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Allotment/Veg Patch Thread 9 - Spring is sprung, its getting really busy!

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bookbook Fri 28-Apr-17 22:27:09

Well, the last thread filled up quickly - maybe due to the horrid weather grin. Its time to battle slugs, snails and weeds !
Last Thread HERE

didireallysaythat Fri 28-Apr-17 22:28:00

I have a fantastic half plot of dandelions. I've discovered what I'm good at and I'm sticking to it.

Pestilentialone Fri 28-Apr-17 22:28:07

Don't mention the slugs. It is Friday night, they are drowning in beer.

Pestilentialone Fri 28-Apr-17 22:28:48

didisay grin

elephantoverthehill Fri 28-Apr-17 22:34:37

When it eventually rains in these parts I will become a ruthless exterminator. I will up my game 300%. grin

Wh0Kn0wsWhereTheTimeGoes Fri 28-Apr-17 22:37:37

Rain? What's that?

Pestilentialone Fri 28-Apr-17 22:38:22

Rain is like hail but soft, wet and warm.

GnomeDePlume Fri 28-Apr-17 22:46:58

Well, I am girding my loins (okay, drinking wine) in preparation for a full 3 days on the plot. I have been looking forward to this all week. I don't care if it rains, sleets, snows or showers me with plagues of frogs and locusts. I just want to get out there!

Wh0Kn0wsWhereTheTimeGoes Fri 28-Apr-17 22:48:35

Not had much of either for a long time. Going to be hosepipe bans before we know it sad.

I had a peaceful half hour at the plot this afternoon, ruthlessly removing bindweed, dandelion heads and long grass - can you tell it's plot inspection time next week? My strawberries got nipped by the frost despite a layer of fine mesh over them. Not much else to report. I realised this week that I haven't sown any French marigolds, I wonder if it's a bit late now?

elephantoverthehill Fri 28-Apr-17 22:57:44

Gnome I will go for frogs. I just went out on my nightly slug and snail cull. I have exterminated over 50 and it hasn't rained. At least frogs would eat them.

RedBugMug Fri 28-Apr-17 23:00:30

don't mention hose pipe bans! remember 2012? when we had a ban only for it to start rain solidly from april to july...

bookbook Fri 28-Apr-17 23:01:39

Feeling better I hope WhoKnows .
We have a not too bad forecast here for the next few days. But we did have proper, very heavy April showers yesterday. The weeds are loving it.
I don't see why it is too late for marigolds - they should just germinate faster !
My nasturtiums have only just popped out - almost the last by a long chalk.
Gnome - a sucker for punishment!

Wh0Kn0wsWhereTheTimeGoes Fri 28-Apr-17 23:09:33

I do remember that Red, it was the year before I got my allotment.

It's as if I was never ill Book. On Wednesday I stayed in bed till 2, had a shower, lay on the sofa till 9 feeling like death warmed up (weak, achey, hot/cold, dehydrated) and went back to bed. Still a bit below par yesterday, completely back to normal today. The immune system is a wonderful thing.

I haven't sown nasturtiums yet either but normally do them directly once the frost risk has passed. Will do marigolds tomorrow.

Cathpot Fri 28-Apr-17 23:21:22

Hello - just jumping into new thread. I've got one nasturtium coming up finally- self seeded from last year, in the middle of dwarf peas but I'm going to leave it there. You lot made me feel mildly ashamed when I opened a jar of pesto from Lidl this evening!

Pestilentialone Fri 28-Apr-17 23:24:56

Relax Cath most of our pesto comes from Aldi.

PhoenixJasmine Sat 29-Apr-17 05:09:44

Hello plotters. Signing in. Have been back to lurking on here recently although lots of exciting stuff happening on my allotment, finding it all a bit overwhelming being my first spring. But I have quite a bit of fruit in - peach, kiwi, pear, plum, cherry, apple, red, white & blackcurrants. Don't know how much I'll get out of them in the first year but at least they're getting started. Herb beds are also filling up nicely. Garlic, elephant garlic and shallots are doing well, broad beans coming along and I've sown French beans, lettuce, beetroot and spinach outside. Pepper, chilli, aubergine and pumpkin seedlings growing happily. Aside from that I feel horribly behind with my seed sowing but now I have the greenhouse up I'm hoping things will germinate quickly! Planning on this weekend being the grand weekend of sowing lots of stuff and finishing the last bit of digging beds over.

As for weeds..... my plot is riddled with bindweed, grass, dandelions AND I have marestail as well. It keeps me busy I suppose!

GinAndOnIt Sat 29-Apr-17 06:08:48

Helloooo! Just checking in. I've got lots to do this weekend. Lots of plants on windowsills that are being booted out now (still a bit risky?!) but they are outgrowing their pots and taking up too much space!

goodenoughal Sat 29-Apr-17 07:38:16

Hello. Just checking in too. Had a day on the plot yesterday, mostly taking accumulated junk to the tip, clearing space for my new, very small, second hand shed to go up next week, I hope. I also cleared what the previous owner had as flower beds ready for some perennials - dozens of very very cheap plugs from Thompson and Morgan grin

GrouchyKiwi Sat 29-Apr-17 09:10:40

Thanks for new thread, books.

I need to find out what all the weeds you're talking about are. I have no idea.

Cedar03 Sat 29-Apr-17 10:32:23

Oooh a new thread! Managed a quick look at my plot yesterday. Weeds and grass are growing well smile. I think I spotted a beetroot seedling just poking it's head up. No sign of the potatoes, the only thing growing in the potato beds is a blackberry shoot which I'll need to pull out (oh and a bit of horse tail but that's par for the course). Hope to get over there later on if it stays dry.

bookbook Sat 29-Apr-17 11:01:29

lovely sunny day, not too cold overnight, so all my seedlings are out basking in the sun smile
Grouchy - grin
Also hoping to get down to the plot this afternoon , just a tiny bit more prepping for the brassica cage
And, and , and - look what you lot made me do ...

<-- Japanese Wineberries !- two well rooted cuttings , offered on our local gardening fb page - at £3.50 for the pot, I couldn't say no .......blush

The lady selling them showed me her two plants , all beautifully trained up along a fence - only 2 years old , and productive last year !

Wh0Kn0wsWhereTheTimeGoes Sat 29-Apr-17 11:30:19

Ooh lovely Book.

A question about PSB. I thought the idea was to cut the stems when very young and let them grow more, but I always find the stems on all but the very first pickings to be really tough and stringy, is this the same for everyone? They are too stringy even for soup.

bookbook Sat 29-Apr-17 11:38:23

When they get old, they get a sort of wiry stem . The side shoots get a bit long and wafty , with a smaller flower head , and I use those, trimming them off the main stem. When those start going a bit stringy I get rid. I would say I get about 4 pickings off each stem - about a week apart to let them get going again. I do have about 4 varieties which crop at different times .

elephantoverthehill Sat 29-Apr-17 11:45:24

Ha ha Book, I knew you wouldn't resist. The wineberries win! grin

Beepingdryer Sat 29-Apr-17 11:57:55

Not much rain here either, almost killed the plants that are on outside staging because I forgot to water them. The recent cold snap has knocked my peas back a bit, they've gone from lush green to pale green, fingers crossed but I'll sow some more just in case. Today will be spent potting on the plants on the window ledges at home. I'm wondering if my neighbours would rent me some window space.

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