It’s Christmas (well, nearly) but the Allotment still keeps going as it started “In a galaxy, far, far away…” and still requires a little work; even in the bleak mid-winter.Strange to see so many empty Raised Beds on my plot as I have cleared many of the weeds, dead shrubbery and even the leaves (where I can) to keep it tidy during the Winter. My Onions are going strong, with lots of growth now that I have brought up the netting, although I should rescue the pigeon which has fallen over!
After splitting and moving my Rhubarb a few weeks ago, I was really pleased to see two of the three new plants having growth spurting through the manure. It should be a good spot, at the front of the plot, for next year and I am hopeful, despite the official advice, of using some of the leaves for crumbles and maybe even some jam, next year.
Maybe I shall FORCE some Rhubarb for next year as the growth coming through looks really strong. Strange to see Garlic appearing in the new Raised Bed full of Strawberry plants. I know that I didn’t clear it out properly, therefore, it is old soft neck Garlic which has started to pop up again! And the carrots still aren’t doing much.
Need to think about moving it (at least into straight lines) as it has just appeared and destroys my neatness!
My Leeks are doing rather well in the bed in front of the Shed. These are keeping going, despite the weather and until the get a little fatter, I think I will leave them. They are a nice easy crop and one I look forwards to repeating next year.
In the Tea Hut, FPMAA celebrated Christmas with a great party for our Plot Holders. Lots of Mince Pies, snacks and of course Mulled Wine for all the Jedi family was enjoyed. (It seems strange that we’re an allotment growing our own and many; all natural, and yet we have a plastic Christmas Tree but then like many families, it comes out once a year, and once the festivities are finished, it will be put back in a box until next year!). The “tent” set-up by the Trading Hut, Tea Hut & Office, decorated for the Holidays:
And a little bit of time in the warmth of the Office getting ready for the Annual Renewals:
As Assistant Secretary, rushed around to put up signage around the Plot to remind our Plot Holders about the Annual Renewals process, which takes place in early January. Of course, once you’ve paid your rent, you can go about managing your own plot!
And not everyone will map out their plot and keep it like me, but that’s the beauty of having an Allotment: You can do your own thing!
“Central Avenue” looking clear on my plot. The lavender has done well and I have some drying in the shed (so maybe I’ll make something from the dried aromatic buds) but time for wrapping presents and keeping warm, so MAY THE WEATHER BE WITH YOU!