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  1. Just to make some of you feel really old! It’s 10 years today since I got Milo!!
  2. @mullethunter I would pop some fleece over them just to be safe. I put a double layer over the whole staging as it’s thin fleece and all are ok today.
  3. I’ve spent the last couple of nights wrapping the seedlings in the greenhouse with fleece.....I’m not risking losing the lot with frost. Easier to just leave the fleece on all the time for the next few days...
  4. I’ve checked and the 7th of May is supposed to be the last Frost date for my area. I’ll wait another week after that as have been caught out before 🙄😂 shame as I start back at the Café on the 18th May, just when everything needs doing but I need to get back to work....😂😂 I have metres of fleece handy....😉
  5. Runner and Borlotti beans planted in pots and a batch of swede in modules done. I’ve spent so much time at the allotment over the past 2/3 weeks that it’s all done....every weed is gone 😂😂 I’m just waiting for warmer weather so I can get planting.....
  6. Samrich has left the building....😉
  7. Luvachicken, the mice decimated my greenhouse last year so I put down bait boxes this year. I don’t like doing it but otherwise I can’t use the green house so what’s the point. My calendula seeds came up a few days ago - for companion planting - and the mice ate all the leaves yesterday and left the stalks, I’m raging........ I did find a really bright purple paint to do the shed though, that’ll cheer the neighbour up 😆 and yes, tomorrow’s job is scrubbing the algae from the green house...... glad I have all the beds weeded, planted broad beans, radish, parsnip, shallots and lettuce seeds today. Plus I finally used the Kelly kettle I bought 10+ Years ago and it makes a lovely cup of tea. im tempted to bring the sweetcorn that I planted this week home. Can’t risk the mice getting it. 4 days and so far no sign of them touching the pots of corn but I think I’ve just tempted fate......
  8. Well seeing as my Cafe is closed until May 🙄 I spent all of last week clearing the allotment and weeding. Just one bed a day to save any back issues but it’s 90% done and looks great. Had a bit of an issue with a resident who faces my allotment, telling others that mine was ‘disgusting’🤬 - it wasn’t disgusting, just an allotment over winter.... she gave me lots of plants to put at the front facing her house when I started the plot to make it pretty for her. I applied to swap with another plot holder but the parish council said no. Because they can. No reason given except it’s ‘against the rules’ - a copy of which I have and nothing in there says you can’t swap plots. So....I’ve dug out all of the plants she gave me, and found good homes for them. I didn’t really want that many flowers (of her choosing) on the plot anyway. I’ve put up a massive bean wigwam at the front, along with my artichokes and sweetcorn that I’ll be planting there, I’ll have a lovely tall, green privacy screen to stop nosy, interfering neighbours. 😀😀 I finally managed to pick up some greenhouse shading and clips, which only took 10 minutes to do. So much better than the white fleece and tape ive been battling with for 4 years 😂 Another plot holder gave up his plot and told me to take anything i wanted. Huge mistake 😂 I dug up a red gooseberry bush, took his netted bed covers which are really solid, some plastic pipes to use as supports for enviromesh and a wooden table he’d made. I gave him lots of eggs as a thank you! I managed to get my kelvedon wonder peas planted, along with 2 types of beetroot. Plus pelleted autumn king carrots. So much easier to see the seeds when they are pelleted (and white)! £1.50 for 300 seeds so not bad at all. And spaced properly! Lots of work there last week has paid off. I just hope that when I’m back to work at the Café I can keep it up. I plan to get home, feed the dog and head straight down there most days. It’s only a 5 minute walk and if I get into the habit of going straight down when I finish work it will become second nature. I do love spending time down there.
  9. I’m in Weyhill! You’re literally just down the road. Sadly I don’t think I’ll be open in February at this rate. Hoping to open again in March, subject to Government rules....😀
  10. About 30 mins away towards the A303😀😀
  11. Hampshire/Wiltshire borders MH 😀
  12. I have a couple of blackcurrant bushes at the plot Daphne and they produce really well. Been in for 5 years now and I had kilos of berries last year! Ok, so I left the well known airline I worked for (20+ years) in September and took a pittance in voluntary redundancy! At the end of September I opened a Cafe in my village!! It was going really well until the November lock down, great in December and then we had the Boxing Day lock down so I’m closed again. Probably won’t be allowed to reopen until March I believe, but we’ll see what happens? it’s hard work, but only a 2 minute walk from home and I love it!!
  13. I plan to grow salad crops like cut and come again lettuce, radish and tomatoes next year if I get a chance. A lady at the plot knows I’ll be busy at the Cafe so offered to help with watering 😎 Really need to do concentrate on fruit as that is so expensive and I make so much jam now. I’m looking forward to next years growing season and need to start ordering seeds very soon.. 😂😂
  14. Afternoon all! well I popped to the allotment after an 8 week break and picked my first swede!! It’s a beauty and tasted lovely with butter and salt... Since I opened the Cafe in September I just haven’t had time... another plot holder offered me his plot as a swap. He has a huge fruit cage with raspberries, gooseberries and currants plus a several raises beds, glass greenhouse and a grassy area perfect for the dog. He was happy to take on my plot which is a big smaller and just as well stocked with fruit bushes etc. Plus the lady next to him is always there and waters for him and would be happy to do the same for me.😀😀 Sadly the Parish council said we couldn’t swap as it was against the rules (a copy of which I have and there is no mention of swapping). I think it has more to do with a power issue🙄 I was tempted to just give it all up, but have invested so much time and money in it and I do enjoy going down and getting my hands in soil. Plus the fruit I grow goes into jams I sell at my Café, so that saves me a fortune! it needs a serious tidy up. One chicken wire fence is down so the Terrier can escape now. It’s take a few days to get it sorted again but as the Café is closed for tier 4 lockdown for probably the whole of January, I’m going to try and get it ‘winter ready’ albeit a tad late!! i still have swedes and beetroot in the ground that look good, plus a few very small leeks that I haven’t picked yet. My raspberry canes are a tangled mess, but I’ll cut those back to the ground and use the canes as woven edging for the bed.
  15. SD ive heard it’s under watering or sparrows pulling them - the two major problems with bean flowers....must be birds?? cucamelons are fab plants. I grew them a couple of years ago. Sort of crunchy like cucumber but more citrus/limey...I gave my friend some seeds as a present and she had obsessed with her plants😂 I’ve picked peas this week and lots of lettuce and radishes. Beetroot doing well and more seedlings in plugs to go in tomorrow - Boldor, a yellow variety I like. Sweetcorn is massive as is uchiki kuri and Anna Swartz squash plants...fruit is starting to set now. Bennings green squash is also doing well! Turnips and swede looking nice and leafy but no sign of roots yet.... Spent two hours weeding yesterday and my back wasn’t happy so day off today. Will get more done tomorrow...
  16. Pop them in vinegar - just like capers... my plot has gone mad....squash plants are reaching for the heavens as most have been tied to get them to go up...sweetcorn is 3‘ high and doing well. Even the parsnips i planted in March 🙄 Are finally a few inches tall. however, I am so chuffed with my cauliflowers....1st time growing them -
  17. I went down to the allotment at 7.45 this morning as seen to be waking up earlier each day...the squash plants are liking the warmth! ‘Anna Swartz’ Has quadrupled in size this week! Carrots are ok apart from the weeds but need them to grow taller before I risk weeding. The other 2 rows of carrots have done nothing for 6 weeks so I’ll dig them over and replant seeds there... The beetroot seeds I planted on Friday and watered, then covered with guttering are all up😱😀👍🏻 The soil around them is still damp so going to use this method for the carrots!
  18. That peony is Sarah Bernhardt and it smells like a rose! It’s beautiful! I do cut a few stems for the house...😀😀
  19. Well the beetroot i planted at the end of March is finally up 🙄pity really as I have around 50 cells at home all planted with beetroot and are all doing well. Finally seen the parsnip seedlings!! It’s a constant battle with the watering at the moment. There are 2 water troughs at the allotment, connected to the mains, but a bit of a walk for me. I use 25 litre bottles to fill up from the troughs and carry them to my 3 water butts, but it’s hard going.... i covered one raised bed with cardboard and then compost. It needs much less watering than the other beds. Will be doing them all that way this year. Following Charles Dowding‘s advice and loving his YouTube videos. I’ve also learnt to cell plant lots of seeds every few weeks to fill gaps...something im hopeless at, but seeing as I’m forloughed and probably being made redundant in June, I have the time 😀 squashes are loving the warmth and doing well too! My peony is stunning!!
  20. Sorry, I have no control over the bare bones of the forum...just admin to zap spammers when reported or lock/edit posts etc... Best to email James@omlet.co.uk with forum issues please 😀👍🏻
  21. This week everything has gone mad. My uchiki kuri (8 seeds🙄) are all forming true leaves as are all the other squashes...ive double checked and it’s 18 squash plants... 😂 Sweetcorn is 3” high, carrots have just germinated and a few of the beetroot I showed 2 weeks ago. The soil is so dry and I’ll be glad if it does finally rain today.... runners, broad, borlotti and French beans are all up too. The peas are taking forever. They were old seed and the harvest mice on the plot love them so that could be why..... I managed to get some broccoli and cauliflower seedlings so have potted those into bigger pots...just need to find room for them.
  22. Well I popped down today to lift the mesh for a few hours and all seems well. I’m so relieved 😂 now I need to work out where to eventually plant 15 squash plants...!! 🙄 all wrapped up again tonight....
  23. Well I stupidly left the greenhouse door open last night and a few squash seedlings are not looking good....didn’t realise the wind would be so cold... everything wrapped up in enviromesh now as I can’t find my fleece 🙄
  24. I drenched the drills and sowed peas (kelvendon wonder?) 2 weeks ago and they have only just peeped through the soil. Another batch I soaked overnight and they are up in 5 days....could be the heat or just coincidence? i usually have a pit of peas on my kitchen windows sill for pea shoots and they come up quickly but my kitchen is always warm due to the rayburn. 😀 Nearly all my squashes are up! Pattison blanc, Bennings Green, Uchiki kuri, sunburst, Anna Swartz and Grillers mix....I have way too many plants now....🙄
  25. Thanks everyone! It’s better than the other option - redundancy.... another couple of hours at the plot yesterday. 2 more 1/2 beds weeded and ready for planting! Got some more carrots seeds in and 2 more rows of beetroot❤️ Plus more peas! The greenhouse is doing well - all my sunflowers are up but the 13 pots of squash seeds are slow to germinate, but getting there. I must learn to stop digging in the pots to check for a root 😝 Im on the hunt for leeks seeds and have posted on the allotment fb page so fingers crossed...couldn’t find them in the shops anywhere and won’t got out looking now.... Patricia, what do you need? I have so many packs of seeds....could post to you?

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