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A Lazy Week Or So

With plenty of heavy rain, rain showers and misty drizzles of rain over the last 7 days or so, my plots have been too damp and wet to achieve anything positive on, without getting covered in mud or becoming soaking wet. As I was awaiting delivery of a parcel, which I expected to arrive by the end of last week but didn't, plus the weather was cold anyway, I opted to spend a lazy week indoors not achieving much. I did manage to catch up with my blog reading, commenting, updating and correcting errors on my blog and finally clearing a full email inbox.
Many other allotment posts I have read this week, have rightly centered on the Autumn clean up and the preparation of next years planting areas of all different shapes and sizes, in gardens as well as allotments. Having, myself, spent the past 2 to 3 years digging over, clearing, preparing and re-designing new and old plots, I am now finding I have little to do as far as "ground work" is concerned and the various clean up an…

Allotment Book Review

Having received my first allotment gardening book for review, in the post last week, I thought it was time to post my thoughts & opinions about it.

 The Allotment Planner (more than 200 ways to enjoy your plot month by month) is a neat hard backed book measuring 6 inches (15cm) by just over 8 inches (21cm). An ideal size for keeping/carrying around the plot.

 The author Matthew Appleby has covered over 200 aspects of allotment gardening in a way that makes the book easy and quick to read. Many different methods of gardening and designing allotments are written about, some being established concepts, also many that would make you think, "I must try that one on my plot". Containing lined pages for each month of the year where notes can be written, the book can also be used as a diary/planner by the gardener. The text of individual topics is enhanced with a multitude of photographic pictures. There are also many internet addresses, to be found throughout the book, for vari…

Rooko's November Top 10 Tryouts & Tips

1. With less time being spent gardening over the Autumn & Winter think about collecting re-usable items that can be used in the garden or down the plot next season. Plastic bottles with the spray tops, for example, can be cleaned after they are used up, and re-used for garden sprays.

2. If you are lucky enough to have poly tunnels and cloches, try using the cloches inside the tunnels to doubly protect crops sown over the Winter months from the cold weather.

3. Provided that the ground is not too wet, November is a good time to divide various plants, as well as adding a good layer of mulch to plants in borders and beds.

4. Bulb planting should be completed by the end of November. Hint plant bulbs to a depth equal to 3 times their diameter.

5. Kale, Broad beans, Oriental veg and Garlic can still be sown/planted in November. Some roots and over wintering greens can also be grown under protection, as well as Sweet peas, cyclamen and Lupins.

6. Many garden centres are selling discoun…