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22nd May Allotment update

No specific subject today just some photos and a quick write up on how the allotment is coming along.

 

Seedling waiting to be planted out

Seedling waiting to be planted out

Plenty of seedling waiting to be planted out. That will be this weekends job. It is raining at the moment which will do no end of good at the allotment. I expect the plants -and weeds- to go crazy over the next few days.

We were given three broad bean plants by a fellow plot holder so they went straight into the ground

Wombled Broad Bean Plants

Wombled Broad Bean Plants

I am not a great fan of broad beans but I never look a gift horse in the mouth and it is great to get to try things you don’t normally eat.

There was a blueberry bush on the plot when we took it over and there is plenty of fruit growing on it even though it is a small plant

Blueberry

Blueberry

I will add more fruit bushes in the future. I am also keen to add nuts to the plot.

We planted out a few of the larger turnip plants and scattered egg shell about to deter the slugs

Turnips

Turnips

We have plenty more turnips to go in the grown this weekend.

Most of the Runner Beans have been planted out.

Runner Beans

Runner Beans

We love runner beans and always try to grow a lot of them each year

We have planted an Apple tree on the allotment.

Apple Tree

Apple Tree

It already has small apples on it so I am hoping to add a few of our own apples to the cider later in the year. There is also a cherry tree behind the apple in this photo.

Can anyone guess what plant is in the next photo?

Radish

Radish

This is a radish from last year. Very pretty little plant.

We have also planted out on of the Globe Artichokes.

Globe Artichoke

Globe Artichoke

I am not sure what to do with them but they do look impressive when they are fully grown.

That’s it for now. I will post more at the weekend once we have put more plants in the ground.

aman

 

 


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We have added another ‘No Dig Bed’ to the allotment

Last year we didn’t grow that much veg because we started  late in the season and we didn’t really have anywhere to bring on seedlings etc but this year we want to grow a lot more so we needed another raised bed.

We decided to build it in this unused part of the allotment that had an old plastic composter and a pile of rubbish left by the last plotholder.

This is where we are going to build the new bed

We are basically extending an existing bed which was really interesting because I needed to remove the blocks forming the end of one of last years beds and it gave me a chance to see a cross section of a year old no dig bed.

 

Year old no dig bed cross section1

Year old no dig bed cross section1

You can see that the cardboard and the manure has completely broken down into a lovely rich soil and the original topsoil from the allotment has been drawn up into the raised bed presumably by worms.

Year old no dig beds cross section2

You can see the original soil level and the lighter coloured soil has been drawn up a good 4 inches.

I started by cutting the grass and weeds with the shears, I left all the cuttings in the bed as they will rot down and add to the fertility of the soil.

I then added a good layer of wilted nettles

Nettles added to new raised bed

Next I put a good 6 inches of well rotted manure.

The manure layer

And a very thin layer of grass clipping. It is important not to put too much grass on at one time or they wont rot down quickly enough.

The grass layer

And then a couple of inches of compost which gives a nice layer to plant into.

The finished bed

So this is the finished bed complete with canes for the runner beans.

The bed was given a good drenching between each layer.

This bed will be planted over the next week or so

Here is a great video on how to build a no dig bed.

aman