Tuesday 8th March 2016

Monday, yesterday, was an intensive all-day community workshop session. So Tuesday is a recovery day – or a catching-up with what we should have done on Monday day. Gardening is a lower priority this week, but we do get some done.

Weed and prepare the first patch of this year’s main onion bed ready to plant out the shallots next week. They follow last year’s brassicas which were undersown with clover. It will be interesting to see how well that practice has maintained fertility.

While it rained, some more sowing in the greenhouse. It’s a flower day. A packet of lavender seeds to see if we can add to the cottage garden Lavender hedge.
And a packet of Mexican Marigolds – reputed to deter potato pests and to upset both couch grass and ground elder (which are pests in the walled garden). It sounds too good to be true, but we will give it a trial if the slugs don’t polish them off first. Our slugs seem to have a particular fondness for Tagetes!
There’s a packet of Poached Egg Plant seeds as well. They are scattered in the cottage garden.

Then dry again, so more preparation. This time for the early potatoes. One of this year’s two potato beds was sown last Autumn with a ryegrass and vetch mixture for over winter green manure. Now it’s time to dig it in. It is heavy work. The ryegrass must be fully turned in and buried. It worked well last year, so we will maintain the practice – but not too much of it! By the end of the afternoon a pleasing chunk of the bed looks like a deep ploughed field. We try to limit soil disturbance – and onions and brassicas certainly appreciate a no-dig approach. But using this green manure, the beds will be thoroughly turned over once every four years. It could be the best of both worlds. I am convinced that there are benefits and drawbacks to both digging and no-digging …

With the roots bed spot weeded last week and the first parsnip seeds sown, things are well in hand.

No panic.

Yet.

Tuesdays in the Triangle Field (Community Supported Market Garden) are busy, sociable, friendly, relaxed, productive. Volunteers are made welcome, fed, watered and rewarded with produce. Let us know if you would like to join us either regularly, occasionally or just for a one-off pleasure.

Tel. 01743 761418 email: crabapplecom@hotmail.com

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