Martin’s meanaderings

Martins meanderings1I am writing a series of articles for new plot holders on the society website to help them get started and hopefully help them to successfully cultivate their plot.

When starting it is difficult to know what tools are needed, you can start with a few basics and expand as you go along. Here is a list of the most basic tools.
  1. Spade and or Fork get the best that you afford. They last a long time and you will always be using them.
  2. A bucket or trug to collect weeds and move things around the plot
  3. A rake for levelling the ground after digging and to form a tilth for sowing
  4. A hoe to keep on top of the weeds
  5. A trowel to plant out seedling and plants
  6. A string line to keep your plants in straight rows, it also helps to keep paths straight.
  7. Canes to mark where you have planted seeds
  8. Labels to remind you what you planted where.

When to sow seeds?

All seed packets have a sowing time printed in the instructions on the packet, what you must remember is that the packets are printed for the whole of the country and sowing times vary as to where you live.

The sowing times are mainly for the southeast and the weather is more advanced than here. February in the S.E. is the approximate equivalent of March here, late February equates to third week in March here. March equates to the beginning of April and by the time the sowing date on the packet is May then we have just about caught up.

I have found that sowing two or three weeks later than the earliest times quoted seedling have caught up with the earlier sown seeds within a month, and sometimes produce better crops.

Water seeds when sowing and transplanting then leave them to grow, unless it is very dry, and then again when the crop is coming. It is better with a watering can as the water round the roots goes where it is needed and not all over the soil.

I will be available on both Saturdays and Sundays to answer any questions and give guidance to new and old plot holders. You can find me just past the apiary at the first right turn after the toilet and car park. 

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