Snow, Allotments, Seed-Saving

And now we do have snow – oodles of it! On the one hand I’m thrilled as it makes some of our nastier local infestations (blight, whitefly) considerably less likely next summer. On the other hand, I’m quite annoyed, as we haven’t dug nearly enough of plot 103 to have a viable spring planting and we’ll be handing over plot 201 to its new owners round about March or April, depending on how long our purple sprouting broccoli lasts, so we can’t plant spring crops in the soil we’ve spent the last 24 months digging into fruitfulness!

But there’s always something to do, even if it’s not at the allotment, so this week I’ve been: making lists of seeds I’d like to get at Seedy Sunday; roughing out a planting plan for the edible landscape side of the allotment; picking over and packing up my own saved seed for swaps and give-aways; trying to work out if I can find a permaculture training day or weekend to attend.

So far the lists are many pages long, the planting plan is peculiar, the saved seed are fantastic and the training day is impossible to locate.

As you can see, the Royal Black chillies finally came good, turning from purple-black to pepper-red almost overnight, and they are medium-hot in flavour, which is just what I wanted. I dry and chop half the flesh, open freeze the other half and save the seed for swapping. The plants are indoors now, and look very pretty, I know that some people manage to take them through the winter and get a second harvest by giving them a good liquid feed in spring and they make such an attractive winter houseplant, that I think that’s what I shall aim for.

What do other people do allotment-wise, when it snows?

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Posted by The Allotment Blogger on Friday, December 3, 2010

2 Comments:

Blogger Mal's Allotment said...

Well, you could blog...

I do more entries, and more varied and reflective posts, when I don't feel guilty that I'm not actually gardening.

December 3, 2010 at 11:27 AM  
Anonymous allotments4you said...

I get caught up on my knitting, my reading, go and look at the plot and admire how tidy it is under a couple of foot of snow and then carry on with the mundane things like cleaning and stuff, I kind of like getting a couple of months off where i can readily enjoy my other hobbies in the warm...and stay clean for a change!!

December 5, 2010 at 6:01 AM  

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