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Discussion in 'General Chat' started by kyoto49, Mar 7, 2015.

  1. Gramaisc

    Gramaisc Forum O. G.

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    I'm suspecting Severn Trent.....
     
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    ...and, indeed, it is - an "extension to existing pumping station", which I didn't even know was there - rather overgrown before they started this work.

    It's interesting that Severn Trent need to have a Portaloo at their own pumping station....

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    It is quite an 'extension'.
     
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    age'd parent 50,000th poster!

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    New sewer pumping station, I had a letter from severn trent.
     
  4. Gramaisc

    Gramaisc Forum O. G.

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    I had never noticed* the existing pumping station - it looks as though some occupied allotments have been commandeered for the extension.

    https://www.google.co.uk/maps/place...0x4870827f6d0b7d5f:0x1b47b3d511d85808!6m1!1e1

    https://www.google.co.uk/maps/place...0x4870827f6d0b7d5f:0x1b47b3d511d85808!6m1!1e1

    * there is some potential for excitement at that roundabout, as some people just ignore the priorities and others will pass the 'wrong' side, in order to avoid slowing down - and those emerging from the "backs" of Corporation Street can catch you unawares, too.
     
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    That's Seven Trent putting in new works for the extra housing that's gone up around that area
     
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    Who's got one, who's had one?

    What did you learn?
    What did you grow?

    Any hints, tips or lifehacks?
     
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    I know someone who has just got one on Coton Fields - we'll see how they get on.
     
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    Although not an allotment, we have a large section of veg plots at the bottom of our garden. We let all the weeds get on top of us somewhat, but they've recently been rotivated and it's made the soil so much easier to dig.

    Potatoes are in now. I normally just buy them from a pound shop, and we generally go for Desiree and King Edward. I've put some onions in, again from a pound shop, and sowed some brassicas although they've not come up yet.

    The utility room is full of tomatoes, peppers, cucumber and courgette plants, which I need to harden off and plant in the greenhouse soon.

    Raspberry canes are a decent shout as they grow like weeds and you should get decent crops, especially if you get both summer fruiting and autumn fruiting varieties.
     
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    For the record, I've just planted a couple of tubs of Charlotte potatoes.
     
  12. 1JKz

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    I'm plucking up the courage to commit.

    I understand they'll be back breaking work along with lottie and veggie knowledge to learn, but the romance with Mother Earth's a calling!

    ...bring me sunshine, in your smile...
     
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    Having an allotment is the single best outdoor thing I've ever done! Free food, fresh food, food that taste's, exercise, outdoor fresh air, assissting wildlife, it's been brilliant.

    It does however take a sh*t load of time and effort! Don't worry about how much you know, the rules of gardening are simple. it grows or it 'day'............ :)
     
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    2 of the nurses at work have allotments, grow an assortment of stuff on them.
    1 thing you will find is the 'older generation' are nearly always ready to offer advice and if you're lucky some spare plants.
     
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    Boxsets will have to wait, those dirty tatties don't plant themselves!
    Dirty Tatties on boxset.
    ...that'd sound better coming from someone like Marwood.

    Been enquiring for a few days now, so should go and check some out over the weekend.
    I'll order my shed kettle.
     
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    Sorry if you've already said but how long you had your allotment?

    How many hours each week (in each season) on average, do you try to give you patch, or have you got it down to fine art, and it's more a whenever you please, type of vibe?
     
  17. kyoto49

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    I've had my allotment 15 years, but the time allocated has ebbed and flowed dependant on family responsibilities. I've had years where I've been able to commit alot of time, and others where I struggle to get there once a fortnight. Our allotment suffers badly with horsetail and couch grass, so a few weeks missed at crucial growing time can really set things back. In contrast, I rarely visit between October and March :)

    On an average week I will go down on one of the weekend days for about 4 hours, and then on some nice summer evenings. This is probably the minimum you could get away with if you don't want to find a week feast everywhere!! It all depends on how you garden and how big the allotment is tbh. I should do alot more in the winter to prepare but hate the cold. I do spend a good amount of time in the spring digging and preparing, then it tails off as the crops ripen! Mt site is easy going though. Some allotments are much more strict about weeds and such like!!!
     
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    Doesn't sound terrible.
    This'll probably my type of attendance rate.

    You see to your allotment as and when time allows, hopefully Trev at plot 25c doesn't give me daggers when i rock up to do and hour here and an hour there, then fine, ha.

    Aslong as each year gets that little bit better regarding crop amount, and possbily easier work loads from the lottie knowledge i'll be gaining, then sounds fun.
     
  19. arthur

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    My attendance is not good - but I do tons of work when I am there. I've put very strong weed suppressant in between my fruit trees and fruit bushes. Most of my plot is fruit - last year I made jam for the first time. This year I am going to make chutney, not sure what type yet I'm looking for recipes. I have one bed that is free for something different every year and two plastic raised beds which I try to do something unusual in. I must get round there on the next good day - that's part of the problem - the good weather days don't seem to coincide with the days I have free. I made a commitment to do two days a week voluntary work and that's the days the sun usually shines.
     
  20. 1JKz

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    Talk to me about sheds!

    What type of storage/shed have you got?
     

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