My planned activities for this month - November
|Harvest Potatoes||25-10-16: Cleared Charlotte potatoes (26lb) and Sarpo Mira (7lb) 16-11-16: Cleared Desiree Potatoes (38lb) from 28 planted potatoes 18-11-16: Cleared Cara Potatoes (36lb) from 17 planted potatoes|
|Improve height of Raised Beds||10-10-16: Beds 2 and 6 completed.|
|Clear crops: Beans, Parsnips, Spinach, Beetroot|
|Add Green Manure or compost and cover beds||10-10-16: Beds 2 and 6 completed.|
|Tidy Grass edges and weed around beds and paths|
|Make Net storage behind old shed|
|Sow Autumn crops Beans, Onions, Garlic||25.11.16: Sown Garlic "Cristo" (36) Onions "Sturon"(120) Broad Beans "Aquadulce Claudia " (36)|
Another bright morning at the allotment but still very cold. I spent the morning removing unwanted runners from my strawberry beds, removing any weeds and then lightly digging over the beds around the strawberry plants. I managed to complete Bed 3 and Bed 8A. I will finish Bed 8B on my next visit. I will then feed and compost the Strawberry beds ready for the new season. The image shows Bed 8B needing clearing and Bed 8A completed.
Another bright morning at the allotment but still rather cold. I managed to plant out my onion sets "Sturon" approxamatly 120 in mumber. Next I planted out my Garlic Cloves "Cristo" about 36 cloves. Finnaly I sowed some Broad Beans "Aquadulce Claudia " about 36 seeds. Finally I harvested two cabbages ready for dinner this evening. The image sows the onion sets weighting to be covered with compost and earth.
Another bright morning at the allotment but still rather cold. I started by clearing my runner-bean canes and storing them away until 2017. I then started to prepare my old potato beds ready to sow my Onions Garlic and Broad Beans, and will go and purchase my sets, seeds and Garlic this afternoon, and hopefully plant and sow on my next visit to the allotment. Finally I started to get a new compost heap ready where my main Runner Beans were grown this year. The image shows the start of my beds being made ready for sowing and planting my autumn sown crops.
Another bright morning but rather cold due to the wind. I was able to complete the digging of my main crop potatoes. I managed to get 38lb of Desiree potatoes from 28 potatoes planted. Also 36lb of Cara potatoes from 17 potatoes planted. The image shows both sets of potatoes drying out in the garage. There is still a lot to do at the allotment so I hope to get back to the allotment tomorrow to clear some of the old and decaying crops.
I am finally back to the allotment, so it is time to get some work done. I started by removing the covers from my Field Beans Green Manure and Mustard Green Manure Beds which are growing nicely. Next I decided to start digging up my Main Crop Potatoes, Desiree. See image. I will bring the Potatoes home after I have dug the last lot of main crop Potatoes "Cara" Which I hope to dig on my next visit.
Just to let you know I have uploaded my allotment tour for the month ending October 2016. The video can be found in the Video section on this website and also on You Tube. I will be back to the allotment as soon as I get over this chest cold.
What needs doing this month
- Plant fruit trees and bushes. In inclement weather, store trees in a frost-free shed or heel them in outdoors. Soak dry tree roots before planting. Plant firmly and at the same depth as the trees were in the nursery.
- Prune trees after planting
- Complete work on heavy soils
- Clear weeds from around established trees and bushes.
- Start winter pruning established trees. BUT NOT cherries, peaches, nectarines, plums or damsons.
- Check that ties are not cutting bark.
- Cut out cankers and control woolly aphids.
- Inspect stored fruit, and ripen pears at room temperature
- Sow broad beans outdoors for an early crop
- Continue to remove any yellowing leaves on Brussels Sprouts.
- Early Savoy Cabbages should now be ready for picking.
- Pick red cabbages, they will store better in a shed than leaving them in the ground.
- Check sheds and poly tunnels for wind damage and repair before it gets worse.
- Protect winter salads like lettuce and endive from wetness by placing cloches over them.
- Lift Salsify and Cornerstone and place in storage in sand.
- Get as much winter digging done as possible before the ground becomes too wet.
- If the soil is well drained, sow round-seeded peas such as Feltham First or Meteor to over-winter in a sheltered position.
- Lift and split mature clumps of rhubarb. Replant the divided clumps. Any clumps that are not used can be left on top of the ground to be frosted for 2-3 weeks and then potted up in pots and covered with black polythene and kept at a temperature of 45F (7C) to force an early crop in spring.
- Lift and divide and replant chives. Put a couple of clumps in pots for the kitchen windowsill.
- Now is a good time to plant grape vines. They need to be planted when dormant but avoid planting in frosty weather.
- Remove any yellow or dead leaves from Brassicas. Pick sprouts as they start to crop to prevent them from blowing.
- Lift roots of chicory for forcing in warmth and darkness.
- Cut down Globe artichokes and protect the crowns with straw.
- Work can be started on any empty beds by digging over and incorporating manure if required ready for next spring.
- Keep Lettuces in frames free of weeds.
- Lift and store Jerusalem Artichokes in the same way as you would Potatoes.
- Lift a few roots of Parsnips and Horseradish for use should the ground freeze up.
- If it is too wet for outside work, take the opportunity to clean up any unused cloches and tools that will not be used again until spring.
- Place container over Rhubarb and Chicory to force them.
- Clear basil, chervil and dill, also fennel and parsley that has grown for a second season.
- Cover September sown parsley and chervil with cloches
- Restrict ventilation and give careful watering
- Check heaters regularly
- Annual greenhouse clean-up campaign
- Blanch chicory and sea kale
- Lift rhubarb crowns for forcing
- Sow lettuce for continuity of supply
- Prune vines once dormant
- Ventilate peaches, nectarines and strawberries
- service mechanical machinery ready for spring
- check the seed catalogue and order any seeds onion sets and plants required
- check sundries like stakes, bean poles, canes, netting, fertilisers etc..
- tidy up the shed while its still quite quiet.