gardening & foraging

Allotment Progress

It was a full day on the allotment. A whole new shed roof has been installed – something I’m rather proud of – which means we now have a dry shed. Wigwams have been prepared for runner beans. Potatoes and onions are now in the ground. Dwarf beans have been moved to a make-shift cold frame – they’re too big to stay in pots, but it’s way too early for them to be planted out fully as we’re still getting frosts. A few more wooden borders acquired, but I still need pegs to firm them in the ground. One of our most productive days yet. Oh, and if you’re wondering – those eggs are from the chickens on the plot opposite ours. The big egg was produced by a hen called Thumper.

By Mark Newton

Born in 1981, live in the UK. I write about strange things.

2 replies on “Allotment Progress”

Looking good, mate. What are your plans for each of the sections? Is everything going into a rotation system, or will you have perennial fruit bushes in that narrow section leading down from the gate?

Well, to be honest, we’re probably not going to rotate just yet – the soil structure we inherited wasn’t great. What I want to do is get stacks of proper manure, dig it all in, and let nature do its thing for a bit. And then we can commence proper rotation. But yes, the perennial fruit bushes will remain where they are – we can sow some salad crops in between to make use of the space. Hopefully, in that sunny spot, we’ll get some decent fruit – and it’ll be a nice visual treat as you enter the allotment and walk along the path to the (newly roofed!) shed.

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