Allotment journal for November

Allotment journal Nov

So November turned out to be overwhelmingly grey in the end, after saying last month that it would be the colour of frosted grass. Thanks to global warming, we had only one morning of frost. Grey can be a lovely colour, but when it comes to the weather, it’s not great. It means a drizzle that somehow soaks you to the skin, a heavy blanket of cloud, leaden skies where you don’t see the sun all day, and it feels like late afternoon even at noon. A permanent state of dull. I find it hard not to get down on days like that. I don’t suffer from Seasonal Affected Disorder but I empathise with people that do. At least it makes you appreciate a blue sky when it does finally come.

The allotment activities have wound down now, and there isn’t so much to illustrate in my journal. At this time of year, I start to look back at what has done well or not on the plot, so I’ve illustrated this for you in a hit and miss list. It’s pretty even all round, which just goes to show how fairly Mother Nature gives and takes. Next month I’ll put a list together of what new seeds or plants I have, or will, order for next year, and then a new plot plan will be sketched out in January.

What was a hit or miss for you this year?

PS: I’m posting a link here to an article I read in the newspaper supplements over the weekend, about micro-organisms in soil and the importance of looking after them (i.e. feeding them) in order to produce thriving plants. In the same way that we need to feed ourselves a healthy diet to keep our own internal microbes happy. It’s very interesting, and another important case for organic gardening.

PPS: I do realise that either my gardening gloves are for very teeny-tiny hands, or I am growing the most enormous garlic. But drawing a small section of a glove made no sense at all. Artistic license and all that! Click on the picture for a larger view.


    • Well done with the tomatoes! I don’t think they’re going to feature on mine next year. Too many outbreaks of blight. I don’t grow celeriac, but if anything fails me twice in a row it’s out, and then I try again a few years later. I’d given up growing sprouts before, but this year they’ve been great! You never know.


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