My planned activities for this month - March

Activity Comment
Cut back Green manure and cover. 06-03-17: cut back and covered green manure
Plant out first early potatoes. 17-03-17: planted First Early Potatoes Pentland Javelin
Prepare Double planting buckets  
Prepare Containers ready to grow potatoes 16-03-17: Part filled container bags ready to plant First early potatoes
 
 

Allotment Blog March 2017

6th March

Supporting Purple Sprouting Broccoli. Covering Green Manure

My first visit to the allotment this month I spent my time supporting my Purple sprouting Broccoli that had been pushed over my the wind see first image. Next I cutback the green manure that can be seen in the large image at the top of the page, and finally covered it with a membrane reading for planting Brassicas later in the spring. see second image. I then took my first harvest of Purple sprouting Broccoli home.

16th March

Harvesting Broccoli

Spent some time at the allotment this morning. I started by adding home made compost to the bottom 6"- 8" of my Potato bags that I will be using for my First early potatoes. I then collected the buckets ready to make into double reservoir buckets for growing items like tomatoes and cucumbers. Finally I spent some time harvesting my Purple Sprouting Broccoli. see image.

17th March

Planted Early Potatoes

I am growing my Potatoes at home this year and I will be growing all my potatoes in Potato bags. which can be seen in the image. I started by filling with my home made compost from the allotment about 6" - 8" deep, I then placed four seed potatoes ( one in each corner ) about 4" deep. I am using Pentland Javelin as my first early potatoes this year. Next I added about 30g of Potato feed mixed with purchased compost and per-lite, so that each bag is about 12" Deep with compost. The compost was then watered and left ready for the seed potatoes to grow.

March

What needs doing this month

Fruit:

  • Complete planning of new fruit areas
  • Complete planting as soon as soil conditions permit
  • Firm trees and bushes lifted by frost
  • Complete pruning of trees and bushes
  • Feed established trees
  • Spray apples, cherries, peaches, nectarines, pears, plums and damsons.
  • Train new shoots of blackberries and loganberries on to wires.
  • Protect flowers on wall-trained peaches and nectarines and pollinate artificially if insects are scarce
  • Plant raspberries and strawberries

Vegetables:

  • Sow seeds for main crop Brussels Sprouts
  • Sow seeds of late summer cabbages
  • Sow leeks
  • Sow summer spinach
  • Sow parsnips if ground is not too wet
  • Sow main crop leeks, peas and carrots.
  • Sow salad onions and radishes
  • Plant early potatoes in the middle of the month
  • Feed winter lettuce with a general fertilizer to boost growth.
  • Place main crop potatoes in trays to 'chit'.
  • Plant out young lettuce under cloches.
  • If soil has dried enough to work, prepare seedbeds by raking to a fine tilth.
  • Sow Parsnips, Onions and Broad beans.
  • Plant Horseradish and Jerusalem Artichokes
  • Sow lettuce under cloches.
  • Boost the growth of spring cabbage by top dressing with a high nitrogen fertilizer such as nitro chalk.
  • Plant more early potatoes to give a succession of crop.
  • Start Mint (preferably in a container such as a bucket to restrict root spread)
  • Plant main crop Peas.
  • Sow a catch crop of Lettuce, radish or spinach in-between the rows of peas.
  • Sow turnips in rich ground.
  • If Rhubarb has been forced, remove covers to prevent the plants becoming too weak.
  • Sow Onion sets.
  • Plant out new crowns of asparagus.
  • Plant out strawberry plants.
  • Plant more early potatoes to give a succession of crop.
  • Plant early potatoes.
  • Prepare celery trenches and work in plenty of well-rotted manure.
  • Broad beans and Peas started off in pots can now be hardened off ready for transplanting.
  • Plant out onion sets.
  • Sow spinach.
  • Plant out Jerusalem Artichokes.
  • Lime any sites to be used for Brassicas if this was not done in the autumn.

Greenhouse:

  • Make successional sowing of salad vegetables
  • Sow herbs, summer cabbage, cauliflowers and winter celery
  • Sow melons, cucumbers, sweet peppers and aubergines
  • Sow tomatoes for unheated greenhouse and outside
  • Sow basil

Herbs:

  • Prepare seed bed as soon as soil is warm
  • Sow small amounts of chives, chervil, dill, marjoram, parsley and sorrel.
  • Layer shoots of pot marjoram and divide fennel roots
  • Split old clumps of sorrel

General:

  • Keep an eye out for slugs on early sowing in cloches.
  • Pre-warm the soil by covering with cloches or black polythene.
  • Have you cleaned your shed yet?
  • Is your equipment working ready for the spring?
  • is it time to give your grass paths a cut