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The Shed / Re: Life after an Allotment
« Last post by Pescador on Today at 05:47:18 »
Very impressed! That's one amazing garden!
The Shed / Re: Life after an Allotment
« Last post by Paulh on Yesterday at 21:59:58 »
You are a legend, Tee Gee!
Edible Plants / Re: Seed Saving Circle 2019
« Last post by Vetivert on Yesterday at 20:59:43 »
Thanks pumpkinlover  :wave:

I hope you have a much better year, best of luck!
I have a net the full width of my allotment that is big enough for me to get in on all fours and I am 70 this year. It is weighed down with bricks on each side but I put a plastic 8" sheet under the sides of the net to prevent weeds growing through and ruining it. The net is supported by blue water pipe and reinforced by canes attached by cable ties. I put the net up 2 weeks before I sow . It takes me a couple of hours to sow 6 rows of various varieties . I then weed and single out a few weeks later. I never get carrot fly . I have tried barriers and smaller nets where you have to lift the sides to weed and have on each occasion got the fly. You need to cover as soon as you sow the seeds or else they will be in. Some of my fellow allotment holders just lay fleece on top of the rows but as the carrots grow they lift the fleece off the ground and the fly is in.
Edible Plants / Re: Romanesco brocolli
« Last post by Borderers1951 on Yesterday at 17:43:05 »
Yes, I grow them and the whole family (ourselves, a son, a daughter, their spouses and six grandchildren) love them.  I've grown them from seeds in modules and from bought seedlings.  After starting to grow these, I've given up on caulis and calabrese.
Edible Plants / Re: Seed Saving Circle 2019
« Last post by pumpkinlover on Yesterday at 16:59:58 »
Welcome Vetivert   :wave:
This thread gets more active later usually, but I guess you will know some of the other posters. I had a rubbish year last year and stood down, fingers crossed.
Mine are in and covered - well not covered as I build a frame round the bed and staple netting to it. Stops foxes and squirrels from digging in them..
Pests & Diseases / Re: It's that time of year again
« Last post by IanDH on Yesterday at 12:58:24 »
Also been present here in South Derbyshire for a couple of weeks.  Spent quite some time yesterday squashing adults and eggs of both varieties. 

Did spot what looked like tiny wasps around a number of spears where the beetles were present.  Some kind of parasitic wasp?  Hope so.

The Shed / Life after an Allotment
« Last post by Tee Gee on Yesterday at 12:58:21 »
Well I have been quite busy over the last few months converting my garden into a more 'edible' version of what it was before so had a walk around it this morning with my camera in hand so join me as I look over the changes;

Pic 1=The entrance into my back garden;

Pic 2 = Some new Lewisia I purchased for my baskets

Pic3 = New Phlox paniculata I have purchased and Hibiscus I have sown from collected seeds. Plan on planting these out in the autumn.

Pic 4 = The Rockery with a Clematis montana in full bloom.

Pic 6 = View across the garden from my sitting area.

Pic 8 = My mini allotment with a dozen Sweet Corn at the back, Chrysanthemums bordering the footpath plus 2 containers of Onions and 1 of Leeks on a raised shelf*

* The shelf doubles up as a bench in my 8x6 greenhouse in the winter!

Pic 10 = What was previously my herbaceous bed.

As you can see I have 2 Apple trees, 1 Pear tree and 1 Plum tree against the fence.

Beneath these, I have planted out a dozen Brussel Sprouts.

To the front of these, I have planted around a couple of dozen Gladioli in a chevron pattern and in the vees, I have planted a Sweet Pepper plant ( 6 in all)

In the next row, I have alternate Alstroemeria and Achillea plants where I plan on planting out some Beetroot as I think the leaves will complement the flowers and give me something to eat as well!

In front of these I plan on growing some Carrots as here again I think the ferny tops will complement the flowers.

In the front row, I have potted Strawberry plants in sunken pots where, when the strawberries are finished, I will remove the potted strawberries and replace them with Potted Geraniums.

I will move the Strawberry plants to the growing-on area (Pic 12) and take runners.

Pic 9 = At the top end of the Herbaceous border, I have planted Sweet Peas to hide the bare trunk of my Ornamental Cherry tree and behind that, I have some Rhubarb I brought up from the allotment!

At the other end of the herbaceous border, I have transplanted a Red Gooseberry bush and a  Blueberry bush I brought up from the allotment, so now you can see that my Herbaceous border is still relatively "Ornamental" but there is also quite to a few things that I can eat. So fingers crossed all will go to plan.

Pic 11 =  Here I have my 8' x 6' which I have crammed full, but hopefully not too full that the crops within will suffer.

The layout is as follows; to the left is 11 Sweet Pepper Plants, at the back is 5 Climbing French bean (Cobra) and to the front of these 4 cucumbers (Passandra) To the right I have 9 Tomato plants and a Trough/Planter containing Carrots (Sweet Candle).

....and that concludes our walk around the back garden.

The front garden (Pics 13-14-15) is still a "garden in progress" as much of the stuff I had in the back garden prior to the changes have been transplanted in the front!

....and that folks is the state of play of my ornamental/edible garden.

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