Planning next year's organic gardening


Here at 40plusalliswell we have been planning next year's growing on the allotment - an ideal activity when the growing season is all but over and there is little to do (we needed to get our orders in, but if you are able leave your ordering until the after Christmas 'slump').  

As you know we have a quarter plot which we took over in October 2015.  Last year's planning was a little haphazard although we were really pleased with the bountiful harvests we have had from the allotment.  

This year, with a little more experience under our belt (and a lot of advice from fellow allotment growers!) we have planned our allotment with all the precision of a military campaign. I thought that you might want to look at the 'plan' and what we have have ordered although half the fun of owning an allotment is planning what you will grow.


We have also ordered flowers to grow in the garden.  Becky grew some dwarf sunflowers this year which gave us so much pleasure and in fact fresh flowers have been shown to boost mood.  

Our marigolds however which we planted in seed trays in the greenhouse were not so successful - ants invaded the greenhouse and carried off the seeds!!!! (the perils of organic gardening!!!) For this reason we are investing in some extra shelving this year!

This year also we are practicing an ancient technique known as 'three sisters planting' that is sweetcorn, beans and squash as these three grow and thrive together using a system of interplanting (more on this in Spring). Unfortunately for us, we seem to have a problem with rats at the allotment and other allotment growers, who have lovingly grown sweetcorn this year have found that it has been eaten by rodent munchers.  This year also we have decided to give brassicas a wide berth. This is because we have had so much trouble with pests- white fly, slugs and cabbage white butterflies ruining the produce that we have been a little disheartened, but maybe the year after. Talking about bugs and pests, if you are an organic gardener, it is worth choosing varieties that have naturally high resistance to pests and disease.

No garden? This year we are going to be growing dwarf french beans and salads in pots.  You could also grow dwarf broad beans, peppers and turnips in this way and you can grow herbs in pots on a windowsill.
All in all there is lots to look forward to on the allotment in next year's growing season.  Stay with us as the year unfolds.

Happy planning!


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