Today I’ve been in the greenhouse cleaning the work spaces and washing the windows.
Most years I grow throughout the winter but this year I’ve decided not to grow any winter produce and take a step back for a little while. My mind is already working on an autumn schedule, nearly all the crops have been harvested and stored at home. The greenhouse and shed have been cleaned in anticipation of next Spring and jobs on the allotment are becoming thin on the ground.
Having an allotment within 30 seconds of my house could be seen as a bonus but it can also become too much of a good thing. So easing off this winter and looking forward to discovering other interests before reigniting the excitement when Spring comes around.
The raised beds are being sown with Field Beans, a green manure which grows slowly throughout Winter and is then cut to ground level and dug into the soil. This is a way of feeding the soil and not letting it just stand bare over Winter for weeds to grow.
The home store is stuffed full of runner beans, french beans, potatoes, onions, shallots, peas, cauliflowers and cabbages.
In September I’ll lift the main crop potatoes, v. Rhudolph, and then I can sit back and just relax for a while. Weeding will continue but at a slower pace. Am looking forward to it.