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/r/Allotment

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Cut the leader from a young apple tree :(

I didn't know anything about pruning and last year cut the leader from my young tree because I wanted to keep it small.

Now everything I read about pruning trees says this is the thing not to do?

Can the tree recover from this?

4 Comments
2024/03/23
10:54 UTC

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Quick question

Hi all, I am buying a house with allotments at the bottom of my garden, I am just wondering what I should expect? I know they were there first so I am not going to get pissy about bonfires and the like but this is more of a heads up question.

42 Comments
2024/03/23
10:00 UTC

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Watering

Allotment looked really dry today - seems crazy early to be watering. Anyone else started watering their plot? I’m in London

6 Comments
2024/03/21
20:46 UTC

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Tarp in raised beds?

Newbie gardener here with a question. Im looking into making some raised beds of around 30cm deep.

Is it recommended to put tarp on the bottom of your raised beds? If so, can your plants grow deep enough?

15 Comments
2024/03/20
20:41 UTC

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I used a hori-hori to cut through this ridge of turf to make a smooth path down into my plot. Could have used a mattock or spade but it would have been harder and wouldn't have looked as neat. A great buy at £35.

4 Comments
2024/03/20
20:14 UTC

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Advice from all allotment lovers

Hi , long story short I’m a youngish lad who’s starting a video series for my allotment. My intentions are to just learn and document the process. To make sure people enjoy watching the vids are they any topics or ideas people would like to cover?

Basically when you watch a YouTube video about gardening and allotments what would make you watch it ?

13 Comments
2024/03/20
10:09 UTC

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Advice for an allotment novice?

Hello! My wife and I have just been given our first allotment. Does anyone have any advice (or even the best place to seek advice!) on starting off as beginners who have only ever grown veg in the garden.

10 Comments
2024/03/20
10:08 UTC

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Who's got the chips?

My allotment society gets some but extremely irregular deliveries of wood chips. By the time I get there they usually have already been scooped. Where does everyone get their chips? Does anyone know of a place somewhere around the Heathrow area where you can go and fill your own bags?

Second note. Is it really worth doing second early spuds? I'm thinking of going straight for main crop and then dropping another load of first earlies when I've dug up the ones that I've just planted when they're done, )I'm assuming July time) for a second batch of baby spuds until October/November 😁

18 Comments
2024/03/19
21:49 UTC

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municipal compost birmingham uk?

anyone know if Birmingham city council does free or super cheap municipal compost? I would take several tons. Looks like some other councils and around london doing it for free.

4 Comments
2024/03/19
20:42 UTC

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When do you sow your flowers? What have you already sown?

I don't have as much experience with sowing flowers as I do with vegetables.

So far I have sown sweet peas, and a few varieties in the daisy family (ox eye daisy, erigeron, Gallardia).

But what about more tender flowers like sunflowers, nasturtiums, cosmos. I have a greenhouse so I can offer some protection until May.

I also have some Dahlia tubers. I put them in moist compost in the greenhouse hoping that they would be ok to start sprouting under cover - so far no signs of life yet.

12 Comments
2024/03/19
18:58 UTC

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Wild patches on allotments?

Controversial topic on our site. Is it OK to grow ornamentals or wild flowers, or should allotments be dedicated to food production?

We've got a patch dedicated to wild flowers for biodiversity and to attract pollinators. We grow a lot of phacelia, which are brilliant for the bees, and native wild flowers. it's not huge - probably 1 rod or so (we have 12.5 rod). We manage it, and take out weeds (usually grasses), but do largely let it do it's thing within reason.

My view is that it supports wildlife and attracts pollinators, which benefits our plot and our neighbours. Other disagree very strongly.

What do you think?

21 Comments
2024/03/18
23:32 UTC

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Unexpected early frogspawn, any advice?

Got an old molded pond the other week (with some lavender plants the garden centre had market down) and popped it in my allotment. The plant was to plant some pond plants to attract some frogs to help with slugs and snails. Put on the back burner while I did all my early spring stuff.

Pond was filled up over the past few weeks with rainwater and I turned up on Sunday morning and the buddha (little statue I placed by the pond) has summoned some frog spawn.

Not sure what to do now, should I get the plants still and plant them, do I need to build some cover around the pond to protect them?

Never done anything pond related before.

8 Comments
2024/03/18
12:00 UTC

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Weekly allotmenting discussion. What have you been up to?

Please use this thread to discuss whatever you've been doing on your allotment lately. Feel free to share or ask any question related to it. And please mention which region and what weather you had this week if you've been planting or harvesting.

18 Comments
2024/03/18
10:00 UTC

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My raised beds are steaming

I put maybe 10cm of compost I had delivered onto c. 20 beds. Today I planted some bulbs and noticed the compost was steaming.

Should I hold off putting bulbs / seedlings in for a few weeks incase they get scorched?

Cheers

10 Comments
2024/03/17
21:24 UTC

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What you wish you knew!

We just got our first allotment, and I'm really keen to find out, (also I think this topic could be good for a giggle) what did you wish you knew when you started out?

50 Comments
2024/03/17
20:27 UTC

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