There’s beauty in a good day’s work…

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The harvest continues on the plot -carrots, kale, banana shallots, 1 mooli radish (simply for a taste test!) and two parsnips.  I even picked a mini tub of blueberries but they didn’t make it home 🙂

The radish was delicious…hot, hot, hot…so if you prefer a mild tasting radish then avoid moolis! We ate most of today’s harvest for Sunday lunch.  Simply delicious! This is my first year growing and eating kale – not only will I grow again next year but I highly recommend this disease resistant, yummy crop to anyone that hasn’t tried it.  I’ll leave the rest of the parsnips until after the frost.  I’m told that the cold will turn the starches into sugars which will sweeten the parsnips further.

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Kale…simply delicious!

 

I will have to clear the vulnerable crops such as celeriac and carrots soon and put them into store before the air turns too cold!  The cabbage is looking really good though so they can stay put for a little longer.

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Cabbage…a few nibbles but otherwise perfect.

 

The clock is ticking but I still have daylight at the end of the working day (if I’m lucky an hour) to tidy up the plots of any old crops in preparation for next year.

Today was a crisp, sunny day (well mostly) so I had to go for it.   I was lucky to have a little help from the family today too…offers of help are always greatly accepted!

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A bit of fun while tying onions…

 

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Bunches of onions safely stored in the shed

 

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Weed suppressant membrane and bark  has been placed at the foot of the apple trees

 

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The old strawberry bed has finally been removed…just a matter of digging and removing the bindweed roots now.

 

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A few bags of manure have been added to the cleared potato bed.

 

The flowers continue to put on a splendid show on the plots which is always welcome sight!

Great day’s work on the plots with the family.  I hope you are having a great harvest and that your next growing season is a beauty!

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Nature begins Autumn’s Canvas

When you feel that first crisp breeze, you know that Summer is gone and Autumn is in the air.  To me, one of the best things about living in Britain is the changing seasons.  Every season has its positives, however, autumn is especially beautiful.  I revel in the colours nature paints the landscape… red, gold, and orange.. enchanting!

The summer-flower has run to seed,
And yellow is the woodland bough;
And every leaf of bush and weed
Is tipt with autumn’s pencil now.

And I do love the varied hue,
And I do love the browning plain;
And I do love each scene to view,
That’s mark’d with beauties of her reign. (Autumn by John Claire)

Autumn is well under way on the plots and there’s plenty of winter digging, mulching and covering yet to be completed, however, time is ticking…the clocks go back an hour at the end of this month so I’m grabbing every second of daylight.  I’ve been nipping to the allotment for an hour after work and working as long as my body allows at weekends in an attempt to ‘get things done’.  As a gardener, I’m conscious that the dark days of winter are around the corner and I need to be ready for the next growing season.

I’m working through the three plots one by one. PLOT 5A is still full of sweetcorn, cabbages, cauliflowers and kale so I’m focussing on PLOT 4A and PLOT 5B first.

PLOT 5B has been a battle against nature. The weeds were cut, burned, chopped, dug, burned again and finally the beds were covered!!

 

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PLOT 5B…Digging and covering well under way

I still have a few sections to tackle but I’m just about winning!!!  I plan to use PLOT 5B as a cut flower plot.  I figure that I have plenty of space, so why not?!

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PLOT 5B…Two bulb beds planted for spring.

On PLOT 4A, I’m removing the large bindweed infested strawberry bed after months of growing new ‘runner’ plants in pots.  The plants will then be placed in a raised bed in the hope that I can protect my precious strawberries from slugs and birds.

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Strawberry bed, almost gone!

I’ve also been busy trying to clear the calf high couch grass that was growing beneath the apple trees. It will be back within the blink of an eye so I’m planning to lay weed-suppressing fabric and cover with bark chippings as soon as possible.  The result is bags and bags of weeds waiting to be taken to our local tip!

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Couch grass keeps taking cover under the fruit trees.