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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.

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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.

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

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

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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…

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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…

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

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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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