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So in pallet collar - prepare for spring sowing

So in pallet collar - prepare for spring sowing


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The soil of the pallet collar has been dormant and now it is time to wake up and prepare it for sowing in a few simple steps. You can do in exactly the same approach with raised beds.

Prepare and so in the pallet collar like this:

1. Clean leaves and sticks from the top.

2. Sprinkle chicken manure in a thin layer. Take a handful of chicken pellets if you do not have access to fresh chicken manure.

3. Fill with ready-made compost soil, which is full of nutritious humus. Distribute evenly over the surface.

4. Mix with a fork and let stand for a week or so. In this way, weeds have time to come up and you can easily clear them away before it is time to sow.

5. Just like you would sow in the open air. We prefer to sow in different ways. Some want to do so in neat rows and stick to crop rotation. Others want to run with co-planting where several crops coexist on the surface and support each other. You can choose to widen and snap off / thin if it becomes too dense. Yes, there are many different methods of sowing. Think of crop rotation - to rotate the crops and not grow eg potatoes in the same place for several years in a row.

Tip: You can use purchased land. But your own compost is worth its weight in gold if you have the opportunity to have one. If you then cover crops, weeds have a harder time establishing themselves during the season. Here you can read more about soil for pallet collars.

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Give everything for cucumber

In April, you can start growing cucumbers and eventually plant them outdoors. If you are thinking about which varieties to invest in, you can get help choosing here. By first growing the cucumber in small pots indoors, you get stronger plants that also usually give a better harvest. If you have not grown cucumbers before, you can read about how to do this.

You can grow cucumbers regardless of whether you have a greenhouse or not. If you do not have a greenhouse, it is good to choose a so-called. outdoor cucumbers - they are usually a little less sensitive to cold and rapid temperature fluctuations.


Part 1: How to get started!

Extend the durability of the pallet collar by oiling it with wood oil before use, for example linseed oil. The inside and bottom of the pallet collar are particularly exposed because they face the ground. You can paint the outside of the pallet collar in a color you think is nice, choose a color that breathes, for example a mud color.

Place the pallet collar in the desired place and bottom with old newspapers or cardboard. If there are weeds that are difficult to eradicate, such as turnip, horsetail or cherry bowl on the site, you can cover the bottom with a ground cloth.

A pallet collar at the height is enough if you are going to grow lettuce, spinach and radishes. If you want to grow root vegetables, potatoes or strong-growing vegetables such as squash, corn or cabbage, it is more practical with two collars in height. Three collars are suitable if you want to avoid bending so deeply, but expect to need larger amounts of soil then.

If the pallet collar is placed on a hardened surface, it is easy to place it on a pallet that is covered with ground cloth or other accessories so that the soil does not run out. Such a solution requires more watering during the summer.

Fill the pallet collar with soil. At the bottom you can put semi-rotten compost, old garden soil or empty the soil bags from last year. The upper layer advantageously consists of a combination of well-rotted compost soil, cow manure on sacks (also called natural manure) and soil on sacks. Choose a good soil, for example vegetable soil, organic soil or planting soil. A big advantage of having bought soil from a sack at the top of the pallet collar is that there will be less weeds.

Starting pallet collar cultivation is easy on a weekend. All you need are pallet collars, 3-4 bags of soil / collar, about 200 liters (or the equivalent amount of compost). Supplement with impregnating oil and paint if you want.

The next section is about the first sowing!


Planting in May, sown directly in June

On the part covered with canvas, they both decided to grow in a pallet collar. After all the effort to get rid of the cherry bowl, they could now start from the beginning with new soil and fertilizer. At the end of May, the first plants were put in place in the raised beds.

- Too early, many of our neighbors said, but we were too eager to get started to listen to their advice, says Marie.

- I follow some instagrammers in Norrland who grow and one of them had put out fennel a week before so I thought it should work here as well, says Julia.

But for safety, a non-woven fabric would be purchased that could be swept over the plantations if Uncle Frost were to visit after all.

They waited for the direct sowing until after the iron nights in early June. Lettuce seeds, polka dots, carrots and broad beans were allowed to coexist with the raised plants. The beans were grown on a trellis of rebar together with arugula and other lower vegetables. That way, they could make optimal use of the space in the collar.

- It has been easy to grow in a pallet collar because it was easy to measure the row distances at the same time as it is a convenient form of cultivation as the soil beds come higher up than in an ordinary garden land, says Marie.


Protect trees and shrubs

During the winter, hares and deer look for food in your garden, if it is located near a natural area. Do you have new fruit and ornamental trees that are missing gnawing protection around the trunk you should put the guards before the snow comes. One tip is to act as a tube around the tree - the air space between the cover and the trunk makes it difficult for hares and rodents to bite through.

Have you dahlia tubers or others flower bulbs who are sensitive to frost, it is time to take them in now (if you live in northern Sweden, you may have already done so). If your dahlias grow in the flower bed, you can dig them up and put them in a box together with some soil. Store the box in the garage or basement during the winter. Cool, dark and dry. Feel free to label your tubers with the dahlia's variety name or appearance. The memory is seldom as long as winter.

A good idea is also to set one up glue ring on the trunk of your fruit trees. It makes it difficult for the frost butterfly to climb up the tree trunk and lay its eggs. Eggs then turn into larvae that can cause major damage to your trees in the spring.

Feel free to leave plants in the garden during the autumn. Even though most of the flowers have already bloomed a bit in the autumn and lost their bright colors, many seed capsules are beautiful to look at. Photo: Lovisa Back, Nelson Garden.


  • Prepare a large planting pit, at least 1.5 x 1.5 m. Wide and max. 0.6 - 0.7 m. Deep. Loosen the soil and improve the soil with, for example, Granngården's planting soil both downwards and to the sides outside the actual planting pit.
  • Fold down at least one tree support that reaches up to the lower edge of the crown. We recommend at least 2 tree supports, but only 1 is used, so think about the location of the tree support. Feel free to place one of the support poles "closest" to the usual prevailing wind direction. (It often blows from the southwest)
  • Plant so that the tree ends up at the same level as in the pot or with the clump a few cm below the surrounding soil. Remember that the earth settles. The tree must not get too deep. Lossa ev. sackcloth around the trunk, it can in some cases sit tight.
  • Put the avenue tree down, keep it straight and make sure that all the roots have a good place, fill in the rest of the soil, wiggle the tree a little now and then so that the roots make contact with the soil and tread around.
  • Make sure that the tree support is not too close to the trunk so that it rubs against it.
  • Tie the tree to the tree support with tying straps.
  • Water thoroughly so that the tree gets a real root soak, preferably in several rounds. Fill ev. on with more soil up to the surrounding soil surface.
  • In the case of co-grown trees, carefully lower the tree support through the root ball that has been in the pot after planting, so as not to damage the roots. In the first years, it is important to keep the soil surface around the tree free of grass and weeds, so that the tree can grow properly. After a few years, you can remove the tree support.
  • Do not plant too deep! The top root should start from the stem just below the soil surface (except Populus and Salix, which can be planted 10-15 cm deeper). Planting distance for the avenue depends on the planting distance on the type of tree and the intended appearance of the avenue. 7-12 m is usually enough.

When it comes to pruning avenue trees, there are a few different tools that can be good to have: secateurs, pruning shears and saws - depending on the thickness of the branches. A small knife is good to have to cut the edges clean, but, when sawing off a branch on a tree.

Not all trees need to be pruned. But sometimes you have to prune e.g. older trees that have begun to look ragged, have become too large or that have intersecting and ingrown branches towards the crown. Always place the cut above an outward shoot (or branch).

If the branches are strong, it is important to first saw an "anti-fan cut" on the underside and then saw from above a bit outside the undercut.

Pruning of most trees takes place in the spring and winter, except for the varieties that easily "bleed", Acer, Betula and Juglans, which are pruned in the autumn.

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