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by Peggy Sue
Wed Jul 25, 2007 12:30 pm
Forum: Welcome New People Say Hello
Topic: Hi All
Replies: 32
Views: 7317

May need a duck psychologist too! Are you sure they are ducks! May be they have rabies!! :lol:
by Peggy Sue
Wed Jul 25, 2007 12:15 pm
Forum: Herbs and Vegetables
Topic: Crop Rotation vs Companion gardening and confusions
Replies: 19
Views: 5125

Well having just got the plot ofcourse I want to grow everything I can plant NOW! Generally we want brassicas (but not sprouts as apparently they don't grow well on our allotment soil) Carrots, onions, beetroot, maybe parsnips,possibly leeks, garlic, lots of salady stuff (am trying winter lettuce, p...
by Peggy Sue
Wed Jul 25, 2007 7:50 am
Forum: Herbs and Vegetables
Topic: Crop Rotation vs Companion gardening and confusions
Replies: 19
Views: 5125

Yes the old boys are happy to chat for hours about it, but they do seem firm believers in straight lines (they inspect eachothers lines for accuracy!!), no weeds, and slug pellets. I can see a few plots which show signs of companion gardening (including marrows round the base of apple trees?) but ht...
by Peggy Sue
Tue Jul 24, 2007 7:50 am
Forum: I read the news today, oh boy.
Topic: flooding in the UK - again
Replies: 9
Views: 3437

I can remember as a child my Dad always used to make sure there was food, water and a blanket in the car. We are a bit blase about travelling these days. He actually lives in Tewkesbury so lets hope he had provisions stashed this time. It's very stange the things we take for granted- I can't ring hi...
by Peggy Sue
Tue Jul 24, 2007 7:30 am
Forum: Herbs and Vegetables
Topic: Crop Rotation vs Companion gardening and confusions
Replies: 19
Views: 5125

Thanks guys, maybe I should worry a bit less....I certainly identify with the 'untidy' nature!! I do have to apease the nice man who is letting me take over his allotment who is very keen on straight lines, no weeds and crop rotation. My dear husband did an apprenticeship on a farm so he too has to ...
by Peggy Sue
Mon Jul 23, 2007 1:07 pm
Forum: Herbs and Vegetables
Topic: Crop Rotation vs Companion gardening and confusions
Replies: 19
Views: 5125

Crop Rotation vs Companion gardening and confusions

I'm just about taking over an allotment- for the first time (really excited). I really want to do this right. When iread about companion gardening I like that idea, but it seems not to fit with crop rotation and I don't want to encourage diseases. There seems to be several ways to group the crops fo...
by Peggy Sue
Thu Jul 19, 2007 11:07 am
Forum: 101 Uses For
Topic: 101 simple tips to be selfsufficientish
Replies: 56
Views: 23640

You're right. I can't afford to live in a village round here they are so expensive, so I have to live on a housig estate and hence can't keep chickens. I'd just love that. The villages are packed with commuters here, all driving 4x4s to the office & another to the school. Perhaps we schould have con...
by Peggy Sue
Thu Jul 19, 2007 7:26 am
Forum: Home Brew and other Country Skills
Topic: Proud newbie!
Replies: 12
Views: 3155

I've promised my self I will make some Jam for the first time this year. there are loads of plum trees that noone picks the fruit from down the farm where I keep my horse. I have started some plum vodka and plum brandy. But they are really easy...I must do plum jam next.
by Peggy Sue
Mon Jul 16, 2007 2:58 pm
Forum: Allotments, Veg Patches and Container Gardening
Topic: Slugs - no copper tape available and garlic doesn't work
Replies: 20
Views: 5734

We've tried the beer traps- 5 in a v small garden, but i read somewhere if you go out hunting for them at night expect to catch 150 per hour!!! If they all were trapped by beer we'd need a brewery!!

It's not really worked for us, unless we are using the wrong beer?
by Peggy Sue
Mon Jul 16, 2007 1:30 pm
Forum: Allotments, Veg Patches and Container Gardening
Topic: Slugs - no copper tape available and garlic doesn't work
Replies: 20
Views: 5734

I hope you mean the slugs not the neighbours or the chickens...

I used to use a trowel to shovel them all in the bin, but read it's easy to collect with a skewer, and amazingly satisfying!!!
by Peggy Sue
Mon Jul 16, 2007 1:03 pm
Forum: Allotments, Veg Patches and Container Gardening
Topic: Slugs - no copper tape available and garlic doesn't work
Replies: 20
Views: 5734

Apparently chickens are the true organic answer. Her magisty uses them in her veg garden at Balmorral (not personally you understand, her head gardener!) I'd love to have chix bu, they are not allowed on the allotment and I have a tiny garden and suspect the dog would chase them all day for entertai...
by Peggy Sue
Mon Jul 16, 2007 11:04 am
Forum: Herbs and Vegetables
Topic: courgette siamese twins
Replies: 3
Views: 1383

Wish you hadn't said that, I love courgettes, hate snakes, and our 1st courgette was ready this weekend :(
by Peggy Sue
Mon Jul 16, 2007 11:02 am
Forum: Herbs and Vegetables
Topic: Hands up!-this rain is my fault!!
Replies: 6
Views: 1796

Actually I think it's mine- one resolution this year was to install a water butt. I did this the day it started to rain afetr the dry April- and it's fair to say it hasn't stopped! Silly me didn't install an overflow coz I didn't hink I could possibly get too much water- so that secured the down pou...
by Peggy Sue
Mon Jul 16, 2007 10:54 am
Forum: Herbs and Vegetables
Topic: Problem with Rhubarb
Replies: 15
Views: 4339

I can think of several Rhubarb plots besides mine that are in 'non text book conditions' but extreamely healthy cropwise. I stuck mine in a damp shady corner where nothing else would grow except weeds. The ground is heavy clay so a slung on a wedge of horse manure (a bit fresh coz I didn't have any ...
by Peggy Sue
Mon Jul 16, 2007 10:23 am
Forum: Allotments, Veg Patches and Container Gardening
Topic: Oven Cleaner Alternatives?
Replies: 19
Views: 5704

Oh God I've never cleaned our oven and we've been here 5 years....no wonder the smoke alarm is always going off!