Allotment Adventures: Things in the ground and a wonky patio

Over the last few years, I’ve come to realise that nothing is ever finished, especially on the plot and particularly when we are getting big things done.

This weekend is a great example of that. We had a really good day on the plot but the list of things we still need to do is massive.

We started with planting the second early potatoes, which we planted in a bed this year. I did this back in 2020 because I couldn’t get the pots we needed. Last autumn, we up-potted the blueberries into the pots we used for the potatoes so we needed to get some more if we wanted to do them all in pots. Because we lost all the broad beans over the winter, we had a spare bed and we decided to save money and compost by using that bed. We have less maincrop potatoes and they’ll go into the pots we already have and after we moved the blueberries into their summer positions, we got those out reading for planting the main crops next week.

We sowed carrots, peas, beetroot and, in the polytunnel, radishes and lettuce. We also sowed the leftover beetroot seed in modules, for popping into gaps in planting later on, I want to try and do that a bit more with beetroot, beans, chard and herbs this year. We potted up the samphire and gave it a salt water bath. It’s looking a bit sad but there appears to be lots of new growth coming through. Ma watered and fed the blueberries.

New carrot bed

We dug up the last of the parsnips and leeks, and I got some salad and rocket from the polytunnel.

Then I got cocky and decided that it was time to lay the patio. I know there is a way to do this, I didn’t follow any of those directions! I need some more sand to finish the front three slabs but it’s down.

As you can see it’s better at the back than the front!

The last thing we did was feed the birds!

Assuming that it doesn’t take too long to unpack the living room, we’ll have two days next weekend and I have a worklist!

  • Get all the compost to the plot
  • Weed and top up all empty beds
  • Sow spinach and other salad next to shallots and in ex parsnip bed
  • Sow parsnips
  • Apply ant nematodes to polytunnel, blueberries and bulb beds
  • Module sowing for poly – brussels, kale, cabbages, cauliflower, parsley, basil, coriander, flowers
  • Module sowing for indoors – tomatoes and melons
  • Paint the shed
  • Tidy the shed
  • Net the gooseberries
  • Put up the poles for netting the blueberries
  • Finish weeding the front of the plot and shed
  • Trim the grass in the bulb bed
  • Strim the grass path
  • Weed the paths and top up with woodchip if there is any available
  • Finish weeding the pond area, rose garden and iris bed
  • Mulch the pond area, rose garden and iris bed
  • Join the rose garden to the iris bed and plant out the area
  • Plant out the herbs from Urban Herbs
  • Finish the patio
  • Set up the arches for bean planting
  • Turn the compost bin

I doubt I’ll get half of it done, but I can try!

The poorly samphire

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