Tuesday, 24 September 2013

Cardboarding allotment plot - part 3

The building crafts college in Stratford dispose of wood shavings. So when possible I take a bag from the trash and put it in my brothers car boot and leave it in my front garden. Come allotment day it gets brought along and used on the plot.

The saw dust and wood shavings mix is really for the paths which will be formed once the raised beds are in place.

I'll then lay cardboard in the paths and cover with as much saw dust as possible.

The empty beds will then get a turn over. Maybe double dug. And Hungarian Rye Grass seed planed to act as a winter green manure.

Sunday, 15 September 2013

Card boarding the plot part2

Back on the allotment plot today. But first we drove to Redbridge and collect a car load of cardboard from a furniture store.

The cardboard was used to cover the over growth in the plot boundary bed which runs along the fence my plot neighbours have kindly put up.

We then covered the cardboard with wood shavings to weigh down the cardboard. A few hand fulls of winter beans were raked into the mix. Longshot, but I had a tin full of them and if they grow then they'll provide a great nitrogen fixing cover crop.

Sunday, 8 September 2013

Wall to wall carpeting for the Allotment plot

I've been a bad boy, I have neglected my allotment for some time. I will not bore you with my excuses.

As a result I have lost half my plot. Which is fair. And have about a month to get my remaining half of the plot in shape.

Nothing like a fixed deadline to get me focused.

So I enlisted some help. Shaks will work for me in exchange for me working for him. I. E. For every hour he helps me. I owe him an hour of help.

Now Shaks didn't want this arrangement, but I insisted.

The plan is simple. Take as much cardboard down, then cover the ground, then place a raised bed I've already knocked up. And fill with plug plants I've started at home.

I'll cover the finer points in another post. For now here is a before and after photo of 4 hours graft.