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Old 05-10-2016, 07:11 AM
 
Location: Florida (SW)
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First pic is Portuguese cabbage, pics 2-3 are broad beans, pic 4 is globe artichoke (looks like a giant thistle when fully grown) I also have garlic, potatoes, carrots, fennel, courgette/zucchini, and runner beans. Next and last to go in will be sweetcorn.

Tomatoes don't like the soil here, so they have to be grown in pots or a grow bag.

An allotment is unused land owned by the council that is set aside for people to grow stuff (eg if they live in an apartment and don't have a garden). They are usually about 5-8m wide and 20m long.

They were originally set up during WW2 so the population could sustain itself without food imports (which could be intercepted and destroyed), but the idea stuck.

Here's a pic I took over the weekend of a typical allotment, though this one is quite a bit larger than the allotments where my plot is.
Is the whole pic "the allotment? or from the milk crates forward? It looks like a huge garden.

I love the idea of setting aside garden area on unused land! There are more and more community gardens here in the USA......where I garden is on an Eco Preserve owned by a church....The whole preserve is about 11 acres....but most of that is not cultivated....nature trail and natural woodland. The gardens are surrounded by park-like area where we are re establishing native plants and landscaped plantings.

There is a blight that lives in the soil where I used to garden.....kills the plants usually just as they get to the peak of their season. They shrivel and die and look like they were hit by frost. Once it is in the soil.....you cant grow tomatoes ..... other than in containers with fresh soil....sounds like what you have there.
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Old 05-10-2016, 07:49 AM
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Location: Surrey/London
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I believe blight is the reason tomatoes do badly here, though potatoes seem unaffected.

That whole area would be referred to as 'allotments', with the individual 5x20m rectangular plots being referred to as 'an allotment' or 'allotment plot'. People will sometimes partition their plot how they see fit, with wooden panels or pallets, to keep certain crops separate and to make rotation easier.
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Old 05-13-2016, 05:40 AM
 
Location: Bella Vista, Ark
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Home from vacation; have had a lot of rain and the garden is growing, but so far not a single tomato blossom. I guess I am forgetting it is still just barely mid May and the ground hasn't really warmed up. Our temps with exception of a few days are normal to below normal range.. Our daughter already has several small squash. It is her first year to try gardening: talk about excited, boy is she!!!!
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Old 05-13-2016, 12:50 PM
 
Location: Bella Vista, Ark
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ok, I realize I am being way to impatient. Even though we started our tomatoes from seeds months ago, I can't expect any blossoms yet. I was just at the nursery and even their good sized plants have no blossoms.
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Old 05-15-2016, 02:05 PM
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Location: Surrey/London
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Some pictures from the allotment today, plus a few extras from a walk.

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Old 05-16-2016, 07:57 AM
 
Location: South Carolina
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yes we have tomatoes and these are just a few on the deck and I have 8 plants in the yard . along with 10 squash plants on the other side ....//www.city-data.com/forum/attac...1&d=1463407106
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Old 05-16-2016, 11:25 AM
 
Location: ☀️ SFL (hell for me-wife loves it)
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Whoa, very healthy plants Lady! How soon until tomatoes are ripe?
I'm picking the last of my beefsteaks now, in about a month, it'll be cherry tomatoes for us.
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Old 05-16-2016, 02:14 PM
 
Location: South Carolina
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Whoa, very healthy plants Lady! How soon until tomatoes are ripe?
I'm picking the last of my beefsteaks now, in about a month, it'll be cherry tomatoes for us.
I'm not sure to tell you the truth like a ditz I forgot to write down dates so whenever they are red LOL ....yeah got some sweet pea currant tomatoes and they are so cute next year I will do those in 2 and half gallon buckets . I still have some other tomato plants in the yard too that are doing good too .
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Old 05-16-2016, 04:23 PM
 
Location: Florida (SW)
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I just picked several white and Japanese style eggplants, green peppers, and harvested some onions. I planted some sweet potato slips and some speckled butter beans. I will have some beautiful full size tomatoes in about a week. Oh I harvested some okra too.
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Old 05-17-2016, 05:09 AM
 
Location: Bella Vista, Ark
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haven't checked my plants for a few days, too much rain, but at granddaughters for dinner last night: we checked and she has tiny little blossoms just starting. So does daughter. I am guessing my plants will have blossoms as well. Hopefully can check this afternoon. Phonelady, yours plants sure look healthy.
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