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Spxtz

Member since Aug 2009 • Last active Aug 2019
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  • in Miscellaneous and Meaningless
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    We took over a half plot (here in Glasgow) in late May, and it was a complete tip - couch grass waist high and convovulus coming in from the edges. Plus one of the neighbours has taken the wooden structure from the raised beds so it's all slumping. Got rhubarb, lavendar and strawberries in and a couple of tomato plants, but relentless weeding was disheartening so we've just put the raised beds under membrane and we'll leave it til spring.

  • in Miscellaneous and Meaningless
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    Pretty much dealing with whatever you find. I don't think it's worth passing up an allotment if one is offered - plus since it's quite late in the season, you'll probably be looking to get a few plants in now, but mainly get it ready for next year. Things to consider:

    • is it overgrown with grass or weeds, and will you need to lay down a weed suppression membrane or tarp to get it in good shape for next year? If there's bindweed or convovulus it'll be a pain in the arse to sort out.

    • does it have raised beds etc, and will you need to do any landscaping/woodwork?

    • what kind of soil is it? Sandy, clay? Is it open or are there lots of trees around? Is it on a hill? All of these will inform what will grow well but a lot of it is trial and error.

    Look at the plots around the site - what's growing well, do people have lots of perennial plants or is it all annuals? You might want to get some fruit bushes, rhubarb etc (for example) in soon so they can get established for next year.

    Check out the facilities - does the site have communal tools, shed etc, or do you need to buy all that? Ask if there are any rules re pesticides, fires, bringing guests etc. Chat to other plot holder about what grows well and what's not working for them. And bear in mind, everyone who has an allotment loves to give unsolicited advice to newbies, so be prepared for drive-by critique of what you're doing - some of it will even be useful!

  • in Miscellaneous and Meaningless
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    I'm putting up some spur shelving on a plasterboard wall. There will be books on the shelves. Will I be able to get away with using heavy duty plasterboard plugs or should I be screwing the spur uprights into the battens?

  • in Rider Down
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    I don't know which turning was involved in this incident, but your description of the junction is incorrect.

    Nithsdale Drive and Calder Street are both one way heading west - the only left turns at that junction are from Calder St to Pollokshaws Rd or Pollokshaws Rd to Nithsdale St. There's a left filter lane on the end of Calder St but it starts very close to the junction, so most drivers begin to turn left from the middle (straight ahead) lane. It is a horrible junction for cyclists.

    There's been a lot of new cycling infrastructure put into the southside of Glasgow recently but it's all radial to the centre of town, and there are very few cycle-friendly routes to go east-west in the southside.

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    I'd borrow a third level and see which of your two it agrees with?

  • in Miscellaneous and Meaningless
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    Sweet thanks!

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