Monday, 24 November 2014
Tuesday, 18 November 2014
This mix of cannellini, borlotto and black beans were gathered a month or so ago and have been drying on the window sill. These beans didn't crop well this year, so I've put none aside for dried (edible) beans, just keeping these few for seed. We also have lots of runner and broad bean seed.
Peas have done a little better - but I didn't really leave enough for seed, so will end up buying again.
I'm still in the process of collecting pumpkin and squash seeds, as I get round to using this year's crop, but I already feel I have enough. The small black seeds are sweet peas - not many of them but I think some pods had already split and dropped seed. Maybe in Spring I'll find sweet peas growing in unexpected places.
Marigolds are still flowering - even in November! - but I stopped removing dead heads in September to allow plenty of time for the seed to set.
I hadn't expected to find any ripe, usable seed on these sunflower seedheads - but when I pulled them apart I was pleasantly surprised. There's plenty for growing next year's plants, and leftovers for the bird-feeders.
The experiment with home grown brussel sprout seed seems to have paid off - there are plenty of healthy plants at the allotment, some already showing sprouts for Christmas dinner.
This vase of flowers is rather typical of this week's pickings - a mix of almost every season.
Tomatoes and radishes
Spinach, american land cress and even some small pieces of rocket
then two carrier bags of windfall apples from my parents' tree
Friday, 14 November 2014
We haven't had any severe frosts yet but, expecting them to arrive any day soon, I've taken cuttings from carnations and pinks that might not stand cold weather.
The carnations already came from cuttings - from flowers bought for Mother's Day. I don't do anything special to them - just pull of a side shoot and pop it in compost. They're on the kitchen window sill for now to get started but once they show signs of growing, I'll move them to a cooler spot in the un-heated porch.
Hopefully winter will be mild and I'll have plants from these cuttings plus the ones left out in the garden
Tuesday, 11 November 2014
Some more seasonal produce too - small cabbage, a reasonably-sized head of broccoli at last, spinach and beetroot.
Carrots being given away at the allotment again, with a couple of late 'summer' turnips and blue winter radish
Wednesday, 5 November 2014
We're hoping to keep things growing still at the allotment so moved the netting from the squash (too cold for that now) and placed it over a patch of onions, turnips and beetroot - for these it may give enough warmth to see them through a cold spell.
There isn't anything that can really help these very late French beans which have just started to set.
and here's our helper keeping a eye on the parsnips.
and rubeckias and sweetpeas to pick.
Monday, 3 November 2014
This is how half of my November garden looks - covered in leaves and the main colour coming from berries, maybe with some early spring flowers peeping through - normal for this time of year.
But a lot of the garden doesn't seem to know that summer is over - the recent warm weather has totally confused things.
Marigolds, sweet peas, rudbeckias, welsh poppies, kaffir lilies, fuchsias, antirrhinums.... these and more still flowering. I even have alpine strawberries ripening and buds on hollyhocks and oriental poppies.
This week the temperature is set to drop.... so it could be the end of summer.