• The end of the year

    • Leeks and parsnips

    During November I didn’t manage to get to the plot much at all. With a combination of a busy season of work and unhelpful timing of weekend wet weather the plot sadly lacked much attention at all, except for quick visits to grab some veg to take home to cook, and other times were spent visiting a nearby farm to pick up sacks of manure for mulching on the veggie beds.

    I begun to de-turf and dig out the other side length of the plot, in readiness for moving my raspberry bed over to allow space for a new veggie bed to enable a 5 bed rotation.  I really like leeks and onions and root vegetables and having them squeezed into one small bed this year was quite a challenge. So next year, they’ll all have some more space.  For the moment, where the new bed will be going I’ve covered the area with membrane to help start to break down or at least slow down the grass growth in that area until I can tend to it properly.  I’d ordered some onion sets and garlic from Otter Farm and planted these in modules and popped them onto the rack in the courtyard until their new bed is ready to transplanting later in the winter.  They all seem to be growing rather well, and hope they can stay contained and contented until transplanting.

    Just before Christmas Day, I popped to the plot to harvest some leeks and parsnips for use over Christmas (the leeks ended up being used in a scrummy Roquefort and Leek tart and the parsnips roasted – yum!)

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  • The end of october

    • New apple tree

    • Bark path

    • Turf mound

    • Basil drying

    • The start of the blight

    • Chutney

    The weather is starting to cool and damper weather is coming more now.  This month has been mostly spent with some much needed care for the shed that I inherited when I took over the plot.  In time it needs moving properly as it isn’t quite square and is on the borders of the plot and needs moving in a little, but is fine for now.  But the shed received a little overhaul with some bracing inside, and some new supports underneath it is now much straighter and nearly level (and not leaning at an angle any longer!).  Also, it received a coat of stain preservative too, along with some replacements on parts of the floor and side timbers too, so hopefully it’ll withstand what winter will bring.

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  • The end of september

    • Harvests

    • Tomatoes

    • Sunflowers

    The fine weather continued for spells during the month, and this month included the harvesting of the pink fir apple potatoes. I cut the hulms down a couple of weeks prior to harvesting and managed to choose a good weather weekend to pull them out of the soil.  A few potatoes had holes in or were too near to the surface so had green or black patches on, but overall a good crop that filled a couple of hessian sacks and provided many dinners.  They have a sweet nutty taste, too fiddly for peeling as are rather nobbly in their shape, but went down a treat when roasted or fried especially!  Also the month included harvesting of more tomatoes and cabbages and planting out of black kale for the winter months ahead.

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  • Badger munch!

    • Badgers like sweetcorn!

    • Salvaged cobs

    I had to smile when arrived at the lottie this morning, the sweetcorn patch looked like a bombsite. I knew badgers were munching away on others sweetcorn in the past week or two, and had spotted signs of wanderings/activity around my plot in the past, but obviously last night was his/her fine night of dining on my crop. I’d harvested some cobs at the weekend which were very tasty indeed, so at least badger has good taste!

    I’ve now cleared the remaining sweetcorn mess, and harvested as many cobs as possible, but did leave a pile of the remaining half eaten ones and another for him/her to finish off this evening near to the compost pile.

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  • The end of august

    • Peas and Beans

    • Colour Coordinated

    • Sunflower

    • Leeks

    I feel rather lucky in the year that I was able to take on an allotment, that the weather has been exceedingly kind (after last summers drab dreary washout).  This month included harvesting of more salads, bunching onions, courgettes, beans and also some cabbages and leeks (the cabbages and leeks I had hoped would be for winter, but they seem to have grown a little too fast).  At the end of the month, some of the sweetcorn looked ready and took a couple of cobs home to test. The ‘pea and bean’ tower, which contains a meddly of runner beans, french beans and sweet peas all intermingled looks very colourful at present, along with a mix of evening sun sunflowers bobbing in the breeze near the top of the tower and calendula flowers around the base.
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