A blank period on the allotment. The winds are high and the water butts are full and overflowing. Masses of weeds are pushing through all over the place, it is quite a relentless task keeping them down at any time of the year.
The photographs above show my Asparagus beds where I have been hard at work weeding today. The ground was quite damp, it was surprisingly easy to fill that wheelbarrow to overflowing. Weather permitting at this time of the year.I spend about an hour a day just weeding and drinking in the joy of the solitude on the allotment. Just me and the birds usually, they are very quiet at this time of the year. Roll on Spring~~
My winter cabbages and greens are looking very healthy in spite of the incredible caterpillar attack I experienced this year. The brassicas are a hardy family of survivors and fresh leaves have appeared on all the plants. A few good meals will be a suitable reward for all the hard work I have put in.
Finally today I close with some beautiful photographs of our CHRISTMAS CACTUS that flowers at this time every year, bringing a splash of colour~A natural live Christmas friend~~ Peace and love to all~~
Sadly, I lost my lovely large climbing plant at the bottom of the garden to the vicious Norfolk winds.
The very thick trunk had almost snapped completely and unfortunately there wasn't a hope of saving it.
I cut it down and removed the old trellis and the arch, I found that the wood was almost rotted away in parts and this was the reason the wind had such a devastating effect. Margaret and I visited a local DIY shop and I bought a new trellis and a couple of supporting posts.
I was very lucky and I managed to save my wonderful pink climbing rose and I think three different Clematis climbers, that were established on the old arch.
I was unable to do any work on the allotment today but I paid a visit as Margaret needed some Leeks. I snapped a few photographs in the rain.
One month later~Mid-November~~BRR!!
Where does the time go?
I can not believe it has been a whole month since I have posted an update here. This month is usually devoted to harvesting the remains of what has been a very good year on the allotment. I have also had a lot of tidying up to do and I am now preparing the beds and settling them down for the winter.
Last week I planted some over-winter Onion sets that should produce a very good crop of Onions in the spring. I also planted some Garlic bulbs that I grew myself this year, they are a nice large tasty variety. I thought it would be worthwhile to save and plant some of them again. I have sown some Broad bean seeds and these will settle in for the winter, the crop will arrive in early spring before the dreaded blackfly wake up.
I have been busy cutting down and burning my Autumn fruiting raspberry canes, we had a very good year for soft fruit on the allotment and Margaret has a good supply in the freezer.
The incinerator is a very good excuse to stop for a warm every now and then.
John~~Battling with the elements, pests and diseases in my struggle to keep the garden growing. A constant daily struggle that will be recorded here.
Gardening is such a delightful pastime. I spend time on my allotment almost every day of my life, and the sensation of pure satisfaction never ceases to amaze me. I get so much out of this pleasure, I think the benefits are so huge that the government should legislate and make it more available to everyone. I will list just some of the obvious reasons here. ~~
1) Fresh fruit and vegetables and other produce.
2) Fresh air and an intense feeling of getting close to Nature.
3) Healthy exercise without the necessity of machines that are found inside a gym.
4) The satisfaction obtained by growing plants and watching and caring for them through to maturity.
5) A regular occupation that you can make into a routine, somewhere to go to at a certain time every day.
6) The companionship of like-minded people, with whom you can get ideas and swap tips on your mutual interests.