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Grow Your Own / Re: HIGH'S AND LOW'S
« Last post by juvenal on Today at 18:31 »
Low points; Small garlic and onions; lost all early leeks to bolting.

High points; Crimson Crush toms; all types of beans; ridge cucumbers.

Bonus: Being given a small summer house being currently converted to a luxury shed.

I like the sound of a luxury shed, you'll need to share photos of course

We decided to retain the summerhouse look, and cut the shed down by 1-2 feet all round to fit allotment regs. This involved a great deal of head scratching, swearing and blaming the tape measure.

But the job finally got done. Timber from the old shed is now a large flower trough; a relaxation patio is in place, complete with a sun umbrella facility. There is even wild talk of cup holders on the folding chairs...

I now look forward to next Spring.
Grow Your Own / Re: HIGH'S AND LOW'S
« Last post by Offwego on Today at 18:13 »
the Best year so far for carrots and parsnips, another very good year for potatoes soft fruit (in the new cage)

lows a very poor year for celery and onions and so far the leeks are not  up to much and refuse to thicken to any degree.
Grow Your Own / Feeding my plot
« Last post by Offwego on Today at 18:08 »
Hi all,

My allotment plot is at the top of a steep hill with only narrow grass paths to get up to it, i need to keep on feeding the plot and this year i really dont wish to wheel 40plus barrowloads  of manure up the hill as per previous years. As i get older the harder it gets and i dont feel up to the challenge :(

whats your thoughts on switching to using  for example 6x  concentrated chicken pellets ?
incidentally i bought 3 no  8kg buckets from a local supplier for 6 each over the weekend  .
Chatting on the Plot / Re: What a relief to get out
« Last post by azubah on Today at 16:06 »
I don't think we have had it as bad as you have, but the ground is very wet after the thaw. It was too slippery to go out for a couple of days.
Chatting on the Plot / What a relief to get out
« Last post by AlaninCarlisle on Today at 16:03 »
I don't know about other members but we've had a 10-day cold snap with all hard surfaces icy and ground frozen solid. Today there's been a gentle thaw all day which has enabled me to do some mundane jobs like harvesting leek, parsnip and celeriac, sweep the yard and tidy the greenhouse. The weather is forecast to stay mild right through Christmas so muck-spreading, digging and more harvesting is on the menu.
I hadn't realised how hooked I am on outdoor exercise until the last week
Chatting on the Plot / Re: song link ups
« Last post by madcat on Today at 14:39 »
(I Never Promised You A) Rose Garden" - Lynn Anderson
Chatting on the Plot / Re: song link ups
« Last post by oldgrunge on Today at 14:08 »
The Witches Promise - Jethro Tull
Cheers Growster. Think my brain was too tired yesterday, but that won't stop a Gooser getting to grips with it as I've just had my head under a rather large old sideboard hoovering out strange accumulated detritus and was really not looking forward to it at all. Now it's done the cobwebs have gone from my befuddled brain so I'll have another go before I pm you. x
Chatting on the Plot / Re: A gardener's Christmas poem...
« Last post by Goosegirl on Today at 13:59 »
They were tossing and turning all through the night.
Who could they think of to help with their plight?
"We can't have our dinner without any veg!"
Then they someone talking over their hedge.
Chatting on the Plot / Re: Fishing Season 2017
« Last post by Aled on Today at 13:57 »
I've heard many a person say they were busier after retirement than before!
Long time before I retire!!
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