It is hard, hard work digging an allotment. I am over run with bind weed. Every year I dig the soil and I am careful to remove every little bit of bindweed I see. And yet each year it just grows back.
That's just why there is no short cut to having an allotment and growing vegetables.
People starting an allotment for the first time might underestimate the amount of work it takes to keep the soil weed free.
This stuff is just everywhere!
The dandelions are a bit easier, but the roots go down so deep that if you leave just a bit it grows back.
Meanwhile elsewhere on the plot I will be digging up my disastrous crop of leeks. I was really looking forward to these Musselburgh
leeks again, they stand well over Winter but the dreaded Leek Moth
has all but destroyed these. The moth lays eggs on the leaves and the larvae eat their way along the leaf and down inside the stalk down to the base. It is the nibbling of the base of the leek that makes one healthy leek develop multiple leeks from the base.
There are a few which do not appear to be badly damaged, but on the whole the crop is not good. The leek moths
are active from May right through to October and there is no chemical spray available at the moment. The only sure way to protect is to entirely cover the leeks with a fine mesh.
I'm not much of a builder, and it is awkward to keep removing the mesh to weed and to water. I might try some French Marigolds (Tagetes)
which are known to repel insects. Does anyone have a remedy?