Monthly Archives: January 2011

The Seed Order

We’ve now got hold of the seeds that we’ve ordered for the year ahead. The only rational response to the allotment association’s 30% discount on seed catalogue prices was to order 30% more seeds, so we’ve bought plenty.

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Lime: Barely scratching the surface

The allotment dusted with lime

About a fortnight ago we realised that to get our claggy, acidic soil into workable shape we need to add some lime as a matter of urgency.

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Soil conditioning

We’re new to this. That means we won’t always think to do the right thing at the right time. Having spent months thinking about weeds as we’ve been clearing them, we’ve suddenly realised that we should have been thinking about … Continue reading

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It’s not all hard work…

Although we have spent most of out time digging and clearing, and generally exhausting ourselves, we have begun to see the rewards of our labour. Now that the ground is clear, we have planted a few things.

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Cutting the hedge down to size

The Hedge - After

Since we took on the plot, trimming the hedge has been one of those important but non-urgent jobs that we never quite got around to. Before Christmas, I managed to borrow the allotment association hedge trimmers, and savagely (and messily) … Continue reading

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The first fruit tree order is in

Thanks to the nights closing in and the several feet of snow that have fallen, I didn’t make it to the allotment at all in December. That means that the hedge remains uncut, the paths remain unlaid, and the weeds … Continue reading

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