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Guy Barter

  • Date Joined: 15 Jan 2007

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  • 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.