Allotmenting (forgotten)

Forgot to post this one so here it is! Winding down now – a few weeks have already seen a lot of change. A few weeks ago I was still harvesting but now everything is dying back, and I’m trying to clear everything down for the lull of winter.

A little walk at Ightham

Just to blow out the cobwebs. It’s good to walk. Especially as the nights close in here. It makes me want to be outside even more.

Mostly Squash

So a couple of trips to the allotment plus my probably-not-going-to-make-it aubergines in the greenhouse. I just got going too late so even though I’ve had healthy plants I didn’t plant them early enough to actually develop big enough fruit. Otherwise it’s mostly squash. As per last year they have taken over the allotment, and…

Dahlia Jungles & other tales

I’ve hardly been to Perch Hill this year but I made it to the last open day of the season. It was lovely & sunny and I got there first thing. There were only about 5 other cars, so I was able to enjoy the garden virtually on my own. The main theme was definitely…

Frost and other visitors

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…

Autumn Colours

A late afternoon trip to Sissinghurst a couple of weeks ago. Not very busy but still lovely to be out in the bright post-storm skies. The tower was covered in scaffolding, and all the grass walkways were closed. It was a shame not to get into the orchard (again) as the apple trees were laden –…

Leaf Walk

Early morning walking, just to clear out the cobwebs before breakfast. The leaves are coming down now, all colours, collecting, gathering, under all the trees. There’s also been an abundance of acorns – I can’t remember such a plentiful year. Good to see the trees have it all under control, even in these strange environmental…

Harvest

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.  

Roses (in the ugly stage)

From the sofa some nice roses seemed like such a good idea, so easy to order and on offer as well…. However, digging the bed was less fun. Stripped back the earth, dug through the horrid clay / old builders debris from c. 1960, waited for the frosts to end. But in the end they…

Fruit canes and garlic overdose

Latest from the allotment …. The storm ripped up a lot of my weed suppressing fabric, and now I have horrible strands of frayed fabric all over the allotment (grr) maybe I shouldn’t have cut it. Very annoying. I also met a very helpful lady who recommended putting weed suppressing under the raised beds. She…