March 3 to May 7th Allotment #beforeandafter #onions on my plot. These overwintered and all 4 rows survived fairly well. Augusta, red onion, spring onion, and yellow rynsburger. Stay tuned for more and I’ll be doing some later snaps too. I’m surprised these did so well. They’re not all supposed to be overwintered .
Allotment before & after. March 5th to May 7th. Back of the plot. Mostly junk I’m working my way through . This was 10ft high with weeds & brambles when I first got it.
#beforeandafter March 3rd to May 7th. These are my apple and pear cordons. So far, about 3/5 have blossomed, and one already set fruitlets. Far end is Bramleys seedling and nearby I think is Winter Gem but I’ll let you know. Planning on more before and after later in the season. More March to May pics to follow!
Where has he been?! #busy ... that’s where. I think this is the last photo I took on 1st March . The last of my before photos. I’m returning home this Saturday so I’ll probably do new snaps Saturday/Sunday. Get ready for #beforeandafter ! This was my overwintering onion patch: including a row each of Augusta, spring onion, red onion, and yellow rynsburger. I think Augusta is the one recommended for overwinter and the others an experiment
What happens when you leave your allotment untouched for 8 weeks? Before: green manure! When I got the plot it was covered in these raised beds. I’ve kept 2 of them. This one I dig down about 2 feet and ripped out the membrane and piles and piles of #bindweed roots. Forked the subsoil , and planted crimson clover. Apparently if you plant this stuff then fork it in, it’s good for the soil. But will it even germinate? I guess we’ll find out later!
Untouched allotment for 8 weeks. Stay tuned for before & after pics, cos hey, why not! Before: Kiwi 🥝 fruit.... That’s right. I planted a kiwi up against this tree. Not the kind you buy in the local shop though. This is a Siberian kiwi. Another perennial to add to the collection. It’s hard to imagine anything growing here or to make it out amongst the twigs bracken & rubbish. I wonder how it’ll look.
Untouched allotment for 8 weeks of spring. Follow for before & after shots. This is a circle of 4 apple & 2 plum minarette trees. In the middle is a crab apple (Laura). I managed to winter wash these and scatter some fertiliser before I left. I would liked to have weeded them but I didn’t have the time. There are some strawberry plants at the base, while on the right I’ve weeded and planted in some crimson clover. Possibly a big mistake, possibly not. It was a “why the hell not” kind of a decision with a heavy dose of ignorance. I like minarettes because they’re fun, but they’re also very involved because of their tiny roots. They need looking after. The two at the front yielded some of the biggest apples I’ve seen last year but neglect of spraying meant a single caterpillar took most of them within about a week.
What happens when you leave your allotment empty for 8 weeks of spring? Before: this little beauty is my first Siberian Pea Tree from the agroforestry research trust. It’s a nitrogen-fixing with edible peas. I always find it strange planting what appears more like a stick than a tree and watching it grow. Follow me to see more before pics and, eventually, some afters too.
What happens when you leave your allotment for 8 weeks of spring. Before: these are my apple and pear tree cordons. Planted 1 year ago, fruit cut off to strengthen roots. Winter wash applied 5th March, pruned. I only managed to partially weed the left two trees and applied a little compound fruit tree fertiliser. These are on small rootstocks so they need TLC because they’re weaker. Also I have strawberries at the base that were really strong last year and have really deep roots. The birds got most of the fruit though! Follow me to see all my before photos and the after photos when I return!
What happens when you don’t touch your allotment for 8 weeks of spring? I’ll be absent from the plot for the next 8 weeks and unable to take photos. During those 8 weeks I’ll post some before photos , then when I return I’ll show the difference!
Here’s my brutalised pear tree ready for a new season. It might look drastic, but it did really well this last year with a similarly semi-hard prune, never removing more than about a third. Careful to remove&burn any canker and cleaned tools with methylated spirits. Wounds not painted.
#pruning the #grapevine . Popped down the allotment and managed to prune the vine. It looks brutal but I expect it will do well . I’m sticking with the principle of never removing more than 1/3: in this case I applied this to the thicker trunk part, where I removed nothing . The two new branches were fresh growth this year and have been folded out with everything else removed. Pretty sure this is the double guyot system but I might be wrong!
Baby is now 10 weeks & I’ve still managed to build a fence on the allotment during that time. Just shows what can be achieved if you put some effort in. My first ever fence and all from scratch :)