Diary-March 2011 – Allotment Gardening

Diary-March 2011

Allotment DiaryWhat a month! Never know a March so warm and dry, hardly any rain what so ever.The day time temperature has been in the middle to high teens most days (a lot higher in the sunshine), although we had some cold nights, this lead to some wild max-min temperatures in the cold greenhouse.
The settled weather allowed me to get the allotment well prepared, I don’t think I’ve been this organised in a long while.

Week One
<Digimax S1030 / Kenox S1030>Some new residents have moved into the chicken run, they took quite some time to work out that they had a nice hen house to lay their eggs in, opting to lay anywhere outside, giving me a few mornings of ‘hunt the egg’, but they seem to have got the idea now.
Rest of the week was spent reclaiming the far corner of the allotment, back from Ivy, nettles, Docks and an assortment of other perennial weeds. Two years neglect, and it soon reverts back to a jungle.

Week Two
Onion SetsMore seeds sown of Peas, Broad beans and Onions, these are the replacements for the ones that didn’t germinate in February.
This years challenge to myself – Remember to put the sowing date on all the labels!.
Onion set were started off in seed tray modules, growing area is not ready for them yet.

Week Three
Big seed sowing week this, most veg are sown, except the most tender greenhouse crops.

Beetroot Seed Sown in trayparsnip seed sow in tubescovered seed trays

 

 

  • Sprouts
  • Cabbage
  • Cauliflower
  • Calabrese
  • Spring Onions
  • Beetroot – sown in cells, thinned out to two seedling per station, and planted out as plug plants once they have their second true leaf.
  • Turnip – sown the same way as Beetroot.
  • Celery – surface sown, with only a very light covering of vermiculite.
  • Parsnips – sown in cardboard tubes, these will be planted out just before the tap root reaches the bottom of the tube, timing is every thing here.

I don’t usually sow these until the second week in April, but as the weather has been so kind, thought it was worth a try.

  • Peppers
  • Tomatoes
  • Aubergines

Week Four
Chitted PotatoesThe First Early Potatoes (Swift) have chitted quite nicely, and are ready to plant out. (Potatoes planted on 24th,)
The first lot of Broad beans were planted out, its not often that the soil is so dry in March that plants need puddling in.
Middle section of the allotment was rotavated, soil was just right for turning over.

It’s been a good March!

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