Its November already and although its the time to start planning for next season on the allotment, there is still a variety of produce to be harvested, including kale, chard, beetroot, and cabbage. On Sunday I was chatting with someone about growing potatoes in bags, and the next minute I was holding a handful of perfect spuds – not one had been nibbled! The willingness of allotment holders to share their produce with you is a wonderful example of community spirit.
I also share my produce with slugs and woodlice! These multi-coloured beetroots are covered in deep craters but are still edible. I very happy they survived the slug invasion, as they were wonderfully sweet and earthy when roasted with garlic.
I set myself one task this weekend, to plant garlic. It was bitterly cold, and the first time I’ve felt icy cold in a long while, it was glorious! I really like to be outside as much as possible during the darker month. Being office bound Monday to Friday I’m desperate to be outside on the weekends – rain or shine.
Even though I’ve reduced the size of my plot, I’ve still laid it out to incorporate a four stage crop rotation. This weekend I prepared the first of the raised beds to include alliums and roots. I filled it with a rich compost and manure mix, and planted out 24 White Solent garlic cloves and 6 Elephant garlic cloves. The White Solent were planted 15 cm apart, in rows 30 cm apart (each row included 5 cloves). The Elephant garlic was planted 2 to a row, 30 cm apart as they are much larger. Job done!
The next few weekends I am going to be busy having a social life – ha – so I am not going to get much of a chance to visit the allotment. I’m hoping for some rain – and lots of frost to help the garlic grow.
Hope you are enjoying this tine of year as much as I am.