by Hengest OR
I have not posted about my allotment since Jim C wrote a report about it way back in August 2010 so I thought I would share some of what I have learned in that time.
Members of the OR met up on Sunday 22nd August to help Hengest clear his new allotment and ready the plot for propagation. If you’ve never rented an allotment before, then you have no idea how much blood sweat and tears it takes to knock an overgrown and neglected plot into shape. My blistered hands and aching body are witness to how much work we did.
This first report by Jim charts his initial progress and thoughts about his newly acquired allotment, and shows that extensive gardening experience is not a prerequisite for such a venture – all you need is enthusiasm, respect for the soil and faith in Nature.
In this article I want to look at winter preparation for the coming year. It might seem plausible that nothing much needs to be done in winter months and whilst the time needed to work on the land is considerably less there are still tasks that need addressing.
To start with I want to look at the art or science of compost making. A decent compost heap is really an essential item to have on any allotment, it provides a cheap and ready way to work fertiliser into the soil and is wholly organic. It also requires little effort on your part, the natural process of decomposition, not to mention the variety of creatures from microbes to worms that live within a compost heap, do most of the work for you.