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Allotments

Post by Tomb » Thu Oct 16, 2008 6:02 pm

I am starting this topic outside of gardening because it's not the same is it! We are getting an allotment with a friend. Has anyone ever had an allotment. Any tips, ideas? What's easiest to grow for novices like myself and the mrs?

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Post by miss_steff » Sun Oct 19, 2008 10:31 pm

i sadly have no advice but will watch this thread with interest as i would love to do it myself

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Post by iainmayfield » Mon Oct 20, 2008 9:01 am

Having had one , they are great exercise but they can take up an awful lot of time.

Then you have the problems with flea beetles eating your radishes, sulphur deficiency on your onions, club root on your cabbages, deer eating your sweetcorn and rabbits eating your carrots. That's not to mention SLUGS! (which eat everything in sight). And you have to water everything in the summer or else it dies!

Rhubarbs a good, no fuss plant to grow - not much can go wrong with that!

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Post by roundbitsofplastic » Wed Sep 17, 2014 8:27 pm

WE HAVE APPLIED FOR AN ALLOTMENT!!!

Eeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeee!!

Also, does anyone have any recommended reading?
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Post by Silver Girl » Thu Sep 18, 2014 8:53 am

Carol Klein's Grow Your Own Veg (or smthg) is very good - kinda aimed at the neophyte.
I had an allotment for 8 years. The relief when I handed the keys back was incalculable....
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Post by Silver Girl » Thu Sep 18, 2014 8:55 am

Oh and my big tip would be don't spend loads of cash on heritage seeds and fancy-dancy stuff until you've had a couple of seasons growing bog-standard things to test out your soil. In that if you can't grow 'normal' carrots, you going to get nowhere with purple round ones etc
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Post by Tomb » Thu Sep 18, 2014 9:44 am

Forgot I even started this topic!

I lasted 18 months on an allotment. I enjoyed it but It isn't for someone who works fall time methinks.

A lot of planning required and despite the bumper crops of broad beans/squash the constant battling on my limited time with pests and the weeds made it too stressful for me.

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Post by roundbitsofplastic » Thu Sep 18, 2014 11:50 am

Silver Girl wrote:Carol Klein's Grow Your Own Veg (or smthg) is very good - kinda aimed at the neophyte.
I had an allotment for 8 years. The relief when I handed the keys back was incalculable....
That one has been added to my reading list!

I want free food, damnit. I am hoping that my plant-based diet and political outlook (access to the means etc.) will help me to just get on with even the shittiest tasks.
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Post by roundbitsofplastic » Thu Sep 18, 2014 11:53 am

Tomb wrote:Forgot I even started this topic!

I lasted 18 months on an allotment. I enjoyed it but It isn't for someone who works fall time methinks.

A lot of planning required and despite the bumper crops of broad beans/squash the constant battling on my limited time with pests and the weeds made it too stressful for me.
I can imagine the whole thing being overwhelming, but I am hoping that the fact that the allotment will be 1 min from the house will make things easier, and I have V-pops to go halves with me on the work, and I can't actually afford to do anything most of the time, and I have a friend with an alllotment not far away for advice... Hopefulyl this will all lead to making things that little bit more viable.

Soon the peapod wine will be on me ;-)
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Post by Silver Girl » Thu Sep 18, 2014 2:03 pm

roundbitsofplastic wrote:
I want free food, damnit.
Can you stir fry slugs?
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Post by roundbitsofplastic » Thu Sep 18, 2014 2:53 pm

Silver Girl wrote:
roundbitsofplastic wrote:
I want free food, damnit.
Can you stir fry slugs?
I don't eat faces! That's SO MEAN!

I'll just talk nicely to them. They'll totally listen to me, everyone else would.
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Post by Tomb » Thu Sep 18, 2014 3:14 pm

roundbitsofplastic wrote:I can imagine the whole thing being overwhelming, but I am hoping that the fact that the allotment will be 1 min from the house will make things easier
I don't drive and it was a 25-30 minute walk. Getting stuff there was a nightmare. Anyway good luck with it all. I did go on to turn my garden into something of a mini allotment and really enjoyed growing and eating my own produce. sadly I live in a flat now and my window sill Chilli crop has just failed...............

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Post by roundbitsofplastic » Fri Sep 19, 2014 4:47 pm

I'm really hoping that the proximity will be a great help. We're off to speak to the head honcho off the allotments on Sunday (what are these people called, Allotment Tsars, perhaps?).

At the moment I just don;t want the guy tot hink I am a massive twazzock,
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Post by Silver Girl » Mon Sep 22, 2014 1:52 pm

Tomb wrote: I don't drive and it was a 25-30 minute walk. Getting stuff there was a nightmare. Anyway good luck with it all. I did go on to turn my garden into something of a mini allotment and really enjoyed growing and eating my own produce. .............
Yup, sounds very familiar...we were also hamstrung by the fact that you couldn't leave anything on site because the local kids were pretty feral (and stupid - they clearly tried to kick the door of our plot in, not noticing it had hinges that opened outwards...they trashed our elderly neighbours' plot, and I don't want to imagine the sort of person who would set fire to someone's pigeon shed, birds and all *shudders*) so yes, proximity is a good thing.
How did the appointment go?
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Re: Allotments

Post by Silver Girl » Mon Sep 22, 2014 1:55 pm

[quote="roundbitsofplasticCan you stir fry slugs?[/quote]

I don't eat faces! That's SO MEAN!

I'll just talk nicely to them. They'll totally listen to me, everyone else would.[/quote]

Just wait. Just wait. You will crack in the face (antennae?) of their sheer recalcitrance.
I ended up with ONE solitary courgette plant this year (planted, ooh, 2 dozen seeds?), with ONE solitary courgette on it that I was saving for the weekend. Came home from work and in the space of the daytime, the little bastards had gobbled the whole thing up.
And wait until you witness 'potato surprise'...
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