Our Planting Plan

The following is an ever growing list of plants we are planning to use on our plot.

Chicken Forage

  • Mulberry tree (avoid the white berried one as the fruit are insipid. Find a self fertile type that fruits for up to 3 months)
  • Apple tree
  • Sunflowers
  • Alfalfa (differing reports on this one, some say you shouldn’t feed it to hens?)
  • Dandelion
  • Comfrey (the only plant to cope with raw chicken poop. Said to be toxic in large amounts)
  • Stinging nettle
  • Forage pea/field pea
  • Siberian pea shrub
  • Bladder senna
  • Wheat
  • Barley
  • Oats
  • Rye
  • Millet
  • Buckwheat
  • Iron & clay peas (?)
  • Kale/collards/spring greens
  • Courgette
  • Rocket
  • Alpine strawberry
  • Diverse Poultry Pasture Mix (which includes; Ryegrass, Strong, Sheeps & Chewing Fescue, Bentgrass, Lucerne, Birdsfoot Trefoil, White Clover, Chicory, Burnet, Sheeps Parsley, Sheeps Burnet & Yarrow

Pig forage

  • Fodder beet
  • Swede
  • Maize
  • Barley
Wildlife
  • Red & white clover
  • Lavender
  • Valerian
  • Vipers bugloss (number 1 bee plant apparently)
  • Bird’s foot trefoil
  • Oregano
  • Golden oregano
  • Greater knapweed
  • Creeping thyme
If you have any other ideas of the plants we should be planting, please leave a comment below – we are after perennial or self seeding annuals that will flourish in our Cornish climate. Thank you x
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3 Responses to Our Planting Plan

  1. Hi for some reason that I dont know because Im not very good with technology and I have never had a blogg site before I cant approve your comment you left me on my page, so I cant answer your question sorry for leaving an answer here but I didnt know what else to do.
    I have 3 allotments but they are altogether as one very large one, I did have a 4th but it was right down the other end of our site and I couldnt keep up with it, it was just to much for me to handle, once I had done what needed to be done on my 3 I had to walk right up the other end to tend to that one and I had to give it up.
    We suffer with blight in a big way on our site because once one person gets it then everyone suffers and overnight your hard work and valuable crops have been destroyed. I grow my tomatoes in the greenhouse and my main crop potatoes are Sarpo Mira a blight resistant variety. They are a pinkish skin variety and you can use them for everything they make great chips which other red skin potatoes dont. I wouldn’t use any other main crop potato they are dearer for the seed potato but you can always keep some back for seed next year as I do then they cost nothing. Why not give them a try they also are very heavy croppers and large spuds.

    • HedgeComber says:

      Oh really? I bought some blight resistant ones last year – that got blight! However you’re the 2nd person I’ve heard mention a red variety so maybe I’ll give them a go. It is damned annoying after all that work to cut back all the leaves and have teeny tiny potatoes all summer! Thanks for the info x

      • Hi please try Sarpo Mira they are great and very blight resistant and slug resistant also. I wouldnt use any other type on my plot. I was very surprised last year. I went to Turkey and came back October to find they were still growing very healthy with large green foliage, unlike the other spuds I had which had all died back and the crop on the Sarpo were second to none very heavy crop of large pink healthy spuds and the main think they had no holes in them from wireworm which we also suffer with. I cant recommend them more.

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