Allium Sativum also known as garlic is an easy thing to plant. First you must prepare the beds, garlic do best with soil that has good drainage. Using compost mixed with sharp sand and organic matter you create a high fertile and decent drainage soil.
After moving 2 x 125ltr bags of compost on my own and mixed it with organic matter as well as the sharp sand
After the bed was prepared it was time to add in the garlic. Last season I started with 3 bulbs, broke them into 20 cloves and got about 15 bulbs, which was split into 60 cloves.
What you do is break apart the bulb into individual cloves, you plant the clove with the tip facing up at 2.5cm deep (1in)
Plant the cloves 15cm apart (6in) and leave 30cm (12in) between rows. I used a bamboo cane with tap indicating length
Lastly for good measure drape a net over the bed to stop birds and squirrels from yanking out the young plants.
Mulching is a good option as garlic doesn’t compete well with weeds
The season is winding down it’s getting dark even earlier and the cold winds are on their way… But that doesn’t mean I can’t do anything!
Last season I started with 3 bulbs which when divided up into cloves and planted it produced about 20 bulbs, which in turn made 60 cloves.
Now is the best time to plant garlic, the weather is warm enough for the roots to grow and wet enough so they don’t dry out. With the the bed I added sand, compost and organic matter this will provide good drainage and plenty of nutrients for big bulbs.
These are 15 mixed gladioli they were in our garden but they are toxic to cats and our cat likes to munch poison plants, so they had to be relocated
All these went into the wild flower part of the allotment that’s dedicated to pollinators, gladioli have plenty of flowers which produce a lot of pollen
It’s getting really close to the first frost and I’m not opportunistic I’m going to get any decent chillies, below is the only one I’ve got so far and unfortunately some creatures has munched it, but at least I have the seeds!
Two of them have been uprooted and will be kept inside till June so hopefully we can get a decent harvest next year
This I’m really excited about, I bought a battery powered brush cutter which is so much more lighter than a petrol one and better for the environment too! I’ve strimmed down some grass which will increase my allotment by 4x8m
With climate change being under way it’s lead to some seasons changing, for example this september we are going to be experiencing weather in the mid 20s which you would expect for April or May. As bad as this is at least the upside is a longer flowering season
This was only a quick visit where I pulled up some weeds and gave the chillies a feed. For some reason this little guy wanted to hang out in my watering can
These are the chillies that I planted way back in April, the fruit is turning yellow then eventually red and hopefully they ripen before it gets too cold
Moving on over to the herb bed and the chives have gone absolutely wild, they started off as two plants which I divided up into 4 and if I wanted to I could turn it into 8
Here’s a photo of a shield bug on a leaf, hopefully you can spot him with the excellent camouflage
Lastly here’s a photo of how the plot is looking. It’s been a fantastic first season and I can’t wait for next spring