This week's chore

I spoke to my father last night. His allotment is in Torquay, so their weather is definitely more clement, most of the year, than ours, but we’re still undertaking the same task – ye good olde mucke spreading.

It’s the perfect time of year to get compost or well aged manure onto your plot; the frosts will give it a good chance to break down over the winter if there’s anything that still needs to break down, it acts as a mulch around anything that needs protecting from the cold snaps, and it’s easier by far to spread goodness now, than wait until spring and have to work round all the plants that are already coming up.

It is back-breaking work though. Barrowload after barrowload to be wheeled around the site, tipped out, forked over the surface, and then back for another barrowload. One of my neighbours seems to have the right idea – more barrows!

But there’s also something very satisfying about knowing that what you do now will earn you dividends over the year ahead – all that rich food that will penetrate the soil, giving nutrients to the plants, and breaking up the soil surface to make it easier to work and better at holding water, it does make the task worthwhile.

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Posted by The Allotment Blogger on Saturday, November 24, 2007


Anonymous Anonymous said...

Ah ha! That's why I put my compost heap 'on' my vegetable garden :)

After stopping putting egg shells in, plus keeping the pile damp, I seem to have got rid of the rats, thank goodness. Pity though, the egg shells would have been good for breaking up my clay type soil.

Mark Hubbard

November 26, 2007 at 11:17 AM  
Blogger The Allotment Blogger said...

Hmm, I know what you mean - why not try a few seashells, stamped on to provide the same friability as eggshells - are you near enough the coast for that to work? Well washed mussel shells are brilliant for this, I find.

November 30, 2007 at 4:51 AM  

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