The clocks have gone back and the evenings are drawing in, but the weather is still mild so plenty of opportunity to get outside and do a few jobs.
My first task/request for you all is to give your plot a last mow while you have the chance – quite a few plots are looking neglected and a good mow would tidy up the whole allotment site before the winter weather.
It’s a good time to dig over any unplanted areas and incorporate compost or farmyard manure – let the worms do the work for you … As you clear away old crops, have a good tidy, compost all old vegetation and store away bean sticks, cloches etc. When you have finished give your tools a clean and oil before putting them away.
Quite a lot to do back home in the flower garden as well – frosts won’t be far off, so if you have any favourite plants it is a good idea to take a few cuttings, or pot up the plant to over-winter in a frost-free place. It is also a good time to lift and divide perennials. As soon as the first frosts hit your dahlias, lift the tubers and store in your shed or greenhouse.
Finally, if you haven’t sorted out your Kings Seed order yet, please do so by this Friday 3rd November so that the order can be finalised and sent off.
The Kings Seeds catalogue is now available – as usual this is online via the links below. Please let me have your completed order form by Friday 3 November together with your payment (cheques payable to Dynevor Gardening Association). Any queries please let me know
Soft Fruit & Trees
Sundries & Books
Suffolk Herbs Organic
Most of our summer crops are coming to a finish now, but it is a good time to think ahead and put in some prep work for next year’s harvest. Clear away all the old crops and foliage, have a good weed and give the plot some TLC – it is worthwhile mulching with some well-rotted farmyard or horse manure over winter to improve the soil – let the worms do the work for you.
Before you clear out your beans, save a few pods to dry for seed for next year.
It is a good time to plant garlic, incorporate some compost before planting to improve soil fertility and plant the cloves about 6” apart and 2”-3” deep.
Cut down asparagus ferns, and make sure that your crowns are weed free; asparagus is a hungry crop so this is another area that will benefit from a good mulch of manure over-winter.
Give all your winter brassicas such as sprouts, kale and savoy, an application of general fertiliser such as blood fish and bone, to help them grow a little more before the weather gets really wintry.
Soft fruit – prune blackcurrants, fruit forms on young wood so cut down some of the older wood; if your autumn raspberries have finished fruiting, cut down canes to ground level.
Clean out your greenhouse, wash down the glass to allow as much light as possible and organise the space so that you have room for overwintering plants.
Continue raking up leaves and composting for leaf mould – sad to say this is one of my favourite jobs at this time of year – after two years the leaf mould has rotted down to a fine compost – lovely!
Finally the Kings Seed catalogue is now available so you can plan ahead and decide on your order for next season (details will be available on a separate post).