Sunday, 6 October 2013
Sunday On The Allotment - 6 Oct - Clearing and Crops
I headed out in the sunshine to my plot beneath the Penwith Hills.
Lots to do - one key "lesson learned" from last year is that time and effort invested in October and November - before the worst of the weather closes in - pays dividends in the Spring.
Clearing the other beds can come later - I've got carrots, spinach, cabbages and leeks that I hope to be harvesting between now and Christmas - and beyond.
I've been growing them under a net cloche to protect them from pests.
The threat from butterflies and caterpillars has now passed. But our perennial allotment pests - bunny rabbits - remain.
So the cabbages are now safely back under cover.
Partly due to my neglect - I haven't done anything since they went into the ground in June.
They were choked with weeds - mainly chickweed - and soaking wet - as the weeds were blocking airflow through the crop.
But I firmed them back into the soil and replaced the cloche - hopefully they will dry out and grow on.
As ever - we will see.
Plus some Pumpkins - which I'd hoped to grown on through October to Halloween. But when I tried weeding - they all just fell off the plant - so ready for harvest.