Allotmenteering in the Spring Sunshine

Spring has ‘sprung’, hasn’t it?  Well…The 1st of March, according to the meteorological seasons, is the start of spring and this weekend we had a welcome dose of sunshine here in Wales. I know technically that the astronomical calendar determines the seasons and officially spring 2015 doesn’t begin until March 20th but my tidy mind likes the year split into 4 with 3 months in each!

However, I also like to know all the facts, so here, for all fellow ‘fact geeks’ are the exact dates for spring this year…

  • Meteorological spring begins on 01 March 2015 and runs until 31 May 2015.
  • Astronomical spring begins on 20 March 2015 and runs until 21 June 2015.

Anyway, back to Plot 5A and my achievements to date.  Yes, you read correctly, ‘achievements’ – I’m finally starting to feel like I’m making some progress!  The permanent paths are cleared and are safe for use.  (The photo below shows the centre path covered in weed suppressant, just before the bark chippings were added.)  Two thirds of the growing beds have now been dug and painstakingly weeded by hand! Mr D has erected the shed guttering so the two water butts are catching raindrops, my home-made ‘pallet’ compost bin is ready for action and the bug box is now open for business!

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Cocktail Kiwi2015-03-08 16.58.01I’ve only been the proud owner of Plot 5A since January 18th but I’m determined to have everything up and running for the gardening season so February has been super busy!  I’ve been gathering seeds, bulbs and plants – in line with my allotment plan.  My Cocktail Kiwi plant arrived last week and it’s already in leaf!

I’ve also been reading ‘Grow For Flavour’ by James Wong, gathering some fabulous tips and ticks to supercharge the flavour of my homegrown harvests!  The book explains the science behind the phrase ‘homegrown tastes better than shop bought’.  It’s a real eye opener!  I would never have thought about the benefits of colour therapy on my crops! Apparently,light reflected off a coloured mulch will trick plants like tomatoes and strawberries into creating, bigger, tastier fruit! I highly recommend this book to all adventurous allotmenteers!

James Wong Book

12 thoughts on “Allotmenteering in the Spring Sunshine”

    1. I have a ‘darlek’ in my back garden. It does the job (a little slower) and it blends into the background quite well! The pallet compost bin is huge! I have to attach a ‘front door’ but I’m hoping that I can generate enough compost to serve the allotment next year. Fingers crossed!! 🙂

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  1. Hello theLandroverownerswife – one positive point with the plastic daleks is they do generate heat – whereas an open pallet bin won’t – so they do have their purpose, theoretically producing compost a bit faster. But yes the pallet bin looks SO good 🙂

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    1. Very true! I’m just hopeless when it comes to tipping the lot out and turning the compost 😦 I think that’s why my darlek is a slow generator! I’m hoping that the pallet bin access will be a little easier, so I can get a fork in and ‘dig around!’ However, I’ve yet to have any more than a bucket or two of real, home generated treasure…Any tips? 🙂

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  2. it’s all in the mix! Fruit and vegetable Kitchen waste – plus paper and card from home – don’t forget the centre of all those loo rolls 🙂 and of course tea bags, tea leaves and coffee grounds, plus any other card or paper-based packaging – layer this up with garden cuttings and allotment trimmings – the idea is to maintain a balance of ‘browns’ (recycled compost, card, paper etc) and ‘greens’ (kitchen waste and garden/allotment waste) and never allow it to get either too wet or too dry. Do this and you can avoid too much lifting and turning 🙂 NEVER add cooked food, or meat or dairy products – you want compost not a rat camp 🙂 If you can, add worms as you find them around the plot to get things going .. it is the worms who do the work, chomping their way through all that lovely ‘rubbish’ and pooing it out as compost – hoorah for worm poo! 🙂 So, a lot of worms in your compost bin indicates that all is good. (ooooh … I feel another blog post coming on..)

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    1. Constructed in the most simple way…butted the sides together, then hammered in ringed nails, followed by some wood screws (just to be sure!) As for the weed matting…it was an absolute must for Plot 5A because it has been somewhat neglected for many years and I’ve been told that bindweed has been enjoying a free rein!! I have read quite a few opinions – to weed mat or not to weed mat – and to some up it seems to be up to the individual, haha. I know that I’m going to need to add worms to the bin…luckily there are plenty of fat ones on the plot 🙂

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      1. Thank you for the nomination…I’ll take a good look this weekend, as you know I’m very new to blogging and I don’t have that many links…but I’ll do my best to have a go 🙂

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