People have been asking about any progress on the allotment, and for the first time in months the answer is ‘yes there has been some’, so here’s an update.
We visited the allotment with the intention of planting potatoes and beetroot, but as we arrived it became pretty clear we had something else to deal with first:
|£20 of manure|
We’d asked our allotment neighbour to get us some manure delivered, he’d said the cost is £20 but we hadn’t actually realised how much that would get us. We’re not currently growing enough stuff to use that much manure, so we decided the best thing to do was use it on preparing the ground for next year (now you see why I feel like blogging will be useful, I might have forgotten all this by next April). So we peeled back the first bit of black sheeting we put down last August – looking good underneath! A few hardy weeds that Andy dealt with:
|Underneath The Sheeting|
He covered all of the bare ground, quite generously since .. well what else can we do with it all?? Both our allotment neighbours said we were doing the right thing, so fingers crossed it’ll have been worth the effort next year.
|Liberally applied manure|
While all this was going on, I was tending to a smaller, fiddlier job. I was feeling sorry for the two fruit trees we bought before Christmas because they’d been planted, but grass had grown back up around the base. So I weeded and dug over the soil around the two trees, gave them a helping of manure, and tidied everything up with a nice row of stones (there are so many stones, I have to do something with them).
|Plum Tree||Apple Tree|
Andy carried on laying out manure under the next black sheet, which after we’d dug it over actually looked quite good – almost like we could plant things now.. but there’s a lot of other stuff going on, so it got covered up again. Here’s what it looked like pre-manure – plus the little corner we left around gooseberry bush 2.
|Under The Second Black Sheet|
Last week I’d spent some time sorting out my Senshyu onion patch – I think I’d compacted the soil too much when we made the bed and it looked a bit sorry for itself. I think they’ll have a bit more room to grow now (and fewer weeds). It won’t be a huge crop, but it was just so we could say we’d planted something last year.
|Senshyu Onions (Planted 10th Nov 2013)|
Since that one nice day the weather seems to have turned again, so we’re full of rain and holding off on further progress. I’ve planted a selection of chillies, peppers, herbs and assorted other things in the pop-up greenhouse in the yard, but they haven’t raised their heads yet. At some point soon I really want to get the potatoes and beetroot in, but beyond that the sorting out a new house is taking precedence over planting.
One interesting thing, one of our allotment neighbours was showing us round his shed – last year he planted grapes, red and white, and got 140 bunches or, more importantly, 60+ bottles of wine. Just something to mull over…