Glyn Green

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Thanks! Good suggestions. I’m pretty certain we aren’t allowed animals on the site. I wouldn’t want the commitment either, I’m thinking of maybe going abroad for a couple of months Jan/Feb to avoid getting more depressed again in the winter.

Yeah I’ve been thinking about doing some terracing. There is a small amount there but nowhere near enough. I have a friend who has a petrol powered tool for hammering metal stakes into the ground (one of those machines road workers use for breaking up concrete with a different attachment) and I’m thinking of borrowing it for half a day to put a load of stakes in to hold wooden boards in place. Where to get hold of free or cheap thick metal stakes is the question but it’d cut down on the time and hammering to do terracing in the hard clay soil. 

I’m not sure how often we’ll visit but every other day isn’t unreasonable, there are 4 of us sharing it and for me and my housemate it’s only 2-3 mins cycle ride from home.
We’ve recently taken over an allotment as a group of 4, with not all that much gardening experience and one of us none at all. The site is a long thin east facing slope  in Bristol, the UK. Its clay soil and apparently thinner  on the slope as it’s been washed downhill over the years, though on the plus side there’s a group of plum trees above our site that add organic matter in the form of plums on the ground. We want to do it organically and no dig.

We’d like to grow mostly perennial edibles and a smaller amount of annual veg. In terms of placement would it make sense to have the annuals on the flat-ish bit at the bottom and the perennials up on the slope? I’m thinking the bottom bit would be more fertile and deep to help the annuals and deeper rooted perennials could cope on the slope and help reduce erosion? 

The site probably has a billion slugs on it. I’ve put down vast numbers of organic slug pellets but come back the next day to find them all gone already and with so much food in the area I think it’s a bit of a lost cause. What plants are good to grow that slugs don’t tend to eat?

Any suggestions for good, tasty and/or easy plants to grow? I’d like some perennial groundcovers and am thinking of trying New Zealand Spinach which I’ve seen growing in Oz but there are probably other good ones.

There’s bindweed on the site which is a pain but we’re going to try to keep on top of pulling it up next year and plan to experiment with a line of tagetes minuta between us and one neighbouring plot. Any other good tips for dealing with it on a no-dig, no spray site?
Even if the bindweed underneath is killed off there'll be lots of it nearby gradually sending roots in though, which could get mixed in if we were to go to use it. It doesn't seem ideal...

I'm wanting to have the compost raised off the grond with a buffer of a foot or so or bare wood around it on all sides, which we would easily check and remove any bindweed from. We're going to be generally doing that on out plot anyway. So long as we keep checking it and removing any trying to cross the bare wood it shouldn't be possible for the bindweed to get in.
6 months ago
We’ve recently taken on our first ever allotment (in Bristol, the UK) and there’s bindweed on our plot and on most of the nearby areas and neighbouring plots that are beyond our control. The compost piles on our plot unfortunately have bindweed growing up and through them, so we’re going to have to start again and try to avoid this in future. I know some (e.g. Charles Dowding) say you can kill bindweed in hot compost but we’re new gardeners and not confident we’d do this right.

I know that compost piles are ideally open to the ground underneath, so that worms and other soil life can move between the two but in our case bindweed would grow up in there too.

Could I put a very large flat thinish piece of wood down on the ground and then build a compost structure out of pallets on top of it. I’m thinking of a design where there’s a good foot or so of horizontal bare wood around each side at the base to provide a buffer of separation and we could keep an eye on it and pull up any bindweed trying to cross it.

Would such a compost pile still work even though it’s not open underneath? I figure we’d add some existing compost and worms in to start it off – maybe they’d survive and breed in there?
6 months ago