My Garden & Allotments in November 2013


November was rather a mixed bag in terms of weather.

For example some parts of the country had their first snow, most parts had frosts and temperatures below 0°C. plus there was quite a bit of rain around, interspersed with some winter sunshine.

This gave a distinctive autumnal look to the garden.

Leaf Drop

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Camellia & Cotinus

Inside my heated Greenhouse
Last of the Tomatoes ripening off
Stored Apples

This has been quite a busy month due to moving my tender plants into the greenhouse and cold frames for winter protection, and preparing my new plot on the allotment.

This has meant digging in areas that were once paths (which was hard work) and putting paths in areas that were previously beds.

Plus I had to move a few fruit bushes prior to the soil cooling down.

All in all I am quite satisfied with my progress, and I feel that come Spring the soil will just need tickling up a little and the paths finalising.

Here are a few pictures showing my progress to date:

Looking down from top left

Looking up from bottom left

Looking up from bottom right

Looking down from top right

Meanwhile, this how my other plot is looking;

Looking down from top left

Looking up from bottom left

Looking down from top right

Meanwhile, the new tenants on my old plot are now forming beds in the locations they want them as you can see >>

I have still some vegetables on this plot e.g Sprouts, Leeks and Swedes, which I will remove as required as they are not in the way of the new tenant.

Neighbours progress

What is remaining of my Brussels Sprouts

Well that is how 'the swap' stands at the moment. I am having thoughts that I might lift the remaining vegetables after Christmas and freeze them then the new tenants can have thefull run of the place come the 1st of January when the new rental takes effect.

I have emptied my greenhouses, but I have not prepared them for planting out yet.

Normally I do my preparation in spring as I find that if I muck my beds now the muck dries up and it would need a good soaking before I could plant out.

This system works quite well as it makes for a bit of inside work when the weather might be quite foul.

28ft x 8ft Greenhouse
12ft x 8ft Greenhouse

I have made an exception with my 8' x 6' greenhouse as the new tenant has shown an interest in it so I thought I would tidy it up in the event that they do decide to buy it!
8ft x 6ft Greenhouse

As I mentioned I have moved some of my fruit bushes so this is how my fruit bed is looking at the moment!

I plan on using the empty bed to grow my Chrysanthemums & Gladioli in next year, unless I change my mind, which I often do, so watch this space!


Looking across Fruit bed
Chrysanthemum bed

Well that about it for the allotments! I seem to be pretty much on top of things considering the changes.

I am pretty much on top of things at home as well as you can see here:

Click on the picture above to see what the rest of the garden looks like!

Finally, these are a few things I have on the go indoors;

Aeschynanthus - Big Apple


Primulina -Stardust

Chlorophytum- Spider plant

...........and that concludes my 'blog' for November 2013.

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