April 2013 – Ground preparation, manure delivery, herb and potato planting… and we are 1 year old!!

 A busy April, lots to do; and the project is now 1 year old!!

Our one year old pizza lunch in the Rosendale Allotments Community Building

The main jobs were;

Prepare the ground for planting, digging over to let air and water in and to break up the soil where it had become compacted.

The eternal enemy… couch grass!

This job at times was hard work – mostly due to a majority of the site being clay, which hardens in the sun and becomes compacted and slippery in the rain, but seeing the result after the dig and a good rake was worth the effort…

We also had a manure delivery! So we spread that on the dug ground in order for the worms to drag it down and to dig it in in a few weeks…

We also built some shelves for some newly planted seeds;

Shelves in use with plants!

We also planted our potato crop...

And lastly, planting some herbs to enhance our herb garden, we purchased some sage to go with a rescued thyme plant abandoned last year by the former plot holders…

The sage plant, roots watered ready for planting…
It’s in! Sage is planted with the other herbs…

Rescued thyme plant, going to ground…
Herb garden as of April 2013

Now the warmer weather comes our way, lots to do in May…

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