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Easing back this winter

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.

Carrot harvest, v. Sweet Candle
Carrot harvest, v. Sweet Candle

About Sean James Cameron

Based in London, Sean has been gardening since being a teenager. Although vegetables and fruit is the main passion, there is also room for flowers.

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  • ugh

    Sounds like a good plan. And the carrots look fantastic!

    • Taste fantastic as well.

  • Lynne Aldridge

    I’ve had the opposite problem. Had a fall in May and injured my lower back & hip, so had no choice but to take a break. I’ve been effectively housebound since as I’m very unsteady on my feet & a bit of a liability “off road”. So partner has done all he can at allotment & we’ve concentrated on container crops at home. I’ve mapped out what green manure needs to go where as the summer crop comes out, and hopefully I’ll be fixed, fit & raring to go by next spring.

    • 2017 hasn’t been kind to a lot of people I know.

  • Lois

    I think you deserve a break, Sean, but I will most definitely miss your posts and videos. I live in the States (Southern CA) and will be taking a break myself. Could you please tell me what you mean by “field beans”. If my plot is empty, it will fill with weeds in no time. Thanks!

    • I’m just putting together a video where I explain about field beans, should be out this weekend.

  • Helen

    I also look forward to the winter rest from growing.It gives the soil and me time to recoup some energy and inspiration and do all the garden related tasks without the pressure of keeping crops healthy.I will have my winter Brassicas and parsnips but generally they look after themselves.Enjoy your ‘othe’