Plot Notes

A personal journal, open for the world to read, recording the progress of a novice allotmenteer on his allotment.

Weed it and reap.

Tuesday, 2 March 2010

Marching time.

I am itching to get cracking on my plot and get some mud on my wellies but there is nothing I can do until the contractor has finished the remaining work on the site. In February he was due to supply an additional 4 inches of topsoil, and then to "subsoil to 16 inches and then disc harrow and rotavate" the whole site. I'm not quite sure what all that means or entails but I do know that there is no point in me doing anything on the plot until he has finished.

There was no sign of the contractor on site in February. I don't know why the work has not yet been completed but I suspect that it has been delayed by the poor weather. There was another covering of snow and ice this morning. I have had enough of this weather. It's March now and I'm ready for Spring.

All the seeds which I sowed in February are coming on nicely. Even the Chilli pepper seeds have germinated. I was worried that they had failed but after a couple of nights in the airing cupboard the seedlings emerged. The French Beans are really shooting up as can be seen from the photo. I will pot them on at the weekend and start putting them in the coldframe during the day to toughen them up.

Last weekend I sowed a batch of leeks and brussels sprouts. This coming weekend I will move some of my seedlings from the propagators and put them in the coldframe. I will sow more veg seeds and some herbs in the propagator. I have not yet decided exactly what.

I have got a nice list of jobs to do once I can get onto the plot.
  • collect farmyard manure from Richard's farm in the next village.
  • mark out position for raised beds to be constructed by site contractor
  • prepare bed for potatoes.
  • prepare bed for beans.
  • prepare bed for asparagus and rhubarb.
  • prepare a seed bed.
  • construct cane supports or wigwams for french beans and runner beans.
  • install coldframe on plot.
  • install water butt on plot.
  • take delivery of wooden veg crates to be used as compost bins.
  • make the compost boxes rat-proof with mesh lining.
  • construct lids for compost boxes.
  • construct plot paths once delivery of wood chippings arrives.
  • erect posts and wire for vine trellis system.
  • plant onion sets and garlic in one of the raised beds.
Off the plot I will continue with successional sowing of seeds. It looks like March is going to be a busy month....assuming the contractor completes his work and I can get started.


  1. The weather has been a right irritation, and now that it's clear (it sort of is here), I suddenly am inundated with work. Damn this pesky life, I want to get digging!

  2. We had a covering of snow again on Tuesday. It wasn't forcast either so it was a bit of a surprise when I looked out of the bedroom window. It looks like you're going to have a very busy March with all the jobs you've got listed to do. I hope the weather improves for you.

  3. We are holding off sowing our seeds until the weather and soil improves. The trouble is if the seeds are sown too early they then suffer as they can't be planted out.