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A Glut Of Everything!

My purple dwarf French beans have cropped very impressively producing pounds and pounds of small, round beans that do not seem to go stringy however big they get. The plants themselves don’t look very big in the ground, but get absolutely covered with beans, so much so, that mom has been topping and tailing them before blanching and freezing bags and bags of surplus. Consequently, when I wanted a little space to make room for some autumn planting vegetables, I removed the earlier planted row, leaving the later planting to go on a bit longer. One of the local garden centres was giving vouchers away and had a promotional offer on Autumn vegetables as well, so being lazy, we got some trays instead of sowing seed! These included some varieties of Cauliflowers, Cabbage and Broccoli that can be planted now along with some rather “late” Spring Onions, as I call them, White Lisbon, that will just crop before the winter. have also bought some Autumn planting (Japanese) onions, to go in where I have cleared a little more space.

Curly Kale will grow through the winter as well, but mine went in far too early on in the season and it would have been much better to have planted only few at time. It has matured far too early and in such quantity that we are having difficulty finding enough people to eat it. We have even resorted to giving the odd plant to a neighbour for her Guinea Pigs that has developed quite a taste for it. However, I think it would probably live on one plant for a week and we have dozens! What I have done is cut the tops off the plants, leaving just the stalk in the hopes that they will shoot again with some nice, soft, fresh, new growth through the winter.

Even the beetroot has developed into nice sized roots, although they were sewn in cells with 3 seeds to each for an early start and then transplanted, which the gardening aficionados always used to say you shouldn’t do with “Root Vegetables.” We have been pulling a couple of clumps of beetroot at a time to fill a saucepan and boiling them up so that they last for a few days at a time and we can have fresh, cooked, beetroot every day instead of pickled.

The Pumpkins have been growing everywhere as they have gone rampant and would have covered half of the surrounding plots and paths if they hadn’t been ruthlessly hacked back and composted! We are still a few weeks from Halloween, but are finding willing takers for them. One local school was having a harvest festival and all the little children were carrying in cans vegetables of this and that, when a Lady teacher I know walked in with a rather large Pumpkin I had given her. She said that the children’s faces were a picture! Another Pumpkin went to a local shop for a Halloween display. I think some people have tried eating them, but they take a bit of eating as they are so big and we have a half eaten one in the fridge that has been there for over a week!

Now that the weather has turned a little cooler and wetter, (ignoring our short “Indian Summer!”) the Leeks are coming on better and the “Runner Beans” are still flowering, but one, odd, cold night, a couple of weeks ago, did tip them causing many of the top leaves to shrivel.

The change in weather also brought on the red and yellow Autumn Rasberry canes that were planted very late on in the season. I lost all the yellow canes at my other allotment site and 2 out of the 6 at Hixon. However, when I dug up the remaining 4 canes, I Actually ended up with 10 nicely growing plants! The Autumn “Red’s” all ended up being given away as I had far too many canes. I made a lot of friends on the site that day!