Tuesday, 8 November 2011

thoughts on a grey day

i finally got round to having some breakfast this morning. cornflakes with blueberries. this got me thinking about alys fowler, she loves them too with ice cold milk. she's a gardener and writer of the edible garden. it's a lovely book and oh, i want a garden like hers. still, i love it for allotment inspiration. although the allotment has been a bit of a disaster this year, but grey rainy days like today are great for planning what to do with it next year. if i could only plant some shallots and garlic before the end of the month then i think that would get me off to a good start. now i'm almost over my cold i need to start going up there and sorting it out. basically, everything we planted got eaten before it even got a chance to grow, plus the soil is terrible. chalky and too tough for any plant to push roots down into. remember the teepee? i had such high hopes but every single plant got chomped on by snails and slugs i'm guessing. i tried putting down sand but need to revise my approach. and the pink fur apples potatoes. from 10 plants, i think i got one tiny handful. the rest, you guessed it. there's a photo of a few tomatoes and raspberries gathered from a couple of months ago. the other photo's are of the surrounding allotments. i must admit i did get a bit of allotment envy this summer, when nothing was growing on our plot. i think the best harvest we got were from the blackberries on the hedge that borders the allotment. oh well, i think we need a good dose of manure and then take it from there.

sarada xx


threespirit said...

At the risk of sounding like an old allotment codger...winter dig! It's the best start you can give yourself for next year I reckon, even if you don't weed. Might as well hit the ground running. I want Mr Bloom's allotment. have you seen that show? x

barefoot mama said...

I'm so glad you are over your cold..YAY!! I have so much work to do in my garden as well. here's to garden work:) Barefoot mama

snow white said...


Thanks for stopping by.

Yes threespirit I think you're right about digging it in. and yes Mr Blooms allotment would be great. I need his composterium!! x

Good luck with your garden Barefoot mama, the work is never ending isn't it! x