Recycled allotment containers

I’m teaching a series of classes (details below) and in advance of the first one, I’ve been looking at the planters on plot 103 and sprucing them up. Half the galvanised ones have been given an accent of pink paint to harmonise with the rocking chair and the new repurposed cart.

Our neighbours threw the cart away, presumably as their youngest child had outgrown it. We (with their permission – do NOT skip-dive without permission, it’s theft!) took it home and OH covered up the pastel paint and pictures of ducks and frogs with the new hot pink vibe, drilled holes in the bottom and then took it to the plot. It now contains a mixture of sand and old compost (that means compost that’s been used once, such as for our first early potato containers) over a thin base of gravel to ensure drainage.

When the sowing medium has settled, in about 48 hours, we will sow carrots in it. This serves several purposes: it re-uses the potting medium to produce a second crop (carrots will fang if the soil is too rich or has stones in); it re-uses a container that would otherwise have been burned or ended up in landfill; it stops carrot-fly finding the carrots and riddling them with slimy, horrible bore-holes; and it makes people smile when they walk past.

The carrots we’re going to grow are Kuttiger, white carrots that we’re actually putting in a little late but I have planted them later than this in previous years and they’ve done fine. They are wonderful plants that get sweeter as they age in storage, which means that by the end of the winter, you can make a carrot cake with them that needs only half the sugar of a summer made carrot cake!

Grow and Tell

2 hour workshops combining horticulture and literature, £3.00 per person for upkeep of Weald Site. Meet at 11:00 at Weald Avenue Allotment Gate, Hove, East Sussex. Each session includes time to explore a little of the allotment site and finishes at the shop so people can buy seeds and supplies.

24 July 2011, 11:00–14:00 People, Places and Plants. How to create a container garden and writing about the relationship between people and plants. A longer session to allow time to enjoy the Weald Allotment Open Day and all its attractions!

18 September 2011, 11:00–13:00 Reaping what you Sow. How to harvest and store crops and writing stories with appropriate pace and detail.

13 November 2011, 11:00–13:00 Digging deeper. Preparing a growing bed and exploring motivation and character in stories.

15 January 2012, 2011, 11:00–13:00 Planning for Spring. Looking at the plot and seeing how it can be improved!

Prior booking is essential as each session is limited to eight people. Please email growandtell@hotmail.com to reserve a place on a session.

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Posted by The Allotment Blogger on Wednesday, June 15, 2011

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