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Not done this before but i'm all set for my own fresh produce.

I've got the strawberry plants in big containers in the back garden (its a small paved area really) The seeds are in trays on the window ledge until they are big enough to go in the garden.

 

The liquid plant food I bought doesn't say how often to feed them. Any gardeners on the forum know ?

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I'm not sure there's any recommended frequency of feeding - they say when plants need it...

 

we use organic seaweed fertiliser - and i dilute a bit of that and water the new seedlings when i have planted them, and sometimes before to add some nutrients to the soil before planting.

 

I put in the allotment today: carrots, courgettes & lettuce today, onions sets last week, leeks and spuds are already in - as are raspberries, tomatoes tomorrow at the front of the house..

 

caulis, broccoli, corn and sunflowers over the weekend.

 

It's hard work!

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All that sounds great Dee, I'd love to have the room to do vegetables properly. How much work do you put into it when they are planted, I mean are you at the allotment every day through the summer ?

 

I'll try to be sparing with the plant food. I wish i'd got organic fertilser in hindsight, definately the way to go next time.

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I haven't the time nor energy to get there everyday - and you really lose out not getting there daily! the fecking weeds...jaysis.

 

however, regular turning of the ground before planting helps to keep them at bay - and the painstaking job of removing bindweed does the biz.

 

I hope to get there more often now that it's calmer at uni - the plants need watering! but with Manc weather I'm sure these few days of sunshine will be it for the summer! You have to keep pulling weeds and removing the odd slug...the better the shape of the plot the less work of course

 

There are plots available in the site we're currently on in Northern Moor - all the best ones have gone of course, but if you are willing to dig the bejaysis out of it, you'll have it in good shape - if not for this summer, next year.

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There are plots available in the site we're currently on in Northern Moor - all the best ones have gone of course, but if you are willing to dig the bejaysis out of it, you'll have it in good shape - if not for this summer, next year.

 

Are there really some left ? I'd assumed i'd need to go on some sort of waiting list.

I'd like to give it a try, even if I only plant 2 or 3 varieties of veg this year just to see how I get on and then do more next year. How much do they cost ?

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something like £28 to rent for the year..and yeah, there's quite a few (I think) I know the one next to ours is vacant - the site manager has been showing some people around recently. I'll try dig out the number if ya like.

 

For the more popular sites the waiting list is a couple of years :o

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no we considered hens but didn't in the end. No one has them there and we're not going to be here for all of the summer so we'd have no one to feed them!

It's a wonder there's not a few though - esp with how many eggs they produce - everyone could have some!

 

damn - i'm speaking like a socialist again ;)

 

I'll email you thro the site our blog with photos of the allotment

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I've considered the social benefits of gardening too. Away from the suburbs, there must be ways of getting city people interested in growing things on derelict sites.

Most people would say they haven't got the time to tend an allotment and I always thought that but I can make time for it and it'll be nice for the kids while we're off for the summer holidays.

 

I might be too late to plant anything for the summer though as I won't be able to start until early June. Spinach is all year round though, I now that much.

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Dee, did you plant the carrots in a raised bed? they need to be a bit off the ground otherwise the carrot fly ruins them. and for the slugs, get a few hedgehogs. job done

I have them about 6inches off the ground - in a raised heap of a bed - not so much a wooden structure. I have them right next to the onions, apparently the onions mask the smell - and keeps the flies away. Gawd knows if that's true.

 

Graham, you can do this - there's loads of things that can be put in all year round and some in late summer...there's loads of time!

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I have them about 6inches off the ground - in a raised heap of a bed - not so much a wooden structure. I have them right next to the onions, apparently the onions mask the smell - and keeps the flies away. Gawd knows if that's true.

 

Graham, you can do this - there's loads of things that can be put in all year round and some in late summer...there's loads of time!

 

i tried that last year, didnt fecking work. also with the onions, even when its really dry, dont water them. let them be

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i tried that last year, didnt fecking work. also with the onions, even when its really dry, dont water them. let them be

ah..well we'll see. I'm not expecting this year to be very successful - if we get some stuff I'll be delighted!

 

damn, about the onions, I nearly drowned them today! altho they've not started shooting yet.

 

I'm expecting the corn to fail before even putting them in - are they a pain to get any produce from?

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ah..well we'll see. I'm not expecting this year to be very successful - if we get some stuff I'll be delighted!

 

damn, about the onions, I nearly drowned them today! altho they've not started shooting yet.

 

I'm expecting the corn to fail before even putting them in - are they a pain to get any produce from?

 

i was pleasently surprised by the corn, mine was great. what i found is dont over water anything, with onions it can cause white rot, there is a lot of moisture in the ground and the water tables are very high anyway. its a big learning curve, some thinks work, some dont. i'm going to put down a few fruit trees this year though. what worked for me, Onions, spring onions, Peas (which were the best crop), broccolli, cabbage, Parsnips, corn, tomatoes and chilli. what didnt, beans, courgettes which the b*****d slugs ate, carrots and leeks.

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Graham, you can do this - there's loads of things that can be put in all year round and some in late summer...there's loads of time!

 

I think we'll give it a go. Should be enjoyable to get out there and get things planted.

 

Do you think Jon Hall will help me with the digging ?

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i was pleasently surprised by the corn, mine was great. what i found is dont over water anything, with onions it can cause white rot, there is a lot of moisture in the ground and the water tables are very high anyway. its a big learning curve, some thinks work, some dont. i'm going to put down a few fruit trees this year though. what worked for me, Onions, spring onions, Peas (which were the best crop), broccolli, cabbage, Parsnips, corn, tomatoes and chilli. what didnt, beans, courgettes which the b*****d slugs ate, carrots and leeks.

now that's encouraging. Sure I'll sow them and see what happens. That's my motto - we've spent some time preparing the place - next year it'll be much better. This year is a trial run

 

Haven't put the peas in yet...

 

we got the raspberries from another gardener there - so they are well on, and should produce some fruit this year!

 

I sent you and Graham an email via the site..

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