Cooking oil meets spinach and metal tray…
Some signs of success against all the odds! We weren’t too confident of getting a huge range of products from the plot but so far, during our first full season, it’s looking like some definite progress, with the first few things being harvested.
The obvious main crop are the potatoes, and the first test plant has been dug up, producing 0.7 KG of Maris Peers. We’ve planted around 100 seed potatoes and a total of 6 varieties.
The leeks and onions are also doing well and so far some amazing growth of chard and spinach. It’s looking good for a good first year there and we’ve learned lots and managed to dig over 70% of the plot, with all the raised beds (except one) being set out and planted.
All we need now is a magic spell to stop the slimy snails and slugs plus a decent grass strimmer to make lighter work of the grass surrounding the plot.
Some good, bad and really bad happenings in allotment world.
We received our 4th Constant Garden delivery from Rocket Gardens, which was full of awesome seedlings. All those were planted out in the hope of at least a few of them growing enough to be eaten. The lettuces are doing well in our garden as well as the cabbages.
I also put in the penultimate raised bed at the plot and did a load of weeding and borber grass cutting. I was dreading what it would all look like after 2 weeks away, but it didn’t look that bad – the ‘main crops’ of potatoes and leeks were doing well and a few of the other things were also strong, such as the chard, spinach and pumpkins. Wildflowers doing well and celery still alive!
There are slugs and snails everywhere! My god. I must have picked out 20+ while I was there.
Here’s to continued success, if only partial, and a massive slug and snail predator outbreak!