I thought I would do a little bit of a progress report on the allotment garden to keep you up to date on how certain plants are faring.
The Ruby Chard which provides a good splash of colour amongst all the greens has slowed down considerably, but will stand the winter well before going to seed next spring.
Do you remember that I said that I had left the stump of the Calabrese in the ground, not pulling it out as I normally do - well, this is what it looks like now - the plant has re-grown, and I am just wondering if it will be viable next year. It has already given two sets of heads and numerous tenderstem spears. I will mulch it with garden compost to replenish the soil a bit and see how it does.
This is one of my Purple Sprouting Broc plants, and it stands waist high. I have put a cane in for support, as I am sure it will get a bit battered during the winter. I think perhaps I will find something stronger just in case, but this particular row of plants are double the size they normally are.
The Savoy Cabbages are hearting up nicely and have no caterpillar damage at all - but the leaves are jolly tough, so perhaps that is in their favour.
This is January King which has a long way to go before it is ready to eat, but they do stand the winter well, so there is no hurry.
Earlier in the year I dug up all the Leeks that were left over from last year and moved them to a corner of the garden and promptly forgot about them. And what has happened is that they have re-grown. You can see the old stalks with the new plants growing inbetween. So that's another success story that happened all on its own without any help from me.
I wonder what would happen in the garden if I just left it alone, which I seem to be doing more and more, would it all just regenerate itself eventually. I like to think it would.