Tuesday, 18 November 2014
The November allotment
It's been a long time since I visited the allotment. The constant dampness has made it pointless to go. Tramping around on sodden earth is no good, so I've been waiting for a dry spell. This morning it wasn't exactly dry underfoot, but it was close enough.
It was misty early on, but by eleven o'clock the sun was shining. Let's wander down to the plot.
Lots of the plots are neat and tidy, ready for winter. But there are a few overgrown ones which is always sad to see, especially when there's probably still a waiting list. Look at this one, just waiting for someone to love it. It's got a nice shed too.
Down at my plot there were one or two surprises, not all of them good. This was what the tops of all of the sprout plants looked like. Pigeons I think. It's the time of year when cabbagey things are looking good to them. Underneath the sprouts still looked fine, although obviously the plants are struggling now.
The good surprise was this.
Artichokes! I cut the plants down a while back. To be more precise the two smaller boys had a blast cutting them down with the fruit saw. They've completely grown back, and there were two delicious buds. Not huge, but good enough. They're in the fridge now, waiting to be eaten.
There were a few final straggling flowers, as well as asparagus with red berries that needs to be cut down, and the biggest boy's leeks.
I did some weeding, clearing a strip for garlic planting, and while I worked the sun burned through the mist. I planted the garlic, it was so satisfying to actually get a job done today. Planting garlic is one of my favourite allotment jobs. As everything else is dwindling and dying, the garlic is starting to grow, the beginning of the growing season, a reminder in the depth of winter that spring will return, with its optimistic green shoots.
It was a pleasure to be back down there today. I might go again tomorrow if it's dry. There's a long list of things to do, so I'm needing a long dry spell really. It probably won't happen that way, but I'll take what I can get.
This evening we went to see the town's Christmas lights turned on. Some famous boy singers were there doing the honours and lots of girls were screaming.
So that's it, the lights are on, the countdown has begun. I'm off to write a list. Bring it on.