Strawberries and Compost

I’m amazed by the strawberries – and my cynicism says that it can’t end well! Surely it’s way too early for them to be turning colour already? Anyway, I’m going up and peering at them daily, wondering how on earth they are going to survive the April showers that we didn’t get, and which will almost certainly turn up in May to beat the poor half-ripe berries into the straw.

And we’ve been trying to work out where to put a compost bin or three. The problem is that we need more space than we have. Well, that’s not true. We have loads of space, but most of it is occupied by horrible old plastic rubbish bins, broken glass, random bits of chicken wire nailed to staves, tree stumps and buried sheets of corrugated iron. We’re digging it out, piling it up and taking it to the tip as fast as we can, but between that kind of miserable discovery, the nettles, and the dandelions, we’re a bit stuck.

I want to have three lovely big slatted bins, so that I can fork the contents of one bin into the next and produce compost as fast as possible (we need it, and we have plenty of waste greens to convert to soil goodness) but there’s no point doing any of that unless we can clear enough space for OH to build the bins and whenever we get around to clearing a new area, supposedly for the bins, we end up putting something else there, like the brassica frame.

With a new plot it’s a constant battle: crops or infrastructure. Do we plant something or make a path? Should we work on locating water butts and guttering or finding spaces for our thornless blackberries and (very thorny) tayberries? Is it better to get our cultivation percentage up or to create some supports for our raspberries? I get totally confused about how best to develop plot 103 and end up doing about a dozen things at once … and then I forget about all of it and go and have another look at the strawberries!

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Posted by The Allotment Blogger on Thursday, May 5, 2011


Anonymous Anonymous said...

THis is exactly my dilemma at the moment; I only have so much time and want to build a path and shed and sturdy compost bin but only just manage to weed, dig new areas and water each visit. Need an extra weekend or 3 please!

May 5, 2011 at 6:03 AM  
Blogger The Allotment Blogger said...

Well we just had a couple of extra weekends, or at least Bank Holidays, and it only seemed to make things worse!

May 6, 2011 at 5:44 AM  

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