Week 49 Year 2: Winter Growth:Garlic, Onions & Leeks and Chitting Potatoes…

After a few weeks in warmer climates, it was good to get back to the Allotment to make sure, it’s still there!

Winter is here on the Plot

Winter is here on the Plot

It’s definitely a cold winter, as Winters usually are. The Raised Beds look empty and bare with occasional footprints appearing on the top (my visitors must be foxes and other wildlife searching out food?)

A clear view

A clear view

Whilst there are no Inspections taking place, I feel I have neglected the weeding and probably need to spend a few hours making good my plot.

Raised Beds looks lonely (RIGHT side)

Raised Beds looks lonely (RIGHT side)

The Christmas Tree had fallen over, so I need to find a suitably sheltered position for it, so that it stays upright. Of course, being an old archilogical site, we are not permitted to plant trees into the ground so it will have to remain in it’s pot. But looking good in it’s new home.

More empty Raised Beds down the Plot (LEFT side)

More empty Raised Beds down the Plot (LEFT side)

There are a handful of leeks remaining on the plot and the strawberry plants have been tidied up (with old leaves removed) but they do look like they feel sorry for themselves. There are no shoots yet (under the cloche) where I have planted Broad Beans but no signs of life from the Garlic (planted next to the upturned Ribena bottles!).  But it’s a different story when I review my seeds and bulbs protected in the Garden at home, or even in the temporary Greenhouse at the Allotment, next to the Shed:

Surprisingly the Winter Onions (in the temporary Greenhouse) are doing really well.

Surprisingly the Winter Onions (in the temporary Greenhouse) are doing really well.

These over-winter Onions have done much better than the ones planted in a Raised Bed (which used to be the Strawberries). I have noted some of them are missing so whether I replace them with these better shaped crops, we shall have to see. And the Garlic bulbs (Red Duke and Solent Wight) have sprouted at home, so these need to be transferred onto my Plot:

Back at Home, the Garlic are growing (outside) and the Potatoes are chitting well.

Back at Home, the Garlic are growing (outside) and the Potatoes are chitting well.

My (Homeguard, Duke of York and Sharpe’s Express) Potatoes are looking good with strong growth in just a few weeks. These also need to be moved onto the Plot.

Sproutings: Onions and Leeks have popped up

Sproutings: Onions and Leeks have popped up

And some further growth with the Onions (Ailsa Craig)  and Leek seeds (Tadorna & Lyon 2), which has surprised me, given that these were not covered or protected but left to Mother nature to grow outside.

So back to the Plot, for more weeding and tidying, some transfers of crops and of course, planning for the Growing Season 2016 as I head slowly to my two-year anniversary!

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2 thoughts on “Week 49 Year 2: Winter Growth:Garlic, Onions & Leeks and Chitting Potatoes…

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