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Okay so technically Monday wasn’t necessarily marvellous but Sunday was impressive and consequently Monday is marvellous.
Sunday was Spud day. Planting seed potatoes is a job that, when done, brings tremendous satisfaction and back ache.
The intensely beach, like soil requires ingenuity. We use a bulb planting tool to move plugs of soil for each seed potato.
We planted four kinds this year.
White ballerina, another organic white (whose name I can’t find now) Raja and Violetta. So we’ve got red, white and purple varieties.
Meanwhile marvellous Monday is made more sound by the other allotment jobs that can be soundly ticked off.
Having brought a huge trailer full of well rotted leaf mulch over early on Saturday we had some great material to use.
We weeded and mulched the asparagus bed. Then the mulch also benefitted the raspberries, plum tree, currant bushes, Jerusalem artichokes, brambles, rhubarb and the main cold frame.
I also planted perennial sweet peas so that’s another plant that should join forces with the holly hicks from last year to develop a flower bed we’ve added for the bees.
Then speaking of bees, we worked on the allotment hive. It’s a langstroth style hive.
During the winter it had a blanket box of wood shavings to help with insulation and absorb excess moisture.
First we emptied out the shavings, then removed the box.
We also wanted to use a new method for giving the bees space.
In the main brood box we removed four frames of honey.
Many keepers take honey in the Summer but we are experimenting with removing honey frames in the Spring, allowing the bees plenty of food over Winter. We replaced the honey frames with new empty frames.
This should help the bees feel they have enough room in the hive and help prevent a swarm.
This frame has wooden supports in the middle rather than wire. It’s another experiment to avoid using metal in the hive as the bees don’t seem to like it.
After this yet more. We came home and started lots of seedlings.
More purple kohl rabi (as the last lot have not germinated) and black kale.
Coriander, thyme and basil.
Courgettes, gherkins and sweet dumpling squash.
I’m soaking purple French bean seeds and ying yang beans.
Last but not least. The chickens had another outing.
They did some weeding!
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