March allotment tasks

We’re getting ready for the first of the spring workshops on 18th March and I’m watching the long range weather forecast in the hope that we will be able to get some first early potatoes planted. It’s been hit and miss the past couple of years, getting spuds in the ground in mid-March. One year we had snow, another belting rain for nine days. Maybe this year we’ll be lucky! We’ve also got shallots to go in the ground during the workshop, if ground is what we have, rather than a gently moving sheet of surface water.

If we are rained or snowed off from the spuds, we can cram ourselves into the greenhouse and look at the peas and broad beans, and maybe do some sowing of peppers (the chillies are already in their seed trays: one lot of Royal Blacks and another of a similar small chilli that has lilac coloured fruits – can’t say where I obtained them as they were poached … by which I mean the little chilli had fallen to the ground, so I didn’t take it from the plant, but even so, I did take it …), tomatoes and leeks although they’d all need to be in the heated greenhouse, not the unheated one, which can take sowings of outdoor cucumbers, celery and celeriac and salads.

We can try showing people how to hoe weeds and how to hoe for soil aeration, some different approaches to soil warming and a few hints on how to plan for successional sowing.

I love this time of year, when everything is on its way, but I also find it very frustrating to have to try and guess when to sow or plant out crops. If I was in charge of the weather, it would be a lot more predictable, I can tell you!

The photo shows potatoes from 2008 - a year when the ground was under several inches of snow at the normal March planting date: the bucket of spuds was harvested in July.

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Posted by The Allotment Blogger on Tuesday, March 6, 2012

2 Comments:

Blogger Esther Montgomery said...

Seems quite exciting. All pent up and ready to go.

March 6, 2012 at 9:47 AM  
Blogger The Allotment Blogger said...

Gosh I hope so!

March 7, 2012 at 7:26 AM  

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