Allotment strawberry beds – a slight rethink

We made the circles concentric. That’s the rethink. It actually kept me awake all night, worrying about the eccentric circles, because if the three tiers are centred then you can’t use the watering device and that seemed silly. If the circles were eccentric we got more planting space (because of the elder stump) but actually the benefit of the planter is, in part, the simple watering system, so yesterday I went back on my first thoughts and OH helped me centre the whole thing.

Then we went and gathered a barrow of manure from plot 201, and I dug up these three parsnips. OH said there weren’t any left in the raised bed, but I was pretty sure there were and sure enough, I was right! One problem with over-wintering vegetables is that if they lose their leaves in a frost, as parsnips are prone to do, you can easily fail to keep track of where they are in the ground.

We dug up one bed of strawberries and plonked them down on the barrow of manure to take back to plot 103. It’s not the right time to move strawberry plants but I want to give up at least half of plot 201 as soon as we can. We’ve had a great time managing the plot but now we have one of our own I don’t want to feel that we’re plot-hogging. We have the right to keep 201 until our crops are off, and we have lots of purple sprouting broccoli and kale still to harvest, but we could clear one side of the plot by the end of February so that new tenants could take it over, if we get the strawberries and currants out and onto the new plot.

Anyway, up came the strawberries and into the new planter they went. Summer strawberries will do best on the south facing side, while the north semi-circles will be largely given over to alpine strawberries and vegetables and herbs that make particularly good companions for strawberries such as summer savory, parsley, borage, radishes and summer lettuce.

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Posted by The Allotment Blogger on Saturday, January 22, 2011


Blogger Joanna said...

What is the watering system your going to use?

January 22, 2011 at 6:16 AM  
Anonymous allotments4you said...

I think that the strawberry planer actually looks nice all symmetrical like this but and I get the watering issue that was keeping you up at night...hope the strawberries survive their move.

January 22, 2011 at 1:57 PM  
Blogger HappyPlotter said...

I love the circular strawberry planter, do you know where it originally came from, i.e. where did you donator buy it, i'd love to get one.

January 24, 2011 at 3:11 AM  
Blogger HappyPlotter said...

Hi, I love the circular planter, where did the previous owners get it from, its a brilliant idea, especially as it masks the tree stump.

January 25, 2011 at 2:26 AM  

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