Welcome to autumn, although the first three weeks of September have been almost tropical in the UK. The colder weather has just about begun to kick in. We hope you are all well despite the oncoming darker nights. It’ll soon be spring again.
Our two pumpkins, variety ‘Jack o’Lantern, are lovely, we’ll definitely be growing them again. The picture doesn’t do them justice. Our lovely grape vine – we call her Barbara – produced loads of grapes, bowls full. They were very sweet with a pip but we didn’t mind. It just seemed amazing to us that we can grow grapes in the north of England and they’re edible!! Must be something to do with global warming …
We decided to begin a ‘Winter’ veg bed, just to keep things ticking along. Most of the veg won’t be ready until spring, but we love to visit the allotments in winter, unlike a lot of our neighbours who seem to disappear in the middle of September and don’t reappear until March when the better weather comes along. We’ve planted some cabbage ( surrounded by copious slug pellets after an accident!!) broccoli, leeks – which look a bit small on the pic – and bright lights chard.In the green grow bags there are some ‘Christmas potatoes’, which have already begun flowering due to the warm weather, so they may be ‘ Run up to Christmas potatoes’! Also going in the ground when it gets a bit colder will be over wintering red & white onions, garlic and spinach in containers. Busy busy.
We purchased some spent Anemones from a local garden centre. 50p each. Bargain! So, they’re going in the soil for some colour next Spring/ Summer. The Helenium looks AMAZING at the moment. We’re going to get some different varieties for next year. We’ve fallen in love with the autumnal colouring. The Sedum that we grow along the spine path is also looking great. We leave it for it’s colour and as well as feeding the pollinators that are still around.
It’s the big tidy up at the weekend. The dahlias get lifted, pots & containers brought inside and plants pruned. It’s all go, and tinged with a bit of sadness as well. The summer really has ended, another growing season gone and this one was over so quickly for us because of all the ‘goings on’ (sh*t!!) at the allotment site.
We hope you are well, and if you are in a lockdown try and stay positive. It’s horrible, but it will come to an end eventually. Keep masking up if you feel the need, wash your hands, use a handkerchief. OK, end of lecture. Happy Plotting!
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