Allotment autumn catching up

The book is done and with the publishers which is lovely – it won’t be published until March but you can go and look at it on Amazon if you want to - it’s called Minding My Peas and Cucumbers: Quirky Tales of Allotment Life.

Our haul for the day on Sunday was rather nice too: a couple of mini-courgettes (for which you would pay quite a pretty sum in a bijoux greengrocers I suspect), carrots, mooli and kale, apples of various kinds including crab-apples, alpine strawberries and some mint. The various apples will all be turned into jelly, with the mint, the carrots are in a stew with the mooli and the kale was stir-fried for Sunday supper.

As promised, a green manure update. Here’s our mustard manure, just before I cut it down. It’s now strewn across the bed, and should soften and become easier to dig in. That’s the theory, anyway. It was certainly pretty easy to hack it down, and the bulky but hollow stems are clearly going to add substantial fibrous material to the soil into which they are going to be forked. I’m rather sad to realise I’m not going to benefit from this process, as we shall have vacated plot 201 by the time this bed is planted, but I hope it will help the new tenants to get the best from the soil.

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Posted by The Allotment Blogger on Monday, October 18, 2010


Anonymous john said...

Book cover looks nice. Hope it goes well.

October 19, 2010 at 1:28 AM  
Anonymous allotments4you said...

the green manure looks lovely...I still haven't had the nerve to try it...i didn't realise you let it get so big before you cut it back.

Apple and mint jelly sounds really you have a recipe for it?? What sort of mint do you use?

October 20, 2010 at 6:57 AM  

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