DRAYTON ROAD ALLOTMENTS ASSOCIATION

ALLOTMENTS  AND GARDENS

ADVICE TIPS AND INFORMATION

SITE,SOIL and FLOWERS

updated 6th Sept 2015

Prize winning flowers at Abingdon Horticultural Society Autumn Show

Serious competion here!
Dahlia photo



I am trying to sow and plant as per the crop rotation plan on the veg page





Potatoes in May. No Frost last year May 2012 Potatoes







New asparagus bed planted with plants grown from seed in April photo below
Photo of new asparagus bed August 2011photo of asparagus bed taken in November
Asparagus new bed Aug 2011                          Nov 2011
established asparagus
members established asparagus bed

 Some old seed that I set hasn't germinated, a lesson there!

I have planted some sunflowers and  sweet peas , near to the runner beans to attract pollinating insects.

Site
Site selection may be already made and you have to take what is offered. If you have a choice a north/ south site is preferable as it uses the sun to best advantage, but my site is east / west. Look for an airy site that is not overlooked by trees which rob your plants of soil and light. Well drained if possible

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Soil Preparation

Digging is best, but first you must clear the site. See my photo strimming down weeds, and the finished site after strimming. I hired a rotovator for the weekend in September and cleaned the surface of weeds. The experts will tell you that this spreads the weeds which is true but it cleans the whole area quickly so that you can fork out roots. However if you want to dig with a spade and then fork out the roots do so.( start sooner as it will take longer!!!)

Beds versus whole site

I prefer an open site but see the photo of a raised bed, about 8'x4'. These can be easier to work around  and crop, but it is down to personal preference.

Flowers

Flowers can help attract bees and insects for pollinating vegetables and fruit so are beneficial on the allotment. I have grown sweet peas and sun flowers alongside  runner beans. Remember that vegetables and fruit have flowers also.

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Photo of a raised bed

flowers on allotments 2013

Sweet william photo







 Flowers  2013



Spring flowers June 2011
 

photo of butterfly on lilac blossomphoto of sunflower
Useful tools                 THE HOE                                   Photo of Hoe

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Red flowered Broad beans  photo of red flowered broad beans