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results with shallots in the past and they pickle well if there are too many to eat.For greens I'm sticking to cabbages (red, savoy and winter types) plus a couple of beds of leeks, because I love them so much. I'll also sow a few herbs and salads like
'll also add compost to the bottom of the trench before planting the potatoes, as they're such greedy, speedy growers.Onions really love growing in firm ground, so ideally, it should have been prepared in the autumn or winter, then left to go really hard
on coming back. I dug out as many of the deep white roots as I could in winter, but it's a bit like digging for Australia - you'll never get there. Bindweed is very like couch grass in that respect, which is another of my allotment problems.As an organic
need the bed for my butternut squashes which I've potted on and put outside to harden off before planting them out later on this month.It's sad to see the kale go, but next winter's crop is already underway. This time I'm giving the trendy black kale
easy and surprisingly pleasing – it’s great to be looking forward to next season as the winter draws in.
of new potatoes through the season. I can't remember all the varieties off the top of my head but the list includes: Annabelle, Charlotte, Picasso, Golden Wonder and Red Duke of York. Impressive hey?! We're also growing a long keeper to store over winter
to the inclement summer. Also the general web consensus seems to be that over-wintering types don't keep as well as the spring planted varieties. Oh well, it seems I still have a lot to learn!
of my maincrop potatoes towards the end of September, dry them off in the garage and then bag them up to store and eat through the winter. We're still eating them now.To ensure a good crop you should 'chit' your potatoes before planting them. This simply
digging for me! All I tend to do is give the soil a thorough and deep forking over, breaking up any 'capping' on the surface caused by heavy rains. Mother Nature can take care of the rest of the work for me - winter frosts will kill slugs and break up
have a few containers at home. My container plants include an ancient clematis, which has had fantastically fluffy seed heads for the past few weeks, a lemon, safely tucked up in fleece for the winter, and a fig tree.The fig tree has happily spent