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WHAT DID YOU DO TODAY " in the garden or allotment"
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Christine



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PostPosted: Wed Jul 22, 2015 7:56 am    Post subject:  Reply with quote

I'm still in clearing mode on plot 2 - it's a never ending digging game just to get it clear and the stuff that is coming out you would not believe. Rusty nails and bits of glass I expect but not the industrial quantities of plastic and great bit lumps of metal. Soil poor. But it is a renovation job. If the cabbages don't do well then someone else gets the plot end of season to put in raised beds and import soil. Not sure I'm willing to do the expensive renovations as it is a second plot.

Meanwhile have frozen the latest picking of peas this morning - think this week will see the crop cleared and the space dug over, composted, fed and replanted with herbs.
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PostPosted: Tue Jul 28, 2015 7:32 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

This is the time of year when all the hard work seems worthwhile , over the last week i have picked around 20lbs of blackcurrants,20lbs of gooseberrys, 10lbs of strawberrys  , and 7lbs of rasps ,all of this is in small bags of mixed fruit and frozen for my wifes daily fruit drinks, the jam picking is taking place this week , god knows how many beans i have picked and frozen for the winter soups, but we wont go hungry this year , it has been a great year for the veggie's
Today i am going to pick up a freezer i came by when i read the adverts in the local supermarket, it is going to live in my sons garage ,as i dont have room for it .and it will save him scrounging in ours  

     i loved the price F.O.C. now thats my  idea of a deal
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PostPosted: Fri Aug 14, 2015 8:20 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

First sowing of leeks bolted and/or got rust so they came out and what was usable has been frozen. Broad beans all came in a rush, took kitchen time to pod and freeze so that's another free space.

Put some late lettuce and salad leaves in where the peas came out as a quick cash crop.

Have topped up the varieties of mint that I have - pineapple, apple, Moroccan all bought small and potted on to grow on for next year to add to the peppermint, ginger and chocolate all on offer from the tubs.

Meanwhile the yellow courgettes and pattypan squash are bush producing, all the runner beans, borlotti beans and dwarf beans are late on parade due to sudden chilly nights (might be a small crop in all cases).

Still we are getting stuff and this rain will plump up the beetroot a treat.
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Christine



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PostPosted: Sun Sep 13, 2015 8:33 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Been hedge cutting, weeding, picking, taking home for eating on the number 1 plot. Got an awful lot of the clearing done on plot 2 as the pictures show here. Have had some early winter bonfires on both plots and tidied up the shed. In other words, just the general run of the mill general work.
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PostPosted: Sun Sep 13, 2015 9:54 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

My oh MY, Christine - you have been busy on that plot.
What a change - I bet the neighbours are well pleased too.
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PostPosted: Mon Sep 14, 2015 5:42 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Ah but the real problems start now. The soil is so lacking in goodness that it's not producing anything of note. Still you have to plant to find out. So it's going to be soil improvement over the winter.
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PostPosted: Mon Sep 14, 2015 6:00 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Thanks for the photos - it's nice to see it progress but isn't it a pain when you have to get rid of so much rubbish as well.

Our council skips have become very controlling about what you can take to the skips in an effort to reach their recycling targets.
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PostPosted: Tue Sep 15, 2015 6:16 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Yeah but the gardening association committee said that a skip couldn't come down the access path to the plot (that one comes up at next committee meeting though they don't know it yet as they are misinformed being newish to the job).

However my local kids and their medium sized van did a couple of trips to the tip with the stuff on free permits. The scrap metal was recycled and the carpets had to go in a special skip but the rest was just general rubbish anyway and not stuff you could recycle.

Our county is now charging for recycling stuff from home DIY schemes (tiles, plaster and other stuff that I can't remember off top of my head). That's an aside to gardening unless I suddenly dig up a pile of bathroom tiles (about the only thing I haven't dug up!).
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PostPosted: Wed Sep 16, 2015 5:12 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

what a lot you have done   coming on very well
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PostPosted: Wed Sep 16, 2015 10:08 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Keep up the good work  
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PostPosted: Tue Oct 20, 2015 7:19 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

I'm now on the scrounge as there's enough cleared space on number 2 allotment to be able to consider filling some of it up with permanent stuff. I've been given some first year gooseberry and raspberry strikes (thanks Joan) and next door neighbour discovered a fushia when he was clearing his garden autumn waste into my brown bin. Nice return of favour there.

I've sorted out some chive clumps which I hope will come good for the spring as well. And a few strawberry runners and some polyanthus. Should be good come the spring.

Plot number 1 is looking good - one compost heap moved and a lot dug in, another compost heap turned into the vacant space and a third heap started where I've cleared out the chaos under the fruit trees (looked good in the summer mind) and taken down runner/borlotti beans.

It's been a reasonably productive year - apples in abundance in particular. Closely followed by lettuce and raspberries.
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PostPosted: Tue Oct 20, 2015 7:24 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

That has been a tremendous amount of work Christine, and it's made such a difference. Whoever gets it after you is one lucky allotmenteer.

Do you have Autumn fruiting rasps ? Mine are still producing big sweet fruits by the handful, and they're needing thinned out.

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PostPosted: Wed Oct 21, 2015 3:53 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

I seem to have one autumn raspberry but I've just had a sort out of the bed on number 1 plot as it was running riot. Everything out after fruiting and replaced with decent compost and runners that had been potted on over the summer. Will tell you what there is next year.

I've put a lot of effort into the productive plot I've had for a few years to get it into shape for next year and can now go back to digging in compost on the cleared plot and all the other odd things that still need doing. It'll keep me busy over the winter.

At least we've had some stuff off it though the stuff has proved that the soil ain't fertile. But there again - it's taken me nine years on the other plot to bring the soil up from a better starting point so the derelict plot ain't going to be spot on any time soon. But at least if it is handed on this time next year looking as if it is an allotment - then as you say Toddy someone should be on to a good thing.
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PostPosted: Fri Oct 23, 2015 8:42 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

We have weeds growing flat out hard to keep up. Grass growing in paddocks which is great to towards hay making. Waiting for logs coming to start doing firewood. Planting veges.
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PostPosted: Tue Nov 10, 2015 4:06 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Good thing I had a good clearing month in October and first weekend of November on the plots. Only have the digging over of used areas to complete in early spring as they become clear of produce.

Had the autumn clear up in the home back garden today. Took out the millions of climbing nasturtiums and the Icelandic poppies which have gone wild over the last couple of years along with the adjuba. Gave the lawn the last high cut to clear up the dropped stuff. Filled the large brown garden waste bin very solidly. That will get put out in a couple of weeks for the last collection. The ivy clinging to the fence can be taken in control over the winter and kept for the first collection in March.

Lawn needs weed, feed and moss kill next spring.

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