January is finally over, I was starting to think it would never end. It’s been a week or so since my last visit to work on my allotment and I’m really missing spending time there. Proper winter weather has finally arrived, plunging temperatures struggle to get above freezing most days leaving my fingers and toes
I spent most of Sunday afternoon on the plot, concentrating on the area that will eventually become a large pumpkin patch. It was cold but invigorating and the sun made a brief but welcome appearance, causing the trees and landscape to glow against the moody winter sky. I had my stove and kettle in the
Just over a week ago I planted garlic, just a couple of rows to test how this particular crop fairs on my allotment. My soil is heavy clay which can get very sticky in wet weather, to help prevent my garlic from rotting I created little planting holes with a trowel and half filled them
I haven’t spent as much time as I’d like at plot 33 lately. Storm Callum and life pulling me in different directions are to blame, but when I have visited I’ve made the very most of my time there by continuing to dig over the new growing areas and enriching the soil with rotted manure.
It’s been a great year for growing pumpkins and winter squash at the allotment, which happen to be my favourite things to grow. They romped away in the sizzling summer heat producing big fruits on healthy green vines. Summer was exceptionally hot and dry this year, admittedly I struggled to muster the energy to water