got me an allotment!!

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Re: got me an allotment!!

Post by jansman » Sun Jul 29, 2018 5:41 am

I have an old fashioned ‘ Irish spade’, with pointed blade and straight handle. However, your new one looks easy to use. Might just treat myself, as my back is well worth looking after!
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Re: got me an allotment!!

Post by Mick104 » Tue Jul 31, 2018 11:24 pm

Yorkshire Andy wrote:
Sat Jul 28, 2018 5:27 pm
I'm planting a cover crop of winter bean that I will chop off and dig in, in the spring using the greenery to out compete weeds and allow the nitrogen fixing property's to help enrich the soil with the root fibre
What type and variety of bean will you use ? , I have never used green manures its always poly or nursery grade weed suppressant fabric. Except for my potato patch I practice the no dig method so I often put down a layer of compost then cover with mypex til spring .

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Re: got me an allotment!!

Post by featherstick » Wed Aug 01, 2018 9:05 am

Green manures are well worth the small increase in effort. I've used field tares with great success, grown very good caulis after them. I'm planning on ordering some winter mix from these guys: https://www.greenmanure.co.uk/pages/cho ... een-manure

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They fix nutrients by sucking them up to grow with and stop rain leaching them away. They also increase organic matter in the soil, and increase the micro-organisms both as they grow and then as they rot once you dig them in. They do all that over winter so there is no real opportunity cost.

In summer for a short-term green manure you can use fenugreek which is available very cheaply from the Asian supermarkets. It's good intersown between e.g. sweetcorn where the soil would otherwise be bare, or as a quick cover for a few weeks while you are waiting to plant something. It's so fragile that you can practically hoe it in before you plant.

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Re: got me an allotment!!

Post by Yorkshire Andy » Thu Aug 16, 2018 7:35 pm

Well back off my holidays ....
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So there's as few rows of carrots, lettuce, and 3 rows of late potatoes (Maris peer, Charlotte, some thing else ;)


Burnt a load of rubbish tonight and took the rake to some weeds......

So what's a good Dutch hoe? As the £5 green gem special is just wrong it's blunt and to me the angle is way out
If your roughing it, Your doing it wrong ;)

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Re: got me an allotment!!

Post by Deeps » Thu Aug 16, 2018 8:13 pm

Yorkshire Andy wrote:
Thu Aug 16, 2018 7:35 pm


So what's a good Dutch hoe?
:shock:
I take it you've never been to Amsterdam. ;)

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Re: got me an allotment!!

Post by Yorkshire Andy » Fri Aug 17, 2018 7:52 am

Deeps wrote:
Thu Aug 16, 2018 8:13 pm
Yorkshire Andy wrote:
Thu Aug 16, 2018 7:35 pm


So what's a good Dutch hoe?
:shock:
I take it you've never been to Amsterdam. ;)

Suppose they do ok in the bulb fields
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Post by Arzosah » Fri Aug 17, 2018 8:24 am

:shock: :shock: :shock: Yew peepl is baaaaad! :twisted:
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Re: got me an allotment!!

Post by ukpreppergrrl » Fri Aug 17, 2018 10:21 am

Deeps wrote:
Thu Aug 16, 2018 8:13 pm
Yorkshire Andy wrote:
Thu Aug 16, 2018 7:35 pm
So what's a good Dutch hoe?
:shock:
I take it you've never been to Amsterdam. ;)
I named my Dutch hoe, Magda. I giggle every time I get her out of the shed :D
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Re: got me an allotment!!

Post by Mick104 » Fri Aug 17, 2018 11:47 am

Yorkshire Andy wrote:
Thu Aug 16, 2018 7:35 pm
So there's as few rows of carrots, lettuce, and 3 rows of late potatoes (Maris peer, Charlotte, some thing else ;)
Looking good already .

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Re: got me an allotment!!

Post by Yorkshire Andy » Fri Sep 14, 2018 7:14 pm

Well I took a hammer over a block of wood to the hoe and attacked it with a grinder ... It now works well....
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Got 2 more spud trenches in as well since I got back of my holidays

And the letuice is storming away



Just got a 1kg mix of winter onions in Radar, troy, senshyu, and some red skins Got them In tonight with a decent dose of fish blood and bone in the bed
If your roughing it, Your doing it wrong ;)

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