I have a basic skeleton of a plan for a four area rotation system which I think will occupy between one half to two-thirds of my total area; the cleared and dug area represents about two of these four areas. So, following John's advice, it was time to plant potatoes in one and onions & roots in the other.
One half of my cleared area seemed to have been tended more recently than the other so I chose the less tended area to plant the potatoes - thinking the task of digging trenches to plant would help loosen the ground and allow me to remove the 'twitch' which seemed more populous in this section. Seven rows of potatoes went in and half a bucket of the white, brittle twitch roots came out! I planted one row (14) of 'Anya'; three rows (48) of Arran Pilot, first early; and three of Maris Piper, main crop.
Other than that I put in a row of Dutch Shallots (14), a block of onion sets (approx 100) and 10 Leek plants kindly donated by my other neighbour, Brush. The space is not completely full as I've left room to plant some roots soon (most probably carrots, beetroot, radishes..but definitely Parsnips).
Tips learnt today included to cut the papery 'tail' from the top of my onion sets before planting (to avoid birds investigating these protruding from the ground and in doing so pulling them out one by one) and how to plant Leeks. Make a hole with a crowbar, drop seedling into the hole, fill hole with water - job done.
Time to take a rest from digging (for the moment) and to put my mind to planning and preparation for the future. Things to think about include: organising and dividing the plot; planting indoors (squash, pumpkins, runner beans, french beans etc.) for planting out once the ground is prepared; and thinking about more permanent fixtures - compost facilities, water collection and building(s)?
I was asked the question yesterday in the local Slade Valley dialect "eya gunna ev an utt?" My answer was yes! Need to do some investigation though - new shed, second hand or home made? More on this later...
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