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Gardening and our new allotment
« on: May 15, 2020, 01:19:56 pm »
Woohoo! Megan and I took possession of plot #98 at our local allotments today.  ;D

It's 5 meters by 20 meters. We'll be busy getting it back in growing form. As you can see, the neighbouring plots have a good headstart on us.

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Re: Gardening and our new allotment
« Reply #1 on: May 15, 2020, 01:29:01 pm »
@Devlyn   cc: @Megan.

Wow, you have lots of work to do this spring to get your  Plot #98  into growing form.   Be sure to remember where exactly you stood when you took the photo and then a little later on you can post a new one that will show the progress that you ladies have made....  are you going to build a fence around it??

Here where I live most gardeners have to build a 6 foot high fence around the garden areas to keep the deer and other critters out.

If you need more room to plant my favorite veggies and flowers I have over 5 acres that are available....

What are you planning to plant? 

Thank you for sharing and posting.

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Re: Gardening and our new allotment
« Reply #2 on: May 15, 2020, 02:41:58 pm »
That's a big garden. Are you going to use it all? If so, will you give away the excess, freeze, or can?

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Re: Gardening and our new allotment
« Reply #3 on: May 15, 2020, 06:22:55 pm »
I would love to have a garden that size. I live on a boat so I have taken over the dock with containers and stock tank gardens.  They are filled with all sorts of veggies.  Ive eaten a few radishes and should have peas soon.  I agree with Danielle about posting progress photos.

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Re: Gardening and our new allotment
« Reply #4 on: May 16, 2020, 05:59:28 am »
That's a big garden. Are you going to use it all? If so, will you give away the excess, freeze, or can?

We plan on putting in three rows of raised beds with fairly wide paths for ease of maintenance. We do a little canning, and will absolutely be giving away some to our friends and neighbours. We already have a garlic bed, hot and sweet peppers in a covered trug, peas, Brussel sprouts, and broccoli at the house. Plus some small baskets with spearmint, thyme, and parsley.
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Re: Gardening and our new allotment
« Reply #5 on: May 16, 2020, 08:45:44 am »
Wow

You've gone fully native, what next Tea and scones?

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Re: Gardening and our new allotment
« Reply #6 on: May 16, 2020, 08:48:27 am »
Are you going to grow tomatoes, Devlyn? I walked across England once and ate tomato soup at all the pubs. Seriously, that's pretty much all I ate because English tomatoes are glorious, as are English gardens.

I'm also a gardener. My orchard has sweet and sour cherries, various blueberries, and black, gold, and purple raspberries. I grow tomatoes and cucumbers in my raised beds and various herbs in pots. I also have Japanese influenced gardens that circle my house, so there are gardens outside every window and beyond that, I have an arboretum with hundreds of tree species.

Mills' post reminds me that on the rare occasions when I wasn't eating tomato soup, I was enjoying high tea.

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Re: Gardening and our new allotment
« Reply #7 on: May 16, 2020, 09:12:09 am »
That looks great!  What is the source of water?
We get four inches of water a month from rain and snow.
The clay soil keeps it around if I cover it with mulch to prevent it from turning to brick.
I have a rain barrel as a source of water for new plants and washing my hands. 
It is great because I don't have to worry about turning it off or having a connected hose burst because I forgot.

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Re: Gardening and our new allotment
« Reply #8 on: May 16, 2020, 10:18:06 am »
We have four baskets of Tumbling Tom cherry tomatoes at the house. I also forgot, we have four butternut squash plants, four zucchini plants, two trays of salad lettuce, and have started a big flat with leeks, beans, and glass gem corn.
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Re: Gardening and our new allotment
« Reply #9 on: May 16, 2020, 10:35:11 am »
Marion, I'm the Queen of Mulch. I buy two dump truck loads each summer and I also buy all the torn mulch bags from my local hardware store for a buck each. I end up buying scores of those and they're nice for distant plantings.

There's nothing like fresh mulch on a bed before the white pine needles mottle them. Of course, if you have enough white pine needles, that makes terrific mulch too.

On the coast of Maine, I don't worry much about water, but we can get dry in August, which is a chore because no single hose will reach my far plantings and when you start stringing hoses, they get heavy.

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Re: Gardening and our new allotment
« Reply #10 on: May 16, 2020, 10:35:47 am »
Devlyn, you have great variety. Who turns all your produce into yummy meals?

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Re: Gardening and our new allotment
« Reply #11 on: May 16, 2020, 01:56:15 pm »
Devlyn, you have great variety. Who turns all your produce into yummy meals?

If we're eating British, Megan cooks. If we're eating American, I cook. When we're making bacon, cheese, wine, or are canning something, it's a joint effort.
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Re: Gardening and our new allotment
« Reply #12 on: May 16, 2020, 05:13:00 pm »
If we're eating British, Megan cooks. If we're eating American, I cook. When we're making bacon, cheese, wine, or are canning something, it's a joint effort.

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Re: Gardening and our new allotment
« Reply #13 on: May 17, 2020, 12:15:21 am »
We also grow some plants in the spaces around the house.
Bog rhubarb, pepper (pumpkin did not survive), and hydrangea.

 

And the nature cultivates wild berry for us, and horses mow the doghole for me.

 

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Re: Gardening and our new allotment
« Reply #14 on: May 17, 2020, 07:59:10 am »
Barbie, what kind of berries are those?

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Re: Gardening and our new allotment
« Reply #15 on: May 17, 2020, 09:50:17 am »
Last year I had a guy friend I met at my local coffee shop come build some raised garden beds for me.  I am just getting them back in to shape after the winter season.... 

.....Now that all the snow is gone I have already recently planted mostly garden vegetables but also so decorative flowers as well.   It is protected by a fence to "help" keep the wild critters out of my harvest.

I love the raised beds.... makes it much easier and more convenient to do the weeding and care tasks... 
... water abounds here, pond on my property plus I have  abundant well water.

I will post pictures once I can find them....
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Re: Gardening and our new allotment
« Reply #16 on: May 17, 2020, 10:02:17 am »
Danielle, I also have raised beds. One is low and it's sides are back to back spruce 2" X 8"s. The other is high, about four feet. It took a tremendous amount of topsoil to fill it, one dump truck load and about a hundred 40 lb. bags of topsoil to top it off, but I'm looking forward to gardening without bending. I saw some raised beds in Vancouver that were that tall and they, like yours, were a mix of veggies and flowers for cutting.

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Re: Gardening and our new allotment
« Reply #17 on: May 17, 2020, 10:33:55 am »
We're going to be putting in pallet collar raised beds on the allotment. At the house we have two raised trugs, and a raised bed for the garlic. At my age, I'm too ...old and creaky.... to garden at ground level.  ;D
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Re: Gardening and our new allotment
« Reply #18 on: May 17, 2020, 10:49:46 am »
I do lots of gardening while squatting.  I also have raised beds, but only by six to ten inches, to improve the drainage for plants that need it.

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Re: Gardening and our new allotment
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