Today was the first time we'd visited the allotment in about a month. Happily it's still there and looking much the same as the last time we were down. If you're going to neglect your patch of ground, this is a good time of year to do it, as the shortening days and plunging temperatures put everything into stasis. We've defo made the right choice in downsizing our commitment to the plot; as much as we love doing this veg thing, there are too many other bits of life that take up significant chucks of time as well.
|Brassicas to the left, carrot bed to the right|
There's been some significant felling of trees around the allotments; I'm wondering if that has anything to do with efforts to make the place look more ship-shape in the face of issues raised by The Freemen? In any case, despite not seeing anyone else around in the short time were were there, things on our track are looking about as neat as they ever have done.
Back on our patch, some late-planted turnips have put on quite a lot of leafy growth, but show no signs of forming edible roots just yet while some kohlrabi are threatening to swell into something resembling a food. The next job will be to get some sacks of manure to dig in to the main patches before covering everything up and then pretty much wait until the New Year when thoughts turn to seed potatoes and the ground swings into action once again. I'm looking forward, with the reduction in the size of our plot, to gardening less but gardening better next term.