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#141 Post by Fox3WheresMyBanana » Sun Mar 24, 2019 11:36 pm

That said, serious forestry work can be dangerous. I have just wangled my way onto a free Chainsaw Safety Course for next week.

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#142 Post by Ex-Ascot » Sun Apr 14, 2019 9:52 am

Well that is it, the last annual produce picked - sweet peppers. Now I just have to give him the planting plan for whilst we are away with orders not to blast the seeds out of the ground again with the hose. Absolute idiot. I will try to time it so things are ready for picking upon our return. Not much chance, he will screw up and we will have to start again as per last year.
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#143 Post by om15 » Sun Apr 14, 2019 11:57 am

Four lines of spuds now planted, over winter onions, garlic and leeks are coming on well, complete plot re dug incorporating a load of manure. The two grape vines are budding well and raspberry canes are full of lush growth. There are still frosts, so the lettuce and cabbage plants are in the shed awaiting a weather forecast review.
Life at the allotments has picked up, there seems to be a competitive edge emerging, people strimming and weeding in order not to be shown up by neighbouring plots, I will post a photo or two in due course.

One of my neighbours has rather exotic bamboo plants in his garden and he has given me a large pile of canes that he has cut, so next job is trimming the best to length ready for use later in the summer.
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#144 Post by om15 » Thu May 30, 2019 3:39 pm

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#145 Post by om15 » Thu May 30, 2019 3:42 pm

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Stuff coming up nicely, sitting area now flowered up ready to be sat in.
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#146 Post by ribrash » Thu May 30, 2019 4:10 pm

Not sure if its the quality of compost from Aldi but my Tomato's have failed dismally this year.They are the only things that I usually grow.The neighbours get fed up receiving free bagfuls.
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#147 Post by om15 » Thu May 30, 2019 5:56 pm

I have four very vigorous tomato plants in pots at home, starting to fruit, I am very careful with compost, the cheaper stuff does not retain moisture properly, that might be your problem.

If possible make your own compost, some of the proprietary brands have animal waste or mushroom waste as a base, you could inadvertently then incorporate chemicals, anti biotics and insecticides into your soil. I use garden waste mixed up with local horse manure, well rotted and with a handful of feed thrown in. This seems to retain moisture and does, as far as reasonably practical, exclude unknown unpleasant elements.
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#148 Post by Fox3WheresMyBanana » Thu May 30, 2019 6:05 pm

On the advice of my mum, who's done this professionally, I get super soil compost (cheapest) and pure sphagnum moss, and hand mix it 5:1. I've had to get the sphagnum moss in a huge bale, 105 litres, but it was excellent value per litre (the combination works out cheaper than any of the more expensive mixes, and works better) and I have the storage space. Over here, they have noticeably gone cheapo on all the big stores composts, and they now won't tell you how much moss is in it (they did up to last year).

Just about to start planting here. Of note is that the leeks and parsnips that got frozen in last November by the 6 week early winter, and had a sheet of ice over them until early May, not only survived but taste great!.

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