So, I have finally found the time to do a second Blog entry – I guess my NY resolution will be to write it more often. I did say I would comment on the ‘No Dig’ system but there is a change of plan, so this is ‘Brent’s Bushy Park Allotment Veg list’ – which is basically a list of the food I have grown in 2014…here goes:
18 courgette plants yellow, dark & light green -220
Melons x2 type (grown outside + greenhouse) -30
Peppers Sweet Atris, Orange Bell & Fairy Light Chilli – 180
Squash & pumpkins:
53 Sprinter Butternut
16 Cinderella Pumpkin
3 Yellow Round
8 Uchi Kuchi
10 Sweet Dumpling
16 Mini Red Turban
Rhubarb Winter black & Icicle radish, fennel, yellow & red beetroot, spinach, chicory, rocket, watercress, red/savoy/ pointed cabbage, leeks, parsnips, asparagus, lettuce mixed, green & red mustard leaf, mizuna, chives, rosemary, oregano, thyme, basil, hyssop, globe artichoke, Brussel sprouts, kale x3 types, petit posy, cucumbers crystal lemon & green, turnips,purple climbing/ helda runner/butter beans, Red onions, sweetcorn 80
Celeriac 24 x 1kg
Sweet Potatoes 8kg
Tomatoes x3 types
Potatoes Cara-20kg. Remarka-20kg
Elephant garlic 25, garlic 200
Apples, pears, plums, cherries, strawberries, raspberries, black berries, kiwi fruit, grapes, almonds
We dug trenches under gross feeding crops and filled them with horse manure, mulched beds with our own compost, watered and weeded as much as possible. All of our flowering plants are chosen for pollinating insects (one my favourites being Verbena bonariensis).
The Bushy Park committee awarded our plots ‘Best Modern Plots 2014’ which is our fifth award and we are very proud.
We chose our seed from either ‘The Organic Gardening Catalogue’, a seed swap at an allotment event, ‘The Real Seed Company’ and saving our own seed. They are selected for blight, pest and bolting resistance, early cropping varieties, unusualness, reliability, flavour or just a trusted favourite.
Some of my wife’s new recipes
Crab Apple Rum
Chunky Root Veg Soup
All the allotment beds have been prepared for winter by spreading a thick layer of composted mulch. This protects the soil from the cold elements, revitalises and replenishes, suppresses weed growth and encourages worms to bring the compost down for you. Which is part of The No Dig System.
Which is a blog for the New Year……I promise!
Happy New Year from The Green Kiwi