Hi, if you grow or want to grow vegetables & fruit organically then this is the site for you. I have an allotment with raised beds (about four feet wide) so I never walk on the soil. I do not have edging boards since I discovered they just provided a hidey hole for slugs. Having raised beds helps me to rotate the crops to keep the ground free from disease.
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I keep my plot chemical free, partly because it's healthier but also because the produce tastes so good, especially when freshly picked. Experts say to keep the time from picking to cooking short with corn, asparagus and peas, but it's true of everything.
My allotment is alive with flowers which attract insects, mainly Pot Marigolds, Californian Poppies and Poached Egg Plants. I have moderated the excesses of my early years when I think I was known as the "Flower Man", but the overall appearance is still rather chaotic compared to most which it is how I like it, because. I have never seen nature establish itself in straight lines, so unless there is a particular reason for it I donít try to plant in too regimented a way. I am also attracted to the idea of companion planting. Sceptics seem to wish to challenge its effectiveness, but I think that anything that looks and feels more natural has got to be beneficial and at the very least can't do any harm.
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'This Month' is my plans for April and 'Next Month' predicts what I'll be doing in May, both weather permitting of course. 'Dig This' is an archive of my thoughts on various subjects. The latest addition is on my approach to composting. My ideas about individual vegetables may be accessed in the 'Vegetable Guide'. I have some new photos from Claire in the Dig Your Plot section.
I hope you like my website. I update it each month with fresh information and photos. On 19 August 2012 the milestone of 200,000 hits was reached. You can see the hitmeter in the bottom left hand corner of this page. 100,000 hits was passed on 8 September 2009 and 50,000 hits on 15 February 2008. On June 15 2009 a record number of hits for one day was recorded: 234. Someone googled 'How to start an Allotment' on 24 March and digmyplot was 1st out of 1,620,000.
I love to receive e mails, just click on Walter to send one, especially if you have a comment which will help improve the content. Walter is the carrier pigeon who is always in a flap below.
I made a little video the other day which shows my raised beds quite clearly and takes a quick tour round the plot. It may be accessed here: