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First year at the lottie - August update then and now and what I learned along the way.

Talked about here:

- The lottie a year on

- Lessons learned - what I'd have done differently

- What can be sown in August from 3 of my favourite YouTube teachers - Liz Zorab, My Family Garden and Dan from Homegardens.

- Getting started with No Dig from Charles Dowding

- Lazy composting with Huw Richards



Here we have the lottie at 31 August 2020.


By the way when I said Easter I actually meant Easter 2022 not this year. And also I never did draw up the measurements that we did with the string. :-)


And here is the same tour now (9th August 2021)





There were quite a lot of lessons learned along the way!


I didn't really start 'cardboarding' for another couple of weeks so if I was doing it again now I think there are some things I definitely would have done differently and earlier. Starting collecting cardboard when I first got the allotment would have been one of them.



Compost bins from pallets - I actually had a number of pallets at home which could have got my rather rickety compost bins going earlier.

Water buts, as you can see the one I inherited wasn't actually all that useful! Getting some buts on the plot to harvest our abundant rainfall would have been something I'd have done differently. Though to be fair with the 'No Dig' method I haven't needed to water that much but useful to have on site especially for when I got the mini polytunnel going.


Seed sowing. I had no idea that you could still sow seeds in August, whilst I didn't actually get the beds down till September there were still seeds I could have brought on.


Here are some great tips for what we can sow in August from two of my favourite garden advisors:





Also some more advice and great tips from Dan and lots of how to sow and grow tips. I also really wish I had known the advice of knowing what you are growing! When I first started watching the videos I really didn't understand why they were telling me what varieties they were sowing - I do now!