Monday, August 04, 2008

Worrying about my veg

Until now I've had a separate blog for my allotment, but pleading severe lack of time to do just about anything, I've decided that my veg are going to invade the otherwise ornamental portals of this blog (so I've got rid of the other one).

It was kind of inevitable anyway, as I discovered a previously unsuspected vocation as a vegetable garden designer this spring (about five enterprising people were brave enough to let me experiment on their gardens and we got some pretty good results) and this has since mushroomed into a) a garden design course so I can at least pretend I know what I'm talking about, and b) a cunning plan to incorporate as many edible plants as possible into my back garden. So for some time now my veg-growing - previously banished to the allotment - has been shacking up with my more decorative plant-related enterprises and the two are now pretty much indistinguishable.

Only thing is - I've been pulled up short by the current concerns over contaminated manure. Since I'm mainly organic, not being able to be sure of my sh** is a real setback. I'm currently debating the options: buy the manure, but compost it for a year? (and if so, where?!) Spent mushroom compost (hard to get hold of, and besides wasn't that manure to begin with anyway...)? Super-expensive sterilised soil improver from t' garden centre? Or just take the risk?

They say nobody's going to take any notice of this until the market growers are affected. And I'm not sure how much of a crisis it is anyway: someone said to me the other day they thought it was only a problem in the London area (which almost means me, but since I'm just outside the M25 I usually exempt myself).

Will no doubt continue dithering until someone more sensible says something. Could be a while, then...


VP said...

It's not just London, we've had it here in Chippenham too :(

Luckily I'm so cr**p at spreading my heap, it's been there for a year before it gets used. Perhaps you could do the same, or are you giving up your allotment as well as your allotment blog?

BTW I haven't had Aminopyralid problems, but another site who uses the same supplier have - so I've either been very lucky, or my laziness now seems like a cunning plan.

The Constant Gardener said...

oooo no I'm not giving up my allotment! Am totally addicted to it, more so as the years go by (I've had it about 4 years now) - even when I've had a lousy year like this year, my worst ever, I still bounce back and keep convincing myself it'll be better next year... !

very worrying indeed to hear the muck problem is spreading (sorry couldn't resist the pun) right as far as your neck of the woods. I did think of another solution the other day, which is to get some recycled compost from the council - they take my surplus green waste by the carful most months, so it must all be going somewhere. And you kind of hope that won't be contaminated...?

laziness sounds like the best strategy I think. Now I just have to find room for a muck heap...!

VP said...

So glad you're not giving up your allotment. We must have started at about the same time. It's whate keeps me sane...

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