Thursday, 22 December 2011

Christmas Dinner

 While the weather was dry and bright I paid a visit to the allotment to get my Christmas parsnips which by now have had a decent frost.I was pleased with the result,the soil was easy to dig and i took out about 10
The Christmas brussel sprouts on the other hand were too small.I cut the top of one plant so we will have some.Unfortunately the Falstaff are a no show.
Other produce was a blue radish,a carrot,some chard and some salad leaves.
I also did a bit of digging but stopped when the couch grass became to grim.
The plot is looking a bit barren but a lot browner than last year.The weeds appear to be having a winter snooze.

Wednesday, 21 December 2011

Seed swaps

As I have no inclination to do anything at the allotment at the moment it was with great timing that I have received 2 envelopes from my seed swap friends.It seems unfair that I only produced 2 items when I received so much in return.There are just so many interesting seeds to go through and I will have no excuse not to fill every square meter of soil at the allotment and every pot in the garden.I will definitely be spending the next few weeks planning and reading up on the various goodies that I have.

Saturday, 10 December 2011

Seed Circles

I have finally finished bagging up my Koralik and Anaheim chilli seeds for my Seed swap.It's always a relief to find out that they have arrived and now I am just waiting for my swaps so that I can start planning for next year,My pepper seeds have also been dried out and stored for next year.
Now its time to empty pots and dump the compost into the garden.

Friday, 2 December 2011

End of Month update

 November is a fairly dull month at the allotment.I have harvested some Gladiator parsnips still frost free unfortunately,some late carrots and some salad leaves.All I have left growing for harvest soon are a row of parsnips,some leeks,a few v. late carrots,chard,brussel sprouts for Christmas,Blue radishes and a few salad leaves.
Weather permitting I have dug over and manured the left hand side of the plot.The right side has been weeded and recovered for its winter hibernation.I have finally received my Autumn Bliss raspberry canes and they are now in the ground.Now its just time for mother nature to take its course.The garlic,overwintering onions and shallots are all poking through and so the start of a another growing season begins.
The view of Plot 72B nicely weeded and covered over.Our little section is now fully occupied and will make next year a lot easier in the weed department.
In the garden I have had a tidy up,planted some Tulips and mulched,the overnight rain has helped to bed them in.
The tomatoes have finally been harvested from the greenhouse and there are signs of  life from my pots of daffodils,hyacinths and crocuses