A Happy New Year to you all. We had a quite one, which gave me time to plot and plan what’s going to be happening down on lottie plot 21a in 2014 🙂
I nearly passed out when I’d finished! Phew looks like we’re going to have a mightly busy year. I had to make a brew to recover and ponder how we’re going to be the most productive. Before I put together my plan I got out my Kings Seeds catalogue that I picked up from our allotment shed. I find it really useful that they have pictures and grow charts so you know when to sow/plant/harvest. I need varities of veggies that will be ready for harvest over the winter months *December obviously is a must for yummy Christmas dinner 😀
Here’s the selection I’ve made…
Potatoes ~ Maris Piper Plant in August (I’m going to be planting these in a container rather than in the ground after the case of the disappearing potatoes last year!
Parsnips ~ Tender & True Sow in April/May/June, Harvest late Autumn-January
Broccoli ~ Rudolph Sow in Mid January-May, Plant March-July, Harvest Mid September-Mid February
Carrots ~ Flyaway F1 Sow March-July, Harvest July-December
Cabbage ~ Tundra F1 Sow March-May, Plant Jun-July, Harvest November-Mid March
Cauliflower ~ Belot F1 Sow May, Plant July, Harvest November-December
Sprouts ~ Revenge F1 Sow March, Plant Late April-May, Harvest December-February
Phew so that’s dinner sorted. Now there are a few other changes that we’re going to make and big jobs to do…
- Dig in the brick path (going to need lots of cups of tea for that one!)
- Replacing the raised strawberry bed with half salad half herbs
- The dolly tub I’m going to fill with nasturtiums, herbs and wildflowers. I think this will look quite striking if it will be an explosion of flowers 🙂
We’re going to try sweetcorn for the 3 year running and see if we’re successful. Squashes and pumpkins… fingers crossed they work this time, plenty of manure is needed I’ve read! swede is another on the menu.
The wild flower patch is going to be extended to the edge of the plot, the bee hive is in that direction and I want to make sure I’ve got plenty of food for the buzzy bumbles 🙂 buzz buzz 😀
I hope to do lots of companion planting too. The parsnips are going to sit in the bed with the carrots, the soil is really fine in there and there’s a chance they might grow into a normal parsnip shape! Alien shapes are fine but it would be nice to have perfect looking parsnips 🙂
So guys, quite a lot going on on the plot this year. I’ve got the Open Day to help with. A big party on the plot for all the allotment holders around Wimbledon time with cream tea, using delicious lottie strawberries. Bee inspecting (including rescuing a few bees along the way no doubt!) and a few tipples whilst weeding – it’s the only way to get through it! A great year to look forward to 🙂
Happy Growing Year 2014 everyone!
Lottie Land Girl Kaz xx