What a good weekend to give the polytunnel a good clean and get rid of 3 years worth of algae growth. Using an old quilt cover knotted together, water and eco-friendly detergent, the flossing method worked well - we were able to reach parts on the top. It's amazing how much more light comes in now!
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Another excellent workshop with Mike Kinnes at Constable Allotment. This time how to prune fruit trees. Fascinating and in depth theory followed by a good pruning session of 40 apple / pear trees at our orchard. A very enjoyable day.
This month we've been busy building new veg beds, replenishing woodchip paths and sowing green manures - thanks to everyone involved. We look set a good growing season in 2020, we'll be ordering our veg seeds from Sow Seeds very soon!
What a great day of making woodchip paths at Constable Allotment! Hull City Council had dropped us off a lorry load of deciduous woodchip after tree work on the Boulevard, so we put that material to good use replenishing our year-old paths.
The young team: Hadi, Brendan, Mason, Kai, Chris, Krystian and Nina quickly got into formation, shoveling, delivering, dumping and spreading.
Our newly resurfaced cardboard / woodchip paths will keep the grass down but also help drainage and will eventually rot down to soil.
The paths, like in a woodland, make great habitat for insects and small animals, attracting birds and will feed the growing and undisturbed fungal networks in our soil. We'll add more woodchip and repeat the process next winter so our soils will get deeper and even more fertile.
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In January we like to make new veg beds, we've built 34 beds here so far in the last 4 years!
To make a new one, carpet has been down for 6 months killing off the grass. We peel that back, put down cardboard (old Halfords bike boxes), mark out the new bed - 4feet wide (double-reach) by 5 metres long, add a layer of homemade compost, a thin layer of top soil, some rotted horse manure, more top soil then cover it with more compost.
Great teamwork guys!
Next we'll add woodchip paths and we should have a low-maintenance bed that'll stay weed-free, if we don't disturb the soil too much. We'll leave that a while for the worms to do their work and it'll be ready for spring planting.
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Full moon over iron-age roundhouse, Constable Street Hull, Friday 10th January 2020.
The full moon in January is often known as the 'wolf moon', the name of which is thought to have Anglo-Saxon origins. In iron age times wolves used to live in the British Isles, with some inhabiting the Yorkshire Wolds.
Happy New Year from Constable Community Allotment! After a relatively mild and dry Christmas period, the allotment has had chance to dry out after a very wet autumn. New Year, new shoots - our green manure winter cover crops: mustard and Italian rye grass have germinated and are growing well next to the garlic (pictured). Let's hope our crops and community continue to grow strongly in 2020!
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If you thought we'd take the month off in December, you be wrong. This week we've been planting buckthorn trees for #butterflycity and continuing with digging the new pond. We've still got rainbow chard to pick and if you'd like a young buckthorn tree, we've got some left over in pots.
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In November we had the first frosts, but that didn't stop us being busy: Christmas crafts workshop, pond digging, strawberry wall building, butterfly city pick up and plenty of manure spreading. The rainbow chard is still cropping well, if anyone fancies picking a handful.
Today, Saturday 30 Nov, as part of 'Hull Butterfly City', Constable Allotment will serve as a collection point for young Alder Buckthorn trees.
As they mature these trees will attract beautiful yellow Brimstone butterflies, which the project hopes will become more common across the city. Collection from 10am-4pm. We have 30 to give away, one per household, just tell us your postcode so distribution can be charted.
It's feels like we've had weeks of almost constant rain, but NO puddles on our veg beds. That's one of the many benefits of no-dig gardening! By not digging and allowing worms to tunnel and create a permeable soil, several inches of rain can be absorbed rather than puddling or running off. It also means we have a bigger reserve of absorbed water in the ground for next season.