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Weeds of the Sea.

Raised bed full of seaweed

I noticed in spring that one of my neighboring allotments had mulched their patch with some of this bladder seaweed. Their patch looks like they have wonderful soil and strong healthy plants and I am wondering if it has anything to do with mulching with this stuff. I thought I might pop some on my lotti too. It certainly adheres to my natural approach to gardening, although I was a wee bit concerned that the salt on it would not be so beneficial to the soil so I put it in a large bag and submerged it in fresh clean water first.  Now all it needs is a good few days of dry weather and it goes brittle very quickly and can be crushed into the soil ( that might not happen till spring now). I also used leaves off of the comfrey and the dock plant to do a bit of mulching with as I believe is good for the soil also. As you can see in the picture below, the marigolds are still vibrant and producing flowers.  Comfrey and dock leaves used for mulch

Am happy to report that I  have had a few raspberries from my ravaged plants and am pleased to say that although the were near annihilated by the deer they did continue to grow and produced flowers on their baldy stems. That’s a good sign that they will not only survive into next years season but may even thrive! Ripe raspberries on bushes

Ok so they are not the biggest rasps I have ever seen but a small beginning  . . . . . . .

I have now almost lifted all my potatoes from the raised bed that I had made. Given that I did not ‘earth up’ as they grew, I feel I got a fair amount of return from what I put in.

Mortley Crew of potatoes . . . . .

potatoes on freshly dug soil

Scrubbed Up.

washed potatoes drying on the sink

You can’t really see on this picture but once scrubbed up I noticed that the larger potatoes all had somewhere on them a hole or two. Once I started to peel them the devastation that lay inside became apparent. This horrible slug like bug had burrowed into just about every one of my potatoes and eaten it from the inside out  . . . . . . . am not sure what the bug is but it was not eel worms as a friend suggested because it was more slug like than worm like. I would have taken a picture of the said mini beast but i hate slugs and could not face getting close up and personal with it! This has never happened to me before and I have always had a good result from growing tatties, I thought they were bullet proof . . . . . . . . . . .




I am looking back considering when i first became interested in gardening. I remember as a child watching gardening programs with Percy Thrower, somehow that and show jumping were my two fave telly pastimes, even though we lived in a tenement block and never had a garden or a horse for that matter! It took until when I was in my 30's and moved into the country that my passion for gardens surfaced fully. Now I just love having a go at a haphazard approach to gardening. I am new to allotment keeping and am starting from scratch, no real plan other than trying to grow the things that I like so am just getting a few beds together and allowing it to develop and evolve over time, am playing at it really . . . . . . .


  • PLANT says:

    It does look like you’ve been hit by tattie slugs! We’ve had our fair share at the Garden as well. So frustrating! I seem to remember that Peter had some tips on how to try to get rid of them organically in one of our recent blog updates from the Garden…

  • Carmen says:

    when i get time i will have a look at peters tips, as i like growing healthy tatties.

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