Hi. I have recently taken up an allotment that was by all accounts well kept by the previous tenant until he died last spring. So it’s currently a huge weeding project. I am making progress, though the plot is so big it does feel a bit like painting the Forth Bridge.
The soil seems good, a bit stoney maybe, and other people on the plot have told me how good it is. I’m a novice so I’m taking their word for it.
I’ve planted some potatoes in the first bed I cleared, just so I can have something going while I continue to weed. I didn’t do anything to the soil and they are showing signs of life - but they are just potatoes.
But now I want to try some other, less robust vegetables - shallots, carrots, cauliflower, courgettes will probably be enough for me this season (there is a lot to do to bring the plot back to life).
What is the best way to make the beds ready for planting in?
Things I have available to me:
- Some bags of multi-purpose compost. I don’t have a car so I am only able to bring what I can carry for a mile from Wilko to the plot on each visit.
- Manure that’s delivered by the local riding stables and seems fairly fresh
- Some woodchip mulch that’s delivered by the council, I believe.
Will a bit of compost on top do any good? Should I just use the manure to bulk up my compost bin? Is the corporation mulch any use?
I really am a novice so sorry for my v basic questions.