Wellington Fields Allotments - Hixon.
Some of the TV Gardeners frequently talk of the virtues of putting mulch of different sorts around your plants in the Autumn and Winter Months as a feed and also in the Summer Months as a means of retaining moisture levels. So, when a friend told me that he was doing a lot of work on the mixed hedges round his shared garden, I asked him to bag the trimmings up for me and told him I would put them through my Garden Shredder. As I have already mentioned before, a fair quantity went into my Compost Heap to bulk it out, but a lot more went round my 3 Strawberry Beds, my Asparagus bed and my Gooseberries. Needless to say, they did have a good drink before the Mulch went round them. It is not much good putting Mulch onto dry soil as it will, to some extent, prevent rain from reaching the plants! The Mulch will take several years to fully break down and should put plenty of Fibre, or Humus into the soil which Strawberries, being a woodland plant, will appreciate. It is always advised that you do not weed heavily round Asparagus for fear of damaging the Thongs, or Crowns and Gooseberries have shallow roots that are very near the surface. So here again, heavy Mulching is recommended, but in these cases as a means of keeping weeds in check. In the past I have often used Grass Cuttings as a Mulch, but that isn’t going to happen any more!
The rest of the Mulch went into my Compost Heap which was turned several times before being dug out, bagged and taken back to my house to fill the new raised beds that I finally got round to constructing. As with the back garden, I used Logs from work to edge the beds and Woodchip from our friendly Tree Surgeon to make the Paths. The Compost from my Allotment was topped up with a quantity of spent Compost from old pots and cheaply bought bags from the local Garden Centre. There was a certain amount of soil thrown up by digging planting holes for some of the plants that had been stored in bigger pots and a bit more soil was added from tidying up the new Paths. It was very poor sandy soil, as you often get under Lawns, but all mixed up it made a reasonable fill for the beds and when planting, I did add some Chicken manure Pellets for good measure.
On my Allotment I have a little assortment of young Trees that have been
there for some time. Some are in strong, “Root Training, Fibre, Bag
Pots,” some in plastic pots and some simply in the ground and recently I
decided to have a bit of a sort out. Looking at them I felt that the
Variegated Myrtle would be a good candidate to add a bit of variety,
colour and evergreen structure to my newly planted front garden. There
is never really a good time to move Evergreens as they don’t have a
dormant period like Herbaceous plants and Deciduous Trees do, but I
thought that if I was careful, and with a lot of T.L.C., I could dig it
out and pot it up prior to re-planting. Watering it well and keeping it
in the shade after potting helped with the move and I am hopeful it will
take in its new situation. The Myrtle does have juicy berries that are
said to be edible and quite tasty, although, I have never had any yet.
It has suffered in the past on my exposed Allotment as they are a little
tender, so, it should do better amongst the houses in my front garden
where it is more sheltered.
Additionally, there are 2 Fig trees in special bag pots on my plot.
Already having 2 Figs in my back garden, and one that is going to be a
central feature of my front garden, I have also decided to leave those
where they are until a suitable site turns up for them.