Monday 20th September 2010

Popped to the allotment this afternoon and spread all the manure I’d got on Friday. Oh and by the way the car didn’t smell, thank goodness. I’ve managed to cover about a quarter of my plot, so at least another 3 trips to the stables if not more. I can’t go again this week, so I’ll have to find a day at the beginning of the following week to go. I’ve got plenty to keep me occupied with though, more weeding and strimming. I must go and get more rubble bags for the manure as many of them are getting a little thin and have got holes in them.

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4 Responses to Monday 20th September 2010

  1. Teresa says:

    Hi Claire

    It’s lovely weather here in Sussex and I hope to get up to our plot tomorrow for more weeding too! At some stage we need to get some manure, could you tell me do you just spread it on the top or dig it in? Also once done, do you cover you soil over winter if you haven’t got any crops in?


    • When you get manure, make sure it’s well rotten. Ideally it should be dark brown or black. Dig the bed and get it free of weeds level with a fork or rake. This doesn’t have to be perfectly level. Then spread the manure on top about 1-2 inches thick. Level with a fork/rake and leave over winter. Dig in before you plant in Spring. I put a layer on each bed, don’t cover with plastic, as the cold weather kills any bugs in the soil. If it’s covered with plastic the bugs thrive. Weed every 3-4 weeks, just to keep on top of everything.

  2. frazzledsugarplummum says:

    Wish I had a car to get my hands on horse manure. Your car is well and truly christened now!

    • It’ll get used to going to the stables by the end of the season. I just hope the horses in the field don’t decide to kick it one day. I don’t know how I’ll get Mark to explain that to his work. Let’s hope it never happens.

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