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hils



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PostPosted: Mon Mar 14, 05 6:59 pm    Post subject:  Reply with quote    

will be worth it in the end I'm sure.

well I guess I better get my thinking cap on (once sprog's in bed) and decide where the asparagus bed is going to go. Guess what I'll be doing tomorrow...

Treacodactyl
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PostPosted: Mon Mar 14, 05 6:59 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote    

If you move them next year you may have to wait yet another year before harvesting. This year is our first harvest year after growing ours from seed. They are much nicer when picked and eaten within a few minutes.

nettie



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PostPosted: Mon Mar 14, 05 7:02 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote    

I had to put mine in big pots for the first eight months and they were fine. Looking forward to my first proper crop this Spring

hils



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PostPosted: Mon Mar 14, 05 7:14 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote    

Treacodactyl wrote:
If you move them next year you may have to wait yet another year before harvesting. This year is our first harvest year after growing ours from seed. They are much nicer when picked and eaten within a few minutes.


Will definatley get them a permanent home made tomorrow then - cant put it off for another year.
Will be cooking them within minutes of picking as we've just renovated and installed a stove in the victorian brick summer house on the allotment.

Getting very excited about this summers food!

Still can't believe this can be done inner city

tahir



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PostPosted: Mon Mar 14, 05 7:15 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote    

hils wrote:
Still can't believe this can be done inner city


Just make sure you spread the word, allotments need all the help they can get

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PostPosted: Mon Mar 14, 05 7:18 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote    

Has anyone tried them raw? They were very good raw last year but I don't remember seeing it mentioned you can eat 'em raw.

hils



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PostPosted: Mon Mar 14, 05 7:22 pm    Post subject: allotment Reply with quote    

site is fab. Origionally it was intended as pleasure gardens. Its approx 75 acres inner city Nottingham. Its said to be the largest and oldest site in the world. I feel very lucky to have my bit. 1/3 acre for 55 a year - can't be bad. I have been told to stop talking about it - apparantly boring my friends! Nice to hear some one telling me to spread the word. Cheers H

tahir



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PostPosted: Mon Mar 14, 05 7:24 pm    Post subject: Re: allotment Reply with quote    

hils wrote:
Its approx 75 acres inner city Nottingham


That's humungous

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PostPosted: Mon Mar 14, 05 7:27 pm    Post subject: Re: allotment Reply with quote    

hils wrote:
1/3 acre


That's also a big plot. What else do you plan for it?

hils



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PostPosted: Mon Mar 14, 05 7:27 pm    Post subject: huge Reply with quote    

its very easy to get lost in if you've not got to grips with the alley ways and inner tracks! Not an unpleasant place to get lost though.

hils



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PostPosted: Mon Mar 14, 05 7:35 pm    Post subject: Re: allotment Reply with quote    

Treacodactyl wrote:
hils wrote:
1/3 acre


That's also a big plot. What else do you plan for it?


I've dug a third of it over the last year and a bit. Really heavy going clay as it had not been worked for about 5 years.
This third I have 3 plots on rotation of your usual veg. Last year I uncovered 28 rhubarb plants whch aren't doing too well but I'm sticking with it. (still not sure if I like rhubarb!)
I'm going to have a couple of fruit trees.
Am experimenting with making a wigwam greenhouse (am skint but have lots of plastic sheeting and long poles) and need a green house.
And a discreet corner for the horrid plastic garden toys to keep toddler happy.
Bit daunting looking at this list!

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PostPosted: Mon Mar 14, 05 7:46 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote    

I think we could do with a thread or an article about gardening on a budget. If you have a couple of years, some things like blackcurrents root very easily from cuttings. To avoid any viruses try and get cuttings from new bushes or buy one and when you cut it down after planting try and root all the trimmings.

Tristan



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PostPosted: Mon Mar 14, 05 10:11 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote    

Equally, if you have space and time (3 years to crop) aspagagus is easy from seed accarding to Chiltern seeds catalogue. Have to say, I can grow it but don't like it It is one of the few plants that benefits from sodium as fertiliser (35g/sq m).

hils



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PostPosted: Tue Mar 15, 05 9:11 am    Post subject: budget gardening Reply with quote    

Thanks for tips, its amazing what you can achieve when you've no money.
I'm in a dilemma what to do with the allotment because I don't plan on staying inner city but will be loathed to give it up. So long term projects are a great idea but I don't know if I will be around to reap the rewards.

cab



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PostPosted: Tue Mar 15, 05 9:17 am    Post subject: Re: budget gardening Reply with quote    

hils wrote:
Thanks for tips, its amazing what you can achieve when you've no money.
I'm in a dilemma what to do with the allotment because I don't plan on staying inner city but will be loathed to give it up. So long term projects are a great idea but I don't know if I will be around to reap the rewards.


Doesn't this depend on how far you move? A lot of crops are fairly low maintenance, so depending on what you can do on the plot something like asparagus, things like rhubarb, fruit bushes and fruit trees (intercropped with spring and summer vegetables while you're local) might be the way forward?

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