Week 51 Year 2: Loving Allotment grown Leeks and Preparing the ground for the new Growing Season…

So nearly celebrating my Two-Year Anniversary (which will be next week!) and feel so behind already with this year’s plot, although given we’re having a rather early Easter for a change, I think the expectations as to how far you should be, is artificially brought forwards.

Blueberry plants are budding up with colourful flowers on all three bushes.

Blueberry plants are budding up with colourful flowers on all three bushes.

Warming the soil on my Raised Beds (LEFT).

Warming the soil on my Raised Beds (LEFT) possibly for potatoes

Not completed my planning as yet but using cardboard to warm the soil and considering digging up the Over-Winter Onions which haven’t done well at all! Such a big grand bed so may change the crops in this one (after last year’s Strawberry Patch) which moved to the back of the Plot (and will be on the move again shortly).

Garlic sprouting through the ground.

Garlic sprouting through the ground.

My Provence Wight Garlic has sprouted through the ground and looking healthy (for the moment).

Started to Weed in front of the Shed

Started to Weed in front of the Shed

Always enjoy harvesting crops. Last year I harvested much thicker and bigger leeks (Week 4 Year 2) and I have enjoyed some Leeks already this year (Week 33, Year 2) but having ordered a Greenhouse, I need to start getting the Plot ready. (Originally, the plan was to place the new structure at the front of the plot, but I have changed my mind and it will go infront of the Shed, at the more sheltered end of my Allotment. So the strawberries will need to be moved on!)

Leeks taken out of the ground and eaten at home!

Leeks taken out of the ground and eaten at home!

So the Front will gain a new Raised Bed (where the old compost was kept and has already been removed) and the Raspberries will be pulled up (with their roots) and moved to a new Raised Bed. This will become a new square bed (with the wood from in-front of the Shed literally carried down and placed at the front. Again, not sure what crops I will grow in here but good not be losing a whole Raised Bed whilst gaining a new Greenhouse.

The cleared old Compost with Raspberry Canes at the front of the plot.

The cleared old Compost with Raspberry Canes at the front of the plot.

So definitely some time required to plan this years Crop Rotation, and ensure I am utilising the beds well, timing the crops to maximise the produce and of course, make it look “pretty” as Plot Inspections re-start again shortly.

And back at home, Main Crop potatoes have arrived so are put in baskets and chitting in the Baby Greenhouse whilst the First Earlies are doing well and need to be transferred to the Plot. In addition, I have started to pot on my bedding plants (for the Garden at home) and getting ready to sow some of the Tomato plants (for my new Greenhouse) and getting ready for a busy Spring, which arrives next week!

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