March is upon us and the next six months will be full throttle at the allotment. I know it will be back to working full weekends at the allotment…and I can’t wait!
I never thought I would enjoy all the digging, weeding and general hard work on the allotment so much…maybe I should have been a gardener or farmer?
Having not got as much done in February as I would have liked due to work commitments, the list is even longer for March! Plus, it’s almost that time of the year where I can start sowing most of my seeds so basically, I better get a move on!
I had a little sort through my seeds this weekend to decide what should and shouldn’t be sown. In previous years I have been a little impatient and started sowing ealier than I should so I am trying to learn from my mistakes and will wait until April to do most of the sowing.
- Build carrot bed – there will be no carrots without one so must get a wiggle on!
- Build seed bed – a large bookcase of ours has broken so we are going to use the structure to make a temporary seed bed
- Remove old compost pile from the side of the shed
- Put up growhouse where old compost pile used to be
- Mow the grass
- Weed the fruit cage
- Weed onions and garlic
- Clear and prepare bean/pea bed
- Get new cover for polytunnel
- Weed asparagus bed
- Clear grass from around the pond
- Finish pond ‘wall’
- Plant remaining fruit trees
- Mow grass
- Clear unwanted shrubs and weeds from herb garden
- Plant new herbs
- Clear away old bean plants and prepare bean/pea beds
- Clear away old raspberry canes
- Clear area where polytunnel will go
- Sort out shed
- Mow grass
- Pot on pepper, chilli and aubergine seedlings
- Start off rest of onions
- Plant first early potatoes in grow bags (end of March)
Although I am sowing most of my seeds in April, there are a few things I want to get started this month.
- Broad beans
- Spring onions
- Brussels sprouts
I wanted to start the broad beans and peas in February and then a second sowing in March but I will just have to move that forward.
I was reading an article about Peas and it suggested that I stop sowing peas from early April to avoid the dreaded pea moth, which I get every year, but it didn’t say when I could start sowing again after this to get some late season peas? Does anyone have any ideas?
Or do I feel another experiment coming on?