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stonehead
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PostPosted: Wed Feb 02, 2011 4:41 pm    Post subject: New Allotment. Reply with quote

Have just rented my first allotment plot and waiting for machine to scrape back the sod, is there any need to manure or fertilize this season hoping to sow sets,carrots,parsnips,cabbage and borlotti beans. Its a greenfield site.

Thanks.

ps. I suppose a soil check might be an idea !
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PostPosted: Wed Feb 02, 2011 7:59 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Good luck with your site. You'll probably make a lot of new mates from amongst the other tenants and some of them may be well versed in the type of soil you have in the area etc.

Having created my own patch from former green field, I'd be a bit wary about the machine you've got coming. If it takes the thinnest possible skim off the surface, you'll still have all the weeds that give most trouble, i.e. the docks, dandelions, thistles and cooch grass whose roots will be left behind. You'll also have their seeds lying dormant in the soil, ready to show themselves over the next couple of years.

As an old market gardener once drummed into me, the soil is your most valuable asset and needs to be preserved. The best method, therefore, of starting from scratch is to just dig the plot, pick out the weeds, knock all the earth off them and consign them to the compost heap. If your machine goes too deep it'll steal valuable soil that will be difficult to replace.

If you have access to farmyard manure, use it. It can't do any harm and I'd suggest a light dusting of granulated lime to help the crops along. If no natural fertiliser is available, a sack of 10-10-20 applied at 3oz per square yard will help but, beyond that, I'd wait to see what the forum's experts say.

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stonehead
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PostPosted: Wed Feb 02, 2011 8:31 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Thanks for the input Blowin,I guess i'll have my work cut out for me. It will be the plot owener who will have control over the machine,so will just have to wait and see. Thanks again.
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PostPosted: Thu Feb 03, 2011 1:26 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Cover areas of the allotment that you will not be using for a while with black plastic or any other similar material and this will kill all the weeds and make digging easier later. This also means that organic material will be decomposed back into the soil. Best of luck.
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