We’ve got a lot further in our Quest for Veg than we had dared to hope.
This is mainly due to the terrific amount of help we’ve received from our very good friends Richard Anderson (Anderson Landscapes), and Elisa Contreras and Rodney Williams (The Secret Garden).
When we started, I think we anticipated that our first year would probably be spent getting the allotment into shape. And yet here we are, just entering April, and we are looking forward to sowing our first seeds on the plot.
Not only that but during March, Richard very kindly gave us the use of his greenhouse. This enabled Sandra to sow her first seeds.
The greenhouse Richard is allowing us to use
Coriander seedlings in the greenhouse
We decided to try to create some woodchip paths
to help define the plot and give us some relatively mud free areas to work on. By chance, Andrew came across a Garden Inspirations of Cheam who were working on a tree across the road from where we live. They enthusiastically agreed to deliver the woodchip straight to the plot.
Our delivery of woodchip
We found a little garden cart by Draper which we could attach to Andrew’s mobility scooter. It’s perfect for transporting tools and equipment to and from the allotment. Andrew made a liner so that we could also use it for moving the woodchip from the gate to our plot.
Our very useful little cart
Our woodchip path which is wide enough to get the scooter turned round
Richard also came up with some compost that was surplus to requirements. He brought it to the site, and he and Elisa moved it to the plot. We used it to add to the raised bed we made using builder’s bags.
Richard and Elisa hard at work moving the compost
We bought some weed suppressing membrane and covered most of the plot to, er, suppress the weeds.
Our plot all tucked up in its geotextile blanket
And we’re chitting some potatoes which are now ready for planting out.
Potatoes chitting away very happily
We should be planting out our potatoes very soon. We’ll also be direct sowing some seeds and transplanting some seedlings that have been started in the greenhouse.
Hopefully, we’ll also be putting a water tank on the site soon and deciding on what shed we want. Roll on April!