Last weekend Mathew and I started the process of clearing our new allotment plot and getting it ready to be put to bed for the winter. Well, I say putting it to bed but we’re going to over-winter some cabbages, chard and also some onions and garlic – if we manage to get the onions and garlic planted in the next couple of weeks.
Of course, we don’t really know what we’re doing, so everything is a mix of guess work, instinct, research and asking people. It’s just so nice to have a bit of outdoors space all of our own. So far we’ve harvested some squash, lots of apples, some cauliflower, broccoli, tiny carrots, one chilli, two tiny beetroot, a couple of tomatoes and some chard. The previous tenant had until the middle of the month to clear all the crops he wanted so anything left there is now ours.
Last week we cleared the sweetcorn off the main beds and this week I started to clear off the cabbage patch. I took out all the finished cabbages, broccoli and cauliflower, and left in a few cabbages to see if they’ll come on over the next few months. I also left the chard in as I’ve been told that you can continue to harvest it through out the winter.
We also tidied up inside the shed and took down a radio and our camping stove. Now we can have proper tea breaks while listening to Radio 4.
All we need now are a couple of chairs to go in there so we can sit and read, and I can write and knit. I can’t wait for my first story I write from the shed.