Late October and the leaves are beginning to turn.
I keep loosing this list so I will write it here so that I know where it is:
Wodan Beetroot *
Broccoli Red Arrow*
Brussel Sprout Trafalgar*
Red Cabbage Red Drumhead*
Calabrese Green Magic
Cauliflower All the year round*
Carrot Flyaway *
Carrot Sweet Candle*
Carrot Autumn King*
Cucumber Crystal Lemon*
Cucumber Bedfordshire Prize*
Florence Fennel Rondo
Florence Fennel Romanesco
Good King Henry
Kohn Rabi Purple Delicacy
Leek Mammoth Blanch*
Leek Pot *
Leek Blue Solaise*
Lettuce Web's Wonderful*
Onion Mammoth Improved*
Parsnip White King*
Pea Douce Provence*
Pea Early Onward*
Pea Progress No9*
Runner Bean Liberty*
Pumpkin Kills Atlantic Giant*
Sweetcorn Early Extra Sweet
Shallot - my own*
French Climbing Bean "Trail of Tears"*
The ones with large asterisk will give 12 points and the ones with small asterisk will give me 8 points.
The early potatoes this year will be
I am only going to grow Latah tomato this year.
I will be planting several of the saved seed including Cobra French Bean, Broad Bean, Telegraph Pea, Runner Bean and Trail of Tears climbing French Bean. I would have liked to collect and keep a lot more seeds but I haven't had the time this year.
Potatoes for this year will be;
Red Duke of York
And the second early will be:
I have finished off sowing green manure. Experience shows that planting it this late in the year does not really give it time to thicken up very well. I will probably not plant any more now until the Spring. I have used quite a bit of pigeon manure this year because it was free and left by my allotment. Having said that I have been careful to use it sparingly digging it in now to allow time for it to decompose a lot more before the spring. It does produce quite a bit of ammonia and this could burn the roots of plants. However, it does not seem to have done my green manures any harm. Maybe this is due to the care I took not to put too concentrated amounts in any area.
These comfrey leaves will be taken off now and put into one of the big water butts to rot down together with the nettle tops. I will probably keep this until next year and use it to water in the seeds and seedlings for next season. Some of the comfrey bed is covered in horse manure which is mostly wood shavings. I will spread this out a little better when I deal with this area a bit more systematically.
If you look carefully you can just see the green manure beginning to germinate. This area will probably be used for broad beans next year.
I dug in some pigeon manure and I am hoping not to have to put much more onto this bed because the green manure should add enough nutrient for broad beans. I am hoping that the green manure will take up nitrogen from the pigeon muck but at the very least it should prevent nitrogen from the pigeon manure from leaching away during the winter.
This is where next year's runner beans and a few rows of sweet peas will be put next year. I like to grow the green manure in lines so that I can weed between the rows. They close over and form an impenetrable canopy eventually. I have got two plants of oca in here somewhere and they will have to be taken out soon. They did not flower this year but I still hope there will be some tubers. I will not eat any of them though because I am trying to build up a stock. Last year I lost a great deal because I did not store them properly. This year I am going to put them into paper bags and keep them in a frost free shed.
Some of the leeks are quite big but others are a little ropy. You cannot tell when they are in soup or stew. They will be used over the winter.
So the allotment has been put to bed for the winter. The only things now that I need to do are to empty the compost bins and to construct new ones opposite the store shed with new fence panels I have acquired. After I have done this I can take off all the comfrey leaves and then dig over the comfrey bed.
Then all I will do is harvest the leeks and the roots and use up the stored pumpkins, potatoes, onions, squashes and marrows.
Not bad for a poor year.