The allotment has been hard work this autumn. The combination of warmth and wet has really benefitted the weeds and the slugs. Other problems have included the dreaded Onion fly which caused my lovingly grown leeks to ‘melt’ . I managed to save the white tips and have stir -fried these and frozen for later use.
Mid October gave me a chance to plant my garlic, sprouts and asian walking onions ( grown from seeds) into the allotment. It took until mid November for me to find the time to plant the onion sets ( by which time some had started to sprout). Does ‘chitting’ onions help or hinder the final crop?
Halloween brough the best crop of pumpkins and squash I have ever had , most are in store and being slowly used for soup. I like to roast them in segments with olive oil and dry chilli flakes then scrape out the flesh into some softened onions, add stock or water and this year I am adding the borlotti and french beans that have been podded and boiled until tender. Really hearty and tasty.
The beans – about 5kg were harvested from the last of the bean pods
The largest pumpkin was selected by my son for Halloween creative carving many visiting ghouls and witches were impressed!
While all this spooky work was going on my new sprout plants were devastated by slugs and so we will have to have cabbage for Christmas.
Buckingham Nurseries have kindly replaced the Medlar tree which died last year so I have planted this out, carefully following the instructions and hope that it can establish itself as well as the quince tree has done. Otter Farm has sent through my Szechuan pepper tree. I am looking forward to seeing it seed over the next few years.
For reference here are the plans for the allotment in 2011 20a sits next to 20b to make a nice rectangular patch with a path down the middle.
Now on with the weeding……