The Allotment in Winter

Friday, February 26, 2021

 

I wrote briefly about the allotment this winter in yesterday's post. I've not done much more than take a wander and a brief poke around to see what's happening for a few months. C has kept up with the harvesting of produce over winter. The cabbages, sprouts, celeriac, parsnip, kale and leeks have kept us mostly supplied with vegetables for weeks. We buy carrots. There's still frozen beans, cauliflower and a few other bits in the freezer. Onions, garlic and shallots in the cupboard. Potatoes in the shed and several large squashes on shelves. It's been ok. We could have survived on the veg to supplement other things, but not on the veg alone. 

The kale, sprouts and leeks have finished now. We're putting together the allotment plan for this year after a sort through of the seeds. I carefully select a small amount of varieties of things I like. C seems to want to use up half a dozen packets of oddments for each type of veg. Who keeps a record? (or a mental record at least) that would be me, which is why I don't think a random assortment of varieties is any use as we won't know what worked and what we liked. Rant over but is likely to be repeated annually.

The plots have either been underwater, waterlogged, waterlogged and frozen, frozen or under snow for most of winter. So, aside from C topping up my flower patch paths, nothing has happened for weeks. I would have liked to get everything weeded before anything germinates but I don't want to get stuck in muddy beds. 

The main plot needs the old finished plants taken out, the rotting manure turning in and a good weed too. We shall have to wait and see when it becomes workable. 

Alliums and some sickly looking sweet williams.
Anemone flowers - we did have 4 in vases before the snow. 

Spring bulbs showing through.




I hope the dahlias have been safe but something tells me the weather might have been too much for the ones left in the ground. Again, I'll have to see if they re-appear in spring.

Update! Since I wrote this, spring casually announced it's set on making an entrance so hopefully the good drying weather will continue over the next fortnight. I very much hope to get some time down there either this weekend or the coming week. I've noticed the peonies have started to shoot already which is fantastic. Lots to look forward to.

Take care,

Sophie

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2 comments

  1. I'm always so surprised at how resilient plants are through the winter. They sit under mounds of snow and emerge triumphant! (If you ignore the shrubs in my garden that look damaged beyond repair by the snow) but anyway, ain't nature grand? :)
    I've been pruning and tidying on the warmer days we've had, now I'm just itching for more warmth so I can really get stuck in. I've wandered around the garden more than ever this year and have noticed so many more things that need doing. But I shall enjoy doing them, and I've ordered some different coloured sun flowers that I CAN'T WAIT to sew!!
    Come on Spring!!
    xx

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