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#229197 - 20th May 2008 10:37am Allotments
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Well, anyone else have one or interested in "growing their own"

I managed to get an allotment about the size of my back garden! (its not a small garden either) and it's only a half plot too.

I'd been brought up knowing how to grow all sorts of veggies by my folks and grandparents. Can't beat the satisfaction of seeing your hard work pay off eother. Especially when you can eat it!

Plus digging it over is fantastic exercise!

So, what have i got planted:
4 3/4 rows of spuds, king edwards and maris peer
Red onions (60 of)
White onions (60 of)
Shallots (only 12)
Spring onions, three rows, but i think the birds have had them!
2 types of carrot sewn in between the onions to keep carrot fly away
Spinach
Gem lettuce
Oakleaf lettuce
Rocket
Beans approx 6 plants
Cabbage 1/2 a row
cauliflower 1/2 a row
Broccoli 1/2 a row

Still got loads to plant yet, like A ince big squash plant, 4 tomato plants and a load of sugar snap peas, all growing in my 9.99 plastic greenhouse!

Although i've done this before, this is my first stab at the whole thing on my own, so things may go badly wrong, but its all a learing curve.
I'm getting a load of seeds in for some interesting patio/container plants like dwarf chillies and dwarf peppers to accompany my patio herb garden at home.

I'll keep you posted as to what goes on!

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#229198 - 20th May 2008 10:48am Re: Allotments [Re: CustomIce]
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Originally Posted By: CustomIce
Well, anyone else have one or interested in "growing their own"


....know what Im sayin' wink
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#229211 - 20th May 2008 11:11am Re: Allotments [Re: StuyMac]
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really admire u for doing it C.I

1) am too lasy
2) i just kill plants... hence my garden is only full of shrubs what look after themselfs, an half of them r dead from the garden "re jig" we have just done lol
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#229218 - 20th May 2008 11:45am Re: Allotments [Re: CustomIce]
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Good Luck
The way the price of veg is going up it's not a bad idea

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#229223 - 20th May 2008 12:36pm Re: Allotments [Re: Colgo]
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cologo, my idea exactly, and the 1/2 plot only cost me 14 for the year, i could spend that on veg in a week.

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#229520 - 20th May 2008 4:55pm Re: Allotments [Re: CustomIce]
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I couldn't be bothered growing my own lol

Not a bad idea though.

Good luck with it smile
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#229585 - 20th May 2008 8:53pm Re: Allotments [Re: BMW Joe]
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I had an allotment for 35 years - and did all the things you plan to do. Eventually I retired - and contrary to what you expect you then have NO TIME for such things as allotments. Life then becomes FAR too busy - so after about 3 years of retirement I gave the plot up. I guess if I had been able to rely on some help from the Mrs and offspring then maybe I would have kept on. However, their interest had waned and the lad was far too busy with girlfriends, footy and the like.

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#229616 - 20th May 2008 10:31pm Re: Allotments [Re: Snodvan]
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Pictures as they grow lol

My uncle has one and its all good stuff wink
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#229648 - 20th May 2008 10:55pm Re: Allotments [Re: Mark]
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thinki have always wanted an allotment how do i go about getting one. good luck with yours bud thumbsup

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#229738 - 20th May 2008 11:55pm Re: Allotments [Re: ]
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Grow some sweetcorn in your plastic greenhouse and I'll buy it off you lol
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#229775 - 21st May 2008 9:05am Re: Allotments [Re: BMW Joe]
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The missus mum has an allotment near the Ridger in Newton. They spend quite alot of time down their, believe it or not the spuds they grow are so much more tasty compared to some shop bought ones as are the red onions, cabbages etc...

to put price into this you pay around 2quid for 100+ seeds i think, or 1 quid for 3 onions from Morrisons lol
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#229874 - 21st May 2008 12:47pm Re: Allotments [Re: MrPhil]
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As soon as i get the time to put the pics up i will, took a few from when i got it through to last night.

As for getting them go to the council's website and apply, there is a wait for them unfortunately i was lucky and only had to wait a few months. But some waiting lists are years long, just depends on which site you're interested in.

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#229901 - 21st May 2008 1:35pm Re: Allotments [Re: CustomIce]
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thanks m8 thumbsup

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#232018 - 27th May 2008 6:21pm Re: Allotments [Re: ]
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Some pics:
sort of from when i got it (overgrown) through rotorvating and planting onions and spuds, to a week ago.













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#232042 - 27th May 2008 7:36pm Re: Allotments [Re: CustomIce]
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When I had my plot over many years and a newbie arrived quite often we would have a "dig-in party" ie as many as possibe from the site (+ guy's friends) would be persuaded to give an hours digging time one Sat or Sunday - in return for some refreshments (and a good natter). Usually that would break the back of the heavy work and ensure the newbie did not give up in despair at the size of the task ahead

"Have petrol rotovator & grass strimmer - will travel" - any volunteers

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