image from dobies.co.uk
Although we may not spend as much time in the garden or allotment in the winter as we do during the summer, it doesn’t mean that you shouldn’t be accommodating to you animal guests. It’s important to take steps to look after the wildlife that may come across your garden to help them survive the harsher weathers. Fortunately, garden plant retailer Dobies have provided some suggestions as to how we can help:
If you’re considering applying for an allotment plot, now’s a good time to get your name down.
As allotment holders begin the annual ritual of putting the plot to bed in time for winter, many allotment committees choose Autumn to start renewing tenant leases and requesting rent for the forthcoming year.
Unfortunately, previous research has suggested that over 100,000 wannabe plotholders are currently on waiting lists, but this number is thought to be reducing as committees put more effort into passing on abandoned allotments and offering more half size plots.
This week, I harvested the best carrot I have ever grown in my allotmenteerist life. I was dead chuffed.
My carrots have never really been much to write home about. They’ve been reasonable and plenty, but certainly not anything to trouble the local village shows. However, this 222g, 21cm long corker is streets ahead of any carrot I’ve ever grown before.
I’m not sure if the shift from tough Essex clay to crumbly Somerset loam has made the difference, but I’ve had a few impressive specimens amongst the short row of maincrop I sowed this year.
So anyway, now I’ve temporarily turned Real Men Sow from the cheery allotment blog to the smug allotment blog, I’ll get on with the real post matter in hand: harvesting those carrotting maincroppers.