OCTOBER 2013

RAINING PUMPKINS

A break in the rain enabled me to get on and create my winter patio tubs. My favourite winter bedding is cyclmen and I decided to team them up with purple pansies and silver foliage. To add a bit of drama I separated chunks of Ophiopogon Nigrescens that had overgrown in another tub. I also liberated some ivy and used this to soften the edge of the largest container. Once they were all done and arranged on the steps the sun came out and lit up the autumn red acer leaves beautifully.

Winter pots all set for a show in the darkest of winter days.
Winter pots all set for a show in the darkest of winter days.

Still blooming are the love-lies-bleeding and peacock orchid Gladiolus murielae. The wind and rain has battered the orchids leaves, bending them in half in some cases. Some Echinacea that I raised from seed, also got a pelting.

In the green house I cleared away all tomato and pepper plants and gave the place a good clean. An aeonium is now are settled in here too. A cold night caused some leaves to drop when it was outside, so I can see that I’m going to have to think about insulation soon. Other residents here are red onions and baby “all-year-round” cauliflower plants. Plus various packets of tulip bulbs are waiting for pots that are currently still hosting summer anuals.

All this wonderful colour is good enough to eat.
All this wonderful colour is good enough to eat.

At the allotment all the attention goes to the pumpkins and cabbages, just from the sheer spectacle of the colours alone. Four pumpkins collectively weighing 40lbs, have been harvested from two plants. They pose next to the red cabbages, squashes and peppers before I lug them home. I have now finished pumpkin carving for a Halloween dinner party.

Broccoli I planted late August is developing well and I’ve also got kale, spinach and leeks for over-wintering. There will always be something to harvest over December and January as parsnips, brussel sprouts, cabbage, and this years leeks will still be in abundance. I’m finally getting to forward plan not only next season but the season after that. This has resulted in only two of the five raised beds will be completely empty over winter.

I only get to the allotment at weekends and if it’s raining, then jobs get put on hold. So at the moment the list is frightening arduous, plus there is the end of season clear-out on the cards. But its all worth it when I realise that I haven’t been down the supermarket veg isle for ages!

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A blog about my gardening exploits to inspire, even if its looking like its all about go wrong. (Which it does, alot)

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