A trip to the allotment for the first time in two weeks left me guiltily aware that a good three-hour session was long overdue. The wind had taken the covers off the Purple Sprouting brocoli bed and because of the mild, wet weather the weeds were having a field day. But although the Musselburgh leek bed looked more than a bit scruffy…
…once lifted they cleaned up and there will be lots more for the next few months. And a surprise row of Mustard Red Giant was looking very pretty and will be stir-fried with the spinach beet.
The Brussel sprouts are still the size of peas, so note to self, plant out in late spring next year rather than late summer. They won’t be ready until January but curly kale, cabbage and chard should be worthy of picking in time for the 25th.
The cosmos, nasturtiums and marigolds are well and truly over but a small clump of wallflowers were blooming away-surely ten weeks early? Their lovely scent is so associated with spring that I have had to keep sniffing them.
The agapanthus Christmas decorations are coming on a treat and will be revealed next week !!