Work on the allotment has changed in focus during the last week or so, and now – as our fellow allotmenteers – we are emptying beds, filling up the compost heap and adding to the growing ‘burn’ pile as crops come to the end of their productive life. As we mainly have raised beds on our plot we have less digging to do than others, and there is something therapeutic about pulling up finished crops and weeds and creating a clean slate for next year.
There is still life on the allotment though, with more recently planted Lettuce, Endive, Pak Choi and Spinach Beet coming into their own and looking lush and green on an otherwise browning landscape.
We’ve also extended our Strawberry patch and the young plants which were created from runners a few months ago have now created fantastic root systems of their own, and have been cut from their ‘mother’ plants and put into their final positions.
And in the ‘big bed’ the winter vegetables are growing well, with our Kale and Brussels Sprout taking on recognisable shapes and giving us a glimpse of the next season – hearty soups and stews, roasts, and dare I say it Christmas dinner !