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Jeff



Joined: 23 Feb 2005
Posts: 145
Location: Essex
PostPosted: Tue Oct 04, 05 2:58 pm    Post subject: A good dent is made in the allotment!  Reply with quote    

Hi all,

Just a quick update to say that I've been for a clearing mission to the new allotment twice now, once with my brother, and I'd say that 20% is clear and ready to work now!!!

I am really pleased with the work that has been done and how quickly things are starting to turn around over there

Cheers,
Jeff

Last edited by Jeff on Tue Oct 04, 05 3:07 pm; edited 1 time in total

judith



Joined: 16 Dec 2004
Posts: 22789
Location: Montgomeryshire
PostPosted: Tue Oct 04, 05 3:01 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote    

Excellent work. You make me feel tired just reading about it!

Are you going to plant anything in the cleared ground or will you just cover it until next year?

tahir



Joined: 28 Oct 2004
Posts: 44144
Location: Essex
PostPosted: Tue Oct 04, 05 3:02 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote    

Well done Jeff

Northern_Lad



Joined: 13 Dec 2004
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PostPosted: Tue Oct 04, 05 3:04 pm    Post subject: Re: A good dent is made in the allotment! Reply with quote    

Jeff wrote:
... I've been for a clearing mission to the new allotment twice now, once with my brother, ...


It's much easier with a spade; unless his name's Doug...

Jeff



Joined: 23 Feb 2005
Posts: 145
Location: Essex
PostPosted: Tue Oct 04, 05 3:07 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote    



Judith, I'm not going to start planting it up until Spring and until then I'll just be adding manure and turning the soil getting plenty of air and goodness into it...

I've got some nice winter goodies coming on well in the back garden so I'm able to be patient with the plot...

judith



Joined: 16 Dec 2004
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Location: Montgomeryshire
PostPosted: Tue Oct 04, 05 3:07 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote    

Sounds like a good plan.

Bernie66



Joined: 14 Jan 2005
Posts: 13967
Location: Eastoft
PostPosted: Tue Oct 04, 05 6:48 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote    

I don't go to the gym, its not me, but i think the working over of land is much better exercise-and you get to see something for it!

2steps



Joined: 05 Sep 2005
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Location: Surrey
PostPosted: Tue Oct 04, 05 6:54 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote    

well done

Behemoth



Joined: 01 Dec 2004
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Location: Leeds
PostPosted: Wed Oct 05, 05 8:32 am    Post subject: Reply with quote    

Garlic and broad beans, garlic and broad beans. Do it now!!!!!!!!

Jeff



Joined: 23 Feb 2005
Posts: 145
Location: Essex
PostPosted: Wed Oct 05, 05 9:04 am    Post subject: Reply with quote    

I know.... OK, I think I might just get a patch of Garlic in, not Broad beans cos nobody eats them...

Literally just buy some pods, break them up and plant the cloves, right???

Behemoth



Joined: 01 Dec 2004
Posts: 19021
Location: Leeds
PostPosted: Wed Oct 05, 05 9:21 am    Post subject: Reply with quote    

PM Tahir - he may have a couple of bulbs going, if not try Kings Seeds. Yes just break up the bulb and plant each clove about 8 inches to a foot apart, no mopre than 2 inches deep. Keep weed free in the spring and they'll be ready about late June early July and then you can follow with French Beans.

Broad Beans - heretic! Eat them when they are obscenely young not when they are big and smell of socks. Like sweetcorn, you've never had them at their best. I almost exclusively eat them in HFW's broad bean and chorizo recipe with some rice. Heaven, Im looking forward to May already. You can follow them with cabbages or your Christmas brussels who'll appreciate the nitrogen fixed by the beans.

tahir



Joined: 28 Oct 2004
Posts: 44144
Location: Essex
PostPosted: Wed Oct 05, 05 9:22 am    Post subject: Reply with quote    

Jeff wrote:
I know.... OK, I think I might just get a patch of Garlic in


I've got garlic, B had some that he wasn't expecting so I've got 3 heads I can give you

judith



Joined: 16 Dec 2004
Posts: 22789
Location: Montgomeryshire
PostPosted: Wed Oct 05, 05 10:34 am    Post subject: Reply with quote    

Another passionate defender of the broad bean here. Don't listen to anyone else. Plant loads - they are delicious!
I was really chuffed this morning to see that the old broad bean plants I left in from this season as an experiment had all sprouted again from the bottom and I can see at least a dozen little pods and quite a few flowers coming along.

culpepper



Joined: 16 Dec 2004
Posts: 638
Location: Kent
PostPosted: Wed Oct 05, 05 12:13 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote    

Good going!Only another 8 trips and you'll have the whole lot clear then

Bernie66



Joined: 14 Jan 2005
Posts: 13967
Location: Eastoft
PostPosted: Wed Oct 05, 05 10:57 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote    

I will "third" that on broad beans, try them, you must. They can be eaten at the less likely times of the year and if you have not had them straight from the plant then you are not in a position to judge properly.

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