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New Allotment Diary... February 25th

 
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cab



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PostPosted: Fri Feb 25, 05 11:44 pm    Post subject: New Allotment Diary... February 25th  Reply with quote    

Had an allotment for a fortnight now. First weekend went well, got a lot of digging done. Last Saturday I got back into it, and got maybe just under half-way through digging over, and sowed various seeds in the house for later planting out.

Had a great big pile of scrap material, and lots of dried up fat hen. That was all cleared into a pile and burned last Saturday evening; a couple of friends came down to help, you can always rely on having pyromaniac friends

Then, the next morning, I managed to put a chisel into my finger. Needless to say, after an operation on Monday morning, I didn't get back to the allotment till today. It's still looking OK, except that there's a whole load of holes around the site where I had the bonfire, and fox footprints all over the place. They haven't moved in, but it would appear that there's a family of foxes four allotments down from me, and they've got into the habit of digging under and around any fires when they've died down but are still warm. Talking to some of the other allotment holders, it would appear that young foxes nicking the string you've used to tie up your peas is a regular local hazard.

My raspberry plants arrived today. Finger splinted and bandaged up or not, I'm planting them on Sunday. Oh, and I've got my pallets sitting there still for building my compost heaps. It's almost all falling into place. Now I just have to grow something

moggins



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PostPosted: Fri Feb 25, 05 11:59 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote    

LOL, I remember that stage well

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PostPosted: Sat Feb 26, 05 8:16 am    Post subject: Reply with quote    

We have many problems with foxes, especially in Winter. They dig everywhere in the garden, often under plants. They may be after worms or hibernating mice etc. I've not been able to keep ours away.

They also take gloves, shoes etc if we leave them outside.

Why did you burn the fat hen rather than compost? Most of the seeds would have fallen off by now.

cab



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PostPosted: Mon Feb 28, 05 10:35 am    Post subject: Reply with quote    

Treacodactyl wrote:

They also take gloves, shoes etc if we leave them outside.

Why did you burn the fat hen rather than compost? Most of the seeds would have fallen off by now.


I burned it because of the sheer volume (must've been a huge fat hen crop last year), and because it was relatively dry. Trust me, there's plenty more annual weeds that I've just dug in.

Besides, along with the old scrap wood that gives me plenty of wood/plant ash to dig in for beans and peas (which seem to like that).

nettie



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PostPosted: Mon Feb 28, 05 12:57 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote    

Am watching this with interest as am thinking about taking the plunge again....there are some small allotments about a mile away, just about the right size, 20x30 ft, rather than the 70ft monster I took on before!

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