Allotment training and strawberries!

I’ve just finished working out the spring/summer courses on Plot #103, Weald Allotments, Hove. So on 18th March, we’ll be covering:

1. Planting early potatoes
2. Soil warming techniques
3. Which crops to sow in the ground and which need heat
4. Monthly tasks

I’ve revised the teaching schedule to offer smaller classes and more practical experience and I’m really looking forward to meeting some new allotment holders and vegetable gardeners and working with them.

In the meantime, we’ve been getting Plot #103 ready for the year ahead – I think it’s looking pretty good … especially OH’s sterling work on rechipping the paths with gorgeous golden, pine-scented shippings.

I’ve been fighting with the strawberries. The planter is clearly in the right place and the strawberries are clearly in the right soil, as this is the fourth (fourth!) time I’ve trimmed back the strawberries since October, and I was astonished to find that as well as the furled new leaves which I was fully expecting to find at the heart of each plant there are actual strawberries! It’s been the mildest winter I can remember and this proves it …

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Posted by The Allotment Blogger on Monday, January 23, 2012

2 Comments:

Blogger The Liquineer said...

We have flowers on our overwintering peas (twinkle variety) and have had for several weeks - I keep trying to protect them from the heaviest frost, so hopefully they will survive to give some early pease.

January 23, 2012 at 3:23 PM  
Blogger The Allotment Blogger said...

Liquineer, they should be pretty hardy - like snowdrops, some overwintering flowers have a special enzyme that stops frost damage - it's possible for cellullar desiccation to occur if there are many heavy frosts but even so, the likelihood is that the flowers will survive. Make sure your protection isn't blocking the access of solitary bees, which pollinate overwintering and early beans and peas.

January 26, 2012 at 1:03 AM  

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