October on my allotment is one of contrasts. The Calendula is finally flourishing, my best tomato crop of the year is a green, and my squash are ether undersized or blue!
I spent the day digging up lovely flowers – I felt a pang of guilt for each plant I pulled out of the ground, but they had to go. I am finally getting a full-sized shed. I emptied the greenhouse of tomatoes, and moved it to its new spot. I plan to make a green tomato chutney with my haul. My faithful cupboard will have to go, as I can only have one shed!!
The soil on the plot is not very fertile, so as I remove this seasons veg, I will prepare the soil with manure, mulch and compost. About three weeks ago I sowed a mixed green manure where the potatoes and onions once were.
I’m saving as many seeds as possible. These pink beans are celebration runners, which I hope to grow again next year. I’ve also collected evening primrose and St John Wort for the herb bed. Last week I moved some herbs to a new herb bed. Autumn is the time to harvest roots so I’m drying elecampane and vervain root. Elecampane smells delicious – vervain not so much.