Too hot to work in the sun so after watering all the plants we made for the shade and had a BBQ.
The rain made everything grow, especially the grass and weeds. We strimmed, dug, weeded and topped up beds with compost, then we were ready to plant. So far leeks, shallots, french beans, courgettes and an aubergine have gone in. The bean bed is surrounded with copper wire mesh to ward off slugs as metaldehyde pellets are banned at the allotment.
The gardeners were lucky to have beautiful sunny weather over the Easter bank holiday. All our fruit trees are in blossom, the cherry will need netting to keep the birds from taking all our crop.
There is plenty of work to do, knee-high grass and weeds everywhere, so much digging. The hot weather has made the soil very hard!
In August 2017 the gardening group lost its funding and we had to abandon our plot. We recently got some more money and were able to spend 4 weeks working together.
The plots were looking very neglected and there was plenty to do. The good news is that Rosendale Allotments donated a polytunnel so our group can grow plants from seed and have a place to shelter and work when it rains.
We tidied the shed, cleaned it out and put everything back. Then the grass was strimmed and the weeds dug up. We drowned the weeds in the water butt.
Manure was collected from the top of the allotment, where it’s delivered free, and we used it, together with our homemade compost, to top up the beds.
More stones were collected and the new strawberry bed was weeded and enlarged. There are more strawberry runners to plant up this year.