Since I last posted about the allotment, we have made terrific progress reclaiming it from the neglect of the last two years. The undug strip now measures 8 feet, meaning that we are within strike of completing the heavy digging. Hooray. But of course, that is only the start really.
We have taken delivery of a pile of cow manure the size of a small car, and the next job is to move it from the dump site by the gate of the allotments to our plot. There are about 5 plots on the whole site where the tractor and trailer cannot dump the stuff straight onto the plot. And yes, you guessed, ours is one of them. One of my optimistic neighbours estimated there were at least 100 barrow loads to move….
On the upside, I have planted 8 raspberry canes to supplement the strawberries, and both redcurrant and blackcurrant bushes. I’m on the lookout now for a pink gooseberry to add to the fruit collection.
On the vegetable front, I have sown a row of broad beans for an early -well May-crop next year. The variety is Aquadulce Claudia. I am wondering how well they will do, because as I prepared their seed bed, loads more couch grass roots came to the surface. I may well of course just be preparing a very fine site to grow couch instead of broad beans! I am removing the ones I see, but I reckon there are plenty more lurking down there, just waiting for the spring.
The weather looks as if the fine days are coming to an end, with rain forecast for the weekend.
Before long these beautiful Japanese maple leaves will fall but for the rest of the winter, we will be able to enjoy the beautiful white bark of the Himalayan birch.