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    Lottie is offline Seedling
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    Wise words Jaxom

    I have just finished my second year with an allotment. I made the mistake of buying all the seeds I wanted and a few extra 'on special offer or if some failed'

    I wore myself out germinating all the seeds in the packet - not realising that dispite what it says abouts use by dates, all but parsnip seeds seem to germinate if you keep them in the right conditions, but may not be so prolific.

    So after giving virtually all my little plants away as I didn't need too much of each, and spending all that time and money on compost and pots etc.

    When I asked the recipients of said donations of my plants, they all seem to have perished due to, ' forgot to water them' 'rabbits got them' caterpillars ate them' type excuses which was soul destroying.

    So I am going to sow a few of each, and save or swop the rest. And as I have the space I will grow, say 10 plants of several varities of beans, peas, etc.

    I have left growing up my lottie about 40 purple sprouting broccoli plants yet to sprout - and if you read my WWW about caterpiller cafe you will see that it nearly killed me picking off caterpillars for hours at a time over the summer.

    I will have broccoli coming out of my ears, freezer, the chickens - so a lesson hard learnt.
    Wish I had had you to advise me last year.

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    dorothy Organ is offline Germinator
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    Default New Grower here.

    Start as you mean to go on Mrs Nesbit. Start with one area and dig it really thoroughly. I have started 'Moon Gardening' and wish I had done it years ago. The book I use is Moon Gardening by R.J.Harris, published by Really Useful Books of Shrewsbury, Shropshire. He talks about one vegetable at a time and gives very specific advice about planting times, manuring etc. Last year I grew parsnips and carrots as he directed and grew the best crops for 20 years.
    Last edited by dorothy Organ; 05-01-2006 at 02:00 PM.

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    Hi Dorothy & MrsN,

    You'll have to keep us all posted on this one. I saw an article about moon gardening and felt sure it was an april 1st that had missed the press deadline! Anything that can help is worth ago.
    As to your dilema Mrs N, cut all your turf and stack it for a year and I'll be round next year for it for my compost fot the Chrysanths Seriously, It's easy to get carried away like Lottie say's, I sat the family down and asked what they like to eat and then told them 4 acres aof Strawberries wasn't sensible we eventually got a list and thats what I grow - hence I don't have trouble with Parsnips as we don't eat them .... Phew

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    Hi

    I took on an overgrown allotment a few years ago. It really was derelict and I don't think the other plot holders thought I would see it through. But I started by covering it all in black polythene and planned out the area, making a list of what I wanted to include. These were

    two greenhouses
    a shed
    two cold frames
    3 compost bays
    3 water butts
    a large storage box for pots, groundcover fabric etc
    an area with groundcover fabric for dumping pots and trays of cuttings, seedlings etc
    raised beds
    ornamental borders
    paths
    an area to leave the wheelbarrow, piles of stuff ready to take home etc

    By the time I'd done that and worked out the best places for all of these the area didn't seem so daunting. Next I marked out on the ground and started digging my beds one at a time with paths in between them. Again, because these were in small chunks they were quite easy to manage and it was an acheivement to knock another patch off the list...

    Obviously you will have different needs to mine but by listing some of the ingredients and planning the best place for them (easier than it sounds because convenience, access to water and the position of the sun will determine a lot of things) it should help you to make a start.

    So basically, like the others are saying - make plans then do it small bits at a time.

    I hope this helps!

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    Hardy: What a good post. Your plans sound as though they were well thought out. Lots of people talk about making plans but your post made it more visual.
    Jax

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    Hi All,

    I sort of plan mine but as I feel happier with a Key board than a pencil & paper, I find MS Powerpoint is great. I can see what it should look like and then wonder why it doesn't

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    We plan ours on graph paper and can then work out a rough estimate of how many plants to grow in each bed and the bed size. We always allow a few plants over for the slugs to munch or non-germination before transplanting onto the allotment. Other than the cats deciding to use the seedtrays as a litter tray(!!) the numbers of seedling tends to work out about right.Too few and the bed becomes smaller , and too many and we enlarge it or give away spares.

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    Hi Mrs N from another R.C. site user!

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