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Well it looks like I spoke too soon in my last blog post about pleasant Autumn afternoons with some good spells of sunshine breaking through, almost daily. Since then we've had plenty of rain here, mainly heavy showers but with some extremely heavy downpours, overnight. In fact last Friday when I visited my plots in the afternoon No 2 bed on N2 Plot had about 3 inches (75 mm) of standing water on the lower end of it. This took about a day and a half to drain away and its not even Winter yet. With severe weather warnings already issued for most parts of the country for tonight and tomorrow, its still not too late to check your plots and secure those loose items of equipment before it gets blown away. In my experience of "allotmenteering" I've seen many different items strewn around the allotments after high winds have caused havoc, such as: Wheelbarrows, cloches, polythene and plastic sheeting, netting, rainwater barrels and even plant pots with plants in them. Sheds and greenhouses are not immune either. A few years ago on our allotments, one lady had just finished erecting a new shed a couple of days before some high winds blew it over. As it rolled across several allotments, blown along by the wind, it broke into many different pieces which needed a lot of repairing before it was re-erected.

Standing Water
Standing Rainwater Lower End of N2 Plot (25/Oct/13) and Its Not Even Winter Yet
So despite the blustery and general murky weather I've been able to get more preparation done down my plots for next year. Earlier this week my shed on N1 Plot had its roof repaired and was re-painted on the outside using a 50/50 mix of "Wilkos" fence paint and Creacoat. Hopefully this treatment will keep it waterproof for a while longer. My other shed on N2 Plot also got the same treatment on the back end panels with some more sealing around the panels being done, with silicon sealer, to keep out the rain and those annoying overwintering beasties like mice, slugs & snails. I don't mind spiders seeking shelter in my sheds over the winter, every shed should have 1. After the painting and sealing was finished another rainwater barrel was installed behind the shed on N2 Plot, running a flexible plastic pipe (from an old fish pond), fitted with an old bath overflow outlet, from the top of one of the existing barrels. Total cost, zero.

Overflow Water Barrel
Another Re-cycling Masterpiece :) (24/Oct/13)
 The Gladioli that I planted earlier this year into the L-shaped bed on N1 Plot have been removed and stored in my poly tunnel, prior to being split and re-located next year. The soil where they were planted was too damp for them so they will eventually be re-planted in another part of the plot. Last Tuesday I removed more of my Summer fruiting Raspberries from N1 Plot. The ground has been too wet to remove the rest to date. Several of the plants were given to 2 of my neighboring plot holders and they are already installed in their new home. The remainder of the plants were consigned to a nearby bonfire.

Shed Painting
Before & After N2 Plot Shed Painting 50/50 Mix of Wilkos Fence Paint & Creacoat (24/OCT/13)
More Autumn maintenance of a different type has been done during the week. My lightweight rotorvator, (rotortiller), a very old Landmaster, needed some attention as it woudn't start. After installing a new spark plug I managed to get it to fire and run, although the engine cut out after a few seconds, each time it started. Looks like it will need some more maintenance this week. The Land masters (gardenmasters) were manufactured in U.K. in the mid 1900's in Hucknall, Nottinghamshire. Another good British machine (now vintage) no longer being made. Some of the accessories for these machines included, hedgetrimmers, weeders and ridging blades.

Landmaster 85
Landmaster 85 (24/Oct/13)
Aspera Engine
Aspera Engine Fitted to Landmaster (24/Oct/13)

Several hours today and yesterday have been spent manuring this years Brassica bed on N1 Plot along with my Rhubarb plants and the whole of Bed2 on N2 plot. My stockpile of well rotted manure is now depleted but apart from rotorvating both plots are now prepped for next season.

The Final Pumpkin (25/Oct/13)

There's always tomorrow!! What to do next??


  1. Martyn recovered our shed roof this year as last year the wind ripped the felting. Wind can be an issue on our plot and so our shed is fixed to two posts set in metal metaposts. We have seen full sheds upended with all the contents inside. We are hoping the wind isn't to bed in our parts Good Luck

  2. That final pumpkin looks funny - almost as if it has leaves growing out of the top of the fruit! :)

    1. I hadn't noticed how funny the Pumpkin looked until you mentioned it Mark. I was weeding around it and moved the foliage. I think the wind must have blown some of the leaves and stalks over it later.

  3. Well the storm never really happened here luckily. My sheds are fairly sheltered by the hedgerow but the plots on the central part of the allotments are the ones that get most of the problems during stormy weather. Only 1 shed went over this time, a very small light metal one which wasn't fixed down.


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