Digging, digging and more digging

Every so often, when I look up from my labours, I see how much growth still continues, even in November. These cardoons were cut to the ground in June and again in August: all it’s doing is encouraging them! I’ve dug out six slips, given four away, and thrown out some really woody bits of root, but still the things come thrusting out of the ground as soon as I turn my back.

The comfrey is supposed to die back in a frost, but plot 103, in its more sheltered position in the middle of an allotment row, with high hedges all around, obviously didn’t feel the same chill air that wiped out our achocha as the comfrey, also cut back in June and August and dug into the ground to enrich the soil, is going for it for the third time in six months!

The achocha fruits on plot 201 have all been harvested from the blighted vine – the seed doesn’t seem that easy to harvest, as it’s large and prone to flake and hidden inside a very moist fruit that prefers rotting to curing, but I have hope that I shall obtain a few viable seed, not least because I have promotional seed packets featuring the details of the allotment book to give away, and I want to put some seed, saved from the allotments, in each packet.

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Posted by The Allotment Blogger on Thursday, November 4, 2010

1 Comments:

Anonymous allotments4you said...

The seed packets are great...I am hoping to check the book out soon so I will let you know what I think. I have never heard of this achocha fruit could you tell us a bit about it??

November 5, 2010 at 11:33 AM  

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