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An inner city allotment


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Spud Time!

This weekend the plot started to come to life with the first early potatoes going out along with Onion sets and Turnip seeds. We use sacks for our potatoes(Thank you Ikea) as not only do we find this gives us a good crop,they’re easy to maintain and easy to cover if the dreaded frost is forecast! We simply pierce the bag for drainage, fill with compost and plant the chitted spuds then water in.

Also planted this weekend were our red onion sets(Red Baron, as these gave us a really good crop last year so we have opted for the same ones again),we had already prepared the bed by digging it over, adding chicken pellets and a seaweed solution(onions love this) and then the sets went in and were covered with netting till they get established. Next weekend we repeat this for our White onions.

Turnips seeds went straight in as we found this worked really well last year.

All our fruit trees and bushes also got a good liquid fertilizer feed and yes, it has begun already! Everywhere got a good weeding!

Meanwhile not forgetting the glasshouse. We planted up a variety of herbs and various flowers including Cosmos and Ageratum.

Also, more of our fellow allotmenters appeared from their winter hibernation, so all is beginning take shape on the Allotment!

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Spuds in!

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Feed, watered and weed free!

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Onions planted and netted.

 

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Maintenance Time Again!

Yes it is that time of the year again with Spring on it’s way and there’s so much to be done to bring the plot up to scratch and patch up any Winter damage. We visited on Saturday and with the weather on our side(very sunny and surprisingly warm) we cracked on with cleaning and setting up the greenhouse, opting this year for a layer of pebbles on the floor inside to aid weed suppression and drainage.

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Outside we gave both the greenhouse and shed a new paint job of good old wood preserve so as to not only make them look bright but give them at least another year of life!

After several coffees, we set about the main jobs on the plot itself. First task was to spread woodchip on all the paths, then lime our brassica beds and dig over the beds that have been covered over the long winter months. Finally we gave the fruit trees their first feed of the year.

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Now all this has been done we can set about planting our early spuds and begin to sow our seeds for the forthcoming season. Its all about the proper prep after all! We have noticed the newbies at the allotments haven’t been near, well not while we’ve been there. They’re in for a rude awakening,we all know how much maintenance a plot, however big or small can take.