It was a cloudy day at the allotment today, the place was pretty much empty so it was just me, nature and some Pulp. The main task today was a little DIY, I’m building the base for the polytunnel which has involved the creation of a raised and a sunken bed. The wooden stakes have arrived and look incredible, thanks Suregreen!
The long and the short of it is that we’re in a very windy site. We need to massively over-engineer the polytunnel to avoid it going the way of 4/5 previous attempts. I’ve still got lots of cotton stuffing to use for the base layer of one of the beds. Both will be piled up with manure since the crops growing in are all hungry feeders and are mostly from the Solanaceae family who love Nitrogen rich manure. I’m assuming I will lose nitrogen to the cotton decomposition; but I reckon with top ups of manure over winter it will be fine. Since one bed has cotton and the other hasn’t I will be able to test this theory.
Dimple was busy harvesting herbs, tomatoes and chillies to take up to her parents. The combination of red and yellow tomatoes looks fantastic. We’ll definitely be growing them again this year.