Getting Your Garden Ready for Spring
If you haven’t already done so, meet Louise, one of our green fingered gardeners who works part-time at the Goodlife Farm Shop in our Plant Centre. Louise has recently taken possession of her very own allotment where she is planning to grow lots of lovely things including vegetables and flowers and she has agreed to share her journey (good and bad) with us all via our blog. In Louise’s first blog for us she writes:-
The end is in sight! For all you who love your garden, you will be able to appreciate the patience you need in order to make it though the winter without feeling bored or restless. Yes there are some lovely winter flowering plants, but nothing beats a day sowing new seedlings, watering your growing vegetables and picking fresh fruit off the tree. However, spring is on its way at last! For me this means it is time to get cracking on my allotment. I have never been an allotment owner before, so come and join me on my ventures as I learn what works and most importantly, what doesn’t.
This week I needed to replace the rotting wooden boarders around the edge of the allotment. I wanted to keep the costs down whilst also being as resourceful as possible, so I headed over to Southampton docks to buy re-cycled planks, which would have otherwise been put into landfill. They may not last years on end but for less than half the price of Homebase/BBQ they will work just fine. Now if you’re like me and you got into gardening for the plants and veggies, the thought of sawing and drilling a raised bed might not sound overly thrilling. However, it was actually surprisingly rewarding. Stepping back at the end of a rainy and wet Wednesday afternoon and seeing the foundations of your future sanctuary complete felt great. Quick tip: 2 words. Power Drill. Save your poor hands!!
Next I turned over the soil and made sure to get rid of the majority of weeds. Luckily the quality of the soil is excellent so I don’t need to add any compost or manure as of yet. It’s worth noting that I am aiming to be as organic as possible. Being a vegetarian, I will not be using blood or bone pellets. I know what you’re thinking, a vegetarian, with an organic allotment, trying to save the planet… does she braid her hair and wear hippy pants to?! The answer is yes, but only once I’ve drunk my skinny Matcha Latte.
Lastly I sowed three varieties of Pepper (Hot Praire Fire, Sweet Redskin F1 and Corno Di Torro Ross) using the SYLVA grow compost with added John Innes. Here at Wildbunch plants we now stock the RHS seed range and their quality is second to none. I will be keeping the seedlings indoors until March and will move them into the greenhouse once the weather is a little kinder. The reason for sowing Chilli’s so early is because they can take up to 2-4 weeks to germinate. Much longer than most plants!
So there you have it, my first week making progress on my allotment. From now until Summer, I will be very busy making the most of what feels like my own piece of heaven.
Plant assistant at Wildbunch.
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