Next month will become rather busy, so be prepared. For detailed advice try out the National Allotment Society.
If you haven’t yet dug over your plot, and the ground isn’t frozen or waterlogged, then now is the time. If you have already done this, spread compost or well-rotted manure and be sure to cover with black polythene to warm the ground ready for early sowing.
Seed potatoes will be available soon (before the end of the month) so get your orders in. If you have your own, then start “chitting”. Earlies can go in next month
Take time to plan your plot. Order seeds and consider crop rotation. One suggestion is to rotate on a 3-year cycle of the following groups:
- Beans, peas and fruiting vegetables.
- Root vegetable and salads.
With Christmas nearly upon us, you may well have other things to occupy your mind. But if you’ve time to spare, there’s still stuff to do on the allotment. For detailed advice try out the National Allotment Society.
Harvest leeks, autumn and winter brassicas, and root vegetables such as parsnips and turnips. Brussels sprouts can be picked individually (from bottom up) or stand the whole plant in a bucket of water that will keep fresh for a few days, or water soil around the roots regularly.
Store crops somewhere cool, dry, frost-free, preferably dark and protect from rodents
- Plant garlic, rhubarb and new bare-root fruit trees.
- Prune soft fruit bushes and outdoor grape vines.
- Dig plot adding organic material and cover.
- Top-up compost and leaf-mould bins.
A skip will be available from Wednesday Oct 14th. It will be returned when it is full.
Things not allowed in the skip are:
- Stones and soil.
- Things brought from home.
- Weedkiller, pesticides and any chemicals.
Anyone caught bringing items from outside of the allotments and placed in the skip could lose their plot. This skip is meant for cleaning up our allotments.