Allotment bad weather woes

So far it’s either rained torrentially, snowed, or there’s been a heavy frost ever since we picked up our shallots on 14 December. This means that we’ve had no chance to get them into the ground at all, despite having prepared an area of the allotment especially for them, with a nice blend of soil (which tends to clay) and grit.

It’s bitterly frustrating to find ourselves unable to do anything much on the plot. We are harvesting, of course, and today’s haul includes some leeks, a couple of parsnips from the raised bed (once we’d cleared off the remainder of last night’s light snow) two celeriac ditto and a small swede. Then we cut down a couple of Brussels sprouts stems so we could bring them home with the tops intact to cook in a stir fry. And we have had the last of our red Brussels Sprouts – we ate them on Christmas day with roast duck and they were very good: nutty and firm and we had them again last night with celeriac mash and onion gravy and they were equally good – definitely worth growing again next year.

We also had a massive bonfire in the snow, to clear the last of the rubbish, but that’s all we’ve been able to do, so I hope 2010 is going to start with a rapid improvement in the weather for vegetable growers!

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Posted by The Allotment Blogger on Saturday, January 2, 2010


OpenID said...

Well you've done a damn site more than I have on the plot...I haven't even looked at my brussels lately and have nothing else to harvest as yet....I really hope we get a warm spell soon as I really want to get back out to the allotment and get some work done :-(

January 3, 2010 at 12:03 AM  
Blogger Jo said...

We're covered under a foot of snow at the moment, and to top it all I'm only just recovering from flu which started on Christmas eve, so a trip to the allotment is definitely out of bounds to me at the moment.

January 6, 2010 at 11:32 AM  

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