Hi, if you grow or want to grow vegetables & fruit organically then this is the site for you. I have an allotment with distinct beds (about four feet wide) so I never walk on the soil. I do not have edging boards since I discovered they just provided a hidey hole for slugs. Having raised beds helps me to rotate the crops to keep the ground free from disease.
I keep my plot chemical free, partly because it's healthier but also because the produce tastes so good, especially when freshly picked. Experts say to keep the time from picking to cooking short with corn, asparagus and peas, but it's true of everything.
My allotment is alive with flowers which attract insects, mainly Pot Marigolds, Californian Poppies and Poached Egg Plants. I have moderated the excesses of my early years when I think I was known as the "Flower Man", but the overall appearance is still rather chaotic compared to most which it is how I like it, because. I have never seen nature establish itself in straight lines, so unless there is a particular reason for it I donít try to plant in too regimented a way. I am also attracted to the idea of companion planting. Sceptics seem to wish to challenge its effectiveness, but I think that anything that looks and feels more natural has got to be beneficial and at the very least can't do any harm.
Pea and Bean Weavil damage
'This Month' relates to what i will be doing during April. 'Next Month' predicts what I'll be doing in May. 'Dig This' is an archive of my thoughts on various subjects. The latest addition is on my approach to composting. My ideas about individual vegetables may be accessed in the 'Vegetable Guide.
I hope you like my website. I update it each month with fresh information and photos.
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Updated 10 April 2022Next update 1 May 2022
I made a little video in April one year giving a quick tour round the plot. It may be accessed here:
April Allotment Tour