Potato Day

Whether mashed, fried, roasted, chipped or sautéed I am a HUGE fan of potatoes. Today I have planted some new potatoes in the hope I will reap a huge pile of delicious chips later this summer.

These new potatoes had been forgotten about at the back of our fridge, and as you can see have sprouted eyes. Although they are still safe to eat they are a little on the soft side for my liking so the allotment has become their new home.

First I halved the potatoes, making sure there were eyes on each half. You can plant them like that but if you leave them in the sun for about an hour they dry a little over the new flat edge.

The soil here at Park Lane is amazingly dark and rich in worms and cheesy bugs. I dug around 4 inches down and popped the tatties in flat side down, with eyes and skin upwards. I then covered them with the earth.

They need watering maybe every 4-5 days at first, but when they start showing through the soil they need to be kept as wet as possible. We are a few weeks from that yet though!

Resident Wildlife

We adore seeing the local wildlife and have taken to recording our local spots whilst at the allotment and on hill walks around Reigate.

This little frog was enjoying Priory Park and this tiny slug and massive snail were enjoying some fresh air at the allotment. The bluebells this year have been phenomenal and all of you lucky enough to walk through Priory Park will have seen some incredible carpets of blue through the beautiful woodland.

Getting Started!

Work started last weekend with a big tidy up. Having been a little neglectful over the last few months our allotment resembled something of a wild meadow (which of course is lovely for the birds and bugs!) however our neighbours were growing tired of the local fauna being attracted in to eat their veggies.

So, job one was to cut the dead stuff back, then cut and tidy the waist length grasses (while avoiding the frogs and creepy crawlies). With that done, it looked a whole lot more occupied so work on the beds was next.

We dug over three plots; one for wild flowers, one for potatoes and another for other veggies. Now I am not particularly green fingered, but last year we had great results with tomatoes and leafy greens so going to try again this year.

The weekend just gone saw us relocate our composter – as I didn’t do it last year, the earth in the bottom third of the container was well developed and full of worms! Beautiful rich dark soil now tops our wildflower bed and we have plenty more for the veggies too! A great job well done in the sunshine, on lockdown!