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.
A bright look forward
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.
Harvest to look forward to
'This Month' looks forward to planning and seeed buying for 2017 and 'Next Month' predicts what I'll be doing in February, quite a lot if climate change leads to mildness and a high enough soil temperature during the last fortnight. '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 hope you like my website. I update it each month with fresh information and photos. 100,000 hits was passed on 8 September 2009 and 50,000 hits on 15 February 2008. 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. 250,000 was breached in June 2014, and 300,000 in April 2016. HOORAY! 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.
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Here is a video showing a Basil cutting I took from an ailing plant. I have recently done this again, together with three Rosemary cuttings which are at present doing well.: