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2023’s first session at St Mary’s Park

On the 5th March we had the first session at St Mary’s Park.

We weeded the beds as it was a bumper year for sycamore seeds! We got as many out as we could see. No doubt we’ll have missed some, but good to get on top of them early.

Then we improved the soil by adding a mix of compost and well-rotted manure (see reason for its use below). We added plenty of manure to the 6 squares that we have earmarked for potatoes.

It was interesting to note that the strawberries and chard have suffered much more than usual, presumably because of the cold weather. It’s going to get very cold again, according to the forecast, so we left last year’s growth on the oregano to protect the new growth.

We also added brass/metal numbers to the vegetable beds to make it easier to record what we are growing and have done in each square.

Affixing a number to the vegetable bed 1

Using well rotted Manure

Well-rotted manure is important for several reasons:

Nutrient-rich soil amendment: Well-rotted manure is a valuable source of nutrients such as nitrogen, phosphorus, and potassium that are essential for plant growth. These nutrients are released slowly and steadily, providing a consistent supply of plant food throughout the growing season.
Improves soil structure: The organic matter in well-rotted manure helps to improve soil structure by increasing its ability to hold water and nutrients. This, in turn, promotes healthy root growth and improves soil aeration.

Enhances soil fertility: The microorganisms in well-rotted manure help to break down organic matter and release nutrients that are otherwise unavailable to plants. This enhances soil fertility and promotes healthy plant growth.

Promotes healthy soil: Well-rotted manure contains beneficial microorganisms that help to promote healthy soil. These microorganisms break down organic matter and improve soil structure, which in turn helps to prevent soil erosion and nutrient depletion.

Overall, well-rotted manure is an important soil amendment that can help to improve soil structure, enhance soil fertility, promote healthy plant growth, and support overall soil health.

One of the numbers attached to the vegetable bed and containing new compost/manure mix