I remembered to plant the canes with a little mychorrhizal fungi and mulched them with a little horse manure. I really need to put more manure or compost on them but I will do this later in the year. There are some raspberries on the new allotment which are probably "Autumn Bliss" which fruited in the autumn. They are poor specimens so I might just take them out and put them at the bottom of the digging trench.
I have started to put curbing along the trackway using 1 foot square, concrete paving slabs.
|I have put one foot square paving slabs along the end of|
As I have run out of Buxus sempervirens rooted cuttings, I am using the Pyracantha rogersiana seedlings to finish off the whole of the run across the allotment.
I will need 40 two foot slabs to complete the path down the east side of the allotment. Two down 38 to go. I will put curbing along the path as well to contain the soil. The path will then go along the hedge to the shed. That will need 24 slabs and a path up to where the greenhouse is going - right in the middle of the allotment - will need 30 slabs.
The Fraxima ananasia "Cambridge" and "Marshmallow" plants were containerised at the old allotment using comfrey leaves at the bottom and good sieved top soil at the top of the containers. I have moved these potted plants to the new allotment where they will be used to make a large strawberry bed next to the compost heaps.
I will move the compost heaps to enable me to use a little more of the ground that they are on. If I move them round 90 degrees then the lorries and trailers will be able to back into the bays and tip out the manure where it needs to be stored.
The top fruit trees are not planted in the right places for the new allotment plan so I will be moving them during the winter. I want to make sure that they are dormant before I start to do this. They have just lost their leaves so I will leave them for another couple of weeks. The Malus domesticus "Ribston Pippin" and "Egremont russet" will be put alongside the east path and the Pyrus communis "Doyenne du Comice" will go by the west path.
I am going to move the two pears and apple trees from the old allotment and plant them by the east path. I don't know the cultivar names of these at the moment but I will try to identify them when they fruit. The pears are probably "Conference" and I think that the apple is "Discovery"
Although I have run out of brushwood and shreddings to put at the bottom of my trenches, I will continue to dig and scrounge more from where ever I can. There is quite a pile of horse manure at the old allotment and I can bag this up and bring it to the new to put under the topsoil. The manure will have broken down well by next spring.
I have bought some volcanic rock dust, as an experiment, to add to the new allotment soil. As the new allotment soil has a lot of clay in it, I thought that I would add some horticultural grit to open it up a little. However, why not use some rock dust instead? I am not sure how well it will aerate the soil being dust rather than gravel but if it will introduce some nutrients as well as improving drainage, I will be pleased. I think that the jury is out about whether rock dust is of any use in the garden. I like to experiment and, as I have never used rock dust before, see whether it is useful or not for myself.
I will add the rock dust to the soil as I sieve it. I will also apply it to the surface where I have already dug.
So on to trench number eight and the search for material to bury at the bottom of it.