Late October 2023- the last of the root crops are being harvested to stop the rats / slugs and other wildlife from eating them; the apples are nearly all picked and what isn’t needed is going to the Share your Spare scheme with the local food pantries and community kitchens, which our allotments have joined. It’s been great to have an easy outlet for gluts of produce this year. Beans canes and pea supports have been pulled out and the plants jumped on to squash them down a bit and then covered in cardboard and left to the worms to work their magic. Compost bins are emptied onto the other beds and again covered with cardboard. The winter greens are all netted against the pigeons. Overwintering lettuce and cabbages have been planted in the cold greenhouse which is now cleared of tomatoes and cucumbers. The green manure is holding its own just now, but when it goes over it will be left in situ and covered. Then it’s time to tackle the bramble and hawthorn hedges.
- Published: 20 October 2023 20 October 2023