Allotment Calendar - November - Clearing and Preparing Beds
Allotment growing - allotment calendar - Autumn - November - clearing and preparing beds for sowing in Spring - weeding - adding compost.
November is the time to get your beds ready for sowing and planting in Spring - or for earlier Autumn and Winter sown crops such as Broad Beans and Garlic.
I start simply by harvesting the last of the Summer crops - such as squashes. Then - hoeing out the weeds, removing any stones that pop up and roughly levelling the bed with my rake. The weeds go into the compost bins.
I then throw on some of my compost - or manure if available. I don'tbother digging it in - too much effort. I just level the beds off with the rake. There is no need to dig in - although you can if you want - particularly if you have heavy clay soil. I prefer to let the "The Two W's" - Worms and Weather - do the work for me over Winter by naturally incorporating the new material into the beds.
I sometimes also add a sprinkling of chicken manure pellets. Another option is sowing a green manure to over-winter.
Doing this in Autumn is well worth the effort. Although some weeds will grow back, it will save time and effort in the Spring, with the beds just needing a hoe and rake over to get them ready for sowing and planting.
It also makes my allotment plot look more neat and tidy for Winter.
A simple and routine but satisfying job for Autumn
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