September plants dispatch will continue next week on 19th / 20th September, it will include winter purslane, corn salad, land cress, lettuces, rocket, broccoli, cabbage, calabrese, chard, perpetual spinach, mustard, bunching onions, (dispatch runs from 4th to 27th September) ~ September plants, click here.
How to clear an Overgrown allotment
Clearing an overgrown allotment or a patch of rough ground to make a new vegetable plot can be a daunting task. You may be advised to use weedkillers but there is an alternative, if you are not scared of very hard work. When I was a child, my father took over an allotment which had been neglected for some time. Here is what he did:
Mare’s tail is very difficult to get rid off. Do not attempt to dig it out, just keep strimming (and later hoeing) as soon as it is visible above the soil. Eventually this will weaken it.
My father had bumper crops and won lots of prizes including the ‘Naggers & Braggers’ cup for the biggest veg (in this case outdoor cucumbers).
Don’t forget to take before, during and after pictures (as you can see below). We would love to hear how you get on and follow your progress in the newsletter.
Best of luck.