Allotment Adventures: Allotmenting between the storms

We finally had a good chunk of time when it wasn’t raining! Behold we put more beds in and there was wood chip so we did our thing. This picture is from the work area. We have a couple of more beds to put in but the drill ran out of battery and we only have enough wood for one more bed anyway.

We have left the path extra wide because we can put potato pots and things there and still have space, eventually (probably next autumn we will move/adjust some beds at the top end in order to give us more of a straight path all the way from the top to the bottom of the plot.

End to end

We didn’t do a lot more but we did take down the kale which was starting to flower. We love kale and it kept us in greens for all of the winter. I can see why this time of year is the hungry gap, we have some underdeveloped leeks, some corn salad and some tiny sprouting broccoli growing right now. That and the herbs, which are growing but don’t provide all that much sustenance! Every year I say I need to get better about over wintering and having food growing at this time of year. At least I still have some squash to eat!

There is a lot more to do but I really feel that we’ve broken the back of it. Next up compost buying and sorting but that probably won’t happen until the end of the month

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7 Responses to Allotment Adventures: Allotmenting between the storms

  1. Suzanne says:

    It looks so tidy and well ordered! I’ve not been able to do anything to our plot as it’s been flooded since November, and it’s now looking a mess. Looking at your plot brings a sense of calm and something to aspire to!

    • nicdempsey says:

      Thank you! Nothing is straight but it’s much easier to contain like this. We were really pleased to get the wood chip because it was getting a bit boggy but I’ve been seeing the flooded out plots and it’s so sad! Sharpen Your Spades had a flooded plot and has a load of plots on what he did to cope with it!!

      • Suzanne says:

        I’m not sure what we’ll have left by the time the floodwaters recede, but if possible I’d like to build something like you’ve got with the raised beds and wood chip. Thanks for recommending Sharpen Your Spades. I’ll head over there and hopefully find some inspiration and hope!

      • nicdempsey says:

        There’s a lot of hard work for you this year! We put so much of ourselves into our plots. One of things I’m really learning is that despite all my planning the plot has its own ideas! I have to work with them!

      • Suzanne says:

        Completely! It’s definitely a lesson in chaos management at times! On the plus side, all the algae might make a good fertiliser, so maybe everything isn’t lost just yet. I think we might have to adopt a no-dig style and raised beds.

  2. carolee says:

    Do you win the award for most wood chips for any plot? It does look very tidy now. I’m sure you are generating lots of plot envy.

    • nicdempsey says:

      I might but the wood chips are conditioning the soil underneath which it really needs. I don’t know about envy but I have noticed that a lot of people on the plots are setting their plots out the same way!

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