This was actually taken last Saturday but the murky weather this weekend means I’m having a quiet day at home, doing a spot of baking, reading the paper, musing on future garden projects and looking at some pictures I’ve taken recently but haven’t had time to write up.
I planted out two beds of spuds a couple of weeks ago when the soil was quite dry and it highlighted how different soil conditions are in different parts of the allotment. One bed was planted with two rows of King Edwards and a row of Anyas, and was light and easy to work as a result of a good digging over before Christmas and a liberal dose of home made compost forked through in the New Year.
This side of the plot however, is much heavier clay and even with the same treatment over the winter, the soil was hard work to break up so I left it quite rough. I planted a further row of Anyas and two of Charlotte and instead of breaking my back trying to earth them up with the sticky clods, I covered each row with a layer of comfrey leaves and another of compost. This will not only encourage tubers to form but will also feed the soil and improve its texture.