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A google earth image of the allotments, mine is highlighted in yellow. A good job the photo is taken from
a distance beause mine is a mess. LoL!!
I was on the waiting list for about a year, then one became available,(usually because the plot holder hasn't got anything growing but weeds).
It costs £18.00 per year.It is lovely and peaceful there, like I'm in not in London somehow.
So when I go there my kids call me 'lottie lady' LoL!
Lottie lady, I used a currency converter. That's 37 US dollars a year?!?!?!? That sounds like a great deal. I've never been to London, but imagined it to be very nice there. Guess I've read too many regency novels?
Sorry to spoil your illusions about London, but being from Liverpool I sometimes get 'homesick'!
no allotment news for you, it's raining again! If we don't get some warm sunshine soon, my tomatoes will never ripen. At least I haven't had to go and water,thats a job in itself, no hoses
allowed on the site so it's loads of watering cans to fill up from the water troughs.
I forgot about this thread!
My allotments is for keeps as long as I keep it in good shape and actually grow vegetables.
It is about 60ft by 20ft, with a little shed.
I haven't ventured down there yet this year, it is far too wet and soggy the soil is not workable.
Last year I grew from seeds in my greenhouse at home, then brought them as young plants to the allotment.
carrots, leeks, parsnip, turnip,tomatoes,onions,lettuce, cougettes, lots more and flowers.
This year I'm going to sow some seeds directly on the allotment. I have so much clearing still to do from the previous plot holder. I am going to do a big area with flowers!
Do you have an allotment, or grow veggies?
These are some of the seeds I used.
Eddited to say, I got the measurements wrong, it is more like 100ft by 20ft
As karmaplace said earlier, that is a wonderful deal!
I am not familiar with parsnips. How do you prepare them for eating?
Thank you for inquiring about my garden. It could be that you were being polite, but you're going to get the extensive answer anyway...
My "allotment" is in my back yard. My husband always said that back yards are for playing whiffleball with the children (that's baseball with a plastic ball and bat), and that I must not interfere with the "playing field." So I was allowed a 3 foot wide strip along the very back fence. Then two things happened: 1) The children grew up (they're college age) and 2) we got a dog who digs holes EVERYWHERE. So to keep the dog out of the garden we put up a rustic looking split rail fence. It looks like the edge of a country field running right through the middle of the yard. And behind it I can put in garden beds to my heart's content.
So far the budget has allowed for the purchase of raised bed kits making two 3 ft x 6 ft beds. I have the sides for two more sitting in their boxes; they will go up this year. I also dug up the ground underneath the now-abandoned swing set, which is going to become a monster A-frame.
New Jersey residents are very proud of our sweet corn and tomatoes. I have to leave the corn for the farmers, but there have been many tomato plants in my yard. I don't have a greenhouse, but my beloved late father was an electrician, and he put up fluorescent lights in our basement, where seedlings are started. I have also grown onions, zucchini (courgettes?), bush and pole beans, carrots and peppers. Cucumbers develop disease in our soil, so they grow in pots. There are strawberry plants, but the voles (field mice) ate all the blossoms last year. I put in six Caroline and Heritage raspberry plants, and was surprised and delighted with the small first-year harvest.
For this year I ordered some flower seeds and bulbs and will try to grow them for cut flowers. Each year I put out a little table in the front yard by the street (I live in a suburb) where I sell the extra tomato and pepper seedlings in 4" pots. When people come by to walk their dogs, etc., they put 75 cents in the "honesty jar" and take plants. Maybe this year they will take some cut flowers, too. I have never grown flowers for cutting before and am a novice.
Sorry about the long post; will keep it shorter in the future. Love your pictures; I have to find out how to upload pictures.
NisiNJ, I love the idea of selling seedlings to your neighbors. That would be even lovelier to have cut flowers available to them as well.
Terri, most of my seeds for the sweet peas came up in their wintersowing containers. What do I do now? We should still be getting cold weather for the next month. I also have snapdragons, bells of ireland, and chinese lanterns coming up. I just don't know what to do with them. My bed is not ready yet, and it may be too early to transplant. What do you have growing in your greenhouse Terri?
I usually peel , cut into wedges and roast parsnips in the oven with a little oil and rosemary. Delicious.
I wasn't just being polite! I am interested in what other people grow. Last year was the first time I have grown veggies, so I'm just learning! I love sweetcorn, I don't think we have sunshine for long enough for it to get very big.
I have seem other plot holders and their sweetcorns are tiny! Good luck getting your beds made! Great idea having the basement with your lights, for the seedlings. What flowers are you growing?
I haven't got anything growing in the greenhouse yet. Last year I started too early with everything and it was all a bit leggy before it was warm enough to go in the ground.
The sweetpeas will be fine, have you taken off the growing tips? after 3/4 leaves. That will help your plants grow much bushier. If everything else gets too big, you may have to repot, it's not worth the risk putting your seedlings out!
I went shopping yesterday, bought some seeds and other nice stuff! will show you later, got work now, bye!
My neighbour spends nearly everyday there for hours and hours! I don't think he even covered it over winter.
We are not allowed to use weedkillers or anything like that on the allotments.
I am going to mulch the pathways, which will give me more time for working on the beds, instead of repeating jobs all the time.
I got another bed cleared today...
So are you having froglegs for dinner LOL! We do have them at the cabin and we fix them deep fried with burgers and call it the "poor mans surf n turf"!
You are really making progress, how nice to have strawberry plants to put in, nice to have kind neighbors. I have never done strawberries so will be watching yours progress.
Is that your shed in the "another view" photo? If so, what do you have hiding behind the skid, plants ready to go in?
I think I prefer to see them hopping!
Another hard day at the office, I mean allotment!
Yes that is my shed... look what they gave me.. it looks like a portable loo! Lol.
It keeps my tools dry and it's somewhere to sit and rest in the shade.
Im feeling happier about it now, it's starting to look like an allotment!
The guy that gave me the strawberries yesterday was there again today. This time he gave me a bundle of Rhubarb to eat! (very kind) I'm going to stew it with loads of sugar and have it with custard!
Thanks Candee, It's so nice to have encouragement! The other plot holders are friendly and stop to chat and say I'm doing well. One stopped me working for half an hour!!! lol.
My neighbour is called Tony and it turns out he is one of the committee members! He was telling me that they are growing plants to sell to the plot holders, to help with the costs of the allotments. They sell them at the weekends and will have many more by planting out time at the end of May.
I am still going to sow my seeds in my greenhouse at home. I will buy their plants too!!
They have lots of veggies and flowers so I will put those in first and mine will be later cropping. Hopefully I will have something to put on the table this year!!
I dug this lot up yesterday, weird shapes ... carrots and parsnips...
Hello weed woman! come to my rescue at last have you? hahaha!
Well, I was thinking I would be doing him a favour snipping a few flowering sweet peas, it helps to keep them blooming!!
Don't dis my parsnips man! LOL...
Its looking fab Terri! I spose your neighbour might be missing a few tulips now'n'then! LOL. I like the flowers on the way to the allotment. Bluebells aren't they? You said you were taking some of your purchases home. Do you have a plot at home too?
I took the day off today. It rained a bit and I just felt a bit off. Got my sale tomorrow so concentrated on getting all ready for that.
Keep up the good work terri? Looking forward to more pics.
Thanks Sue! Hope the sale goes well, Good Luck hope they buy loads of your plants!
I just took home the sweet peas because they need so much attention and watering, I like to have them in the garden.
I noticed Tony has netting over his cabbages, so I didn't put mine in yet... better get some netting first!
I'm just copying the others!!
There are bluebells and tulips along the pathway, it looked lovely. ... and it still looks lovely!!!
Hi Tez! The sale actually went ok. I got rid of 20 plants, so theres a little more space to put some others now! LOL. I made my money back and have a little bit left over to go shopping at the Bromeliad nursery next weekend. Its going to take 2 hours to get there, but the man has already promised me lots of freebies such as succulents and palms and mondo grass. He said to take as much as I like! ^_^ He'll regrest saying that! LOL
Good idea copying the local gardeners. If they've been gardening awhile, odds are they know the tricks!
Its raining.flooding again here. Its been on and off since thursday, but this afternoon it got serious and I've had to go and rescue plants out of the nursery that were going under!
Bills gone for a drive with jenna to look at others yards and to see the beach and rivers/creeks flowing. I told him not to drive through any creeks!
this is the garden this morning before the rain.
Oh Sue that is gorgeous. It looks like a tropical paradise, my favorite thing. The trees really give it a finished look being so stately at the ends. Let's see more! Especially when you get the freebees.
Terri, your allotment is coming along splendidly. Sounds like the perfect neighbors to have.
You are making me anxious to get some things in the ground, but pouring rain today and the last couple of days although nice weather was not home to get anything accomplished.
I got some sweet pea seeds and will soak them overnight next weekend and hope to put them in.
Sue, So glad to hear the plant sale went well, makes it worth all the hard work and effort you put into it. Well done!
Well, your garden was looking gorgeous before the rain, hope no damage was done! it looks full of interesting plants.
The brom nursery sounds fab, especially now you're on a promise!!
I'm going to have the first part of the lottie including the triangle for flowers and the 3 long beds for veggies, I think..
Candee, Thankyou! I'm really pleased with myself!!!!!!haha, crazy I know, but it feels good that I have done every inch myself so far! Everyone kept telling me it was too much for me and I should give it up...( mum, brothers, kids etc )
I think that just made me more determined to get it done!!!!!!
Most people haven't put anything in yet. Some have their onoins and potatoes in, someone else said the onions can rot if they go in too early and we have alot of rain.
I hope to start my seeds in the greenhouse next week. Nice you are growing sweetpeas, hope we can use them for a theme sometime!!.
Yes as a matter of fact! I put in dwarf ones this year and they are up, but wont flower till September! I haven't grown the short variety before, as I used to line the whole front fence with them (120 metres) but I've planted trees along most of it now, so had to settle for a packet of seeds spread around the flower and vege gardens.
I can't wait to see you allotment as it gets growing! How exciting!
Thanks Candee. I love my garden! I just wish I could sit down in it without starting to pull weeds and prune. LOL.
I will definitely put pics up of my shopping trip, but probly in the Aussie forum on Monday. You're welcome to come and look/lurk. I'll make a new thread about it probably.
Keep up the good work Tez.
The boat garden
Terri, you should be proud, we all know the effort it takes to dig and maintain any plot of ground.
LOL Sue I know what you mean about the sitting. I keep hoping one of these days I'll actually sit back and enjoy ours from a distance where I don't keep jumping up to do something, that compulsiveness in me I guess. Steve says I just don't know how to relax.
That boat garden is spectacular. Reminds me I still need to replace the palms I overwintered and then they croaked. Think I'll just get one majestic palm this year. They had some 8' ones at Lowes for $15 but I don't have a GH or anything to store them, and house ceilings bit too low. When I went back 2 weeks ago they were practically all sold out?
I have never had the sweet peas so wonder how they might fare in my gardens, guess we shall see.
I can't SIT for very long either!
Love your boat garden, it's really cool! Your garden looks fantastic Sue!
I'll be going back to the lottie on Wednesday, still lots more to do! Someone gave me some chitted potatoes...hey I'm doing well with the freebees!
Thanks Candee! Good luck with the sweet peas! I have grown the dwarf ones for hanging baskets and window boxes, but they didn't do well hanging down... they kept growing up!! Live and learn don't we?!!
LOL Sue, I never heard of "chitted taters" either and not sure I want them on my table!
We live in Western MD zone 6a.
Hoping to do some gardening when I get home today. I believe that part of one of the yuccas I transplanted is going to make it and after work yesterday in the drizzle I spread weed n feed on the lawn and then transplanted a little plum bush that is in bloom. Will have to get a photo if it pretty this afternoon. I also moved some monarda that was coming up in my walkway as well as some of the hardy geraniums. I am off on Friday as Steve has a medical procedure but hope it is nice in the morning so I can get some zinnia and sweet pea seeds in the ground.
I have my dahlias potted up and placed them around the sun garden where I think I want them this year? Some of the tubers looked grusome in the grocery bag, but have had that experience with them in years past and they still did quite well so they all got potted.
Wow, now that I have said all that guess I accomplished more than I realized yesterday?
It should be blooming in June. I have some in pink, red and lavender. I have it in full sun, but when it has become established I have moved a bit into the shade and it does well.
Interesting word chitted have never heard it before.
I have not heard of Monada. I will have to go look it up. Where is "Western MD?" I am not sure of your abreviations for states. I hope steve is o.k. Your garden sounds like it will be a picture. Do post pics as you go!
How about you Terri? Hows the allotment coming along? Has it stopped raining for you? Its still raining here so nothing going on and no pictures.
I am getting very little sleep due to the excitment of visiting the Brom nursery this weekend. I am hoping the weather clears a bit because we have to go bush and cross a causeway, which has the potential to go under if the creeks get too high. If it gets too nasty, I'll postpone till next week, but that means another week of broken sleep!
Anyway, this is the first cab off the rank, so I'm off to answer the other threads. See you's at the cafe.
This is some red monarda from my gardens. Sue, monarda is also called bee balm here in Maryland which is on the east coast of the United States. Thanks, am sure Steve will be fine, don't worry mate!
I will be going out today to take some pics, I promise. It is supposed to be 76 here this afternoon with sunshine! Whoopee. Better enjoy as then prediction to go back to rain for a few days and the weekend.
You better get some rest so you aren't too exhausted to enjoy the bromeliads. I had one of those once and killed it off in record time! I'll keep my fingers crossed that the rain stays away for you.
Oooohh, that looks lovely! I googled it and found some lovely close ups!
I mulched and cleaned up part of a huge garden today, but had a hawaiian massage later, so am now feeling all rubbery and saggy!
Tomorrow, the house work then "Bromeliad heaven". 2 more sleeps to go!
Hows the allotment Terri?
I can't wait to see what you get from bromeliad heaven! I love them as I am really fond of any of the tropicals, but I just haven't had much success with them. Perhaps it is time to try them again?
How I could go for a hawaiian massage. That sounds splendid. I have never had a professional massage, but must admit I don't mind long as I have the hottub.
I really like the monarda, some of mine get double tops like a double decker bus and if I take the time to deadhead they last most of the summer.
rain here again too! Had my massage. Really liked it and last night, slept like a baby! I got up and cleaned bathrooms and showers then vacuumed and mopped the floors. Then had breakfast and went back to sleep! I love holidays! I got up around midday and had a shower, then went for a stroll outside. The rain guage had 40mm in it, I pulled up a garlic root to make a cuppa with, checked on the nursery and relocated some succulents to a dry spot for the duration of the rain. I also cleaned the skimmer box on the pool, then down came the rain, so here I am! Ginger tea in hand and just polished off a couple of warm banana and walnut muffins! Its pouring! I'm going to clean the inside windows shortly, and if we get more breaks in the rain, maybe hose down the outside windows too! (The tanks are full to overflowing)
One more sleep to go! I do hope it lets up for the nursery visit!
Hey, when you google Monarda, make sure it has the "R" in it. I googled Monada, and got a very confronting image!
Hope you get to your lottie soon, and I recommend everyone have a massage at least once!
heres the link to my day Terri. It was awesome. Its morning for me here and I'm eating raisin toast and having a cuppa. I took the dogs for a little walk seeing as its such a glorious day. I had a quick stroll around the garden and after checking in here at DG, I'm off out to the garage to look at, photograph and pot/plant my purchases! I've got the bug worse than ever now and am so inspired by the ammount of broms Neil had collected/grown over 25 years! Only 23 years and I can have that too! LOL
Hi Sue, Glad you had a good time. I read the link but didn't get to see any photos (subscribers only)!
I love raisin toast!! Hope to see a few pics if you post them here! It's great to hear that you weren't disapointed with the nursery.
He had lots of these fantastic logs all planted with Broms, and also alot of orchids in the garden and shade houses. The yard was mostlt palms and some Vireya rhododendrons and of course, bromeliads everywhere!
WoW! It looks like a fantastic collection, they are all gorgeous! I never knew there were so many varieties, and different coloured foliage,love the varigated ones too.
I read the first post, sounds like you had a great laugh with your mate! Thanks for posting them here Sue, G' on ya!
Looks like Neil has a hard time even getting out that door. Great adventure yu had that trip and came back with more than bargained for, always a good day.
I prefer my raisin toast with cinnamon, got any??? LOL
Such vivid colors in all of the brom pics you posted, makes me want to move to a more tropical area.
Raining again today!
I went to check out the lottie in my lunch break, It took 6 minutes to walk from work. (sad I timed it) LOL!!
Thought I would take you on a quick tour of the place, seeing as I didn't actually DO anything there today.
The blue door at the end of the path is the entrance to the allotments.
Looks like everyone has been busy in their plots. Your neighbor really has put in quite a bit of plants. I love the tulips with the fringe - just like the ones I have had.
How much more work do you have before planting? Looks like you have most all cleared and ready to go to me?
Hi Tezza, what do you do with all your greenwaste? Where are the troughs that you get your water from? Could you not stick a piece of gutter on your little shed roof with a barrel to catch the rain water?
The pathway to the blue door is gorgeous! How many plots are there? (you probly already said in the thread, but I'll ask again, being lazy and all!)
Is the black plastic and carpet to slow the weeds, or warm the soil or what?
It looks so lovely there and the soil in the one next to Tonys looks amazing! The strawberry mans one looks good too, with quite an assortment of stuff by the look.
Keep it coming Terri, and how nice to be able to nip down there for a cuppa! In your meeting hut, is there tea making facilities, or do you have to take your own from work?
I believe Terri totes her own tea to the plot from what I have surmised.
Those are cute litte broms Sue, they kinda look like they are in dirt, are they? I thought broms lived on just air alone, perhaps that is why mine died off LOL!
Hi candee and Sue, Thanks for being interested!
It's nice to go there, peaceful, away from the usual London trafffic noises!
The hut is open at the weekends to buy plants and for the AGM meeting once a year!!
There are no tea or coffee making facilities or toilets! 40 plots altogether, 20 on each side of the main path.
It is hard to see the size of my plot on the photos. There is still quite a way to go to get to the compost bin and beyond that infront of the shed, all needs clearing. The grass is really thick and in a mound infront of the shed.
There are no waste facilities, either compost it , burn it after 8pm or take your weeds home!!
I think the plastic is still covering those plots over the winter, I haven't seen anything done on them this year.
Hope it's not raining again tomorrow, I'll pop down there at lunchtime with my picnic lunch!!
My first pot marigold on the plot, it was a bit windy and it wouldn't keep still!
Pretty broms Sue, looking forward to seeing them open.
Well let me tell you Sue, I bought a brom tree one year and there were several species on it, it was like a curly trunk going up about 4' with 4-5 plants and one in the base was that one with the big pink flower??? I used to just put a bit of water in the center of them to soak but it lasted about 2 years and then all was lost. Perhaps I will start again using some soil although not sure how that would have worked with them on that stalk?
Oops, Terri, I thought you were almost finished clearing, guess I better take a closer look, or are you fooling me with your camera shots? We had some wind yesterday as well and almost near frost last night, yikes! Enjoy your lunch down there today and keep us posted.
LoL!! Yes it's still worth it or will be worth it when I get some flowers and crops growing!!
My SIL is coming to stay for the weekend and she is going to come to the lottie with me on saturday to help!! Yay.. it will be great to get some more done. These past two weeks have been dreadful weather conditions, but according to the weather forcast it's going to be nice on Saturday.
Have you planted all your new broms Sue? lets see where you put them!!
And another view. I will take some better pics later. Its daylight now! Waaahoooo!
Have fun with your SIL Terri!
And Candee, don't be afraid to give it another go, they are really not that difficult. Warmth, shade, and water in the tank. Thats usually enough for Broms! Your tree sounded lovely.
I found a photo of another that I musta tried years ago that was in a pot, I barely remember it except I know it was here as the photos don't lie LOL! Will give it another try, no fear here.
Yours look fabulous, but I must ask about that log tunnel to the rear left and what appears to be a little stone rodent exiting? What is that? Or are my eyes really deceiving me in my old age?
I've fooled many with that one Candee, well spotted! Its a resin figurine of a Native Australian Bilby. It is weathering quite well as it is in the shade and keeps dry also.
So Terri, did you get to the Lottie today? Do tell!
Terri, That is very interesting. I have heard of them for years, but was never quite sure what they were..what was on that property 40 years ago, can you guess? I wondered if they were old buildings or houses that were torn down or something. It seems like a property in London citty limits that size would be built on, not rented out for such a handsome sum (LOL!) that would barely pay the taxes. Or does the government own it and lease it out? I have always wondered, after hearing about them, now that I see a photo, I just have more questions :)
I was also wondering about the houses in the background of the picture of yours..How old would you estimate they are?
I'm just curious what those people think about all the crazy gardener people almost in their back yards, if those are single family dwellings or what. What kinds of people live in them (broadly speaking). Would they be young couples, old people, families, poor, rich or what?
Will all those veggie farmers make fun of you for growing flowers, or will you have veggies, too. :))
Hi Sue, Your broms look very happy in their new home! Love the way you grouped them, very nice. Thanks for showing me!
SIL and I had quite a productive day at the lottie on Saturday. We got the rest of the beds up to the compost bin cleared. Planted in loads of onions and some cabbages! Had a really nice day, loads of laughs and it was lovely warm and sunny. Trina, somehow broke my rake!!!!! I walked along to see if I could borrow one from someone, luckily I found someone who was willing to lend me his for a while. Guess what?!! Trina stepped on it and broke it in half LOL!!!!
I owe him a rake now.
Hi Candee, I was fooled by that Bilby once too!
Hi Suzy, Sorry so long to reply.
I have found out that the land used to be owned by a squire 100 years ago! There is a big house which was owned by him and the allotments were his kitchen gardens. Amaizing to discover that they have been allotments ever since. The soil must be very good! I will take a photo of the big house next time I go. The other houses have been built around the allotments over the years. I don't know who lives in them! I think some are converted into flats. Next time I go, if I see anyone, I'll ask more! Thanks for the interest.
You can't see the onions! but the cabbages are in.
This is very interesting to me. I had never heard of an allotment until 7 or 8 years ago when I met some Londoners. I could barely undertand them, and had no idea what the were talking about. LOL! Then we were on vacation in San Francisco a couple years ago, and they have a fenced in allotment gardens, too.
Thanks for the information on them...I see pics like that and the background story is as interesting to me as the main one.
Hi Tez. Glad you got some stuff achieved. Geeze your SIL sounds like a clutz. LOL
Don't bring her with you if you ever come and visit me! I need my rake and I reckon I use it every day. (Actually, I have a number of them conveniently leaning on trees and against walls for quick access) I was given some cabbage, brocolli and cauli seedlings yesterday from a fellow student, but have yet to put them in. Hopefully I will get a spare 10 minutes before i have to leave for work tomorrow.
As for the rest of the garden, it is slowing right down! YAY! Theres still a few things flowering and it never really stops, but the weeds do for a while.
Catch you later aligator.
Suzy, thanks for asking the question, I am fascinated to hear the history as well. Kitchen gardens for the mansion, imagine!
Glad you didn't borrow a tractor, could have been a disaster! I shouldn't say anything as there have been a few times I have fallen over my own feet. and believe I have some "shovel incidents" of my own.
The allotment is looking great and you got lots of veggies in already.
Our gardens are really coming into bloom now and Steve put a bit of fertilizer on his garden yesterday eve, so all is coming along here as well.
We tried the brocolli and cauliflower one year, but the bugs got it before we could!
Hey Candee, yes we get the white cabbage butterflies and caterpillars attacking our brassicas too, so planting them now, while its cold, is avoiding the breeding cycle. Smart eh? We get sooo many chewing bugs here, that in Late summer to Autumn, its not worth planting any edible crops at all!
Well its wednesday night. I think Terri is about 6 hours behind, so shes probly about to finish work. You're probly about to start your day, and I'm off to bed shortly. Its good that we can be on at the same time.
Okay so you are 5 hours ahead of me Terri and well Sue, you are almost my tomorrow! Guess I better get some work done here, will catch you all later. I actually got up at 4 this morn and caught up some of my photos onto my webpage, so probably will poop out earlier than usual tonight. Plus, it is supposed to rain tomorrow, so guess I will be cutting grass when I get home today! Always somthing to do and I want to get a new potted tree for the hottub deck and some mulch for the lampost out front and on and on ^_^.
yeah, and no, you can't have any of my rakes! So I'm 9 hours ahead of you terri, why aren't you at work young lady?
I'm about to head off to bed, I have a mulching job tomorrow.
Loving the Garden candee, I remember it from your post in the patio forum I think, it was a looooooong time ago! we were comparing sunny spots! LOL/
Goodnight terri, and terri's lottie and Candee, and Suzy if you come back.
thanks Terri, they are A small leafed Alternanthera.
Your plot is coming along. Such alot of work for you! Tonys sweet peas are coming along too! Looks like they're mostly white, or are they edible peas?
Now, tell me, why have you got mesh over your cabbages?
You need mulch to keep the soil moist Terri! Even if you cut the long grass and lay that down once it has dried. Just make sure it hasn't gone to seed first. Lawn clippings are also good, but same thing, no seeds.
Hopefully it will save you from so many trips with water!
Those are great photos, what a big ole house, wonder how many "flats" it has turned into these days. That is a lot of watering cans, do you have one for each hand? Perhaps you need one of those long poles to carry over the shoulders with several little buckets on each end.
Sue is so right, get some mulch or something, that will help keep the ground stay moist. Looks like all the plots are getting great attention these days. Really like the second photo of this series , it really gives a great view of the Plot happenings.
Hi lottie people!
I haven't heard of Alternanthera! Love the colour of the leaves.
Tony's peas are peas in the pod to eat type! I noticed Tony has netting over his cabbages, just copying LoL!
Apparantly the wood pigeons come and eat the small cabbage plants, but they don't like green netting!!
Yeah, will have to do something about putting some mulch down.
Romantic picture of me carrying water Candee, like a milk maid. hahaha! I have 3 watering cans, pity I don't have 3 arms!!
I didn't go to the lottie today, might go tomorrow. Hope rake man isn't there. LoL!!
Well, you can always give away your new rake Terri!!!
Wish I actually had a pic of you and your romantic pic of carryng water - the image in my head is funny !
Gotta get some mulch or somethin!
But lovely pic with the "finally blue sky"!
We are going to longwood gardens next weekend guess while you are contemplating the flower show at chelsea so will compare pics. They have a display of "tree houses at the Longwood show"!
Hi Terri, Hi Candee, this is a close up of Alternanthera. It has little white pompom flowers that you can hardly see. I keep it trimmed as the border, and if i was to trim it now, its green and cream/yellow under the red. I think its a warm climate plant.
You are going to get us some pics from the longwood show Candee?
Terri, all you need is a little sanpan hat when you're carrying the water, and the picture would be complete!
Sue, I somehow missed your post back in May. We had to cancel Longwood that weekend, but we have rescheduled a trip there for July 18-20. They are having fireworks that weekend as well, they set them off over the dancing fountains and the music is Rachmaninoff which we really enjoy. Will get plenty of photos then. We will be visiting a local winery on Friday, the gardens and fireworks on Sat and perhaps Wintarthur estate?
Terri, you aren't kidding that neighbor of yours has a splendid allotment going there. What are those cylinder type things next to his plants? I love that shed, is it a shed or just a type of arbor with bench and where does he hide his tools? Do they live right there and tend it every minute of the day or what?
And where is your allotment, surely you have plants coming up all over?
Oh, so that little arbor sitting area is attached to the shed, I see now. So do they have to pay more for their allotment since they have more shed space?
Your marigolds look quite healthy. I see what you mean that you don't have a lot coming up just yet, but give it a couple more weeks and bet you'll have veggies filling in those areas or did you plant something else there?
Oops, did it again posted while you were doing the same. That latest pick of the dirt is odd, after all the rains you have had, but we have similar peculiar thing here as we have had many rains but the ground is still dry as a bone? That last pic also shows a lot more popping up than the previous post.
Good idea on the water wells. The flowers look really good - hope your veggies come along soon.
Oh so they built their own shed?
If you don't mind I can post the flower on the DG ID and get it id'd right away? Just say the word. I have seen them and believe I might have some, but the name escapes me, blond moment again.
They had a big plant sale at the allotments while I was away. I missed my chance to buy the plants, and they sold out!!
There were some broccoli and tyme plants left so I have those to go in next. One type of broccoli is called sprouting which grows to 4ft and won't be ready until March next year. Have you ever tried it?
Someone has promised me some tomatoes, I should get them on Monday. The ones I have at home have started to fruit.
Never heard of that type of brocolli, we stopped trying as they were eaten to death by bugs, same with cauliflower. We do have tiny tomatoes coming as well. Hopefully will have a couple zucchine to make into bread. Sorry you missed the sale, but you will have veggies nonetheless. I posted the posy and should get an answer shortly.
Oh, I thought the corn was somebody elses plot. Doesn't look like it is caged. We can't keep corn standing so have stopped growing it as well.
Wow, was somebody chasing you by the glads, so blurry it makes me lightheaded! LOL,
Lovely flowers on the outside of the hut. That digitalis is hugeous!
Hi Terri and candee. How nice that you can look into other peoples gardens, and not get into trouble for it! That garden bench by the shed is gorgeous! If I was there, I'd help you get yours ship shape Terri! I'd better start saving for the trip! (seriously)
Its all good Terri! You must be getting plenty of flowers for arrangemements! I can't wait for spring (well, minus the weed growth anyway!)
Off to check the forums. keep up the good work and photos.
Hi veggie growers!
Lol Sue let me know when you are coming over, I'll need plenty of warning to get on with the housework!!
Funny thing is, I haven't cut any flowers yet, and I got the plot so I could grow more for arrangements.
Steve's plot is looking really good. You are clever doing the tags over the plants! Your soil looks very light, almost like sand?
I think I fell down a hole taking that picture of the glads, Lol!!
Spent some time at the weekend putting the paths down, hopefully this will save time with weeding and I can concentrate on the beds.
It is looking good in there. The paths will make it a lot easier for you as far as weeding and you won't be tracking dirt home which will cut down on that house cleaning.
Sweet corn, ohhh I love it, how much will you get? Do you freeze yours or just pick n eat?
Looking good Terri, i didn't recognise it as your lottie when you Dmailed me! caterpillars will be eating your cabbages! Do you get a product called "Dipel" over there? Its a biological bacteria that kills caterpillars but nothing else, so bords e.t.c don't get ill when they eat an infected bug, and you won't get ill when eating your produce. Its an organically endorsed product, so check it out!
Off again, lovely day, and I'm on the puter! Slack!
Geez that is pretty - and nothing is eating them. We gave up years ago, if the critters didn't get them the bugs did.
So your lottie is doing well, you obviously passed the inspection with flying colors - super!
I'm glad you're back terri! Your plot is looking great! Did you ever get the bark down around the shed?
Your barrow of goodies looks tremendous. Well done, and really nice pics. You must've made some nice arrangements with those sunflowers!
Funny you should mention that bit!!!!!!! It was cleared, but I haven't got around to it and the grass/weeds are on their way back.
I have made a couple of arrangements with the sunflowers but have run out of ideas!
How are your veggies coming along?
I have a head of broccolli about the size of a golf ball, and it's ready to eat! (MMmmm thats good, cause I'm starving) LOL. There is plenty of lettuce, just what you want on a winters day! And lots of leeks, which are great in soup. But not much else going on, oh, there is a cabbage just starting to form a head! I'll have to take a pic!
Yeah, weeds love it when you clear an area for them! LOL
I love Sunflowers. they're the reall essence of the country, I reckon. Brrr, its getting cold with this rain! Gotto go shut doors and windows. Glad you're back.
Eowww. Don't know the ettiquet(? good try?) of posting my vege pic on your allotment thread?
Wow Terri I am impressed the plot 36 looks dynamite. Full of goodies and poseys. Those are odd dahlias to me, do you know what variety they are? The veggies look delicious and your wheelbarrow of goodies was quite a spread. Looks like you will be eating well for a few weeks yet until winter LOL! How on earth do you and Sue keep the bugs off your cabbages, they look better than any I have ever seen?
Sue your plot looks quite productive as well, don't think we need to concern ourselves with etiquette on this thread ^-^
Hi Candee, I only plant brassicas when the weather is cool, and the white cabbage butterfly is not about. Its really too warm to grow veges the reast of the year. We get summer rainfall, and lots of mildew and aphids and bugs! So Autumn through to spring is the best vege growing seasons here. I'm not very good at watering veges! I like plants that once established, take care of them selves. Veges just don't do that! I also find, I can only grow the type of veges that we don't eat! Like silverbeet, celery and others. Its not that we don't ever eat them, just not often enough to warrant having alot of them. I guess thats the beauty of being able to grow veges from seed, because you can stagger the planting. You know, sow each seed a day or week apart.
I'll get a pic of my cabbage and pathetic brocolli tomorrow. You'll laugh at my brocolli, it's tiny!
We just don't seem to have a long nuf growing season sometimes here for the buggy plants. We must start them when it is way too hot and then it often gets way too cool before they are ready for picking and the bugs have a field day in between. As well we don't eat enough to warrant all the fooling with some.
We do tomatos, zucchini, green beans, potatoes and carrots and peppers and that is it for here. We have put up quite a lot already and more coming, but all of these are pretty much easy growing and require very little primping.
Hi Sue and Candee, Autumn is here! Quite a few allotments have already been cleared up for winter.
I called in at lunchtime today and picked 4 courgettes and some sunflowers,marigolds,scabious and cornflowers oh and a cabbage! I'm not ready to put mine to bed yet!!
My next job will be to clear the triangle. I'm going to put all the herbs in there.
I thought I had broccoli but it looks like sprouts!!!!! forgot my camera today, sorry no pictures.
Are you growing spuds Sue?
Happy to hear you are still harvesting. Now are you going to cover it over this year with plastic or something to help cut down on your toils next season???
So you played hookey to get your gardening done? Great idea, I should do that myself.
Hi Tez and Candee, No Terri, no spuds, but always do sweet potato. Cabbages still filling out, plenty of leeks and garlic is growing well. I have put tomatoes in, and next will be beans and zuchinni. Oh, and lettuces haven't stopped all year!
I've got lots of flowers in the vege patch at the moment, nasturtiums, salvia, sweet peas(dwarf) and marigolds. I will get a pic tomorrow. The weather is devine!
You sound very busy Sue, don't wear yourself out all at one time! Our weather is great here as well least for now, 70's in the day and 50's at night and no humidity. I played hookey today and plan to wash and wax my car.
Geeze, the weeds grow well in your zone Terri!~ I thought they grew fast here, but I think you win.
It still looks lovely and colourful though eh? How will you overwinter your plot? Do you cover the beds with black plastic or mulch, or tin or something?
Hey, I don't think he is trespassing if you don't have any "no trespass" signs posted!
Those cosmos just blow me away, still bloomin like crazy.
You do have a serious weed problem, now make a mental note to cover them up or they will be awaiting you in the spring and Sue and I have enough to do without having to come over there because you didn't get a handle on things at the end of the season. Not that we would mind you know!
Still harvesting courgettes, that is impressive, our veggie garden has been dormant for more than a month already. Enjoy them while you can.
Your gourds are impressive, after all I can't take credit for growing mine, I just picked them up 3/$1.00!