Since my last allotment update I’ve been on holiday. More on that in due course, but after getting back I’ve spent some more time on the plot.
It’s potato planting season and I’ve noticed that there seem to be as many different ways of planting them as there are gardeners. My way is the best, obviously, so I’d like to educate you on the winning method:
1. Dig a trench with your spade.
2. Space the chitted seed potatoes along the trench, a foot or so apart. Like this:
3. Using a trowel, plant the seed potatoes in the bottom of the trench.
4. Chuck a small handful of potato food on top of each seed.
5. Gently cover the potatoes with soil.
6. Leave a shallow trench where the potatoes are, with ridges between the rows. Like this:
That picture is of beds 02 and 03. I plant two rows per bed and the beds are 54 inches wide, so the rows are roughly two feet apart.
As the potatoes start to grow, you can use the soil in the ridges to earth up the plants, so the trenches end up as ridges. Spudtastic!
As well as planting potatoes, I’ve been preparing the ground for my cabbages and Brussels sprouts. It’s simple enough: Rake the ground nice and level, give the beds a generous sprinking of lime and erect the plastic pipe hoops that will hold the netting. Here are beds 11 and 12 ready to go:
It won’t be long before I plant up these beds, the young plants are coming along quickly in the greenhouse at home. Meanwhile there’s plenty more to do!