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The Hen House / Re: Old chickens, new house
« Last post by John on Yesterday at 23:53 »
Haha, ok Iíll get some, house now designed,cough,cough, & built, just awaiting the glue to arrive for said house to be dismantled & glued & reassembled before being moved into the greenhouse (possibly) to be painted.
Iím not intending to paint the insides, is that right?
Correctomundo! :)
I'd say to go for stain rather than paint in case they start pecking it but that's maybe worrying too much.
Chatting on the Plot / Re: I am soooo Bored !
« Last post by andreadon on Yesterday at 22:32 »
I'm still digging :D

Which I'm glad of, because otherwise it's my VAT return...
Grow Your Own / Re: Planning for the coming season
« Last post by andreadon on Yesterday at 22:19 »
I don't know about drought resustant plants, but if you can harvest as much water this winter as possible that would be a great thing.
Get several barrels and take their tops off to catch rain water, when it snows, gather up the snow and pack it into barrels so when it melts you have more water.

I know it won't see you through the whole summer but it will help quite a bit
Chatting on the Plot / Re: song link ups
« Last post by mumofstig on Yesterday at 22:09 »
Georgia on my Mind - Ray Charles
Chatting on the Plot / Re: I am soooo Bored !
« Last post by Aunt Sally on Yesterday at 21:07 »
Why not just sit down and count your blessings, Mrs B.

I think it would take me a whole day to list mine  ;)
Grow Your Own / Re: Planning for the coming season
« Last post by DHM on Yesterday at 21:05 »
My neighbour swore he never watered his spuds once last year, something about the roots finding the groundwater or something.
Chatting on the Plot / Re: I am soooo Bored !
« Last post by Christine on Yesterday at 19:50 »
I'm with Mrs B. As the leg with the cracked fibula has to be rested and not walked on very much for a goodly while, I'm grounded - no digging, gardening, going out with the camera. And there's only so much you can do around a small one bedroom bungalow if you are a tidy person.
Chatting on the Plot / Re: song link ups
« Last post by Plot 1 Problems on Yesterday at 19:48 »
Carry on my wayward son - Kansas
Grow Your Own / Planning for the coming season
« Last post by Anton on Yesterday at 19:47 »
I had a fairly dismal time in the allotment last year, owing to the drought. The only water we have is from  a shed roof. Normally, I can get by by ferrying some water there with a handtruck if it is not dry for more than two weeks, say.
I think it went on for two months.
Anyhow, I did manage to salvage some plants by using straw as a much (beetroot, lettuces, surprisingly enough, leafbeet, French beans, New Zealand spinach - the potatoes did well because it rained a lot while and a long time after I planted them).  The water situation is exacerbated by the fact that two of the gardeners have erected some green plastic warehouses to house tomatoes (the one grows 100 plants, and claims only watering them every three weeks - I have my doubts, still) and as soon as a barrel fills up (there were a couple of  days of  rain during the drought) they rush out to water their plants.

Anyhow, grumbling aside, I would like to hear any suggestions you might have about what water-resistant plants I might think about using!

Grow Your Own / Re: pests attacking winter cauliflowers
« Last post by Anton on Yesterday at 19:39 »
Back to my winter cauliflowers. I haven't been down to the allotment for a bit but when I did go recently , I saw the plants I had treated a few times were no better than before and in fact a lot worse. I fear the beasts have also started on some neighbouring plant.

Is is best to dig up the sickly ones and throw them away and maybe cut any dubious-looking leaves off the other plants?

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