This is our first year at our allotment and after all the hardwork GD and I put in over the autumn and winter months we are amazed at all the wonderful crops we are harvesting now and have been harvesting since the weather warmed up in the spring. We have already had early potatoes, onions and leaf beet, yellow cougette and broad beans, raspberries and rhubarb, and plenty of herbs, lavender and nettle leaves. Today we harvested plenty of pea pods, bunches of bright and crispy carrots smelling so good as we pulled them from the earth, more potatoes, more leaf beet and onions, courgette and yellow courgette, broad beans and a deep purple red beetroot, so good for health, full of calcium, iron, vitamin A and C. Love Beetroots, beetroots provide folic acid and also provide a good source of fibre, manganese and potassium
All of the peelings once we have processed goes into our wormery which after about three years is a hive of activity with unknown thousands of worms all munching away providing lots of nutrient rich fertile soil for our use. It has taken experiments on where the wormery is best placed and to find the conditions they thrive best in, but it has all been relatively easy to manage and now it is a well established factory of organic soil production. It is a great feeling to know nothing is wasted and all goes back to the earth to help her replenish, which in turn provides for our own replenishment. This ties in with our hopes to lead our lives with permaculture principles.
Pic below-top layer where the raw food goes topped by damp cardboard. And Marley dog having a nose.
Lower layer- worms doing a good job
Almost at the bottom- lots of baby worms here.
Takes a few months to compost down ready to be used, then a quick sieve through and pop the worms back in the wormery with some soil and new veg to munch and you are ready for the whole process again. Worms breed to the space and food available, the more food the more worms. They live in the lower layers and come up to munch on the food.
We have been dehydrating some of the veg. Below is a pic of the dehydrator, in the bottom two layers are green courgettes, middle layer yellow courgettes and top layer broad beans.
Pic below – Kilner jars full of dried veg, left to right, front jar- yellow courgette, back jar- yellow courgettes and orange peppers, front jar in the middle middle are tomatoes with a few orange peppers, back jar to the right -orange peppers and far right jar-red chillies.