Category: allotment gardening

It’s that time of the year again!! Planning an…

It’s that time of the year again!!
Planning and rotating crops is a task for the winter months, although I already have onions in and broad beans ready to plant out.

As winter starts to bite I need to start clearing the…

As winter starts to bite I need to start clearing the shed/greenhouse ready for next year. Still have flowers on the last of the Oriental lilies and on the right is the start of next year’s crop of broad beans. “Aquadulce Claudia” just starting to sprout. I’m still busy with the gazillion jobs on the new house so things feel a little neglected at the moment down on the allotment.

a beautiful day down at the allotment just right for doing a bit…

a beautiful day down at the allotment just right for doing a bit of maintenance. Creating a new path from weed suppressing fabric and woodchip.

Autumn on the Allotment

Mrs M and I are now in our new bungalow and although there is still quite a bit of work to do things are progressing nicely. Which means I have had a few opportunities to get on to the allotment. Autumn-into-winter is generally a quiet time anyway so the house move was actually well-timed.

However, there are still plenty of things to be doing. Like harvesting “knobby greens”, planting out winter-standing japanese onions (”radar”) and garlic and marvelling at the exquisite beauty of the last of my oriental lilies (now safely in the greenhouse). 

My cabbages are giving me a lot of pleasure (and some decent meals as well) at the moment. The savoys (”ormskirk”) have got ravaged outer leaves but the hearts are very sweet. The loose-hearted variety (”winningstat”) looks much more attractive and is also very flavoursome.

It’s garlic time!! Just unpacked my seed garlic & separated…

It’s garlic time!!
Just unpacked my seed garlic & separated into cloves ready for planting at the weekend.

Slowly getting back to normal. Planted 4 rows of “radar”…

Slowly getting back to normal. Planted 4 rows of “radar” japanese over-wintering onions which were chitted in the cold frame before planting out. Usual protective netting to keep the pigeons from pulling them up before they have fully rooted. My oriental lilies still very floriferous! 

More beautiful lily flowers. Really are worth every penny I paid…

More beautiful lily flowers. Really are worth every penny I paid for the bulbs.

Planted my “radar” japanese onion sets into modules. They will…

Planted my “radar” japanese onion sets into modules. They will stay in the greenhouse for a week or so to get their roots established and then out into the bed to overwinter. Hopefully it will still be warmish.

A beautiful (and huge) lily flower. One of several I bought at…

A beautiful (and huge) lily flower. One of several I bought at the Gardeners World show at the NEC earlier this year. Unfortunately I forgot to make a note of the names of the varieties I bought. This is the first one to flower and it has been worth the wait. The others have buds so I hope they flower before we get any frost.

Look whose taking it easy on plot 35b!. Never know who you might…

Look whose taking it easy on plot 35b!. Never know who you might run into these days.

Today’s harvest. Some beautiful leeks, a swede, a shedload of raspberries, some peppers and some “jester” apples. But best of all some lovely sweetcorn!