March Musings

Tis the season to be planting and growing again, it’s good to be back.  

Hopefully, by now we are now standing on the threshold of Spring and the new gardening season. The days are beginning to lengthen and although it may not feel like it at times the temperatures are slowly increasing day by day.

More importantly, the longer days are the real trigger to new growth and you will find that with the help of a little protection you can really go for those early sowings.

If you’re inclined to, you can complete in April the planting of onion sets and carry on making successional sowings of beetroot, carrots, parsnips, lettuce, spinach, spring onions, kohl rabi, radish, turnips, early peas, Swiss chard. climbing French beans towards then of the month.

I was asked if there was a correct time to dig over your plot recently.  In theory, if you have chosen to dig your vegetable allotment, it is important to dig at the correct time. This can be determined by your soil type.

Because of the stickiness of clay soil, it is far better to dig it over in the autumn, preferably before it becomes too waterlogged by the rainy season.  However, if needs must, just dig.  If in doubt visit the National Allotment Society site, they have all of the answers.

We’d like to thank you for your support over the last year which we are acutely aware has been a challenging period. The COVID-19 pandemic has pushed every allotment, not just ours, to the very limit.

Until next time, enjoy your plot, stay safe, follow the Covid Rules and respect your fellow allotmenteers.

Ken Mulley-Smith
Your Chair of Alwoodley Allotment Society Ltd.


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