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  1. That loam heap I built back in March got the contents of the shed latrine dumped in and then a thin layer of top soil. I planted marrows and turban pumpkins on it and the bottom heat kept that nasty late frost off. I am now getting foot long marrows and strings of turban pumpkins.
  2. I have has potatoes unearthed by blackbirds and also mulch thrown off. I have found that if the mulch is thick enough they tire of it. Pigeons are more of a problem.
  3. I have planted out pumpkins and marrows that were started off in the repaired greenhouse planted directly in the clay soil with horse manure. They had to be lashed down during that desert hurricane we had. They are now flowering and looking like the fruits are beginning to set. Tomatoes and peppers have been planted in the vacated location and are also flowering. It looks fine to me.
  4. It was more like a big parsnip🤣
  5. I got it from Screwfix as I needed to do all the lower panes on two sides plus the door and needed enough that shipping was free. https://www.screwfix.com/p/axiome-twinwall-polycarbonate-sheet-clear-690-x-6-x-2000mm/694fh It really does look like clear corrugated cardboard. Other people on our site have been using it due to it being more durable than glass. I pulled up a 20 inch dock root yesterday. It was a very therriputic thing for me to do.
  6. The hen re-homing sessions are often held and once I have got the soil done and planted out I will register an interest and come along. The planting season is closing in fast and the greenhouse repairs have just been completed. We have just had 20+ trailer loads of horse manure delivered to be shared between 90 odd plots. Much of it is in well rotted lumps that can be sliced and laid down as a mulch. I have marrow and fennel seeds ready for germinating as soon as the time comes. There is no need to buy fertilizer this year. I have stopped the worst of the rain by fixing the water butt system. I am now waiting for it to rain again to fill it all up🤣
  7. I have just finished fixing the greenhouse on my recently taken on allotment. Glass is falling out of favor and I used plastic corrugated card board that can be bought from many builders merchants to fix the broken panes. It is not optically clear but is clear for light for growing purposes. I need the greenhouse in order as I will soon have the planting out area ready and clear of weeds.
  8. We have an update on manure at our site. There has recently been some changes in the committee and an old dispute with the local horse riding school has been resolved. There is quite a big backlog to be dug in and it is mostly well rotted over several years. We have 20+ trailer loads for 96 plots. Some of it can be cut in slices and laid on the soil. I am going to make a loam heap like structure using the manure to exclude the air and light to rot down all the weed roots if they do not dry off enough for burning. We have got enough and the result will go back into the ground.
  9. Mine are well established in a brick and concrete raised bed in my back garden.
  10. I have already dug up all of the foot long tap roots of dock and dandelion plus many others. They are in two big heaps where I will turn them several times once the weather gets a bit dryer. The marrow and fennel will be started off later. I have also got some butternuts and some others that look a bit "geeky" from the photo on the packet from another plot holder. Broad beans have a habit of attracting aphids so I have held off on them. I now need to repair the greenhouse. The frame is complete but there is quite a bit of glass missing. The shed roof needs fixing too as a wild bramble had grown over it and ripped the felt. There is also a small chicken run that will be OK for four or five birds. I will want until the next batch comes in from the rescue people if nobody else has got any spare. There will be plenty of added fertilizer in the peat based compost as it had naughty tobacco growing in it up until the police arrived to assist the farmers with there harvesting. The root balls just fell apart at the first sniff of frost.
  11. I signed up for a plot about 10 miles east of Sheffield city center in December. The soil is wet and heavy due to all the rain however I will have to put up with that if I am to get anything growing this year. I have a substantial pile of couch grass roots and other tap roots with all the mud stuck to them. I will wait at least a year for root crops as the topsoil is a little thin in places and is due to be raised once I have processed all the weed roots and recovered the soil from them. The previous plot holder had grown a couch grass lawn and had been watering it with lawn greening fluid. https://www.ispotnature.org/communities/uk-and-ireland/view/observation/795007/couch-grass I am going to put in some spinach and curly kale in and will use up the remaining lawn greening fluid on them. I had a lucky brake with four estate car loads of peat based compost for free. That has helped with making the clay soil easier to work. So far I have planted blight resistant gooseberry and Japanese quince as a boundary marker with agreement from my next door plot holder over sharing of the fruits. In the main plot I have planted onions from seed and a fig tree grown from the seeds of shop bought fruit. I have got marrow seed and also fennel seed to be started off soon. Advice on any other crops for a first year after restoration would be useful.
  12. It is broom. It is best grown from seed that has seen a couple of frost cycles. I have a related variety with broader leaves and iron stone red flowers. I cut it for pea sticks each year. You are welcome to save some self seeded plants from the compost heap. I am located near Worksop.
  13. They are most certainly hazel nuts. The fruits with kernels in them ripen in September and keep until Christmas. They are nice tasty organic nuts. There is enough growing wild around here for me not to bother growing any.
  14. We had some thefts and the police were not very helpful. We looked on the usual classified sale sites and recovered about two thirds of the items by posing as customers and demanding them back. We are over towards Worksop.
  15. I will be pruning my blueberry bushes in the next few days. Would you like me to do some cuttings from the trimmings? I am located over towards Worksop.
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