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ratdog

My allotment

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Morning mate, I don`t mind how many pics you want to add, fill yer boots! :)

 

as for the courgette, I would move it next to the pumpkin and get them grow in opposite directions, they will trail across the garden. If you leave it there it will block out everything around it, they can get very big in the right place.

 

 

4 minutes ago, Magicmunchietree said:

You inspired me to do this!!

 

Well that`s very kind of you mate, thanks :magic: please feel free to post updates as to how you get on this season, btw, if you have any large containers you could get a few spuds and/or carrots on the go, they will be fine to go in now too.

 

atb :)

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Just now, ratdog said:

Morning mate, I don`t mind how many pics you want to add, fill yer boots! :)

 

as for the courgette, I would move it next to the pumpkin and get them grow in opposite directions, they will trail across the garden. If you leave it there it will block out everything around it, they can get very big in the right place.

 

 

 

Well that`s very kind of you mate, thanks :magic: please feel free to post updates as to how you get on this season, btw, if you have any large containers you could get a few spuds and/or carrots on the go, they will be fine to go in now too.

 

atb :)

Cheers man, That is some food for thought, I will move the courgette today then. And I will, I aim to get the garden fully turfed soon so I can have a nice patch in the middle for sunbathing and BBQs, something I havent had for years. 

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I will take advantage of the next lot of cheap turf I see going so I can do the same, haven`t had a nice soft lawn to lie on in years.

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Well fuck me it`s a warm on out there today :D

 

Just prepped an area for and planted 18 runner bean plants grown from seeds from last years crop so this lot is free bar a bit of compost. And I went to the ironmongers to get some twine and couldn`t resist getting a few strawberry plants, I put three in a recycling container with some fresh compost and FBB, they are 2 Elan and 1 Delizz. That and a good watering and it`s time to hang in the hammock :magic:

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One of my cauli`s wilted just after planting and I had to cull it, didn`t think much about it until today, was weeding and noticed one was wilting slightly, went for a walk with the dog and come back to find three down, checked the roots and guess what? fucking cabbage root fly, found maggots in the roots, I just hope the rest don`t succumb, the broccoli seem okay on the other side atm, and I have 6-7 back up cabbage plants to make the numbers back up as long as there isn`t a massacre :crybaby:

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Well it seems the damage done by the cabbage root fly is limited, hopefully.

 

Just took a load of pics for an update to things and it`s really getting going now

 

Mixed brassica`s and sweet potatoes

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Group shot of bed two

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First signs of toms

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Broad beans nearly ready

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the rest

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Bolthardy beetrootlarge.beets.jpg

 

Close up of the calabrese, they have all been sprayed with Thuricide, a concentrate of bacillus thuringiensis that targets only the caterpillars and doesn`t harm anything else.

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carrots

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corn and sweet peas waiting to go in

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Strawberries just starting to flower

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Runners racing up the sticks, they are in last years compost from the bin to the left, looks like they like it.

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Peas nearly ready, just hope the leaf miner doesn`t pay a visit too early

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Jazzy new potatoes, the write up says up to 80 tubers per plant lol we will see

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And my fav pic from this lot, some chive flowers for the busy bees

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Looking  good old pal. But Carrots in a tray ?

 

JOM

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2 minutes ago, justonemore said:

 But Carrots in a tray ?

 

 

 

Hello mate, they look like they are in a tray from that angle but it`s about 8" deep

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Well this weather is amazing and every thing is romping along nicely, just had my third pick of bits, here`s my tea for tonight

 

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Superb mate looks like some healthy grub for tonight's tea! Those chive flowers are good on a salad too, lovely oniony flavour :)

 

I think I've bought the wrong beans, mine got to about a foot tall and have started flowering.. yours look to be going mad up those sticks!

 

Do you reckon I'm too late to get some different beans started?

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11 minutes ago, Openairbud said:

Superb mate looks like some healthy grub for tonight's tea! Those chive flowers are good on a salad too, lovely oniony flavour :)

 

I think I've bought the wrong beans, mine got to about a foot tall and have started flowering.. yours look to be going mad up those sticks!

 

Do you reckon I'm too late to get some different beans started?

 

Hello bud, never tried the flowers before, always left them to the bees.

 

I just sowed some French beans, they will go for gold now, go for it, the gumf on the packets are only a very rough guide, especially if you are down south, even if you are more northerly you would only just be sowing and planting now.

 

:)

 

 

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Looks good in here mate.  Must be brilliant to just be able to go out and pick your own dinner from the garden.  

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On 6/14/2018 at 5:18 PM, ratdog said:

mine got to about a foot tall and have started flowering

 

 

most of the time it goes like that, they carry on growing so don`t worry. mine got to the top of the canes well before flowering this year, only just showing flower now tbh, but that`s the first time that`s ever happened to me

 

On 6/15/2018 at 11:13 AM, Eyes of redness said:

Looks good in here mate.  Must be brilliant to just be able to go out and pick your own dinner from the garden.  

 

 

Thanks mate, it is :)

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Well we are into July already now and this years weather has been epic although watering has been a difficult thing to keep up with, you can`t just water everything with the hose that isn`t in the ground, you need to mix up and feed, but it`s been ok, not working so much lately has helped. (I`ve been working about 1 day a week on average this summer and that`s enough in this heat :sweaty: )

 

Here`s a selection of pictures I just took

 

Runners are really taking off, they were grown in the compost from the container next to it from last years organic waste

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There looking slightly blurry in the back is a cucumber a friend gave me, I`ve had terrible trouble getting the buggers to grow without wilting this year, I also have one on the windowsill in the living room so hopefully I`ll get something this year.

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Decided to grow cornflowers again this year, with the obligatory fucking blackly that`s been on everything this year 

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Last of the remaining calabrese

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Wild foxglove from the flower garden

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Unknown plant in the garden :wassnnme:large.5b3a1f7dd8977_unknownplantingarden.jpg

 

This trailing flower has put on a terrific show this year, smells like bubblegum wafting around

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Some sweetcorn and a tray of peas and french beans just sprouting in the top corner

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more sweetcorn

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even more sweetcorn lollarge.5b3a1f7b632ac_sweetcornpatch1.jpg

some sweet peppers

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Some super hots just turning redlarge.5b3a1f78df327_superhotchilli.jpg

 

the host plant

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One of several sunflowers here this year

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second batch of calabrese where the broad beans were

 

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Some Rome toms

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More wild foxglove

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A carrot floating in the pond among some canna

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The brassica bed coming on great now

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Beetroot bed getting rather big, along side new curly lettuce

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And lastly, more beetroot in where the spuds were

 

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My only challenge this year is to keep production up when something finishes, going well so far, still have more peas and french beans to go in and also some squash plants coming on, and the brassica bed should keep producing all year and into early feb perhaps.

 

 

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Whoa great stuff here, glad to have found this thread. You have a wonderful growing space. Growing outdoors is the dream. For now I'll stick with green indoors and veg and flowers out! I love my Allotment!

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