The little jobs we have to do around the allotment in autumn always remind us of how the year is coming toward its inevitable end.
We have a huge tree that overlooks us. It belongs to the houses that circle the allotments, and ever since we took over our plot, I have gathered the fallen leaves in bin bags, leaving them for two years to rot down for leaf mold, one of the best mulches ever.
We have three bins next to each other, and just move the bags along each year. By year three the bags are flat and stink, but we’ve had some of the best crops of raspberries when we’ve put the leaf mold on them.
We have also been doing some pruning, especially of our apple trees. They have been trained into a goblet shape, but didn’t do so well fruiting this year. A lot of bulbs have been planted up. I can’t resist buying them when I see them! Space is limited in the plot so I get them in pots. I’ve a small ambition to do a pot garden (Not that type!!) next year.
I dare say there will be more jobs to do this weekend after Hurricane Gonzalo has run it’s course. We just hope there’s still a roof on the shed!