We were out on the plot on Sunday which was a lovely Spring like day but now the temperatures have plummeted, some parts of the country are 4 or 5% below freezing which is very unusual for Ireland.The no dig method is being tried out on the very end of the plot where we have had nothing growing for the 2 years we have had the allotment. First photo shows the stages recommended. First the ground was covered with well rotted manure.I had to leave that over Christmas for no other reason than I could not get out there.I saved all the left over veg, peelings and also put on the remains ( leaves)of the sprout plants,the stalks of the beans and any yellowing leaves from the broccoli. Then covered it with cardboard and finally black plastic all held down with rocks.
It will be left like this until it is time to set the potatoes. In theory when the plastic is lifted off the very nice worms will have mixed in all the rotted compost and cardboard. I need to read up a bit more on it so watch this space!
These are what was supposed to be the celery plants. The stalks are very thin probably less than finger thick, with a very funny root ball. They are down since July and have not grown any bigger for ages.I bought these as plants which looked and smelled like celery and earthed them up as advised for celery but I am wondering could they be celeriac???!!
They will be of some use in the trench for composting, which is coming along nicely. I am filling in the trench as material is going in. There will be more for this now that the no dig area is sorted.