Anyone making any plans, yet?

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Anyone making any plans, yet?

Am rather pathetically excited Smile

One month till I can plant some broad beans... then there's potatoes to chit and plants to start off inside... the rhubarb should be stirring after that and etc etc. Most exciting.

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Lol I think you might be the most lovely gardener ever! I keep going out and looking at the garden and writing a list in my head of jobs to do. It seems just enormous at the minute, and it's quite disheartening.

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Bulldoze it and start again...lol.
I'll be excited when I can start planting my herbs. the roses from my Grandads have taken, so should have some lovely flowers during the year. Theres red tulips in there somewhere that we dug up from theres, and I can't remember where I've planted them...lol.

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Lol Sparkle, I do that each autumn and forget where I've buried things!

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I've just started a list of what I'd like to grow this year. Unfortunately I neglected my plots & they are overgrown with grass & weeds. I think the soil is poor because nothing grew very well except for a million poppies which I'm told is a sign of infertile soil. Is there anything I can do this time of year to improve it or is it too late. I've got 4 beds for various veg, I've learned that you keep veg in groups at last!! Any help or ideas would be very much appreciated, thanks.

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Can you get hold of horse poop? Cow poop?

Otherwise there's big bags of fertiliser in places like B and Q and I believe spring is the right time for those so you're not at all late it tells you on the packet how many weeks before planting to sprinkle it on.

I had a big delivery of rotted farmyard manure at the end of November... I MUST start going back to the allotment to shovel the rest of it about, but it's been soooo cooooolllllddddd I haven't been since the first snowfall. I'd meant to shovel it all onto their respective beds and then cover some of them over so the weeds didn't grow, well that hasn't happened. Blooming snow.

I'm very excited because I have a whole allotment to play with this year, plus the pots and front strip at home. I just hope I don't completely cock it up. Also I planted some things last year at home, like the rhubarb and the raspberries, which I should actually be able to PICK this year, hurrah! I suspect the weather has killed off all my overwintering broad beans though, blast it.

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Oh has always done our gardening and we've never grown much to eat as it were but herbs and salad leaves always seem to do well. Anything else we could try (I said I'd help this year!) that is easy and not too time consuming??

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Courgettes? Can't blooming well stop those growing.

Green beans are pretty easy. My plants I planted inside in toilet roll innards got munched by my naughty Theo-cat, so I planted some more direct outside and they grew no problem.

I need to get to my allotment. I haven't been for a month and I'm afraid the weeds will have taken over. Yes I know it's been sub zero, but I bet there are some weeds, all the same!

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Tomatoes are quite low-maintenance Kismet, and sweetcorn is too.

I'm quite excited thinking about it now, I might even write a little list!

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I got some outdoor melon seeds for Christmas. Can't wait to give them a try! Apparently it grows little, one portion sized melons Smile Hope we have a nice long growing season so they ripen Smile

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Oh yes.....my mum bought me an 'allotment journal' for Christmas and I have been busily filling it in with my nicest pen and bestest handwriting. I have done my crop rotation plan, which wasn't easy given that I have to work it around over-wintering crops and things like garlic which won't come out until about August. The raised bed is still producing (when I can get stuff out of the soil!), I have masses of curly kale, about 4 swede and 8 leeks still in; plus my autumn planted Tuscan kale, Spring cabbages and PSB have all survived this awful weather, despite still being quite small and unprotected with fleece.

My compost bin is full of lovely mulchy composting stuff for my garden - my god, that bokashi bin doesn't half speed up the process! So I'm looking forward to a few thawed days to knock back the dead stuff (I left most things up, like sunflowers and that, to give the birds extra food), get some weeding done and a mulch down on my bed, which I'm just planning at the moment. It's in almost constant shade, so I'm considering a climbing hydrangea against the wall, and a planting of ferns and snowdrops-in-the-green, followed by bluebells for the shadiest parts; which will look OK in the Autumn and Winter (well, the ferns will, then the snowdrops and bluebells in late Winter, early Spring - we're talking next year, really), with a border of cottage garden type flowers and herbs such as chamomile, thyme and aquilega for the front bit (which gets a bit of sun) for the Summer.

And I've ordered loads of seed catalogues! Fortunately, our growing season starts later than yours (not uncommon here to still have frost in early June) so I have plenty of time for picking and chitting, LOL!

By the way - Gardeners' World magazine are doing a '5 seed potatoes and a 40L planter bag' offer - free, but £4.50 postage and packing this month. I think the spuds are second earlies....

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