Allotment: Planting Plan
However, I have not been idle or turned my back on it. No I have been busy planning and plotting away. Today we picked up the membrane for the paths. It is 50cm wide and you roll it out like carpet and peg it down. Hopefully this will make a huge difference psychologically as I will be able to lay out the beds and I will have more of an idea of where I need to dig and more of a purpose than being confronted by a sea of mud a I am now. Also I will be able to make sure I only walk on the paths and this will avoid the ground becoming too compacted.
In order to work the pathing requirements out I have had to get my head round laying out the beds so finally I have stopped procrastinating and decided on 11 small 1.5m x 3/2.8m beds plus the soft fruit area at the far end of the plot. Again the plan is to avoid walking on the beds as much as possible to avoid compaction. This probably isn’t the most straight forward plan for crop rotation but I think it is manageable – time will tell!!
I have split up the potatoes into earlies and main in two different beds. I have two beds of squashes (if you include courgettes in this category) and I plan to use trench composting in these beds to get rid of the weeds – who knows if it will work but its worth a go. Now I have a plan I can prioritise the digging of the beds and break it down into what needs digging by when which will mean that my time at the plot will be used more effectively. I can also point my parents who are helping to the right bit (they have a copy of the plan!)
The top of the plot will be soft fruit. I have the plants already languishing in pots on my patio. Getting the raspberries in is my first priority as I have other plans for where they are heeled in which I am also keen to get on with.
The weather has been depressing me but I feel a lot happier now I have a plan. When the weather is better we can get on and I have decided that until at least March I am keeping my weekends free so I can focus on getting on top of things. Plus if I don’t manage to get everything done I will just decide which crop to sacrifice this year or whether it would be better to plant a later crop and give myself more time.
So next step the delicious task of ordering the seeds