Saturday, 30 November 2013

End of November

Thomas Hood’s poem comes to mind; here is the last verse ....

No warmth, no cheerfulness, no healthful ease,
No comfortable feel in any member--
No shade, no shine, no butterflies, no bees,
No fruits, no flowers, no leaves, no birds,

We can’t really complain about November this year; the weather hasn’t kept us away.

The broad beans Aquadulce Claudia are doing well.  We have planted the garlic Germidour, staked and netted the peas and watered the broccoli and cabbage in the greenhouse.

We will be visiting the allotment less frequently over the winter, but there is plenty of planning to be done, as we are entering Yorkshire in Bloom for the It’s Your Neighbourhood category in 2014.


Thursday, 21 November 2013

Winter and Wildlife

Rainbow Allotment is looking quite presentable.  We can’t claim all the nachas; mother nature is causing the growth of weeds to slow down as Winter approaches.  We had our first taste of snow last night.

The broad beans are growing well and a few of the onions are showing through.  We have taken the dahlias in until the Spring frosts are over.

Planting tulips at the entrance to the allotment, daffodil bulbs planted last year were showing shoots.  Don’t you just love continuity?

The wildlife was out in full force this week; squirrels, magpies and a handsome fox, which came too close for my liking.

If anyone wishes to help out, there are always tasks to do.  You could even take photos of the wildlife or the amazing view, read a book, write or read. 

Sunday, 3 November 2013

November news

Good to see the recently sown peas and broad beans beginning to grow.  It’s amazing what weeding and watering for an hour or so a week can do.  It gives a real feeling of achievement.  If anyone wishes to join us, drop us a comment or contact Adrienne at the MAZCC; great views, no heavy digging involved and the sun always shines on our plot!