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Winding Down

November 4, 2016

In blissful weather on the allotment i.e. no wind and not particularly cold, I managed to hoe four beds to leave them looking neat and tidy. Surface weeds came off easily and the deep-rooted dandelions were lifted with a spade  Then somewhat reluctantly I forked a swathe of nasturtiums into the compost bin. Still looking gorgeous and with bees flitting in and out of the flowers, it was tempting to leave them but I wanted to avoid working in the cold over the next few months.


Nasturtium seeds survive in the compost bin which is why there were quite so many but they look lovely. With a frost they’ll be over fast so I’ve sown seeds in the beds in the greenhouse to over-Winter as an experiment. Seeds of cosmos, Calendula and nasturtiuns are now saved in an envelope to sow next April/May. These are all performance plants as is the perennial Gaura lindheimeri which flowers from May till November and is currently in full bloom in a university border locally.


That and more Verbena bonariensis which also flowers till November are planned for the garden here next summer…


The fall seems spectacular this year with this collection spotted on lawn down the road…


It prompted me to collect a few bags from the paths here and masses more will soon fall from the walnut and mulberry trees hanging over the wall from next door…


Eight bags pulled out from behind the shed from last year were full of wriggling worms. They had shrunk to a quarter the size of the full bags but the well-rotted leaves smelt healthy and are now spread around the cyclamen looking pretty in the shade…


The very last of the allotment Calendulas have now been picked…


2 Comments leave one →
  1. November 4, 2016 8:11 pm

    It feels good to be ahead of the game, or the frost anyway! I grew nasturtiums for the first time this year, I suppose I’ll have them forever now?

    • November 5, 2016 8:49 am

      You may well have nasturtiums forever but they make a great backdrop to other plants. Did you save seeds? If so you can sow those in more selective areas at the base of shrubs etc etc

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