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Have we a forum for allotmenteers? Are there folk out there who would like one?

Created By on 07/11/2016

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8th Nov 2016 12:01:37
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Whereabouts in the country are we all, and what type of soil do you have.

I'm in North Suffolk in a very heavy clay area. Fifteen years of using loads on muck and compost have left my soil light and friable.
Response from rc47 Original Poster made on 8th Nov 2016 19:01:15
I'm in Furness, Lionel, with clay too. I have used muck and lots of digging but there are still many lumps.
Response from Lionel made on 9th Nov 2016 15:34:47
I've consoled myself with the thought clay soil is the second richest soil after Fenland.

During a very wet winter a few years ago I put in a land drain. That has helped a lot. Just didn't tell the farmer whose land it drains onto!

Been a gardener for forty years, food that is. Always had a large garden when working on farms. Took a break when truck driving for a while, eventually got back to it.

Just bringing a 20x10 polytunnel into use. New territory to me so I'm learning as I go.
25th Jun 2019 16:22:03 (Last activity: 4th Feb 2020 14:54:40)
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I love my allotment its an oasis of calm for me .Although I consider myself a beginner I am getting a lot of pleasure growing my own veg and flowers . Yogafan - Ive never heard of a "no dig method " and would love to hear more
Response from Yogafan made on 4th Feb 2020 14:54:40
Hi Shaun56,
I've used no dig for 30 yrs now.I've got an allotment which I've had for 7 yrs now.The site was brand new,so to explain no dig I'll explain how I managed my lottie.Each plot was sectioned off by wood.So I drew up a plan of how where I wanted my beds to go.I brought some wooden bed kits,made up the beds,and put them in place.The paths were covered in weedmat,and I sourced free wood chips from a local landscaper which were then laid on top the mat.So all I had then was beds and paths! I planted straight into the beds as they were.I had already in place 3 compost bins which I used during the growing season to stock up!After the season finished (Autumn,I don't grow over winter)I left the beds to rest.In January each year I then top dress these beds with my compost.I don't dig it in,just literally shovel it over each bed and lightly rake it over.The worms take it below the soil for me.Usually around May time when my beds are full with stock,I'll source some straw,and use this as mulch,to conserve moisture,and it obviously rots into the soil,making the soil more friable.I've found too it also stops snail/slug damage as they don't like crossing it.I'll only disrupt my soil to remove crops/harvest,thats it.
20th Feb 2019 06:37:08 (Last activity: 20th Feb 2019 13:56:54)
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I've had my allotment for 5 yrs now.Always grown my own food (30 yrs)and in my own garden,but we moved house 5 yrs ago to a smaller garden.I love my lottie! I use the no dig method so its very easy to maintain.Yesterday I did a little pruning of some perennials,a tiny bit of weeding,and just a general tidy up.Today I will check my seed packets to see what I need.So whats everyone else doing right now?Have you planted anything?
Response from Yogafan made on 20th Feb 2019 13:56:54
Thats nice Northern!Today I emptied two of my compost bins and did some much spreading! lol When the farmers do theirs,thats my cue to do my own!I literally just throw large handfuls over my beds,which were topped with straw last summer.I took down a small greenhouse (Plastic type not glass)near the shed,as the plastic had perished (It was pretty old so lasted a long time).My husband can use the shelving in that,in the main greenhouse.Tidied up a couple of flower beds,so a productive day so far,and its pretty mild outside too today.
3rd Apr 2018 09:14:20
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I have an allotment plot in my own back garden, saves on the trips out, but still have the same issues re soil and bugs etc! Just invested in a garden shredder to help with mulching and disposing of my shrub trimmings. Will also help with more brown to my composting too, win win situation!

Don’t forget equal quantities of green and brown to your compost for best results!
3rd Apr 2018 09:11:18
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Hi, I am a volunteer Master Composter in Norfolk and happy to help with your composting questions.
31st Jan 2018 13:27:47
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Yes I live in milnrowand I am looking for one either in Milnrow or newhey
27th Jan 2017 19:11:03
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Nottingham and yes i have an allotment just about to start my third year on my plot
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7th Nov 2016 11:40:33 (Last activity: 7th Nov 2016 13:45:11)
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Very happy for you to continue your topic on Allotments here rc47 🙂
Response from rc47 Original Poster made on 7th Nov 2016 11:52:27
I have had a local council allotment for eight years now and am still learning. I thought silver surfers may want to discuss allotment based topics and so suggested this forum. Any others interested?
Response from Lionel made on 7th Nov 2016 13:11:58
Yep! I don't have a Council allotment, but my food garden is as big. Do I qualify?
Response from rc47 Original Poster made on 7th Nov 2016 13:45:11
Of course, Lionel!
7th Nov 2016 13:09:52 (Last activity: 7th Nov 2016 13:44:34)
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Response from rc47 Original Poster made on 7th Nov 2016 13:44:34
My advice, Dollie, would to be to have a walk round the allotments, see how many are not being used, talk to any allotmenteers about the empty ones and use that information in your chat to the managers about your position on the waiting list. Sometimes, they need to be kept up to date. We have a waiting list officially of 4/5 years but also about twenty empty or abandoned plots where tenants just gave up after a short time.

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