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knightquest

  • Joined May 2010
  • Birmingham
    • Knight Pet Supplies
Allotment advice please..........quite urgent.
« on: August 12, 2011, 09:53:40 pm »
Just had a phone call to say that we can have an allotment WOO HOO!!!!!

My question is - we have a choice between two, assuming they are not next to each other, what should I be looking for when I go to choose?

Going tomorrow at 11.30 and I am VERY excited.  :)

Ian
Ian (me), Diane (my wife) and 4 dogs. Ollie (Lab mix) , Quest (Malamute), Gazer and Boris (Leonbergers)
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lachlanandmarcus

  • Joined Aug 2010
  • Aberdeenshire
Re: Allotment advice please..........quite urgent.
« Reply #1 on: August 12, 2011, 10:01:12 pm »
Try and get one without ground elder, mares tail or other nightmare weeds!! (or the one with less of them)
Try and get the one nearer the water supply
Try and get the one away from any weak points for opportunist thefts
Try to get one with any sheds/water butt left by a previous person if thats poss

Good luck with the des res allotment viewing!

deepinthewoods

  • Guest
Re: Allotment advice please..........quite urgent.
« Reply #2 on: August 12, 2011, 10:04:44 pm »
check that your not going to be digging heavy clay.

SallyintNorth

  • Joined Feb 2011
  • Cornwall
  • Rarely short of an opinion but I mean well
Re: Allotment advice please..........quite urgent.
« Reply #3 on: August 12, 2011, 10:39:31 pm »
I can only add obvious things, really - not near a really weedy / gone to seedy plot, ones near about seem to grow things well.

Congratulations!  Have a lot of fun and more fabulous food than you will know how to eat or give away!
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knightquest

  • Joined May 2010
  • Birmingham
    • Knight Pet Supplies
Re: Allotment advice please..........quite urgent.
« Reply #4 on: August 12, 2011, 11:08:41 pm »
Thanks guys, great advice as always  :)

Ian
Ian (me), Diane (my wife) and 4 dogs. Ollie (Lab mix) , Quest (Malamute), Gazer and Boris (Leonbergers)

manian

  • Joined Sep 2010
Re: Allotment advice please..........quite urgent.
« Reply #5 on: August 13, 2011, 07:26:02 am »
just seen the thread
we got half plot in march
it had been rotavted  ;D but the whole 2 acres has mares tail  :'(
veggies not too bad so far
you'll love it
Mx

northfifeduckling

  • Joined Jan 2009
  • Fife
    • North Fife Blog
Re: Allotment advice please..........quite urgent.
« Reply #6 on: August 16, 2011, 05:14:47 pm »

we got half plot in march
it had been rotavted  ;D but the whole 2 acres has mares tail  :'(


rotavating would have spread that one nicely...when you find a way of controlling it, let us all know! :&>

manian

  • Joined Sep 2010
Re: Allotment advice please..........quite urgent.
« Reply #7 on: August 16, 2011, 07:01:53 pm »




we got half plot in march
it had been rotavted  ;D but the whole 2 acres has mares tail  :'(


rotavating would have spread that one nicely...when you find a way of controlling it, let us all know! :&>


at the moment painstaking pulling them one by one........ neverending!!!!!!!

crops hhave done well though
Mx

northfifeduckling

  • Joined Jan 2009
  • Fife
    • North Fife Blog
Re: Allotment advice please..........quite urgent.
« Reply #8 on: August 16, 2011, 07:36:13 pm »
it's like Medusa - chop the heads off and it comes back with 10 - try digging as deep as you can and pick every single bit of root out - a near impossible task, sorry to tell you this! The roots can go really deep and tend to lodge themselves under any stones there are - and they break easily.... :( :&>

knightquest

  • Joined May 2010
  • Birmingham
    • Knight Pet Supplies
Re: Allotment advice please..........quite urgent.
« Reply #9 on: August 16, 2011, 09:22:47 pm »
We got the allotment  8) The other one that we could have had was covered in suspect manure??? and bind weed. a very easy choice in the end. I will post pics on another thread. Thanks again for the advice.

Ian
Ian (me), Diane (my wife) and 4 dogs. Ollie (Lab mix) , Quest (Malamute), Gazer and Boris (Leonbergers)

Rosemary

  • Joined Oct 2007
  • Barry, Angus, Scotland
    • The Accidental Smallholder
Re: Allotment advice please..........quite urgent.
« Reply #10 on: August 17, 2011, 10:33:53 am »
Congratulations! Have fun and remember to read the rule book - allotments seem to have a lot of rules  ;D

 

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