Been sick, so all my photos have become a bit backed up. Therefore this is a little review of December.
A walk round the back of Ightham on a sunny winters day. The light fades so early at this time of year. So nice to be out in the fresh air.
A few of the remains of the allotment. I’ve planted out the broad beans for an early start, and the garlic, which needs some frosts to split the cloves. My plan has already been amended…..
Finally a Christmas Eve stroll. Having been ill it helps to get out a bit, although I just want to sleep immediately afterwards. It helps to combat the cabin fever. But now we are past the solstice, I’m looking forward to the return of the light. See you next year xxx
So we’ve had a few frosts. One at the allotment, but not at the house!
I have laid a few pavers (lazily, straight onto the ground) so the raspberries are easier to access, and won’t get so overgrown next year. The Tulameen didn’t take so I have replanted with some Glen Ample – hopefully these ones will fare better. I’ve had to cut back some of the other rasps early as they had developed a strange black spore on the leaves. Very annoying.
Otherwise, I’ve generally been tidying up and planning for next year. One of my strategies is to write what I’ve planted in each raised bed on the side to make sure I’m keeping my crop rotation (vaguely) going.
Next project is getting the garlic in asap, so more soon….
There’s something about the symmetry of growing veg – you start with earth, and you return to earth. Dust to dust, ashes to ashes. Or something like that.
I have harvested the rest of the pumpkins. A beautiful orange haul – mostly handed out to friends now. There’s only so much pumpkin you can eat! I’m going to try some different varieties next year.
I cut back the enormous sweet potato plant to discover only 1 knobbly tuber and 2 small ones…. but in the process I also dug up a load of really good red potatoes, which must have been left over from the previous occupant. They were much better than the ones I’d sown myself.
Generally I have been tidying up, composting, pulling out the spent plants. Everything collapsing back down to soil.
I did note, however, at Sissinghurst they are still harvesting beans and other veg. That’s what a team of experts does for you. Not jealous… well not really!
A few more pics of the veg harvest from Sept, things have moved on quickly as the light departs. But these still show the allotment looking (mostly) green.
My tomatoes got blight. I lost 4/5ths of the crop 😦
It was a horrible job, cutting it all back. Throwing it all away. I salvaged what I could and then let the tomatoes ripen for a few days I could see which ones were infected. Quite a few were, but some seem to be ok. I have a banana next to them to encourage them along.
Meanwhile I have discovered some enormous cucumbers, and a few of my dahlias are finally flowering.
Hello again, been a while…
Here are some pics from this month’s harvest. The sweetcorn was lovely…. can’t beat from plant to pot 😉 .I know it sounds daft, but I almost like the process more than the produce … which is just as well as the slugs / caterpillars are in action. Especially unhappy about the Tuscan Kale which is one of my favourites.
The toms are starting to come along. I had to cut some of the pumpkins – one which had been invading next door (who was not amused) and one which was blocking my route to the spuds. I am now trying to fob off enormous pumpkins on all my friends! I can barely lift the big one – got to laugh.
More soon, plus planning for next year … definitely going for a smaller type of squash 😀 .
A few pics of the produce so far – been travelling a fair bit so I have been a quite neglectful. However, the allotment has been going along happily without me!