Planting potatoes and brassicas

And here it is – the brassica cage in its new location!

We’ve been given some wonder-stuff, a special secret recipe concocted by one of our allotment stalwarts, which we sprinkle on the ground and rake in about a fortnight before planting our brassicas, so we’re looking forward to bumper crops this year. We also saw the first cabbage whites of the season as we were moving the cage, so it’s not a moment too soon to get the cage to its new home. And we managed it without a single curse or argument.

We’ve also started work on a compost bin Dalek, according to Andy’s instructions, so I shall be posting the first photos of that in a few day’s time, but before any of that …

Our maincrop potatoes have been planted! We managed to get them all in the ground over the weekend, with a layer of comfrey under them to give them a good start, and so we’re very pleased with ourselves about that – although I bet you our comfrey roots and we end up digging that out of the allotment for years too – we definitely didn’t wilt it enough before putting it in the bottom of the trenches.

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Posted by The Allotment Blogger on Monday, April 19, 2010


Anonymous allotments4you said...

what is comfrey and why put it in with the potatoes???

I have planted my main crop yet as I haven't dug over the land...but I'm not too worried as I still have a few more weeks...tomorrow I will get digging!!

April 19, 2010 at 12:34 PM  
Blogger Jo said...

Your brassica cage looks good and sturdy. I netted mine last year and didn't have any problems with caterpillars but my brassicas were still eaten, by slugs.

April 20, 2010 at 2:27 AM  
Blogger Amy said...

Well done, I don't know if I'm more impressed that you managed to move or by the fact you did it without yelling at each other! Still it looks fantastic in the new position with the arch standing over it.

April 20, 2010 at 10:37 PM  

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