »
I find with clay that bashing them with the fork after they have been dug is the best way.  If they have dried and hardened, either wait until after rain, or water them yourself.

I dig with a fork and then use that for the bashing as above, just working over areas as I dig them.  You can get a pretty decent result that way.  I don't have a rake on the plot as I find my soil won't play ball.  Some of the old boys have tined hand pushed cultivators like the piccy below that I borrow sometimes.  They are quite good  :)
Chatting on the Plot / Re: Morning all :)
« Last post by New shoot on Today at 10:34 »
Working until this afternoon, but then have a lazy time planned for the rest of the day.  I had a long shift yesterday at job no. 2 with seemingly endless stock to put out, so playing with seedlings will be the extent of my activity later on  :lol:
Chatting on the Plot / Re: The Happy Birthday Slot
« Last post by New shoot on Today at 10:31 »
Happy birthday today to Nikkithe foot  :D

Hope you have a great day  :D
General Gardening / Re: A Rat Run
« Last post by Pescador on Today at 10:30 »
I would think it's the warmth that's really attracting them, not kitchen waste.
I put all my kitchen peelings, stalks, egg shells, tea bags on the heap and have only had problems during cold winters.
Dig it over once in a while, with the poison under your neighbours decking and spring starting, they should move on. Personally I'd continue feeding the birds as well!
Grow Your Own / Large soil clumps
« Last post by Batesy on Today at 10:27 »
Hi all,

Quick question from a newbie. What's the best way to deal with large clumps of dirt? The plot that I have is very clay soil (although it's been very well looked after for years). When preparing the plot for my first early potatoes I was using a fork to thin out the soil, but this resulted in a collection of large clumps of dry soil at the ends of each row. Some of these clumps are as hard as rocks. I don't really want to chuck them on the compost, so is it just a case of breaking them up. Also, I haven't yet invested in a proper soil rake (which is why I was using the fork). Would a proper rake be any help?

Thanks for your help
General Gardening / Re: A Rat Run
« Last post by Grubbypaws on Today at 09:00 »
This long cold winter has seen folk have problems with rats where they have never been known before.  They chewed through one of our decking boards to get at the (warmer, dry) underfloor space.  Should be gone for wilder places now, but worth thinking about steel reinforcing of that bin for next year if it is cold.
I suspect that our next door neighbours decking is the luxury hotel and our compost bin is the a la carte restaurant  >:(
Our neighbour has put some rat poison under his decking so hopefully that will be the end of it.
Yes I will definitely reinforce the bins for next year.
We have also been advised to stop feeding the birds as the rats feast on the dropped food. This is a shame as i love to watch them  :(
Chatting on the Plot / Re: Morning all :)
« Last post by mumofstig on Today at 08:54 »
Forecast is for sunshine and showers, so better get a shift on.
Have to get the netting up before the peas get to big, I've some ironing to do  :dry: and the allotment meeting is at tea-time.

Enjoy your day  :)
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