As you can see from the picture there is still plenty going on in the allotment garden including the flowers in the cutting patch. I have been completing some jobs whilst the weather is still fine, like strawing down the paths inbetween the veg to make it cleaner to walk on when harvesting cabbage, kale etc.
In the foreground you can see the Calabrese that I have been harvesting since early summer. After the initial crop I chopped the plants down to about 6in. high and left them to it. They threw up new shoots and I am still collecting tenderstems once a week. How long will this go on - I have no idea, but it surely is an added bonus that I wish I had tried years ago.
As we have still not had a frost the Mint is still green and flourishing (although I have brought some in to the greenhouse just in case) and the green manure on the left of the picture is just coming into flower.
A few of the companion plants, Marigolds and Nasturtiums, are starting to get a bit mildewy, but on the whole they have lasted well - and, as you well know, once you have them you have them always.
The Scarlet Kale has recovered from the caterpillar attacks earlier in the year and looks very impressive and a beautiful scarlet colour when the sun hits it. Hopefully this should stand the winter well for regular pickings.
One of the books that has inspired me most this year is 'How to Grow Winter Vegetables' by Charles Dowding - it has given me lots of ideas on how to improve and increase veggie production
with very little extra work. There are still plenty of different methods, that I have read about that I want to experiment with, and I can't wait to get cracking on these next year. Meanwhile I am continuing with my winter preparations of mulching, covering and cloching against a hard winter, that is if it ever comes!
For those of you who are interested in sustainable living, there are one or two good articles at
http://eartheasy.com/ this month.