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Re: Allotment

#181 Post by om15 » Tue Oct 08, 2019 1:50 pm

I haven't spent as much time at the allotment as I should, I have cleared number two plot and part of the original plot, I have laid a strawberry bed of twenty plants, dug in a compost bin full of almost decomposed compost and covered with a mat.
Still have one row of spuds to lift, I have been lifting about 8 to 10 good spuds per plant, have carrots, parsnips, brussels coming along nicely, last few cabbages ready to lift. I have planted a dozen or so foxgloves around the edge amongst the hedge plants, plus the seeds from this year's plants will self seed, insects love foxgloves.
One of the boundary fences is on its last legs, so there is a vague plan that a couple of us will replace that this autumn, the expenditure will have to be approved at the annual meeting, nothing is done in much of a hurry.

The vines did a mild crop of grapes which I shall leave for the birds, also left the last of the raspberries for them. My plan for next year is to grow more varied and interesting things, producing hundred weights of spuds and cabbages for the two of us is just not working.
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#182 Post by Ex-Ascot » Wed Oct 23, 2019 4:35 pm

It is a disaster here. We can't water from the lagoon and the borehole is full of iron. The garden and lawns are dying, all the vegetables and salad stuff has died. The fruit trees are living but not producing. Interestingly enough our rape is doing OK. This was a request to be grown by our housekeeper. Local knowledge?
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#183 Post by Ex-Ascot » Mon Dec 16, 2019 6:22 am

Very little cropping but 114 plantains today from one bunch.
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#184 Post by Ex-Ascot » Thu Jan 23, 2020 4:26 pm

Did a walk around the fruit and veg area this morning. Two flowers on bananas. Lemons on a few trees doing quite well. The late planting of butternut squash seems to have paid off. If he keeps watering we should do quite well. Already a few babies and many flowers. Everything else in shut down. A fair old disaster.

The above turned out to be bananas so everyone was very happy.
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#185 Post by Ex-Ascot » Fri Feb 14, 2020 12:28 pm

Butternut squash still doing well but growing up the side of the shade netting. Have told him to release them. It is only the seedlings that seem to get eaten. Looks as if we may have a good crop if the idiot remembers to water them which he doesn't. After 8 years we have oranges on one tree. The rind is splitting. Apparently too much water. I have told him not to flood them. White man was right. A few lemons and bananas and that is about it. A bad year.
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#186 Post by Alisoncc » Fri Feb 14, 2020 8:34 pm

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Fri Feb 14, 2020 12:28 pm
Butternut squash still doing well but growing up the side of the shade netting.
In Oz we call it Butternut Pumpkin, but same thing. Lumps of BP dipped in EVOO and cooked in air fryer, fabulous. So sweet more like dessert than dins. A few months back a neighbour went out West to visit rels. On return had a gunny sack full of BP's, shared them with me. They all ended up inside the air fryer.

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#187 Post by Ex-Ascot » Mon Feb 17, 2020 11:46 am

Alisoncc wrote:
Fri Feb 14, 2020 8:34 pm
Ex-Ascot wrote:
Fri Feb 14, 2020 12:28 pm
Butternut squash still doing well but growing up the side of the shade netting.
In Oz we call it Butternut Pumpkin, but same thing. Lumps of BP dipped in EVOO and cooked in air fryer, fabulous. So sweet more like dessert than dins. A few months back a neighbour went out West to visit rels. On return had a gunny sack full of BP's, shared them with me. They all ended up inside the air fryer.

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Thanks for that will give it a bash. So given the overall cost of the air fryer that will be just about 30 euros a lump. Unit cost slowly coming down. I think that chips are now only 10 euros each.

He has released them now from the cage. They are much happier. Maybe another couple of weeks if the little bugger remembers to water them.
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