With just a small nod to the awesome Guns and Roses song released more years ago than I care to think about we are careering into winter. We’ve been renovating our bathroom so haven’t been able to get out much and haven’t had any chance to get to the allotment. It suddenly feels like the evenings have disappeared and I hadn’t noticed the turn in weather until I tried to get up to the allotment for several evenings in a row.
I could’t do anything when I did manage to find the time as it’s been really wet here. I still fully intend to cut down all the rasberry canes and line the strawberry patch with weed suppressant and straw when ever I can. It’s on the list for this weekend but I fear I’ve left it too late.
At home the garden has been tidied, weeded, mulched and prepped for the frosty mornings. I have cut the Dahlia’s right down, left them in and covered them with mulch. I am hoping this will be enough to protect them over winter. I have got half a dozen cuttings from a rosemary bush that have established and are ready to go under cover till spring.
Meanwhile, down at the allotment, we have 4 or 5 wooden pallets that I’m planning to construct a composter out of. I’m not a natural DIY’er and as a result I am fairly convinced they can be as easy to construct as Google and You Tube have told me they can be. The idea was to knock two together with the wooden pallets and some strong twine and add the contents of the two full plastic composters that are currently there to mulch down over winter. We filled the plastic ones within the first couple of hours of clearing the plot, we quickly realised we were going to need something bigger and staggered.
Despite the change in weather and the end of long light evenings I am kind of glad the growing season is over and we are in queiter times. I felt such a lot of pressure to get things in the ground, it felt like such a waste to have the allotment and not to be growing lots. Now the seasons are turning it feels like the pressures off and we have time now to get lots of practical jobs done, like edging the 4 quarters of the plot with wood and to plan what we want to plant and where in the new year.
I’ve been reading a lot about the no dig method and have covered one quarter with cardboard under the tarp. It’s a bit of an experiment, if it works we’ll do the same method with the final two quarters. Much like those You Tube demonstrations on how to build a composter the no dig method, despite making lots of sense just feels too easy to be “proper gardening”
In the meantime the garlic and onions are in and the potatos are doing well, it makes me very happy that we are still managing to grow something in this ‘cold November rain’ .