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Autumn on the Allotment

September 22, 2014

I love the look of this gone-to seed globe artichoke and it will be great food for the birds …

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Incidentally these artichokes are easy to grow from seed but they must be allowed to form substantial plants before planting in the ground. I have had two attempts and each time lost them to slugs so now four healthy plants in the cold frame will be nurtured in pots till next June/July.

With summer over it’s relaxing on the allotment with all the hard work completed and many of the beds cleared and fed. It’s also very pretty at this time of year with nasturtiums, French marigolds, Californian poppies and Cosmos ‘Sensation’ blooming away…

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The second crop of climbing French beans planted in mid-July is looking good.  Before planting I dug a trench and filled it with comfrey leaves before pulling the soil back over and then I gave it a good soaking. The beans were sown at home and came through in less than a week and were planted out on three tripods and here they are…

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This butternut squash was spotted lurking under a mass of nasturtium flowers….

 

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Two rows of Spring onion White Lisbon were sown this weekend direct in the soil at the end of two beds…DSCN3201

I’ve gone on a bit about dahlias this year last year it was hydrangea and I’ve no idea what it might be next year and below is a neighbour’s patch of dahlias on the allotment.

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He left them in the ground last winter and to his surprise they survived.  But it was a mild winter so best to follow the advice on the blog below on growing and caring for beautiful dahlias http://gardenofeady.com/

 

There are the usual suspects in the vase below plus the blue-green leaves of Euphorbia wulfennii to add a bit of substance…DSCN3227

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2 Comments leave one →
  1. September 24, 2014 1:11 pm

    I love the artichoke, it looks like a mummified sunflower. 😉 My dahlias are still going strong – 3 months of flowers is such good value. It’s gettign much chillier here, I wonder how long before we get a frost.

  2. September 27, 2014 10:07 am

    Chilly yes and very very dry. I have put the hose on the garden here this morning to try to rescue a few sad looking plants.

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