Winter allotment harvest

If you have any luck at all, you are able to work on your allotment – but we aren’t. It’s gone from frozen to waterlogged in no time at all. In fact our local council sent round an email to all tenants who have email, saying there was no vehicular access to the site because of the muddy condition of the roads. We usually walk in anyway, but today it was more of a trudge, and after a hundred yards, we seemed to have most of the topsoil on the soles of our boots!

In addition to the mud, the low light conditions make germination unlikely. Unless you have substantial artificial, daylight-balanced, light, seeds just won’t do anything at present because the overcast skies make the amount of actual daylight negligible. Most seeds are triggered by increasing day length into giving up their dormancy (some are just perverse and require frost or fire or passing through the intestinal tract of a bird or animal, but none of those are regular European crops, fortunately) so not only is there nothing much for the allotment holder to do, there’s nothing much happening.

Today’s haul: some kale, some Brussels sprouts, the last of the cabbage, a leek and a couple of stems of purple sprouting broccoli. And the low light makes it look as if we were harvesting at dusk, but it was actually only three in the afternoon!

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Posted by The Allotment Blogger on Friday, January 14, 2011


Anonymous allotments4you said...

Those Brussels look great..i lost all my plants to the flea beetle last season...fingers crossed for this year though!!

January 14, 2011 at 2:20 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Excellent & thoughtful post.

January 18, 2011 at 5:36 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Brilliant blog post, lots of helpful knowledge.

January 23, 2011 at 6:58 AM  

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