With what should be a dry weekend coming up for many of us you may be excited to get back to the allotment.
If so, here are some jobs you can be getting on with this weekend.
As we start getting closer and closer to spring, there are more and more seeds you can sow.
Here are some to sow this weekend – both indoors and out.
If you have the right setup (grow lights, seed mats, propagators etc), then there are lots of seeds you can get going indoors now.
These are usually plants from warmer climates that need a long growing season.
By outdoor undercover, I mean sowing in an unheated greenhouse, polytunnel or cold frame.
Some seeds are hardy enough to be sown outdoors even now, nearly all these seeds will benefit from a cloche or plastic to warm the soil.
- Broad Beans
Mulch Beds With Compost
Add a layer of compost to your allotment beds.
This will help smother and kill any small weeds still growing in the beds.
It will also add nutrition to your bed as worms and other creatures help bring the compost down into the layer below.
Mix Some Fish Blood & Bone Into Beds
Fish blood and bone is an organic multi-purpose fertiliser.
Add some into your beds now to replenish them ready for a busy spring.
Simply scatter some onto the surface and then mix it into the top layer with a rake or your hands.
There will be some weeds that have survived the winter on your plot.
Now is a great time to get rid of them before the start growing vigorously.
Small weeds can be smothered by a layer of compost, and this will usually be enough to kill them off.
Larger weeds will often need to be removed or they will just grow through the compost mulch.