Thursday 1 March 2018

Planning and Reviewing March in Previous Years

Reviewing the diary over the last five years for March 

2013 - Infrastructure works, picked up 17 paving slabs off Freecycle, met my plot neighbour for the first time, finally after clearing I started on digging and weeding, Comfrey roots purchased and grown in toilet rolls.   
2014Infrastructure works continue, Erected the green house on plot 1A, lighter nights and a few extended lunch time visits from work and early evening visits, Spuds sown and solar tents to warm up the soil on beds. Sowing seeds and a hard frost at the end of March 

2015 -  Infrastructure Works, the very last two beds and paths on Plot 1A were formed, Greenhouse clearance ready for using, Collecting and drying Coffee Grounds, Grass cuttings and composting starts, Spuds in buckets and sowing mad March.  

2016 - Infrastructure works on Spencer Road Plot 23B, Comfrey beds dug and weeded, Daleks Composting compound started, Lots of Paving Slabs off Freecycle, First two beds weeded and formed, Timber scrounged from roofing works, Spuds planted, Tomatoes sown,    
2017 - Infrastructure works, Grow Stations created, walking Onions Bed and Comfrey pipe for Plot 23B, seeds sown and Grow house at home full, Onions and Beetroots sown on allotment.   

Planned for 2018

was very wet, so I'm playing catch up with a lot of items that were scheduled to happen last month. So if the weather permits and the snow and below zero I have plan to undertake more Infrastructure works, clearing and weeding the area on the new plot in the location of the shed. 

I will keep a look out for the Digital Thermometers from Lidl and purchase a few additional ones for the greenhouse and to replace a couple where the screen is not quite as good as it was.  

To Do List  
  • As much infrastructure works as the weather will allow - Not enough last month!
  • Assemble new bed edging on plot 1A and weed membrane paths - Done
  • Comfrey water butt to be taken from Spencer Road back to Mill Green - Done
  • Weed & Level the Shed and Greenhouse Area - Started but need to be completed
  • Dig the tree out of the middle of the plot - Done 
  • Remove the Trees from along the wall  - TBD
  • Lay weed membrane over the whole plot - Now nearly all covered 
  • Collect the slabs from Spencer Road - TBD
  • Lay the slabs for the shed and Greenhouse - TBD  
  • Erect the greenhouse - TBD
  • Make Air Onion raised bed frame - TBD
  • Move Comfrey Pipe from Spencer Road to Mill Green - TBD
  • Rhubarb Bed to be created - TBD
  • Cut more path weed membrane - TBD
  • Purchase vent opener for new greenhouse.- TBD

Infrastructure works on Mill Green Allotment Plot 1
Greenhouse on Mill Green Plot 1 to be erected
Apple - plant trees
MarchApple - prune trees - Last chance if I still have not managed it.
Week 1Asparagus - sow seeds inside
Week 1
Week 1
Week 1 - 2
Spring Onions - start to sow fortnightly - Feast F1
Brussel Sprouts - First sowing  Breast F1  
Carrot - sow seed of early varieties under cloches
Week 1 - 2Leeks - thin seedlings sown in containers
Week 1 - 2
Week 1
Leek - Musselburgh 2nd Sowing
Squash / pumpkins - prepare soil
Week 2
Week 2
Lettice - sow fortnightly
Radish  - French Breakfast 3 
Week 2Rhubarb - start to harvest
Week 2
Week 2 -3
Tomatoes - sow seed inside / greenhouse
Spring Onions - start to sow fortnightly - Ishikura
Week 3
Week 3
Peppers - Sow Summer Salad Mix
Asparagus - apply spring fertiliser
Week 3
Week 3
Brussel Sprouts - 2nd sowing Breast F1  
Cabbage (summer) - sow outdoors
Week 3Cauliflower (early summer) - harden off
Week 3Spring Onions - start to sow fortnightly - Arrow
Week 4Beetroot - sow seeds under cloches
Week 4Brussels Sprouts - thin seedlings as they appear
Week 4Cauliflower (early summer) - plant out
Week 4Lettuce - start sowing seed outside every two weeks
Week 4Potatoes - plant out sprouted sets
Week 4Sweet Peppers - pot up

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