Covering your plot with a good thick layer of horse manure in winter is a great way to fertilise your allotment, however, unless you have a ready supply on site, you’ll need to arrange delivery or pick the muck up yourself. Hefting loads of heavy bags around isn’t my idea of fun so I stick to pelleted chicken manure as my main fertiliser and I also think that making your own compost to condition the soil is of great benefit.
I use 6X Organic Chicken Pellets which can be obtained in 4kg tubs, 8kg tubs or, my preference, the 20kg sack. I simply sprinkle the pellets onto my soil. A couple of handfuls per square metre is sufficient. I then dig the fertiliser in. I’ve just bought a Mantis Tiller, so I’ll be using this to get the fertiliser into the soil in future. I think fertility of your soil is key to growing great vegetables and so I repeat the feeding regularly over the winter months, weather permitting.
I recently saw a great video about composting…
Mick is obviously an expert in this field and I’ve already got about seven compost bins, which I was going to discard. After seeing this video, I’ve set up one bin with a wire guard at the bottom and a straw first layer. I brew beer so I have spent grains and hops. My woodburner provides wood ash, I add chicken manure and straw from my chicken coop. I also add cardboard and chopped vegetable peelings, adding handfuls and mixing as Mick does.
Your compost can be added to your allotment as needed and dug in. If you’re growing potatoes in containers or sacks, they can be grown in your own compost saving you a great deal of money.
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