Allotment News

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17/10/2007 at 10:56

having taken over an abandoned allotment 6 weeks ago. my estate manager (father) my daughters and I have worked none stop to prepare the ground ready for planting.

we now have

 a brand new shed

2 small raised beds for the girls to tend

5 large raised beds for general purpose growing

a double compost bin

and a fruit tree section (but no fruit trees just yet)

My estate Manager has called a meeting on the allotment this Sunday. As we are ready to 'plant' So its all systems go!!!!!!

What could we possibly be planting at this time of the year?

as you may well have guessed i truly do not have a clue about any of this stuff

17/10/2007 at 11:00

Wallflowers?  I know you plant them at this time of year, so that they flower in the early spring.

And spring bulbs like daffodils, crocuses, etc.

Maybe onions, I'm not sure.  And things like spring greens and cabbages?

Sorry - that's not much help, is it?

17/10/2007 at 11:04
jerusalem artichokes
17/10/2007 at 11:08

Best time of the year for planting, the ground is still warm, plenty of precipitation etc

Good Luck Tom, and give my regards to Margo 

17/10/2007 at 11:10
you know, i'm going to tell her you called her that 
17/10/2007 at 11:10
Kwilter has an allotment - hopefully she will be along later to share her expertise - I haven't got a clue
17/10/2007 at 11:11
Good luck with it though - it sounds like a great thing to do
17/10/2007 at 11:16

Bit late for onions, but certainly do-able. Make sure they're specific winter onions, which should be around in the garden centres now. Broad beans, something like Sutton, will over winter well and give you a head start in spring. See if your local garden centre has winter cabbage plants on sale, but FGS net the buggers or the pigeons will love you!

If you have anything like a cold frame (plastic sheeting and somthing to hold it up off the ground, salad-y stuff is quick and easy, will give the kids someting to see growing quickly.

I'd recommend "Grow your own Veg" by Joy Larkcom as a really good down to earth book. Tells you about each vegetable type, when to plant etc. She also gives ideal planting suggestions for different needs.

Get your potatoes ordered from a seed merchant (we use Marshalls) then you can set them chitting in egg boxes. Get lots of seed catalogues to fantasise about what you're going to plant next spring.

We tried green manure from Suffolk Herbs (or possbly Organic seed company) but the Hungarian Rye Grass was a pain in the a$$ to dig in.

If it's a neglected allotment, you'll probably benefit from loads of horse manure too.

Well done on getting so far in 6 weeks!!

17/10/2007 at 11:17
cheers 'B' - it has ben fun so far and it will be nice for the girls to palnt something and watch it grow, then hopefully cook it!!!!!!
17/10/2007 at 11:17
cheers 'B' - it has ben fun so far and it will be nice for the girls to palnt something and watch it grow, then hopefully cook it!!!!!!
17/10/2007 at 11:17

Am very jealous, have been on the waiting list at the local allotment society for 2 years - am now 31st on the waiting list.

I think my dad used to put broad beans in at this time of year.

17/10/2007 at 11:17
Please dont, she loves me
17/10/2007 at 11:17

and as if by magic...

Oh about fruit trees. We've got raspberries, strawberries and currants, which the kids (13 and nearly 9) love. They have full scrumping rights on them as long as they keep the fruit area weeded.

17/10/2007 at 11:22

kwitter - thanks!! thats brilliant. the horse manure was dug in last weekend  most of the work has been done by my father. it has given him a new lease of life.

Mrs G - i filled out a card at the spring watch show in may. thinking it would take 2 yrs before i would hear anthing. they contacted me 8 weeks ago.

Haile  - yes she does, just a little too much for my liking

17/10/2007 at 11:23
All i want is an apple tree...
17/10/2007 at 11:28

Are there other apple trees on the allotment site? Most of them need another variety to pollinate. You don't necessarily need 2 types yourself if there are other apples nearby. Bramleys need 2 other trees to polinate them.

Does your dad do home visits? I could do with someone digging where my sweetcorn has been

17/10/2007 at 11:28

I phone the secretary up about every 6 weeks to see how things are going - I'm hoping that he will move me up the list to stop me harrassing him.

I have however got an apple tree in my garden - its a 'cox' type thing and the apples are lovely.  Ma in Law has a cooking apple tree that overhangs her garden so we 'scrump' them.

17/10/2007 at 11:32

Mrs G, my friend has been on the waiting list at our site for 3 years and is 21st on the list. They're contacting people now to see if they still want their plots, and if any are given up, the council split them in 2 and get 2 people off the waiting list.

We waited 3 years, but I applied just as the council closed our site due to heavy metal contamination , then dug all the soil out, sorted the contaminants out and revamped the whole site.

If anyone's a Fetch member, my pic (same user name) includes some home grown produce from around 4 years ago

17/10/2007 at 11:33
there's not much in the way of veg that's worth planting at this time of the year bar broad beans, garlic and jerusalem artichokes as these are happy underground in winter........

too late for much else although you could try some quick growing salad leaves (rocket, mizuno etc) whilst it's still mild - but don't expect much if early frosts hit - better in a cold frame if you have one

this time of year is good for getting the structure right - trees etc - and planning what's going where

some green manure would also be good
17/10/2007 at 11:34

Kwitter - that would explain why my dad said we should plant 3 apple trees, thanks again. No you can't have him he is my 'estate manager'

first day we went down to pick up the keys, the weeds were waist high and as i was signing bits of paper, my dad walked the girls over the plot and found some potato's, he got the girls to pull them up. they went home with about 20, walked in and proudly announced to their mom

'look what we ave grown, this allotment stuff is easy'

they then cooked them for dinner

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