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  • When the allotment is frozen in early winter

    Guy Barter on 27 Nov 2010 at 02:11 PM

    Winter is truly here, and except for desultory digging, bonfires and clearance there is little to do.  In truth I cannot yet summon up much enthusiasm for these tasks, and have retreated to the seed catalogues to plan for next year.



  • Wet early winter weekend on the allotment

    Guy Barter on 13 Nov 2010 at 09:09 AM

    After a week of rain, the soil is saturated and unworkable for now. Air and soil temperatures remain on the warm side for the season and winter crops continue to improve.



  • First winter weekend on the allotment

    Guy Barter on 06 Nov 2010 at 03:03 PM

    Unusually mild weather means that crops are still growing slowly.  The soil remains workable after moderate rainfall and conditions are in fact perfect for sowing and planting.



  • Last autumn weekend on the allotment

    Guy Barter on 29 Oct 2010 at 05:09 PM

    Soil is almost fully recharged with water and remains workable for now. Mild weather after recent frosts is allowing crops to continue to grow, although very slowly. 



  • Allotment this weekend now that frosts are here

    Guy Barter on 23 Oct 2010 at 05:32 PM

    Very sharp frosts have finally brought the growing season to an end.   Soil remains workable but the number of weekends when no ground work is possible will now increase.  This means that the ground must be got ready before winter rains saturate the soil and mid winter freezes lock up the ground.



  • What to do in the allotment this weekend in mid October

    Guy Barter on 15 Oct 2010 at 01:21 PM


    The weather has been very good for late crops, with warmth, sunshine and moist soils, without frosts, excess rain, autumn gales or dull days.  Clearly this must change in the next few weeks and vulnerable corps will need gathering, winter crops made ready for four months of chill, wet and wind and the ground brought into good condition to carry out next year's cropping plan


  • What to do on the allotment as mid-autumn approaches

    Guy Barter on 09 Oct 2010 at 11:43 AM

    Heavy rain has brought soils up to full capacity in many cases, hindering soil preparation for autumn sowing and planting. On the other hand mild weather with some sun has kept late summer crops productive, although at low levels.


  • What to do on the allotment in early autumn

    Guy Barter on 01 Oct 2010 at 02:09 PM

    Mild rainy weather will promote more leaf disease but with crops coming to an end it is not serious, and in any case there are few remedies open to gardeners.  At some stage cold weather will arrive bringing all the tender crops to an end and finally closing the allotment cycle for 2010. In the meantime, little remains to do but gather crops and clear land to prepare for next year.  



  • What to do in the allotment now it is truly autumnal

    Guy Barter on 24 Sep 2010 at 02:03 PM

    Despite rain the soil has dried under the influence of breezy days and plenty of sunshine, so that watering has had to be resumed.  The soil remains quite dry and it is unlikely that the current rain will restore moisture sufficiently for many crops to finish their growing for this year.  With plenty of light for the season and mild nights growth has been good where soil moisture is adequate.



  • Allotment this weekend in early autumn

    Guy Barter on 17 Sep 2010 at 12:20 PM

    Suddenly night temperatures are beginning to dip below 10C, so that tender crops will be at risk within a week or two.  Rain has kept the soil moist and watering is only required for celery and other thirsty crops.



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