Well October was certainly a wet month – difficult to work on the plot and finish all the end of season tidying and prepping for next year; and now that the clocks have changed we need to take advantage of any dry/bright day and get on with the outstanding jobs.
I have managed to cut back the asparagus, and give the crowns a good weed and mulch with well-rotted horse manure to ensure a good crop next year.
I have also heeded Monty Don’s advice and staked my sprout plants to make sure they are good and firm over the winter months – crops not looking too bad, so I am sure I will have home grown sprouts for Christmas Dinner! I have also netted the sprouts and other brassicas to keep off the ever hungry pigeons.
Next visit to the plot I plan to prune all the fruit bushes, as well as cutting down my autumn fruiting raspberry canes – again I will give them a good mulch of manure.
Quite a bit of tidying needed in the greenhouse at home – obviously more space is needed to over-winter all those tender plants, so as soon as it’s a dry day that job is No 1 on my ‘to do’ list.
As the weather gets colder, don’t forget our wildlife; if you are lucky enough to have visiting hedgehogs put some food out for them, and don’t forget to make sure there is access between your garden and your neighbours. Also keep bird feeders topped up.
Finally the Kings Seeds order will be delivered later in the month, so if you placed an order I will be distributing seeds so you can plan your 2020 crops.
NB: Skittles Night – Wednesday 13th November. Names and payment to Social Committee members by Monday 4th November latest.
The next Community Litter Pick will take place on Saturday 5 October 10-00-12.00, meet at the Recreation Ground 9.45am. There will also be a pop-up café for refreshments.
October already – evenings drawing in, lawn covered in fallen leaves and plenty of rain! Not forgetting that the clocks go back at the end of the month.
So you would think that there is not much to do in the garden or on the plot, but now is the time to plan ahead and prepare for next year.
Dig over your plot and add some farmyard manure or compost – covering the soil will help the worms ‘do their thing’ and incorporate into the soil.
Alternatively sow green manure in any bare areas, and dig it in early Spring – again this adds goodness to the soil.
Decide what crops you want to grow next year and then log onto the Kings Seeds catalogue (see previous post) and sort out your order by the end of the month – good quality seeds at a good discounted price.
Hopefully you still have plenty of crops to harvest – I have had several late caulis, and of course squash, sweetcorn, chard and the last of the beans. Root veg, leeks and sprouts all looking good and should provide through the winter months.
Quite busy in the flower garden as well – saving seeds, taking cuttings, splitting large perennials and re-planting, and taking a long look at the flower beds and deciding what changes to make for next year.
One thing I am going to do next year is plant an area of flowers on the plot to attract pollinators and all our friendly insects – all you need is a good mix of annuals.
And if the weather does dry up, take a walk over the fields and pick some blackberries from the hedgerow (they are particularly good this year) and then go home and make apple and blackberry pie or crumble – delicious!
The 2019-20 Kings Seeds catalogue is now available – click on the links below. If you have not ordered seeds before then please browse the catalogue as our National Allotment Society membership means that we benefit from a 40% discount on Kings retail prices. Good value and good quality seeds.
Please complete your order form and let me have your payment – cash or cheque (payable to Dynevor Gardening Association) – by the end of October. Any queries or problems accessing the catalogue please let me know.
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