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by Christine
Sun Aug 27, 2006 8:39 am
Forum: Herbs and Vegetables
Topic: Raised beds & pest control
Replies: 10
Views: 3819

I have three bath tubs on the allotment, standing on carpet and containing (until recently)rocket, leeks and broccoli . Now, since it's not been cultivated for several years, the slug problem is nothing like as bad as it is in my garden, for instance but I saw not one single snail or slug in the tub...
by Christine
Sun Aug 27, 2006 8:31 am
Forum: Welcome New People Say Hello
Topic: Hello from rainy Sheffield
Replies: 10
Views: 2646

Apologies, Chickpea - I did reply to your questions but it seems to have got lost. I quite enjoyed the privacy - leaving the gate open and saying 'hello' to the odd passer-by - but had a very dodgy incident with another allotment holder and now lock the gate from the inside. I'd much rather have ope...
by Christine
Mon Aug 21, 2006 5:08 pm
Forum: Herbs and Vegetables
Topic: What is making my cabbages holey?
Replies: 2
Views: 1412

Thanks, Han and Matt, for delivering the bad news with such grace and thanks also for the advice re spraying with diluted Ecover. I am determined to go organic - despite the scorn of colleagues who gaily spray the six-legged ones with all sorts!
by Christine
Mon Aug 21, 2006 4:46 pm
Forum: Herbs and Vegetables
Topic: What is wrong with tatties?
Replies: 11
Views: 3619

I lifted the rest of the Wiljas on Saturday and noticed that the plants had formed little green fruit (you can see they are related to tomatoes) and the foliage was turning browny yellow. The potatoes were definitely ready - even though a handful were really tiny, most were a very good size and many...
by Christine
Thu Aug 17, 2006 8:29 pm
Forum: Herbs and Vegetables
Topic: What is making my cabbages holey?
Replies: 2
Views: 1412

What is making my cabbages holey?

and, more to the point, how do I deal with it and will I get any heads forming? There's a lot of small moth-like insects (white fly?) but I can't see any flea beetles (unlike on the rocket, which is very pretty indeed, but growing it in a bathtub and keeping it wet seemed to keep them to reasonable ...
by Christine
Thu Aug 17, 2006 8:17 pm
Forum: Herbs and Vegetables
Topic: What is wrong with tatties?
Replies: 11
Views: 3619

For what it's worth - I completely forgot to plant potatoes and had to embarrass myself by going to the allotment shop to see what was left. I bought a bag of Wilja (2nd earlies) and a bag of king edward (maincrop and thanks for the tip of waiting till the tops go over as I had no idea). I think the...
by Christine
Thu Aug 17, 2006 7:44 pm
Forum: Welcome New People Say Hello
Topic: Matt says hello...
Replies: 24
Views: 8876

Hi there I'm an even newer member but spent last year combatting :whdat: the weeds on a new allotment (new to me, that is) last year. I followed local custom and practice and nicked carpets off skips and laid them over the weeds. I was going to burn the enormous piles of privet on the bare earth to ...
by Christine
Thu Aug 17, 2006 7:35 pm
Forum: Welcome New People Say Hello
Topic: Hello from rainy Sheffield
Replies: 10
Views: 2646

Aha! another fan of Douglas Adams! I live in Heeley and my allotment is in Meersbrook - paradoxically too far to walk carrying tools and nowhere secure to leave them, so I have to drive. There's green for you! the picture I uploaded is a photo I took when I'd just started clearing the allotment. Bur...
by Christine
Thu Aug 17, 2006 7:19 pm
Forum: Welcome New People Say Hello
Topic: Hello from rainy Sheffield
Replies: 10
Views: 2646

Hello from rainy Sheffield

I'm a relatively new allotmenteer - started last year with an overgrown plot consisting of burnt-out greenhouse, brambles and 20-foot high privet (the alotments are each surrounded by high hedges with one gate - locked, if you're wise!) and spent last year lopping down privet to let the light in, bl...