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by Flo
Fri Oct 17, 2008 1:44 pm
Forum: Allotments, Veg Patches and Container Gardening
Topic: down at the allotment and in the garden what are you up to
Replies: 695
Views: 111863

Re: down at the allotment and in the garden what are you up to

Have a Hadrian's Wall of compost to use at the moment. So I've lifted strawberries, built up two raised beds that had settled and replanted the strawberries. They'll have their feet down by spring and won't have to be disturbed when they are getting ready to fruit. Also topped up the raspberry canes...
by Flo
Wed Oct 15, 2008 8:08 pm
Forum: Allotments, Veg Patches and Container Gardening
Topic: Can Someone Explain How Allotments Work?
Replies: 6
Views: 1417

Re: Can Someone Explain How Allotments Work?

Funny oldfella I was just going to say that. Never seen my allotment do anything - it's seen me do an awful lot though. :mrgreen:
by Flo
Wed Oct 15, 2008 8:06 pm
Forum: Allotments, Veg Patches and Container Gardening
Topic: down at the allotment and in the garden what are you up to
Replies: 695
Views: 111863

Re: down at the allotment and in the garden what are you up to

Let the muck rot well - it needs to be a couple of years old before it's any use at all on the allotment. Then dig it on.

On the other hand - layer of green waste, layer of manure, layer of green waste, layer of manure etc - cover and use next year.
by Flo
Tue Oct 14, 2008 2:47 pm
Forum: Herbs and Vegetables
Topic: 2007 and 2008 top three and worst three crops
Replies: 33
Views: 4030

Re: 2007 and 2008 top three and worst three crops

Top three
Carrots
Onions
Beetroot

Failures
Calabrese
Broccoli
Spring Onions
by Flo
Tue Oct 14, 2008 8:49 am
Forum: Allotments, Veg Patches and Container Gardening
Topic: down at the allotment and in the garden what are you up to
Replies: 695
Views: 111863

Re: down at the allotment and in the garden what are you up to

Ah this year you don't know what's in your muck chemical wise and also I would have to ask the family to bring it in as I don't drive. They hated the job last time and whinged about the smell (city kids despite growing up in rural areas it seems!).
by Flo
Mon Oct 13, 2008 8:41 pm
Forum: I read the news today, oh boy.
Topic: A box of one's own
Replies: 19
Views: 2438

Re: A box of one's own

My aren't we a set of individuals who post here. Before I moved here, I lived in a block of 12 flats - 6 to each side. You'd find that people would sit on the stairs or the outside wall and natter, look out for each other, share information on repairs, complain about the garden not being done, the l...
by Flo
Sun Oct 12, 2008 5:40 pm
Forum: Allotments, Veg Patches and Container Gardening
Topic: Slug problem - he's in the kitchen.
Replies: 13
Views: 1801

Re: Slug problem - he's in the kitchen.

I had a carpenter visit this here social housing flat to block access from under kitchen void via the cupboard containing the gas meter (just don't ask about the design). They never came back for a year till yesterday I found one climbing in through the back bedroom window - remember this is a groun...
by Flo
Sun Oct 12, 2008 5:34 pm
Forum: Allotments, Veg Patches and Container Gardening
Topic: What I learned this year
Replies: 38
Views: 3613

Re: What I learned this year

Well Thurston Garden - you need lots of compost. I learned that last year in the same situation. And I seem to spend more time composting than I ever do gardening. It's not really true but that's what it feels like.
by Flo
Sun Oct 12, 2008 5:30 pm
Forum: Allotments, Veg Patches and Container Gardening
Topic: down at the allotment and in the garden what are you up to
Replies: 695
Views: 111863

Re: down at the allotment and in the garden what are you up to

I'm sorting out compost heaps as if it's a matter of life and death - well that's what it feels like :mrgreen: Having moved one and spread it, built another one out of three piles, discovered that I have one that is almost ready to spread last week, today I purloined a passing bin that would otherwi...
by Flo
Sun Oct 12, 2008 5:20 pm
Forum: I read the news today, oh boy.
Topic: A box of one's own
Replies: 19
Views: 2438

A box of one's own

by Flo
Thu Oct 09, 2008 8:59 pm
Forum: Reduce, Reuse, Recycle
Topic: Any dressmakers out there?
Replies: 40
Views: 7569

Re: Any dressmakers out there?

Pictures of mother on a Sunday afternoon there. She'd sit down with trousers from me and much younger kid brother. She always bought two of the same style. This allowed her to patch the knees of little brother's newest playing out ones from his older ones. She wanted to know how on earth I always wo...
by Flo
Thu Oct 09, 2008 8:44 pm
Forum: Reduce, Reuse, Recycle
Topic: Buy cheap but ...
Replies: 10
Views: 2517

Re: Buy cheap but ...

I actually took the metal rod out of the Ikea blind when it feel apart. slotted it through the slot at the top of a length of netting from charity shop and propped the metal rod on the hooks that were in the frame of the window. It needs tweaking but I've been too busy this summer. I've plenty of ne...
by Flo
Mon Oct 06, 2008 8:25 pm
Forum: Allotments, Veg Patches and Container Gardening
Topic: The problem with composting paper & cardboard
Replies: 16
Views: 2068

Re: The problem with composting paper & cardboard

A little newspaper shredded or crumpled and mixed in well will rot down well enough in a compost heap that gets hot enough. It doesn't work in layers like cardboard. It's on the Garden Organic list of things you can use with the note that it's actually environmentally better to send it for recycling...
by Flo
Mon Oct 06, 2008 8:16 pm
Forum: Allotments, Veg Patches and Container Gardening
Topic: I think this is a sign....
Replies: 11
Views: 1546

Re: I think this is a sign....

I suspect that it's the cost of the delivery that is the killer with the rising price of fuel. You'll need to be looking for good offers on seeds, free manure (assuming that you can obtain it and be sure that it's free from the chemical contamination that hit so many allotments last year) and get do...
by Flo
Mon Oct 06, 2008 8:05 pm
Forum: I read the news today, oh boy.
Topic: Like you need another reason not to drink at st*rbucks
Replies: 13
Views: 1238

Re: Like you need another reason not to drink at st*rbucks

So there will be a major exodus of customers from Starbucks then - not. Like the exodus from the Golden Arches, Kentucky Fried Chicken and all the other food stores that have been hit by bad journalism. It will be the shortage of customer's money that hits the coffee chains and the fast food outlets...