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Guy Barter

  • Date Joined: 15 Jan 2007

Recent Comments

  • What to do on the allotment for August Bank Holiday

    Guy Barter on 27 Aug 2010 at 02:34 PM

    The season is running out fast and little remains to do but gather the crops, and protect those maturing now and to be gathered in autumn and winter from pests and diseases.  There is certainly no need to water for a fortnight at least.



  • Is there anything to do in the allotment this weekend except harvesting?

    Guy Barter on 21 Aug 2010 at 06:42 PM

    Recent showery weather and associated watering have given the plot new life, with stalled growth suddenly resuming often with rather lush foliage as the crops can suddenly access plant nutrients that have been beyond their reach for weeks. Whether this will translate into higher yields remains to be seen, but the signs are good.


  • What to do in the allotment while summer lasts

    Guy Barter on 13 Aug 2010 at 09:39 AM

    We are back to normal summer weather with showers and cool nights. Suddenly frogs, toads and slow worms are present. The slow worms shelter beneath perforated black plastic weed control sheets taken off early crops and laid over the daffodil bed at the end of the plot to clear it of weeds. No doubt warmth and dryness appeal to reptiles. Frogs live under the well-watered climbing bean wigwams and are on the move at dusk when watering is now being done, as the evenings shorten. Toads lived beneath the onion mulching sheets and crawled off into the brassicas as the onions were lifted.



  • Late summer things to do on the allotment:

    Guy Barter on 05 Aug 2010 at 05:39 PM

    Rain, at last.  Not enough to do much good, but by rushing round the plot with watering cans to top-up the dampened soil many crops have been well watered.  With few weeks of growing weather left with the sun getting lower, nights lengthening and lower night temperatures likely, crops are best kept growing - in September I can rest.