Plough Field Allotments.
Over A Second Plot.
is well advanced on my plot this year after a late start last, so I have
decided to take over a second plot as a share with one of my mates who
used to have one elsewhere. Now he is only working part time, like a lot
of middle-aged people, he has made the decision to grow a few vegetables
to help things out.
year I started my plot by hoeing and mulching instead of digging, but
this time we have started by digging out all the docks, thistles,
dandelions, nettles and other perennial weeds before digging the whole
plot more thoroughly afterwards. The lads who had the plot last year
left most of their potato crop in the ground, so when we started digging
we found that many were good enough to use as seed for this year. The
lads had manured the plot before planting the potatoes and found that
when they tried to harvest them they had “scab,” so had left them in
the ground and abandoned the plot in disgust. Over the winter most had
rotted in the ground and of those that survived many were rotting and
had to be thrown away, but even so, there must have been over 60 or 70
pounds of good “seed,” left.
second plot will mainly be used for potatoes, onions, tomatoes,
cucurbits and beans (Runner, Climbing and Broad.) I am going to start
off all the beans in pots so that when they are planted it can be done
through the neck of a plastic bottle for rabbit protection. Although,
after last year’s observations, I am expecting that the tougher Broad
Beans won’t need any rabbit protection when they are planted out.
onion sets went in first and one lot of winter, “Japanese onions,”
have already been dug up by the rabbits on my other plot and even the
Rhubarb has been nibbled, but generally the Rhubarb is growing well
after being divided up in the winter and having had lots of fresh manure
round it. We have already picked about 4 big armfuls to make
“Crumbles.” The Raspberries on my first plot are also starting into
growth and going to make big clumps, although as they are “Lates,”
they seem to be well behind those on sale in many Garden Centres. Even
the cheap fruit trees, that had been planted late last Spring and
didn’t grow very well last year, seem to have leafed up well this
that my official “Let,” has expired on the first plot, the site
owner has told me that this year there can be no more “Lets,” and
the allotments do not exist, but he will let me use some ground as a
friend of the family. In response to this I have decided to plant up a
missing section of hedge on the boundaries as part payment in lieu. In
enable to do this I have bought and potted, some “Hedging,” Roses,
Hazels and Sloes or Blackthorns, so that they can be planted at a later
date when the site is more organised as regards his building operations.
Most of them will need tree guards as well that are generally
available at “Farm Supply,” type of outlets more cheaply than garden
Centres. To add to the mix of hedging, I have some self set Hawthorns
and Hollies that I have been nurturing in old pots, behind my
Greenhouse, at home. Willows and Cornus grown from cuttings will also be
included in the hedge planting at a later date because when I looked
more closely, the new hedge will run against a very wet drainage ditch,
although It will have to be maintained carefully as they may eventually
block it though their extreme liking for water.