On the Allotment

The (Vegetable) Garden’s Gone to Pot

In an attempt to keep the slugs and snails at bay I’ve been planting as much as I can in pots. We are on our 3rd sowing of runner beans on the allotment and unless a. the weather improves, or b. Andrew is prepared to spend the night there in pursuit of slugs and snails, it seems unlikely we will be dealing with the usual gluts this year. At least this way when I go out on my evening slug hunt there is a limited area to check and it is easier to protect the plants with copper tape, wool pellets and nematodes.

Hot News on the Badger Front

Regular followers will know that I have my fair share of badger bother in this garden – especially when they munch their way through my newly planted tulip bulbs!  I’ve come up with a number of deterrents in the from Wire netting to Robust Hurdles.

And now a possible solution has come my way courtesy of greengardener, specialists in wildlife friendly deterrents. Nite Eyes (£19.99 or £49.99 for 3) is a solar-powered unit  that repels both foxes & badgers by mimicking the eyes of a predator. The unit charges by day and then comes on automatically at dusk when the two red LED lights in the front start to flash. It does not harm the animals, but they will feel threatened because they believe it’s the eyes of another animal. It is this sense of being watched that the animals do not like so they turn tail and run away. I’ve ordered three and will report the results here and on the allotment.

On the allotment in August

The annual open day at the allotment followed hot on the heels of our open day.  The sun shone, home made wine was drunk and the BIG EVENT was our plucky MP, Amber Edwards, who officially cut the loo roll to inaugurate our new solar-powered, state-of-the-art composting loo –  and it was her birthday!

The Great Potato Plot

Traditionally Good Friday is the day for planting early potatoes, but it was a miserable day so Andrew planted them on Easter Monday.  He has also started to put together a fruit cage (recycled from various sources around the soft fruit)

On the Allotment in Late November 2009

On the allotment: 12th November – Andrew has planted up a new soft fruit area.  This has involved a great deal of digging, followed by the addition of  well-rotted manure and the laying of a  Mypex geotextile membrane to retain moisture and control weed regrowth.  Planting holes were cut through it and the new fruit bushes are now nicely tucked in for the winter.