I’ve gone garlic mad!
Neville explains what we’re doing with our allotment, splitting the ground into two halves, one with Wonderpost and one without, and some interesting facts about Wonderpost Soil Improver.
After testing the allotment soil PH Roger filled up the bucket on the telehandler with a shed load of Wonderpost soil improver and dumped it in a big pile in the middle of the allotment. With one of those large landscaper rakes, I set about spreading it across half of the plot, trying to achieve a coverage of between 5 – 10kg per square metre. I’m not sure how accurate my spreading technique was but I thought “gardening is all about experimenting so what’s the worst that can happen if I have spread it too thick”!
If you read my first post you’ll know that I’m planning to check out the pH of the soil on our freshly dug piece of land in Hasketon. On Monday I bought a very simple soil testing kit from my local garden centre for the princely sum of £3.99!
This kit contains two small test tubes, each one containing some form of powder which when mixed with a small amount of soil and water will show the pH of the soil. I set to work, followed the instructions and after several minutes the water in the test tube had changed colour.
I compared the colour to the colour chart on the back of the packet and lo and behold our soil is a neutral pH. This is great news as ideally for growing veg we need a pH that’s slightly acidic to neutral. In other words a pH of between 6.5 to 7.
Over time as we begin to apply fertiliser to our plot I am expecting the soil to become slightly more acidic – that’s what tends to happen after repeatedly adding a fertiliser to the soil.
Having checked the soil for pH I am now ready to spread half of the plot with Wonderpost soil improver.