Allotment Frost

Even after our first air frost, the ‘flower border’ looks magnificent. Our first frost this year was 20th October – that’s a week earlier than last year. Normally, because 201 is near houses and nicely sheltered, we get a few days more frost free autumn than other allotments at the more exposed end of our site where the flat expanse of school playing field and a more eastern exposure can mean a blighting frost arrives very early. This year though, we all seem to have got it on the same day.

Never mind, frost is part of the allotment deal and while the achocha has been destroyed (they are definitely not frost-hardy) the slugs and snails will also have been caught out, and that’s good news.

Cosmos always amaze me – how can they be so lavish so late in the year? The nasturtiums suffered a blackfly assault early in the summer which could be why they’ve suddenly come on so well at such an unseasonal time: many annual plants that get an early check which they survive will go on to surprise you with a late abundance.

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Posted by The Allotment Blogger on Monday, October 25, 2010


Anonymous Emma said...

If achocha weren't killed by frost I think they'd be reclassified as an invasive plant ;) they grow so strongly!

October 25, 2010 at 9:31 AM  
Anonymous allotments4you said...

we have now had a few frosts but nothing heavy yet. That flower border looks amazing!!

October 28, 2010 at 12:05 AM  
Blogger The Allotment Blogger said...

Emma, you could be right. I managed to grab some for seed though, so 'they'll be back...'

Tanya, I was a bit surprised at the frost. The border does look pretty good, considering it was a sheer accident!

October 28, 2010 at 10:37 AM  
Blogger Joanna said...

At least it was only frost, we had our first snow falls but now we have rain. Rain and dirt roads = sand soup

October 28, 2010 at 11:11 AM  

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