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Postby saucisson » Thu Nov 27, 2008 10:01 am

I spent 2 and a half hours down there yesterday with a strimmer:

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Somewhat to my surprise I discovered an area that had been carpetted :shock: and the grass was growing on top of the carpet.
Lifting the carpet revealed rich dark earth, lots of earthworms but also a network of tunnels up to 2" across...

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Postby Mike D » Thu Nov 27, 2008 12:53 pm

Just carpet?? I would have expected underlay too in that part of the world! :lol:
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Postby wheels » Thu Nov 27, 2008 1:04 pm

Bet the carpet was red!

Looks like it's saved you a fair bit of work though Dave.

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Postby Big Guy » Thu Nov 27, 2008 2:13 pm

That was a stroke of luck, it should save a lot of work. The soil looks nice and dark should work up nicely. When do you usually plant there?
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Postby saucisson » Thu Nov 27, 2008 2:23 pm

Most sowing in the ground will be May June with some a bit earlier under cover, that gives me all winter to get it dug over.

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Postby johnfb » Thu Nov 27, 2008 4:42 pm

You're so lucky Dave.

And it couldn't happen to nicer guy...well done...you deserve bumper crops
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Postby Big Guy » Thu Nov 27, 2008 11:29 pm

Thats when I plant also, but for the next 4 months there is a couple of feet of snow covering my garden. I can't get into it until mid April or like last year it was mid june before it dried up enough to work. Such is gardening :D Cheers
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Postby saucisson » Thu Nov 27, 2008 11:48 pm

I don't think I'll have that problem. In fact a few hard frosts to help break up the soil would be nice these days.

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Postby Mike D » Mon Mar 09, 2009 5:34 pm

Any news/progress on the allotment Dave???
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Postby saucisson » Mon Mar 09, 2009 5:44 pm

I planted 21 strawberry plants today :) I have put in stakes and posts and am in the process of rabbit proofing it with chicken wire before planting anything that might be considered edible to our lapine friends. I should be getting a fair bit more done in the next few weeks now the weather is improving (touch wood)

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Postby beardedwonder5 » Sat Mar 14, 2009 10:15 am

Picking: leeks, kale, cabbages. Turnips are over the top. Carrots - ugg. Remind me to enviromesh them this season. Only good for rabbit trapping.

Still eating and cooking apples - but they aren't from the allotment.

Spuds. Desiree-50% internal discoloration. PFA - OK.

Pontification -- don't go over the top when you start digging.
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Postby Mike D » Wed May 27, 2009 10:48 pm

Any update on the allotment blog Dr D ???

I'd be interested to hear where you are with it.
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Postby saucisson » Thu May 28, 2009 12:23 pm

I will hit it tomorrow with the camera :lol: Needless to say, like most of my projects, progress has been slower than anticipated :D

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Postby saucisson » Mon Jun 01, 2009 9:45 pm

I took the girls down there today, Charlotte was unbelievably impressed by the progress I have made.

"Daddy, I can't believe how much stuff you are growing, you are amazing"

"Um, Charlotte, those are thistles..." :oops: :oops:

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