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PostPosted: Mon Jul 25, 2011 7:11 am    Post subject: Tales from the Allotment  Reply with quote

By popular demand (well one person mentioned it at Saturday nights Regfest) I have decided to start an Allotment thread.

This is for those Reg'ers who enjoy pricking stuff out or planting their seed.

So what's been going on this year. Had my first cucumber off. Mrs H's eyes widened and the length and thickness of it. Lettuce too doing well as did the Strawberry and Raspberry crops.

Other than that everything else come along nicely. And that included the boody weeds.
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PostPosted: Mon Jul 25, 2011 7:56 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

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PostPosted: Mon Jul 25, 2011 9:49 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

I'd love an allotment but there's an 80 name waiting list for those next to us.
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PostPosted: Mon Jul 25, 2011 11:38 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

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I'd love an allotment but there's an 80 name waiting list for those next to us.


It annoys me all these overgrown cemetaries. Plenty of space there and the soil will be well manured.
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PostPosted: Mon Jul 25, 2011 3:12 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

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I'd love an allotment but there's an 80 name waiting list for those next to us.


It annoys me all these overgrown cemetaries. Plenty of space there and the soil will be well manured.


I wonder if it's possible to be buried on your allotment.

Due to a glut of courgettes from the allotment, this afternoon I have made an Italian courgette soup to be followed by courgette and lime muffins.
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PostPosted: Mon Jul 25, 2011 3:26 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

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I'd love an allotment but there's an 80 name waiting list for those next to us.


It annoys me all these overgrown cemetaries. Plenty of space there and the soil will be well manured.


I wonder if it's possible to be buried on your allotment.

Due to a glut of courgettes from the allotment, this afternoon I have made an Italian courgette soup to be followed by courgette and lime muffins.


never grown courgettes mainly because i don't like 'em.

saying that I don't like tomatoes, cucumbers, lettuce and most the other stuff I grow either.

what I do like most about allotment life is the sanctitued is that a word). you can't grow that
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PostPosted: Mon Jul 25, 2011 4:11 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

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PostPosted: Mon Jul 25, 2011 6:56 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Butts wrote:
I'd love an allotment but there's an 80 name waiting list for those next to us.


We were going to put our names down for that one (I think you mean the big allotment opposite the pub on Harrogate Road thats in spitting distance of Butts Heights). Never got round to it. I'd love an allotment me, but a lass I work with has one and she says its a lot of work, sometimes full weekends. I wouldn't mind the constant toil if it was in my back garden but fuck having to drive to the bastard.

*goes to supermarket*

Keep us informed of whats going on HH. This thread could be bigger than 'The Chain'.
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PostPosted: Mon Jul 25, 2011 7:27 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

R Gert had an allotment. All the blokes used to help her.

Cept me of course. I was too busy.

Courgettes are awfull.
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PostPosted: Mon Jul 25, 2011 7:43 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Dock wrote:
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I'd love an allotment but there's an 80 name waiting list for those next to us.


We were going to put our names down for that one (I think you mean the big allotment opposite the pub on Harrogate Road thats in spitting distance of Butts Heights). Never got round to it. I'd love an allotment me, but a lass I work with has one and she says its a lot of work, sometimes full weekends. I wouldn't mind the constant toil if it was in my back garden but fuck having to drive to the bastard.

*goes to supermarket*

Keep us informed of whats going on HH. This thread could be bigger than 'The Chain'.


The cheating away is to invest in a petrol rotavator.  Absolutely ace for digging up the soil and saves loads of time
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PostPosted: Mon Jul 25, 2011 8:16 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

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The cheating away is to invest in a petrol rotavator.  Absolutely ace for digging up the soil and saves loads of time


Rotavators are handy early in the season. An absolute must in the walled garden. (Obviously a few large Massey Fergusons with various add-ons are required for the proper horticulture of the large acreage hereabouts.)

However, once things are planted, my staff prefer a long-handled hoe for tackling weeds. Unfortunately a Rotavator is not a precision instrument and (as they uncouthly describe it) tends to "fuck things over a bit".
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PostPosted: Mon Jul 25, 2011 8:39 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

i have a 6ft by 4ft greenhouse. The rest of the garden is given over to lawn and jungle. It encourages the wildlife.

Osborne the toad and Usain the newt seem to have moved out now.

Peppers doing very well, tomatoes pretty rubbish.
Best ever lettuces.
Polish white beans not really a greenhouse crop i fear.
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PostPosted: Mon Jul 25, 2011 8:57 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

I feel it's my duty to come to the defence of the courgette, which I will in due course.
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PostPosted: Mon Jul 25, 2011 9:00 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Butts wrote:
I feel it's my duty to come to the defence of the courgette, which I will in due course.


Courgettes are ace, very versatile.
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PostPosted: Mon Jul 25, 2011 9:32 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Yes, we love 'em at bearing towers, we grow them in the borders.

I especially love them gently sautéed before being joined in the pan by the omelette mixture, they add a lovely dimension to an otherwise dull egg pancake.
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PostPosted: Tue Jul 26, 2011 6:46 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

I did forget to mention my best crop this year will actually be celery closely followed by leek.

Can't stand celery raw but put in a nice thick veg soup it's the dogs bollocks.

And leeks have to be the cockroach of the veg garden. Just indestructable.
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PostPosted: Tue Jul 26, 2011 7:41 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Mmmm, courgettes, garlic, butter, gently fried for 20 mins. Nom.
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PostPosted: Wed Jul 27, 2011 10:08 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Have you ever grown garlic?
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PostPosted: Wed Jul 27, 2011 10:22 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

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Have you ever grown garlic?


Yes. Best to put the bulbs in around September time for a crop the following year. When harvesting if you leave it too long it does start to taste a bit earthy though so best get it when it is fresh.

Spent over an hour last night sorting out a raised bed I'd created a couple of years ago. I'd 'given' the 6ft x 6ft bed to soemone to look after (from another site like this) but he hasn't been back and kept up to it. Bloody full of couch grass now. impossible to get rid of.


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