Edible border update

I’m happy with the way the edible borders are working out. From now on it should get easier every year, as perennials do their jobs in anchoring the borders. Their jobs, apart from being edible, are:

• To attract pollinating insects (or those predating on insects that damage crops)
• To provide shade or shelter or to act as a companion for a valued annual
• To be a habitat for desirable wildlife
• To be beautiful.

It seems that the judging committee are more or less in agreement with me on this, as they have given us second place in the category ‘Most Creative Allotment’!

It’s a new competition, and we’re new to plot 103, so we had no idea what the judges considered to be ‘creative’ and quite possibly they had no idea what we were trying to achieve with plot 103, but obviously something of our intention got through.

I’m a bit miffed that we didn’t get better marks for our herbs, which I think probably happened because the judges didn’t find all our herbs (dotted around the plot as they are) and therefore didn’t see that we have two categories of herb: edible and cosmetic, and that they are completely integrated into the border planting rather than being in a separate section (apart from the mints, which are segregated in containers under the apple trees, like the ‘dangerous’ wing of a prison) so that they complement other crops.

For example, we have basil growing around our tomatoes to improve their flavour, borage alongside our squashes to attract pollinators, dill with our cucumbers and kale goes next to our lavender plants because lavender deters whitefly. We have soapwort to wash our hands with and cotton lavender and ginger mint to tie in bunches to hang in doorways and deter flies. Then there’s the agastache, mint, chamomile and hyssop that can be used for tea … I’m sure they didn’t spot them all!

Anyway, we’re really thrilled to have got second place and I suspect we’ll be entering again next year.

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Posted by The Allotment Blogger on Tuesday, August 9, 2011

2 Comments:

Blogger Joanna said...

Our allotment neighbours have dill growing through just about everything and I am beginning to wonder what they deter in the way of bugs, as their cabbages look to be uneaten. Either that or they are out more than I am getting off the eggs before they have a chance to hatch

August 9, 2011 at 6:56 AM  
Blogger Joanna said...

Oh yes and congratulations on the second place. It does look lovely

August 9, 2011 at 6:56 AM  

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