Bringing It All Back Home. Allotment Chronicles.

Allotment tales and art.

Sunday the 30th of December

A new year gardening plan

Measured the plot today, its exactly 11 x 5 rods, (or perch) an old measurement for allotments.

Made a plan for the plot in 2019.

In no particular order: Move the mushroom bed. Research plants that cope with drought. Distribute the remaining cow manure on the soil.

Install a new window into the shed. Prune the apple trees. Fix the green wheelbarrow wheel. Clean the pond and buy new pondweed and barley straw.

Stabilise the old shed. Fix the old shed drainage pipe. Weed the rhubarb patch. Research and plant winter vegetables.

Grow courgettes, not marrows. Grow pumpkin and squash. Grow peas and beans x 3.

Design, build and locate a new sculpture from recycled and old waste materials. Repair the Ransome push mower (buy an old ransom mower for spare parts)

Lime the cabbage patch. Add fish bone to ailing shrubs and young oak tree. Finish repairing the paths. Research companion planting.

Research no dig gardening.

 

Bringing It All Back Home

Brought home a bag full of apples that had been stored in the shed in cardboard boxes, they have kept well in this way.


Bringing It All Back Home. Allotment Chronicles.

Allotment tales and art.

Sunday the 2nd of December

Raking autumn leaves

I love autumn, the changing colours of autumn leaves, its a milestone, another year gone by and spring to look forward to.

Today I raked autumn leaves from all over the site using a good old fashioned rake. I can’t understand why people have to use noisy energy consuming blowers, because they are their presumably, when you can get some good exercise and meditate upon the act of raking, a traditional activity and not unlike scything.

The leaves are placed in a home made wooden purpose built frame from discarded palettes. When covered, to keep them from blowing away, they rot nicely and can be used the following year as an excellent mulch for potatoes and all round soil enhancement, I like the idea that this years old leaves are helping next years harvest.

 

Bringing It All Back Home

Brought home some more kale though its getting a bit tough now, I read that the frost helps improve the taste of kale and other winter vegetables such swede, turnip and chard.


Bringing It All Back Home. Allotment Chronicles.

Allotment tales and art.

Sunday the 19th of November

Swan Vestas (Smoke Gets In Your Eyes)

Fires on Birmingham allotments are now restricted to November and March, by order of the council. I am unable to find an explanation for this but I guess its something to do with pollution? Fires are good for burning a variety of materials such as old dried out weeds, (especially marestail tail, commonly known as the devils entrails) hedge cuttings, old wood left over from maintenance and any other suitable combustible materials acquired over the course of a year, cardboard, paper etc. The ashes make potassium, calcium and trace elements and are good for improving the soil but don’t put them on acidic plants such as soft fruit. I tried to grow carrots this year by degrading the soil and filling it with ashes but alas it didn’t work.

The smoke from fires gets deep into your clothes and can smell weeks later even after washing, but on a cold November day, who cares.

Bringing It All Back Home

Brought home some more kale and a handful of turnips. I feel a stew coming on.


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