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David Smith

Plot The Third

I must be barking mad - after complaining and complaining about the sad neglect of the plot adjacent to our second plot, number 46, I have taken on Plot 48.

It was not in a good way, but came with a fair amount of buried treasure.

I have thus far rescued from the 5 feet high Couch Grass 18 fair-sized fruit bushes...I have done what I could to sort out the poorly laid membrane, and have made a start on adequate chipped bark mulch to weigh this down and actually suppress the weeds. I reckon another 30 bags to go...in stages when funds allow and my back ache isn't killing me! I've caged 10 bushes against the birds, too late for almost everything this year except a few blackcurrants.

On the rest of the plot I have found some pathetic remains of strawberry plants and raspberry plants, but I suspect they are barely worth trying to keep alive until I have beds prepped for them.

The plan includes a new raspberry bed so I can move the Summer Fruiting from 46 and then get that bed weeded and used for something else, another Strawberry bed, a Herb bed, and them the rest divided into four beds for rotational growing of the stuff I can't fit onto the other plots - Onions, Main Crop Taters, more Carrots, Parsnips, Leeks, and lots more Brassicas. One bonus is the amount of netting and stuff left that I can protect crops with....

Shame about the back ache and the hard work before I get to eat anything!!

Best wishes
David




David Smith

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Digindeep

David, you are doing a magical job there..credit to you all the way..

I've been there done that when I had the plots, so I really do know what effort is going into it all ...as I said credit to you and I doff my cap to you...

Your rewards will come  

Are they 10 pole plots?
sod

You are doing a great job there sorry about the sore back, feel sure the rewards will be worth it and the great finds too
David Smith

Today I cut down and raked out some of the remaining tall grass, thistles, dock, rosebay willow, etc and then dug over (very shallowly) a small patch. Removed as many roots as I could - couch grass and dandelion, mainly.
I would have dug more deeply, but the ground is like parched concrete there.
Then I added a large bag of relatively fresh (3-month) horsepoo manure. And covered it, temporarily - a better cover-job will be done later.

I know this is not ideal, as the poo is too "fresh", but as I don't plan to plant in this bed this year it'll be fine by Spring, and I want to encourage worms into this neglected arid soil as soon as possible.

Slow work in this heat!

Best wishes
David


Digindeep

Its coming along nicely David,  bally hard work in this weather.

Personally can't see a problem using fresh manure, as you are not planting out till next season. Covering will hopefully keep the pesky flies away in this weather. I'd certainly remove the cover at the first chance of rain and to allow ole mother nature to take over.
Well done, slowly and carefully, that's my way, down on the knees and remove as many roots as you can  
David Smith

I thought I'd take the risk, as you say it'll be a while afore anything gets planted in it. Some rain would be welcome, the grounds so dry and hard I can hardly get a fork into it!

Had a bit of luck on Friday - my local carpet shop had a load of offcuts in the bin...happy to let me take a car-load! :-)  Now the best quality carpet we own in down the allotment being used to suppress the bdooly weeds until I get to that part - it's covered a good chunk up. Then I'll cut it up for making (and replacing) paths, held in place with good old six inch nails.

Have started on prepping the Raspberry Bed at the "top end", very dry and stony, only about a foot of top-soil. I'm going to do this in "quarters", have dug out the first quarter and piled the clumps along the boundary, chucked 4" layer of field-bean stalks in and covered that with horse poo. Then I'll dig the next quarter onto that, removing weed-roots and stones as I go, and so on...adding the vegetable peelings etc from home as I go along. Later I might see what's at the bottom of my composting bin(s) and see if that's worth adding. Again, the transplanting won't be until December, so there's a bit of time for things to improve.

By the way, Field Beans are delicious - after all, they're the daddy of all the Broad Beans - well worth growing for sheer toughness over winter, fixing nitrogen, making tones of material for the compost AND providing a crop of tasty beans :-) - not just Green Manure!

Best wishes
David
Christine

Isn't jungle warfare on the plot great fun - not?

It's sad to hear of a plot that has obviously been loved and tended in the past left to go to ruin though and most unfair on the "neighbours".

May your fruit bank be full and prosperous next year.
David Smith

More photos :-)

sod

The carpet idea is a good one we get t from a shop when they rip up the old to put down new

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