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Here are some pics to show how my Peebles allotment is getting along. Just been down there this morning. Lots of bees and birds about and beautiful sunshine. What a pleasure 😎 ... See MoreSee Less

1 hour ago

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Looks great Adam.


We have all been waiting for this a long time πŸΎπŸŽ‰

What a space!

Here are a few pictures of my veggie garden. Every year I get in a bit of a muddle with planning the planting. So this year I thought I would make a plan and be more organised, trying to remember what went where last year so I could rotate things, how do other members do it? Do you make a plan or do it all in your head? I’d love to know your techniques 😊 ... See MoreSee Less

18 hours ago

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I make plans but usually change them!

I use the Growveg app to plan

That's a lovely veg garden!

I make a plan, very much like yours, and keep them so I can rotate crop families round the beds over the years. I also try to keep notes on when and how I sow (direct, modules etc) so I can see what works best. My notes usually start to dwindle about May/June though when I’m outside more just getting on with looking after things! xx

I was just reading in rural sprout that in non industrial sized plots you do not need to rotate unless there is an issue with disease! Makes things a bit easier!!

Really good to see your garden Linda. Looks amazing! Loads of space and you have it all very nicely organised. Looking forward to seeing more pics as it develops through the season. I definitely plan my gardens pretty thoroughly at the start of the year or the end of the year depending on how much work needs doing. I try to rotate every year if I can. I've seen others suffer from stuff like clubroot and don't fancy any extra hassles

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so a few snaps of my year one planting so far . really pleased with the tomatoes that have came up from seed, after a bit a work under a grow lamp, some great varieties i hope will bloom... bed outside with peas , onion, garlic, lettuce carrot that were under plastic til this week. Lost a group of french beans to black fly , but the rest of the borlotti that i planted in their place seem to be up for it ...! ... See MoreSee Less

19 hours ago

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Tomatoes are looking really good andrew and you've got a top spot for them there, reckon you're gonna get loads of great tomatoes later in the year

Sadly we lost almost everything that was planted outdoors to the two weeks of extremely low temperatures (below zero both day and night). It even killed off our overwintered broad beans and exploded the rhubarb! Most of the garden is about 6 weeks behind where it was last year. We are not downhearted though - more seeds were sown and are now hardening off ready to plant out and the rhubarb is happily sprouting again (a bit later than our first pulling on 18th March last year).

Of Muck and Composts ...

Good old FYM , Farm Yard Manure , is great if well rotted but it can come with extras like weed seeds and a lot depends on both the stock , cattle , sheep , horses , pigs , for the percentage that go through the system , and the bedding material , Wheat / Barley straw , wood shavings , pellets .
It needs to be remembered that most farm animals receive a series of vaccine, antibiotics , hormones ..some of which will come out in the urine .
Most cereal crops are sprayed multiple times against weeds , insects , viruses and usually capped off with Glyphosate to desiccate pre harvest so straw may carry some of this
Unrotted woodshavings can use up Nitrogen when fully decomposing .

Large quantities of assorted material may be available from Council Brown waste composting
Perth and Kinross sometimes have sacks for free at Recycling Centres .
In Dundee there is Discovery Compost which has the advantage of a PAS 100 certificate where processing temps are monitored for weed and pathogen killing at 70c along with sieved size to remove most objects

And then there is Spent Mushroom Compost usually a mix of manure , compost , peat or moss , small amount of soil capping and gypsum for ph .
Generally weed free having been sterilised , great for Brassicas because of alkalinity , adds a lot of organic material to soil ...May not be Organic if been sprayed with insecticide for Thrips
Can come in Builders bags , flatbeds , 8 wheelers or artics
There is a site somewhere on FB for Organic Mushroom Compost .

A good option is to try local through any Allotment or Garden Society for advice sources or discounts .
SAGS , Scot Allot and Gardens Soc
......All About Allotments has a list of Scottish ones .....

And Clydeside Trading Society ..CTS ...Garden Supplies has a counter .

Hope this is of use
Back to digging !
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2 days ago

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Useful info, many thanks Bruce.

cheers Bruce, I can picture you on Mastermind 🀣

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3 days ago
Looking for some advice growing asparagus, please!  I know it can take some years to set up a successful asparagus bed. I’ve read you can speed things up by buying 1 year old crowns. Has anyone ever been able to buy older crowns? Does that speed things up?

Looking for some advice growing asparagus, please!

I know it can take some years to set up a successful asparagus bed. I’ve read you can speed things up by buying 1 year old crowns. Has anyone ever been able to buy older crowns? Does that speed things up?
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2 weeks ago

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Just don’t let anyone pick them in that first year at least til they get well established! It’s so tempting!

I grew asparagus from seed last year and the year before that and found them easy to grow. However they stay very wispy and fragile for a long time. I tried planting some in position last year and they have bitten the dust. I have just planted out some of the more established (still very small) and we'll see how they go. I would buy 1 year old crowns. A bit expensive generally but saves a lot of hassle.

You can buy 2 year old crowns.

From seed is by far the cheapest but the longest wait 1 yr old crowns seem to be the best and if you have the space for several beds of 20 then Moles are relatively cheap . Crowns need to be in the ground establishing a serious root system so buying 2 or even 3 year old crowns may give you age but unless in a very big pot , and thus expensive , you may not gain much . If you don’t mind replanting a series of beds and raising your own from seed you could cut lots from 2nd year growth and “ flog the plant to death “ without establishing a long term plant if you are going to have a steady succession...a lot of space ,time and effort for a 6 - 8 week crop in a good year !

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Help please!
I planted seeds indoors. They germinated well. I moved them into our mini greenhouse. But now what?? Still too cold out there to plant out and seedlings too small anyway. But I'm worried they're going to run out of room in their current trays. Do I need to transplant them before planting them out?
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I'm reluctant to thin out and waste good seedlings. But is that the only way?
They are nasturtiums, Japanese greens, cabagges, and peas. (I also have lots of radishes but they seem quite happy in their individual newspaper pots.)

Grateful for your help. Thanks in advance!
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2 weeks ago

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Most greens and peas don't mind cool weather, seek out more info on your variety

Personally I would either thin them or replant in either bigger pots/ trays.

I would at least plant them out into bigger pots and leave in greenhouse a little longer. That's what I plan on doing with mine as we're still getting minus temps at night and they're getting quite big!

Thank you folks! Lesson of the day: only sow what you can reap! (I hate wasting πŸ™ and I've clearly sowed far more cabbages than I could ever manage!).

I would either prick out what you dont want or split them and re pot . If you dont want /need them all give them away on local sites. That's what I do . πŸ‘

If you’re left with too many seedlings give some away πŸ™‚

At least the peas will be fine to plant out now. I’ve put my first lot out and are growing fine πŸ˜€

I would pot on the strongest seedlings, into 7cm pots, then harden off gradually as they get stronger, they are so tender and delicate the slugs or mice would have them as an appetiser 😊

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1 week ago

Greetings & Love

Welcome one & all to the 1 year anniversary celebration of the cropsnotshops revolution.

We love to share what we have been doing and on the 11th April we want to giveaway FREE Plants,
Share & swop seeds,
Eat food we harvest together From the greenhouse and show everyone what we are planning and how we will grow forward for everyone in future.

Please come and help yourself to plants, seeds, and FREE FOOD,
Enjoy time with family around the fire and lets sing the joyful noise of love and life together.

If you have plants or seeds to share and swop please bring them along for others to take in return.

Also we promote food sharing so if you want to bring a dish or treats to share that will be much appriciated.


So much love for you all over the past year.

We have only just begun.


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2 weeks ago

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See you all there πŸ’šπŸŒΏπŸ™

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2 weeks ago

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no more LEADER funding now though πŸ™

wow thanks Adam for sharing this ! One day I would love to investigate more into my Scottish heritage and visit farms like this . The community sharing project is such a beautiful idea Have a great day xxoo

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