Rain and Raised Beds
It’s been a bit of a damp week here in Devon so progress has been slow on the allotment. I’m not shy of wet weather but with mum sticking to your boots and a house needing to be prepped prior to a shipping container arriving I had to take a sensible approach. Earlier on in the week, I did manage to get the wood prepared and start building some raised beds on site.
I have a Loganberry, three varieties of Blackcurrant (I love me some Ribena); Ben Nevis, Baldwin, and Ben Lomand. The Strawberries are Florence and Cambridge Favourite. I had my heart set on some Mara des Bois, after they were recommended by James Wong, but a large online supplier let me down with the order. These rushed plants were cheap from a local nursery so I hope they’re tasty.
The uprights are supposed to serve as dog lead guards and prevent the plants being decapitated by an enthusiastic golden retriever. However, they’re a little spindlier than I had envisaged and the angles are slightly off giving it a Kerplunk effect.
After all the rain I managed a couple of hours at the site and installed four more established strawberry plants of unknown variety. These were kindly donated by my mother.
The herb bed is now up and running. A central Bay tree will be closely clipped to stop it taking over. I have three types of mint (apple, garden and chocolate peppermint) in pots sunk into the ground. Hyssop, Rosemary, Thyme, Bronze fennel and Marjoram.
I may get accused of being a control freak but with the regimented lines of these seedlings, it’s hard to refute. Pleasingly quick to germinate, these will go up the allotment when they’re big enough for cropping next spring.
I have finally dredged up enough modular seed trays to pot on my Sweet Rocket. There’s still another small pot pleading for release but they’ll have to wait.